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Four Ways Google Home Can Plan Your Thanksgiving Dinner



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Cooking for the holidays is a challenge, but it does not have to be overwhelming. With a little help from Google Assistant and Google Home ($ 1

29 at Walmart) your task will be much calmer. Use it to track and save recipes, create shopping lists, and even order items for you.

And if you're ready to cook, Google Home can help here as well.

Decide What You Cook

The search is Google's bread. Take advantage of this sophisticated ability by asking the Google Assistant to track tempting vacation recipes. Of course you can do this with a smart Google Home speaker, but also with the Google Assistant app on your Android phone, iPhone ($ 1,157 at Amazon Marketplace) and iPad ($ 380 at Amazon) .

Start your search by saying "Hey google, find holiday recipes" or something similar. The wizard will display your results. In my case, three stood out. The first was deep-fried turkey with a kind of Southern maturity – I know full decadence.

I also noticed a filling with apple and sage for one side. Finally, I discovered instructions on how to raise festive sage gin cocktails. Delicious

The Google Assistant can find recipes and send them to your Smart Display to help you cook.


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Creating a Shopping List

Before you commit to cooking, confirm that you have all the ingredients you need. Do this by matching your recipes with the actual items or in the kitchen pantry. Make note of missing items. Next, ask the Google Assistant to add these supplies to your shopping list.

Just say "Hey google, add 15 to 18 pounds of fresh turkey to my grocery list." The same goes for all the other staple foods you need – peanut oil, paprika, what do you have? You can find this list in the Google Home app at Account> Settings> Services> Shopping List .

. Collect your ingredients

. Google Assistant can buy items on your shopping list – you need to configure it first.

Go to Account> Settings> Payments in the Google Home app. There you can confirm your delivery address, payment information and Google Assistant for payment on your behalf. The purchases are powered by the Google Shopping Platform and handled by many third party vendors such as Walmart, Target and Whole Foods.

Ready, cook!

Are you ready to cook? Google Assistant can help here too. Several recipes websites are official Google partners that provide step-by-step cooking instructions. This is done in the form of a verbal tutorial (on Google Home speakers) or as a visual prompt (on Google Smart Displays).

If a recipe found by Google Assistant (on your phone) comes from a partner site, you'll see a tab below that says "Send to Smart Display." If you do, the selected recipe will be moved to a compatible device in your home.

You should now see your recipe and how to prepare for it on the screen of your Google Home Hub ($ 149 on Google Store) . , Lenovo Smart Display or a similar Google Smart Display product. Learn more about cooking with the Google Home Hub in the gallery below.

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