You would think that since I’ve been reviewing products for my gift guides since October and publishing holiday gift suggestions at a furious pace that I would know that the holidays are upon us. Not so.
All of a sudden the holidays have snuck up on me! While I have everything almost all squared away in the gift department, a month ago I volunteered to host my staff holiday party and now it is tomorrow!
Although I have a great collection of cookbooks and a repertoire of tried and true crowd pleasers, I am not feeling inspired. Did I mention that my dish should go with the main dish of fajitas? Perhaps that’s the problem. So I’m on the hunt for something new, easy, and will be loved by my staff.
Rather than digging through my cookbooks or binder of tried and trues, Kraft Foods heard my plea and suggested that downloaded iFood Assistant 2.0. They told me about the many features (7,000+ recipes, ability to make shopping lists, and even grocery store and aisle locators) but they had me at first mention of the holiday and entertaining section. While I am usually a make-it-from-scratch kind of gal, time is not on my side here and I use can all the help I can get!
There are two version of iFood Assistant- 2.0 and Lite. I downloaded iFood Assistant 2.0 for $0.99 and went straight to the Holidays and Events section. The handy menu had separate menus and listings for categories like appetizers, soups and salads, entrees, side dishes, desserts, cookies, beverages, and even turkey leftovers! There are also full menus for holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas sit down dinner, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and an open house.
Scrolling towards the bottom, I found a potluck menu. Tapping on it revealed a list of recipes each accompanied by a picture, ratings according to a 4 star system, and the prep and total time. I love seeing the finished product and my time-strapped self also appreciates knowing how long it might take me to prep and prepare each recipe.
So for my holiday party, I chose the Chocolate Mousse Torte. Made with Nilla Wafers, Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate, cream cheese, chocolate pudding then garnished with chocolate curls, raspberries, and whipped cream, I think it will be a crowd pleaser!
Later today I’ll go grocery shopping and I’m already armed with a list of ingredients to shop for since the recipe is on my phone. I can leave the app open to my recipe and click on ingredients to see what I will need for ultimate convenience.
If all goes according to plan, Captain Computer and I should be able to make the Chocolate Mousse Torte this afternoon. Prep time is 20 minute but it will probably take me long with the help of my enthusiastic sous chef and chief taster. Then I’ll the torte chill overnight, and garnish it in the morning so I can pull it out and have it ready to serve tomorrow night. I’ll let you know how it turns out!
iPhone users can download iFood Assistant 2.0 from iTunes for $0.99.
If you are interested in the recipe but without an iPhone, here’s the Chocolate Mousse Torte recipe on the Kraft Foods website complete with an instructional video!
I was compensated by Kraft Foods to cover the cost of groceries to try out recipes featured on iFood Assistant 2.0/LITE, downloading the app and conducting reader giveaways. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards iFood Assistant or other Kraft Foods mobile offerings. Images courtesy of Kraft Foods.
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