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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Alexa Epicurious Cooking Skill

Am a avid cook and fan of the Epicurious (EPI) Conde Nast cooking sites.  They have asked me to test their Echo based skill.  Just started that.   Not encyclopedic, like Allrecipes, but a way to do a small set of recipes well.  They call the recipes  'timers', since they are based on cooking times, but have other aspects of the recipe as well.  Would like to see all the featured recipes in the Epicurious site translated into this form.  And the ability to add my own comments as well, even chat with others making the dish.   Also taking it beyond centric to cooking times, to ingredients, spices, ethnicity.   But keep it high quality and very easy to use.  Will continue to post on the examination here.

You invoke the skill by saying:   Alexa, Open Epicurious. 
Then you can say: Alexa how do I cook flank steak?

Here is the skill description:

With the Epicurious kitchen timer, you can ask how long it takes to cook a number of common ingredients, like vegetables, steak, chicken, pork, and fish. Give us a bit more information, like the weight or thickness of your steak, and we'll tell you the basic time and temperature to cook that item, plus preparation instructions and tips. We'll even give you advice on how to tell if it's done! Currently, we have timers for the following items: 

Chicken: chicken leg, chicken thigh, boneless chicken thigh, whole chicken
Pork: pork chops, pork loin, pork tenderloin
Steaks: flank steak, New York strip, porterhouse, ribeye and skirt steak
Seafood: cod, salmon filet, salmon steak, shrimp, swordfish, tilapia 
Vegetables: acorn squash, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, mushrooms, parsnips, potatoes, spaghetti squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini.

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