Friday, September 19, 2014

Weekly Kitchen Insights: End of Summer Favorites

Blueberries, apples, tomatoes and green beans captivated Allrecipes’ home cooks last week (9/5 to 9/11/2014). Turned into favorites like casseroles, crisps and cake, they’re a delicious way to celebrate the end of summer. The first searches for pumpkin dip and Halloween recipes also appeared, clues to the next holiday already on some cooks’ minds. Here are the week’s highlights:

Apple Crisp II (Photo by LYNNINMA)
    Melt in Your Mouth Blueberry Cake (Photo by LenaLawson)

Grandma's Green Bean Casserole (Photo by mischiefsgirl)


The Week’s Top Search Terms
Are there pumpkins piled into bins yet at your local grocery store? They’re showing up in many spots, along with end aisle caps featuring pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie mix, all which are no doubt inspiring home cooks to search for pumpkin dip recipes. This was the fastest growing week-over-week search term driving traffic to the site last week. Other fast growing search terms driving traffic to the site included pear honey recipe, slow cooker beef stew recipe, spaghetti sauce from fresh tomatoes, and—for dessert fans—a luscious white chocolate raspberry cheesecake.

Last week’s fastest growing week-over-week internal search terms also indicate home cooks are in an autumn groove. They included chicken wild rice soup, pumpkin dip, Halloween recipes, and pizza dip.

Top 10 Fastest Moving Key Words
Looking at last week’s (9/5 to 9/11/14) fastest growing external search terms, peaches, cabbage, and bell peppers reigned in the top spots. In fact, peaches pulled rank by a mile over their position in 2013. Chicken showed up as the key term paired with enchiladas and chicken breast


1. Peach cobbler with fresh peaches +885%
2. Stuffed bell peppers recipe +350%
3. Peach pie with fresh peaches +317%
4. Stuffed cabbage rolls recipe +314%
5. White chocolate cheesecake +211%
6. Alfredo sauce recipe easy +196%
7. Appetizers for parties +191%
8. Cucumber salad recipe +179%
9. Chicken enchiladas recipe +169%
10. Easy chicken breast recipes +156%

Has a pumpkin dish or dip caught your attention yet?

-- Posted by Judith H. Dern, Senior Communications Manager
 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Food Bloggers Gather in Seattle for Annual IFBC Conference

This weekend in Seattle a swirl of food bloggers and food writers will gather for the annual—happening since 2009—International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC). Presented by Foodista and Zephyr Adventures, the 2014 conference promises more mingling, motivation, and delicious tastes than even last year, when everyone attending raved about their bountiful overflowing swag bags and Dorie Greenspan’s down-to-earth yet inspiring opening presentation. The theme of this year’s conference is “Food, Writing, and Technology.” Plenty to absorb in all three categories.

To kick things off, IFBC’s Friday evening opening reception is packed with “firsts.” It features live music from the Jackie Pock Band, along with food products such as Noosa Yogurt, Bristol Bay Sustainable Sockeye Salmon, Krusteaz, Beef: It’s What’s for Dinner, Lesley Stowe’s Raincoast Crisps, Manitoba Harvest, Lรกgrima Pure Vanilla, Ninja Kitchen, California Endive, Seattle’s own Theo Chocolates, and many, many others. The weekend promises to be a feast!

Speakers for Saturday morning’s keynote are Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, award-winning authors of The Flavor Bible, What to Eat with What You Drink, and more. Afternoon speakers will cover tips for modern editorial photography, butchery techniques, Bordeaux wines, brand management, local and seasonal cooking, and writing exercises. Saturday evening includes a Pre-Gourmet Fair Reception, and the gala Taste of Seattle & Gourmet Fair, while Sunday starts with breakfast hosted by Bigelow Tea and a session about writing with Washington Post food and travel editor, Joe Yonan, another about Google+ with Dr. Jean Layton, and professional recipe development methods with Gluten-Free Girl, Shauna Ahearn. Just reading the agenda is appetite-inspiring!

See you there!

-- Posted by Judith H. Dern, Senior Communications Manager

Friday, September 12, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Weekly Kitchen Insights: Apple Pie Season

From tomatoes to apples in one week. Two weeks ago tomatoes reigned supreme, and last week (8/29 to 9/4/2014) recipe searches were all about apples. Making use of seasonal fruits is a tradition for home cooks—one with relevance even in the 21st century. And if you have apples, you must make applesauce, apple cake, or pie, especially Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie. This dessert is a perennial favorite for Allrecipes home cooks however you slice it. Other trending search terms and recipes reflect last hurrahs for summer dishes and the recent Labor Day holiday.

  • Apple Pie by Grandma Ople received the largest increase in page views last week, and also saw the largest week-over-week increase in Recipe Box saves 


Gramdma Ople's Aple Pie (Phot by TALIA SUE)


Apple Cinnamon White Cake (Photo by ~*CountryGirlGourmet*~)

The Week’s Top Search Terms
Home cooks kept the grill sizzling even as the calendar changed and fall arrived. They looked for grilled ribs and barbecued ribs, and indulged in mini cheesecakes. The fastest growing week-over-week search term driving traffic to the site last week was mini cheesecakes. Other fast-growing search terms driving traffic to the site included recipe for macaroni salad, ribs on the grill, Labor Day recipes, and homemade applesauce recipe.

Barbecue Ribs Recipe
Barbecue Ribs (Photo by plawrence)

The fastest growing week-over-week internal search terms included apple cinnamon white cake, apple cider, barbeque ribs, and slow cooker potato soup. It has to be fall when soup makes the search term list.

Top 10 Fastest Moving Key Words
Comparing year-over-year external terms, stuffed bell peppers maintained its top search rank, rising 932% over last year. School started last week (8/30-9/5/2-14), so egg salad sandwiches were popular as well. Fresh peaches, deviled eggs, cucumber salad, and balsamic vinaigrette round out the top 10 list.

1. Stuffed bell peppers recipe +932%
2. Peach cobbler with fresh peaches +660%
3. Deviled egg recipes +489%
4. Peach pie with fresh peaches +219%
5. Slow cooker pulled pork recipe +214%
6. Cucumber salad recipe +193%
7. Egg salad recipes +193%
8. Balsamic vinaigrette recipe +175%
9. How to make deviled eggs +170%
10. Green bean casserole recipe +153%

Is there an autumn apple pie in your future?

-- Posted by Judith H. Dern, Senior Communications Manager





Friday, September 5, 2014

Weekly Kitchen Insights: Salsa Season

It’s finally tomato season! Summer days may not be as hot or as long, but they’re just right for ripening fresh tomatoes. This also makes it salsa season. Last week (8/22 to 8/28/2014) home cooks searched for salsa recipes, steak marinades and healthy snack ideas. Some exotic recipes rose to the top, too. Who knew how easy it was to prepare roasted chick peas, a favorite Middle Eastern snack that’s existed for centuries? Here’s the week’s recap:


Fresh Tomato Salsa (Photo by Terri Duckworth)

The Best Steak Marinade in Existence (Photo by Natalie)
 

Simple Roasted Chickpea Snack (Photo by Rock_lobster)

 The Week’s Top Search Terms
Signals that the season is changing also show up among last week’s search terms. When tailgating shows up, it’s kick off time for football season. Add Halloween and any ideas about summer festivals are long gone. The fastest growing week-over-week search term driving traffic to the site last week was corn pudding recipe. Other fast growing search terms driving traffic to the site included recipe for taco seasoning, corn dog batter recipe, Scotch eggs recipe, and angel food cake mix and crushed pineapple.

More evidence of autumn flavors: the fastest growing internal search terms week over week included Labor Day, Halloween, pound cakes, and tailgating.

Top 10 Fastest Moving Key Words
Late summer favorites also drove key word searches last week (8/22 to 8/28/2014). From peach cobbler and peach pie, to bell peppers, Portobello mushrooms and cucumber salad, home cooks were all about using fresh fruits and veggies. Some families certainly enjoyed Labor Day picnics with deviled eggs, pinwheel sandwiches, and baked chicken thighs. Dump cake continued its reign as the world’s easiest dessert.

Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler (Photo by Tricia)
1. Stuffed bell peppers recipe +856%
2. Peach cobbler with fresh peaches +698%
3. Dump cake recipes +306%
4. Portobello mushroom recipes +163%
5. Stuffed cabbage recipe +159%
6. Deviled egg recipes +152%
7. Cucumber salad recipe +149%
8. Baked chicken thighs +130%
9. Peach pie with fresh peaches +127%
10. Pinwheel recipes +127%

Which recipe do you reach for when the calendar turns to September?

-- Posted by Judith H. Dern, Senior Communications Manager


Friday, August 29, 2014

Weekly Kitchen Insights: Eclectic Meets Familiar

Allrecipes home cooks know what they like. If a recipe includes chicken or bacon, it’s a winner. If it’s a ricotta dessert pie with Italian heritage, it’s a super star. Reviewing last week’s (8/15 to 8/21/2014) recipes supports these observations. A new, easy-to-make soup recipe ( Soup? Is summer already winding down?) pairs chicken and tomatoes and claimed first place for the week's most popular new recipe, while a favorite family recipe for a creamy ricotta pie also earned attention. Here are highlights from the past week:

Tomato Bisque with Chicken Recipe
Tomato Bisque with Chicken (Photo by LilSnoo)


Ricotta Pie (Old Italian Recipe) (Photo by taylor)

  • The World's Best Bacon Cheese Dip showed the largest week over week increase in Recipe Box saves, probably by home cooks with Labor Day entertaining in mind

World's Best Bacon Cheese Dip (Photo by Christina)


The Week’s Top Search Terms
“Down home” and “familiar” would are the best adjectives to describe the fastest growing week-over-week search terms driving traffic to the site. Egg salad recipes topped the list, followed by magic bars, vegetable soup recipe, hot pepper jelly recipe, and chicken nuggets recipe.

Awesome Egg Salad with a Kick (Photo by naples34102)

The fastest growing week-over-week internal search terms were also familiar favorites, most related to breakfast, including biscuits, breakfast casserole, slow cooker, and pancakes.

Top 10 Fastest Moving Key Words
Reviewing key words based on external searches in the past week (8/15 to 8/21/2014), the top 10 terms reflect popular seasonal cooking (fresh peaches), dinner favorites (stuffed bell peppers, lasagna, chicken and dumplings), and familiar, easy favorites (deviled eggs, frittata, Portobello mushrooms). Easy-to-make dump cake claimed honors as a Top 10 dessert.

1. Stuffed bell peppers recipe +741%
2. Peach cobbler with fresh peaches +460%
3. Peach pie with fresh peaches +225%
4. Portobello mushroom recipes +168%
5. Lasagna recipe with ricotta cheese +161%
6. Dump cake recipes +159%
7. Frittata recipes +132%
8. Deviled egg recipes +131%
9. Chicken and dumpling recipe +123%
10. Alfredo sauce recipe easy +100%

What new recipe did you discover this summer?

-- Posted by Judith H. Dern, Senior Communications Manager


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Weekly Kitchen Insights: Prime Time Veggie Season

Summer’s bounty of vegetables inspired home cooks big time last week (8/1 to 8/7/2014) in their recipe searches. Gardens, farmers’ markets, and grocery store produce aisles overflowed with zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn-on-the-cob, carrots, beets, lettuces, bell peppers, bok choy, basil, and more, which found their way into favorite summer dishes. Slow cookers and brownies proved their year-round appeal, while pasta salad and pesto also marked the pleasures of summer meals. Here’s what was cooking in America’s summer kitchens:    
  • The #1 new recipe for the week was Brookies (AKA “Brownie Cookies”)
  • You know it's seriously summer when a recipe for StuffedTomatoes receives the largest week-over-week increase in page views
Stuffed Tomatoes (Photo by Cat Lady Cyndi)

Mom's Zucchini Bread hot from the oven! (Photo by Emily Messenger)
 
  • Always a favorite, Unbelievable Chicken had the largest week-over-week increase in Recipe Box saves
Unbelievable Chicken (Photo by sassyoldlady)


The Week’s Top Search Terms
All-American with an ethnic twist would be one way of describing last week’s recipe searches. The fastest growing week-over-week search term driving traffic to the site last week was best cold pasta salad recipe. Other fast growing search terms driving traffic to the site included balsamic chicken recipe, black bean brownies, best chocolate chip cookies, and apple bread.

The fastest growing week-over-week internal search terms included easy pesto, slow cooker baby back ribs, slow cooker carnitas, and chocolate lasagna.

Top 10 Fastest Moving Key Words
Peaches, portobellos, and stuffed peppers topped last week’s (8/1 to 8/7/2014) list of fastest growing key words based on external searches. Deviled eggs may seem out of season—Easter was in April, after all—but mojitos never lose their appeal.

1. Peach cobbler with fresh peaches +323%
2. Portobello mushroom recipes +207%
3. Stuffed bell peppers recipe 195%
4. Dump Cake Recipes +185%
5. Old-Fashioned recipe +179%
6. Easy chicken breast recipes +160%
7. Deviled egg recipes +144%
8. Chicken marinade recipes +124%
9. Frittata recipes +119%
10. Mojito drink recipe +114%

And your favorite rock star summer veggie recipe is… ?

-- Posted by Judith H. Dern, Senior Communications Manager