Friday, September 26, 2014

Weekly Kitchen Insights: Slow Cooker Season

Slow cookers are a cook’s BFF. Year-round but especially as the season cools down, these handy appliances make it a breeze for busy families to put a hearty dinner on the table. No surprise then to find a slow cooker recipe was last week’s (9/12 to 9/18/2014) top new recipe. Slow cookers also inspired cooks looking for a garlicky chicken thigh recipe, while autumn apples inspired searches for muffins and apple crisp.   

Apple Pie Muffins (Photo by mominml)

Honey-Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs (Photo by *Sherri*)

Chicken with Mushrooms (Photo by Joey Joan)

The Week’s Top Search Terms
Soup’s on! At least that was true in many households last week. And the top soup choice was a classic: chicken noodle soup, which earned its claim to fame as the fastest growing week-over-week search term driving traffic to the site. Other fast-growing search terms in this search term category were seasonal, and included slow cooker stew, apple crisp recipes, taco seasoning mix recipe, and Thai coconut soup.

Grandma's Chicken Noodle Soup (Photo by pomplemousse)
Last week’s fastest growing internal search terms might be most easily categorized as eclectic. They included baked fries, pepperoni bread, pumpkin pancakes, and Amish.

Top 10 Fastest Moving Key Words
When reviewing last week’s (9/12 to 9/18/2014) fastest growing external search terms on a year-over-year basis, stuffed bell peppers, peaches and apples continue to dominate. Stuffed bell peppers are an affordable main dish, while it’s last call for this season’s fresh peaches and the first for apples. Cake bakers were also active, searching for angel food cake and dump cake recipes.

KEYWORD SEARCHES -- 12-18 September 2014
1. All recipes recipe search +3,640%
2. Stuffed bell peppers recipe 833%
3. Peach cobbler with fresh peaches +470%
4. Apple pie with fresh apples +355%
5. Peach pie with fresh peaches +268%
6. Slow cooker pork recipe +249%
7. Angel food cake recipe  +240%
8. Chicken noodle soup recipes +216%
9. Hamburger casserole recipes + 191%
10. Dump cake recipes +174%

What is your favorite slow cooker recipe?

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

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