Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Top 10 U.S. Neighborhoods for Gourmet-Style Home Cooking: Redfin Identifies America’s Most Foodie-Friendly Neighborhoods Matched with Popular Local Recipes from Allrecipes

Do foodies tend to cluster in similar neighborhoods? Those where high numbers of homes for sale have kitchen features attractive to skilled home cooks and are also located near farmers’ markets and premium grocery stores? The answer is “yes,” according to Redfin, the customer-first national real estate firm, which has researched and determined the Top 10 best U.S. neighborhoods for gourmet home cooks. Redfin compiled its Top 10 list by identifying neighborhoods with high numbers of for-sale homes listing upscale cook-friendly features—gourmet kitchens, vegetable gardens, chicken coops—that were also located near farmers’ markets and grocery stores offering high-quality ingredients. Home-cooking mecca Allrecipes crunched its site data to determine each neighborhood’s most popular dishes using both local and fresh ingredients. 

Take a closer look to see where gourmet cooks reside. Here’s the list of the 10 Best U.S. Neighborhoods to be your own Top Chef paired with the neighborhood’s most popular recipes: 

1          Downtown, San Jose, Calif.

2          Stanton Park, Washington, D.C.

3          North Capitol Hill, Denver, Colo.

4          Lakeridge, Seattle, Wash.
5          Mid-City, Los Angeles, Calif.
6          Canton, Baltimore, Md.
            Maryland Crab Soup
7          East Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga.
            Turkey and Yam Tacos

8          North Center, Chicago, Ill. 
Hot ItalianGiardiniera

9          South Beach, San Francisco, Calif.

10       Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia, Penn.

Redin is making the full report available: click here to read. Questions? Please write Amy Musser, press@redfin.com, or call 206-859-2861.

Are you living in one of these neighborhoods? If so, do you consider yourself a foodie? What is your favorite dish to prepare?

- Posted by Judith H. Dern, Senior Communications Manager


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Good-for-You Smoothies and Juices Blend Consumer Appeal

Heavenly Blueberry Smoothie (Photo by DIZ)
What’s green or pink and served in a glass? If you answered “a smoothie,” you’d be right. A year-round favorite with health-conscious home cooks—42% of respondents in a 2013 Allrecipes survey had tried making smoothies and fresh-squeezed juices at home, and 64% said it was because of their health benefits—smoothies and nutritious juices are hugely popular during the winter dieting season and summer months.

Interest in juicing and making smoothies is strongest among consumers aged 19 to 29, with the most active juice and blender aficionados residing in the West and South.



Taking a look at the most popular smoothie recipes on Allrecipes.com gives smoothies made with berries a clear edge, although Groovy Green Smoothie is putting up some delicious competition.

Most Popular Smoothie Recipes

B and L’s Strawberry Smoothie (4.5 stars, 543 reviews)
Groovy Green Smoothie (4.5 stars, 251 reviews)
All-Around Good Smoothie (4.5 stars, 239 reviews)
Banana Smoothie I (4.5 stars, 160 reviews)
Purple Monstrosity Smoothie (4.5 stars, 152 reviews)
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie (4.5 stars, 127 reviews)
Gloomy Day Smoothie (4.5 stars, 119 reviews)
Avocado Smoothie (4.5 stars, 112 reviews)
Triple Threat Fruit Smoothie (4.5 stars, 108 reviews)
Green Slime Smoothie (4.5 stars, 96 reviews)

The appeal of being able to blend together a smoothie or fresh juice in minutes using whatever fruits and vegetables are handy in the fridge or on the kitchen counter is seductive. Add the “good-for-you” factor and it’s even more attractive. By adding nutritional information to the equation, a new juicing interactive—simplysmarterjuicing.com—now gives consumers a useful tool to select fruits and veggies based on their vitamins, energy level, antioxidants, and cleansing power. They may also determine the number of calories, sugars and carbs in their selected fruit and veggie combinations, plus see additional recipes with combinations similar to their selected choices.

Anyone for an energizing juice blend prepared with apples, cucumbers, lemon, kale, spinach, celery, fennel, ginger, and romaine lettuce? With just 346 calories, 52g sugar, and 86g carbs it’s a winner.

- Posted by Judith H. Dern, Senior Communications Manager

Friday, June 27, 2014

Weekly Kitchen Insights – Chef John Does Teriyaki

Combine Chef John’s flavor instincts with an Asian favorite—Chicken Teriyaki—and a winning recipe is guaranteed. It’s really no surprise that Chef John’s Chicken Teriyaki earned first place as the week’s (6/13 to 6/19/2014) most popular new recipe. Made “from scratch,” it uses all the traditional ingredients. Summer celebrations will be festive with sangria and mini cheesecakes, two other popular recipes, and who can resist a zucchini and potato bake?

Here are last week’s recipe highlights:



Snagria! Sangria! (Photo by lutzcat)


Cherry-topped Mini Cheesecakes (Photo by Leslie Ann)

Zucchini and Potato Bake (Photo by Fit&Healthy Mom)

The Week’s Top Search Terms
Summer cocktails capture the top spot as the fastest growing week-over-week search term driving traffic to the site the week of 6/6 to 6/12/2014. Winning the highball race was mojito recipes. Other fast-growing search terms driving traffic to the site also reflected summertime when the livin’ is easy: guacamole recipes, sweet and sour meatballs recipe, blackberry pie, and blueberry muffins recipe.

Dad’s got their due on June 15th. The fastest growing internal search terms included bacon jam, Father’s Day, baked donuts, and baked doughnuts.


The Week’s Fastest Moving Key Words
Cocktails and summer berries are the key words droving searches for the week of June 6 to June 12, 2014. A tasty combination! And gluten-free fans are here to stay. Here's the week's Top 10 list.

1. Mojito recipes +364%
2. Guacamole recipes +255%
3. Sweet and sour dills recipe +207%
4. Blackberry pie +199%
5. Blueberry muffins recipe  +179%
6. Caipirinha +178%
7. Gluten-free recipes +167%
8. Stuffed bell peppers recipe +159%
9. Caipirinha recipe +134%
10. Fruit dip recipes +132%

Will you make Chef John's chicken teriyaki or mini cheesecakes first? Or both?!

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







Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Social Sign-In Streamlines Allrecipes’ Log-In Process

With just one click, Allrecipes this week strengthened its position as a socially-driven brand. With a single click, (and one less password to remember), Allrecipes’ 11 million members can now choose to sign in to the world’s largest digital food website using their Facebook or Google+ account. It's that simple. As long as they are signed in to either of the two social sites, they will remain signed in to their Allrecipes account, and no longer need to sign in again each time they visit the site. The streamlined social sign-in feature extends the brand beyond Allrecipes.com to Facebook and Google+ experiences to create awareness and engagement among the web’s most active users. 

New members can join Allrecipes in one click using their Facebook or Google+ account, while existing Allrecipes members may choose to merge their existing account with their new social sign-in account. For busy home cooks, social sign-in also simplifies finding and sharing recipes, reviews, and photos.

New Social Sign-In Invitation for Existing Allrecipes Members

This faster registration process also provides Allrecipes members the benefit of having a more seamless, consistent experience across devices without having to repeatedly sign in. Whether they’re accessing Allrecipes from a computer, tablet or mobile device, with social sign-in and one click, they’re connected. In the future, they will also benefit from having a more peresonalized Allrecipes experience.

- Posted by Judith H. Dern, Senior Communications Manager




Friday, June 13, 2014

Weekly Kitchen Insights – Slow Cookers Rule Year-Round

The calendar may say “June,” but slow cookers aren’t only a cold weather appliance. They’re truly a cook’s best friend all year. If evidence is required, last week’s (5/30 to 6/5/2014) top new recipe says it all: Heaven in a Slow Cooker. This dreamy chocolate cake/cookie dessert ‘baked’ in a slow cooker proved irresistible to a lot of home cooks. Fresh fish, fresh lemon, and fresh basil also inspired a lot of home cooks. Here’s an overview of the week’s most popular recipes:  .

The #1 new recipe for the week was Heaven in a Slow Cooker (Will you be first to post a photo of this decadent dessert?)

  • Fresh salmon appealed to many home cooks who gave Grilled 5almon I the largest increase in page views last week, plus the largest increase in prints
    Grilled Salmon I (Photo by Zeus)

  • Lemon Pie Bars saw the largest week-over-week increase in Recipe Box saves
Lemon Pie Bars (Photo by KGora)

The Week’s Top Search Terms
Dessert fans found a lot to like last week. The fastest growing week-over-week search term driving traffic to the site last week was chewy peanut butter cookies. Other fast growing search terms driving traffic to the site included polenta recipes, basil pesto recipe, chocolate dipped strawberries, and nachos recipes.

The fastest growing week-over-week internal search terms showed the scope of home cooks’ ethnic interests and along with food to sustain adventurers in the great outdoors. These included chicken lo mein, kalua pork, curried chicken, and camp.

Year-Over-Year Fastest Growing Key Terms
A look at the fastest-moving key words last week (5/30 to 6/5/2014) based on year-over-year external searches indicates breakfast, paleo diets, and chicken are quickly making their way into the kitchens of home cooks. Cocktails—particularly martinis and Bloody Marys—are also grabbing attention.

1. Lasagna recipe +1,331%
2. Boneless chicken breast recipes +328%
3. Breakfast ideas +272%
4. Chicken salad sandwich recipe +240%
5. Rice crispy treats +207%
6. Paleo diet recipes +205%
7. Beer can chicken +199%
8. Martini recipe +174%
9. Quesadilla recipe +139%
10. Bloody Mary recipe +133%

What slow cooker recipe do you prepare year-round?

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


Friday, June 6, 2014

Weekly Kitchen Insights – Starring Corn-on-the-Cob

Here at Allrecipes we can tell what the season is just by looking at recipe search topics. When corn-on-the-cob showed up last week (5/23 to 5/29/14) among the top 10 search terms, we knew summer might as well be here, even if not officially on the calendar. Corn-on-the-cob jumped into first place as both the term driving the largest increase in page views and as the top new recipe.

Here's a rundown of last week’s most popular recipes:

Delicious and Easy Corn-on-the-Cob (Photo by Paula)
 

Grilled Corn-on-the-Cob (Photo by Molly)

Asian Ginger Dressing (Photo by LynnInHK)

Unbelievable Chicken (Photo by sassyoldlady)


The Week’s Top Search Terms
Summer foods also star in last week’s fastest-growing search term traffic. How to grill corn ranked here as well as the week’s #1 term. Other terms driving traffic to the site included all-American summer favorites such as dill potato salad, baby back ribs on the grill, baby back ribs oven, and homemade vanilla ice cream

Internal terms compared against the previous week showed more variety and included spicy grilled shrimp, red skinned potato salad, slow cooker baby back ribs, and homemade vanilla ice cream.

The Week’s Fastest Growing Key Words
All-American summer favorites also pack the list of last week’s (5/23 to 5/29/14) top 10 key words based on internal searches of Allrecipes.com. Home cooks were all about potato salad, slow cooker grilled ribs, and homemade ice cream. With Memorial Day in the mix, of course, flag cake would be a top search choice. 

1. Spicy grilled shrimp +385%
2. Red skinned potato salad +326%
3. Slow cooker baby back ribs +232%
4. Homemade vanilla ice cream +196%
5. Dill potato salad +178%
6. Mustard potato salad +170%
7. Flag cake +166%
8. Marinated grilled chicken +166%
9. Homemade ice cream +164%
10. Grilled corn-on-the-cob +164%

What is your favorite summer supper menu?

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

Friday, May 30, 2014

Weekly Kitchen Insights – Summer Faves – Already!

Memorial Day inspired a lot of home cooks to kick off the summer entertaining season. Who wouldn’t come to a party where the hostess served luau punch? Favorite summer fruits and berries—blueberries, cherries, and rhubarb—also inspired last week’s (5/16 to 5/22/2014) top recipe searches. Some home cooks were trading kitchens for campfires, while others loved the idea of a refreshing milky fruit drink.

Here are the week’s top recipes and search terms. 

  • Luau Punch received the largest increase in page views and prints last week
Luau Punch (Photo by Linda Singleton

Orange Glorious I (Photo by 5Foot3)


The Week’s Top Search Terms
The fastest growing week-over-week search term driving traffic to the site last week reflected May’s big holiday: Memorial Day recipes. Among other fast-growing search terms driving traffic to the site, some die-hard pumpkin fans were active. Search terms in this category included cookie icing, pumpkin cookies, best coleslaw recipe, and cream cheese icing recipe.

The fastest growing week-over-week internal search terms reflect similar summer interests and include Memorial Day, cherries, rhubarb dessert, and campfire.


The Week’s Fastest Growing Key Words
Summer is coming! If it isn’t officially here yet, it could be judging by the past week’s (5/16 to 5/22/2014) search terms. From how to grill corn to potato salad, homemade ice cream and strawberry pie, seasonal favorites crowd the list. Here are the Top 10 fastest growing search key words.

1. How to grill corn +402%
2. Dill potato salad +374%
3. Baby back ribs cooked on the grill +341%
4. Baby back ribs oven +286%
5. Homemade ice cream +280%
6. How to grill corn on the cob +275%
7. Red potato salad recipe +275%
8. Strawberry pie recipes +271%
9. Peach ice cream recipe +270%
10. Barbecue ribs +239%

Do you make your potato salad with or without dill and/or onions?

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