Friday, July 13, 2012

Weekly Kitchen Insights – Recipes and Trends from

What is it about cheese? Doesn’t matter what the season is, cheese in all its delicious variations is a year-round favorite, especially for Allrecipes’ home cooks. It’s certainly a runaway favorite as this week’s top new recipe: Home-Fried Cheese Sticks, which made a splash in page views, prints, and recipe box saves. I really like the cook’s recommendation to make two batches. One for now, one for later. Yum!

I bet you could serve Cheese Sticks with summer soups, too. A seasonal fave—gazpacho—hit the top of the charts this week as well. Then came cookies by the batch: peanut butter, triple chocolate, plus homemade vanilla ice cream. That’s the cook I want to live next door to!

In case you think cheese sticks and desserts were the only thing on the charts, home cooks were also preparing kale salads (Yes! Kale is still hot!), green bean casseroles, and garlicky shrimp.

Here’s the line-up for this week’s top recipes.

Crispy, crunchy Home-Fried Cheese Sticks (photo by SHORECOOK)
Grandma's Green Bean Casserole ready for a fork (photo by Sean Lemecha)
Colorful and healthy! Roasted Yam and Kale Salad (photo by Phynn)
Calling all Cookie Monsters! Chef John's Peanut Butter Cookies are delish! (photo by 2Cyclops)
Always a summer favorite, Chef John's Gazpacho ((photo by jrbaker)
Grab your spoon for Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream (photo by What A Dish!)
Easy does it for the week’s top search terms. Just right for summer, I say. The fastest growing week-over-week search terms driving traffic to Allrecipes were marshmallow fondant, easy meatloaf recipe, and easy chicken recipe. For home cooks on Allrecipes, the fastest growing search terms were taco soup, tortilla soup, zucchini recipe, and chicken tortilla soup. (You know it’s seriously summer when you see zucchini searches.)

Summer faves rule the video list too, along with a brand new one showing how to make Vietnamese Fresh Rolls. I’m positively watching that one. I can’t get enough of those, and this video shows the authentic way to prepare these.

Beautiful Vietnamese Fresh Rolls (photo by duongvu)
You’ll want to watch these videos too, to see tips on making creamy smooth ice cream or Chef John’s fast and easy zucchini recipe that’s a terrific side with grilled steaks or burgers.
Have a delicious weekend!

Posted by Renny Sabina, Business Analyst