Monday, January 30, 2012

Game Day--Take-Along Apps

With the Super Bowl less than a week away, we’re proud to share a special feature that highlights the very best football food on Allrecipes--we call it Game Day. Seth Kolloen, one of the editors who helped create Game Day, stopped by the blog to give a little tour. 

Game Day--Take-Along Apps



If anyone was eating chicken wings during the first Super Bowl in 1967, they were probably within a five-mile radius of Downtown Buffalo. Now, XLV Super Bowls later, wings are eaten in staggering quantities from coast to coast. If you’re bringing food to a potluck party, wings should be your top choice.

We’ve packed our Game Day appetizers page with wings recipes, wings videos, wing sauces--even a video on how to eat wings. Also:
--Nacho recipes
--The best jalapeno poppers
--Easy meaty bites, like smokies
--More dips and spreads
--Cheese balls!




Buffalo wings have come to be one of the biggest winners on Super Bowl Sunday--though we can’t say the same for the Buffalo Bills. Hope you find a wings recipe you enjoy.

Twitter Giveaway | Gear Up for Game Day

Super Bowl is this weekend and we have a couple of fun items to give away to help make your Super Bowl-themed menu a bit more fun! Details for the giveaways are below, tweet @Allrecipes or leave a comment if you have any questions. Good luck, Allrecipeeps!

For those who are not on Twitter, you can start an account here: www.twitter.com
Both giveaways are open to U.S. residents only.

Giveaway #1 - Sweets for the winning team!

There are two very cute football helmet cookie cutters looking to be put to use for your dessert menu on Sunday. Two Allrecipeeps have a chance to win one of these to create Patriots- or Giants-themed cookies.

Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. PST on Monday (1/30/12), tweet the following to be entered to win the giveaway:    
     The team you’ll be cheering for (@Patriots or @Giants)
     Your favorite type of cookie
     Don’t forget to include #AllrecipesGiveaway

Winners will be announced shortly after 2 p.m. PST.

If you need some dessert menu inspiration, be sure to check out the Halftime Treats section on the Game Day page.

Examples:
Go @Patriots! My fav chocolate chip cookies will be at my Super Bowl party! #AllrecipesGiveaway
Go @Giants! Fav cookie this year is Classic Peanut Butter cookies. #AllrecipesGiveaway

Congrats to our winners: @MomRocksMeals @curligirlibabe

Giveaway #2 – Just in time for the pre-game show!
What party is complete without deviled eggs? This plate is ready for your favorite deviled egg recipe to make its appearance at your Super Bowl party. One Allrecipeep has a chance to win this giveaway.

Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. PST on Tuesday (1/31/12), tweet the following to be entered to win the giveaway:
     Your favorite type of deviled egg and tailgating appetizer(s)
     Don’t forget to include #AllrecipesGiveaway

Winners will be announced shortly after 2 p.m. PST.

If you need some appetizer menu inspiration, be sure to check out the Take-Along Apps section on the Game Day page.

Examples:
Fav tailgating apps are 7-layer dip, cocktail meatballs, & classic deviled eggs w/bacon. #AllrecipesGiveaway
My fav deviled eggs are any recipe with a kick! Don't forget the buffalo wings for the tailgate party. #AllrecipesGiveaway

Congrats to our winner:  @ChicoHoglunds

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Bones Are In – New York Giants to Win!

The Bones Are In – New York Giants to Win! 
It’s time to throw down some bones and place your bets…the big Game Day is almost here! This year we’ve leveraged the talents of our funny friend, Chef John, to help us tell an awesome Game Day story. Each year for the past 12 years (we suspect this may actually be just the 2nd year, but we’ll go with it Chef John), Chef John has predicted the winner of the Big Game by throwing and reading chicken wing bones! He’s created a video showcasing his prediction and it has received more than 17,000 views in the first day alone! Last year Chef John predicted the winner, the spread and the over-under, so we’re not recommending you bet the college fund on some chicken bones…but your lunch money might not hurt.*

This year Chef John predicts the New York Giants to win the game!

The Super Bone Toss!
Much like the ancient tradition of reading tea leaves, John predicted his winning team by polishing off a plate of his favorite wings and tossing the bones to “read” who will emerge victorious. According to the Food Wishes star, while reading the bones is easy, not everyone has the magic touch for throwing them accurately. In fact, Chef John’s throw proved inconclusive for the “over-under” so he is encouraging others with the magic touch to help predict this by posting bone throwing videos on YouTube.

Follow the instructions below to try and predict this year’s champion:
1. Polish off five of your favorite wings—make sure you have three flat wings and two drumsticks for the proper throw. Save the bones.
2. Get a 12 inch plate. “If it’s less than that, it won’t be accurate. If it’s larger than that, it will be too accurate,” says Chef John.
3. Randomly toss the bones on the plate.
4. If you have the magic touch the bones will fall in the shape of a NY or G, predicting the New York Giants will win. If the shape more resembles a P, NE, or anything else, “you don’t have the magic touch,” says Chef John.
5. Though his throw was inconclusive, according to Chef John, “In most cases, if small bones cover big bones, it will be over, if big bones cover small bones, it will be under.”

Video Prediction from 2011


Video Prediction for 2012


Super Wing Sunday Stats – Americans Will Eat More Than 1 Million Chicken Wings for the Big Football Game
Nearly half of all chicken wing searches during football playoff season result in visits to Allrecipes (47 percent) and with more than 100 wing recipes, the site has something for all wing lovers. The top wing recipes for the Big Game include:

1. Restaurant-Style Buffalo Chicken Wings 
2. Baked Buffalo Wings
3. Boneless Buffalo Wings

More interesting wing trends:

• Searches for wing recipes more than double in the two weeks leading up to the Big Game
 • When it comes to wing flavors, Buffalo-style dominates claiming 4 of the 5 most popular wing recipes on Allrecipes.com.
• Baked Wings are a rising trend growing nearly 40 percent year over year.
• The Northeast searches for more wing recipes than any other region: New Yorkers view the most wing recipes per capita, followed by Pittsburg and then Boston and the West Coast showed the least interest in wings of the whole country.
• Southerners like their wings hot while Midwesterners prefer easy wing recipes, and the Northeast favors Buffalo flavored.

*By reading this message you acknowledge that Allrecipes may not be held accountable for you losing any sum of money up-to and including your life saving by betting on chicken wing bones.

Check out the Full Press Release here:
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/1/prweb9132336.htm

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Game Day--Big Bold Mains

With a full roster of NFL playoffs blitzing your TV screen this weekend, we’re proud to debut a special feature that highlights the very best football food on Allrecipes--we call it Game Day. Seth Kolloen, one of the editors who helped create Game Day, stopped by the blog to give a little tour.

Game Day--Big Bold Mains

For a meaty, satisfying, and stress-reducing Super Bowl filler-upper, nothing beats chili. I had ten people over for the Alamo Bowl a couple of weeks ago, and if I’d had to deal with the stress of cooking on top of the stress of my beloved Washington Huskies giving up a touchdown every third play, I would’ve crawled into a hot oven and stayed there. Fortunately, I’d planned ahead and made a huge pot of chili two nights before. I just warmed it up and enjoyed the compliments--chili always tastes better after a couple of days in the fridge.

Chili is the focus of our main page, with three top-rated recipes including the wildly popular Boilermaker Tailgate Chili.



The rest of the page features chili helpers and other bold main dishes:
--Great sides for chili like cornbread, beer bread and crackers
--Slow cooker chicken, pork and beef
--Meaty sausages, burgers and ribs
--A lean chili, for those still sticking to a New Year’s diet

To me, making chili for a football party is like a running a draw play against a corner blitz--the perfect call every time. Hope you find some recipes that you like.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sweet Success! Allrecipes’ Desserts eCookbook Wins Award



Did you find a tablet or digital reader under your Christmas tree? A lot of us did. And then we went online and bought a zillion ebooks! In the two weeks following Christmas, for 42 of the top 50 titles on USA Today’s Best-Selling Books list, ebooks were the most popular sales format. Overall, ebook sales doubled in the past year—from 10 percent to 20 percent of the market. (Print books still account for 80 percent of sales.) Allrecipes joined the digital books trend a year ago and has published 13 titles since January 2011.

We’re excited to announce one of these eCookbooks—Desserts: 100 Best Recipes from Allrecipes.com—just received a QED Award, the seal of approval from Digital Book World, a professional organization for the ebook industry. These are the first-ever QED Awards! “QED” stands for “Quality, Excellence, Design, and indicates the book has gone through a rigorous 13-point inspection on multiple devices and formats and will look good however you read.” Only 85 ebooks received the Award. Exciting! You can read the complete story here.

I had to download Desserts: 100 Best Recipes from Allrecipes.com for my iPad. Confession: I had a hand in putting this eCookbook together for Allrecipes. I was our ebooks project manager a year ago. It was a lot of fun to sort and select the most popular recipes based on ratings, reviews, comments, and photos from our community of cooks, to write cooking tips based on everyone’s comments and shared practical information. I wanted to make every one! Some of the recipes are irresistible. How about Black Magic Cake or Award-Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies? Or Mrs. Sigg’s Snickerdoodles? Caramel Pecan Pie? The best part for me is having all these fantastic dessert recipes in one collection to browse anytime I wish. Having them accessible on my iPad makes it super easy to cook in the kitchen, too.

Check out the complete collection of Allrecipes’ eCookbooks here, and let us know which are your favorites. All are available for a range of tablets and ereaders. Sweets for the sweet!

-Judith Dern

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Game Day | The MVPs

With a full roster of NFL playoffs blitzing your TV screen this weekend, we’re proud to debut a special feature that highlights the very best football food on Allrecipes--we call it Game Day. Seth Kolloen, one of the editors who helped create Game Day, stopped by the blog to give a little tour. 


The first page of Game Day is dedicated to football food classics. Seven Layer Taco Dip and Buffalo Chicken Dip are highlighted. Why? Because one of those two has been the most viewed recipe on Allrecipes every Super Bowl Sunday for the past five years. Seven Layer Taco Dip held the lead from 2007-09, but Buffalo Chicken Dip was #1 in 2010 and 2011. Which will you pick? (Or will you just make both?)

    vs.  

The main feature area of the page has several slides, each dedicated to a football food favorite: cocktail meatballs, slow cooker sandwiches, guacamole and finger foods.





The rest of the page has even more top football recipes and ideas:
--Videos on how to make pulled pork and classic BBQ ribs
--Top side dishes
--A full blitz of bacon recipes
--Ideas for feeding a crowd, like pizza party, taco bar, or sub sandwiches
--Beer drinks!

These recipes are so good, you may find yourself Tebowing by the stove. Hope you find a great one.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Allrecipes Measuring Cup Trend Report - January 2012



Three-quarters of American families pay more attention to eating healthy meals than five years ago, yet 50% also eat fast food meals weekly

INSIGHT 1: 98% of American families are eating healthy meals “sometimes/always;” while fewer than 1% say they think about dieting only in January.
88% report thinking about healthy dieting year-round. Half of all survey respondents are motivated to eat a healthful diet by health concerns, which increase as consumers age. Millennials (consumers born between 1981 and 2000) and Baby Boomers are the demographic segments most focused on healthy diets.

How important is a healthy diet for you and your family?


Motivations to pursue a healthy diet based on age demographics

INSIGHT 2: 56% of households eat fast food two or more times a month, and report feeling “guilty” or “bad” afterwards.
Speed and convenience are the top reasons most consumers opt for fast food dining over eating at home. To prepare a healthy meal at home, nearly two-thirds (65%) of home cooks would want it ready in 20 minutes or less to be persuaded to skip the drive-through.

INSIGHT 3: 54% of consumers say “resisting snacks and treats” is their biggest challenge to maintaining a healthy diet.
For more than half (57%) of consumers, healthy eating is a lifestyle. For everyone else it’s intermittent, a ‘start and stop’ effort lasting one year (7%) to a few months or a few weeks (27%), and loaded with challenges.

What’s most challenging about maintaining a healthy diet? (Choose your top 3.)
 


INSIGHT 4: 1 in 5 households say preparing foods to meet healthy dietary requirements is challenging due to busy schedules and limited food budgets.
More than half of consumers have 45 minutes or less to prepare their evening meal, while 40% of consumers don’t know what’s for dinner until the same day a meal is prepared and eaten. When they do plan, dinner is the meal 96% of home cooks plan in advance.
 


INSIGHT 5: Options for meat lovers and vegetarians alike top the list of most-popular healthy recipes.
Look below to discover the Top 10 healthy recipes on Allrecipes.com (based on page views in 2011), 10 from a collection of 1,715 fast-to-make, affordable, great-tasting healthy recipes. For more deliciously quick and easy recipes, tips for losing weight, and insights about foods to boost brainpower and other practical information, consumers can visit HealthyWomen.org/healthyeating and Allrecipes.com/features/new-year-new-you.

Amazing Pork Tenderloin in the Slow Cooker
Eggplant Parmesan II
Easy Baked Tilapia
Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers
The Best Vegetarian Chili in the World
Grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup
Braised Balsamic Chicken
Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle Lime Dressing
Pesto Pasta with Chicken
Pork Chops for the Slow Cooker

About Allrecipes.com 
Allrecipes, the world’s largest digital food brand, receives 750 million annual visits from home cooks around the world who discover and share food experiences through recipes, reviews, photos, profiles, and blog posts. For 15 years, the Seattle-based site has served as a dynamic, indispensable resource for cooks of all skill levels seeking trusted recipes, entertaining ideas, everyday and holiday meal solutions and practical cooking tips. Allrecipes’ global, multiplatform brand provides insights into the kitchens and cooking passions of home cooks everywhere with 17 websites, 9 mobile apps, and 13 eBooks serving cooks in 23 countries and 11 languages. Allrecipes is part of Lifestyle Communities @ RDA, a division of The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. 
For additional information regarding Allrecipes, please visit allrecipes.com

About HealthyWomen.org 
HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading nonprofit health information source for women. For more than 20 years, women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. HW provides health information through a wide array of online content and print publications that are original, objective and reviewed and approved by medical experts. Its website, www.HealthyWomen.org®, was recognized by ForbesWoman as one of the "Top 100 Websites for Women" in 2010 and 2011 and was named the top women’s health website by Dr. Mehmet Oz in O, The Oprah Magazine. 
To learn more, visit HealthyWomen.org

Please Contact: 
Stephanie Robinett 
Director, Communications 
206-708-9271 
stephanier@allrecipes.com

The 2011 Healthy Women Survey was hosted on Allrecipes.com from November 8 – 14, 2011, in collaboration with HealthyWomen.org, with participation from 1,563 U.S.-based Allrecipes community members. No incentives were used to reward or incent participation. 
The Allrecipes Measuring Cup report is derived by analyzing the site behaviors and search data from more than 750 million annual visits to Allrecipes.com, along with survey data from Allrecipes’ online surveys.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Year, New You

Did you resolve to spend less, save time in the kitchen, or try new recipes this year? Perhaps it’s eating more fruit, vegetables, and whole grains? Whatever your food resolution is this year, Allrecipes.com has the recipe collection for you! Thanks to the great community-submitted recipes, the team here has been able to put together some great breakfast, lunch, and dinner choices for your friends and family this year.

Deliciously Healthy: Shape up your diet in a tasty way. 
Garlic Salmon
Quinoa Side Dish
Sugar Snap Peas with Mint


Easy Comfort Food: Seven simple ingredients, all kinds of taste. 
7-Ingredient Chili
Excellent and Healthy Cornbread 


Save Money with Menu Planner: An easy answer to the toughest resolution! 
Browse Budget Menus
Save This Menu: Chicken for the Week 


Fast Food Out-Slow Cooker In: Can’t beat the ease of dinner that waits for you! 
Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken
Browse Slow Cooker Recipes 


Meatless Mondays and More: Vegetarian favorites you’ll love any day.
Ginger Veggie Stir-Fry 
Try Five Globetrotting Vegetarian Menus


Freeze Ahead, Get Ahead: Hot dinners, just a defrost away. 
Lloyd’s Healthy Chicken Zoopa
Tips for Freezing Dinners


Check out the New Year, New You page for more recipe and menu ideas! How do you plan on keeping your resolutions this year?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Why I’m Happy I Splurged on Spices


You know how you’ll see a recipe you really want to make for dinner, then you look at the ingredients and realize you don’t have one of the spices you need? I hate that!

One of the best things I did to make cooking easier in 2011 was to just finally bite the bullet and buy every basic spice you need in the kitchen. Cost me about 50 bucks, but I think it’s been worth it. How so, you ask? Well let me tell you.

Why I’m Happy I Splurged on Spices by Seth Kolloen

1) Makes my favorite recipes better
Two things I make at least a few times every week are scrambled eggs and a basic homemade salad dressing. Both of these are already pretty darn good (if I may say so) but I’ve discovered that adding dried parsley flakes on the eggs and a pinch of dill seeds to the dressing makes them even better.

2) Make my favorite recipes easier
That salad dressing above? I used to make it exclusively with minced fresh garlic, which means getting out a knife, peeling the garlic, doing the chopping, dealing with the clean up, etc. It isn’t that much work, but sometimes you just don’t feel like it, right? What I’ve found is that a pinch of garlic powder is a perfectly acceptable substitute.

3) Improve practically everything I cook
The spice bottles I bought (from Penzey’s, which has a shop just down the block from Allrecipes HQ) have helpful little tips about what foods they are best on. So anytime I make anything I’ve been checking the little bottles to see if they might go with what I’m making. Just a few of the additions I made: Dried marjoram flakes on fresh salads, whole peppercorns in beef stew, and bay leaves in rice. So much more flavor with hardly any effort!

4) I never have that “I’d love to make that but...” feeling again
Okay, I mentioned this above, but it bears repeating--now I never have to ditch plans for a good-tasting recipe. These simple five-star pork chops? I can make them now!


5) I look cool One of the best parts of using these spices is you can be all “oh, I added a dash of turmeric for color,” and your dinner guests or whoever will be like “wow!” -- when really you are just repeating something you read on the Internet.

Like I said, I bought all my spices at Penzey’s Spices, which has stores in most major U.S. cities, but of course you can just stock up at the supermarket. I used this Allrecipes article to help build my list, which I keep as a checklist on my mobile phone. So whenever I run out of something, I just make a note on the list, and next time I’m at the store I grab it. Easy!