Friday, April 27, 2012

Weekly Kitchen Insights – Recipes and Trends from Allrecipes.com

Give me some tried-and-true family favorites! That’s what this week’s most popular recipes are all about. We’ve got chicken, we’ve got tacos, we’ve got meatballs and sauce. Apple pie and a spinach dip too! Let’s hear a big “YUM” for this recipe selection! Allrecipes cooks know what’s awesome!

Good Frickin' Paprika Chicken was the top new recipe last week, another straight-forward, finger-lickin’ good, grilled chicken winner from Chef John of Food Wishes. I’ll be first in line to try this one!
Light a grill and make Chef John's Paprika Chicken!
Chicken Taco Filling was a close second runner-up in the newbie category. I think it’s a sign cooks are getting in a Cinco de Mayo groove. (Add a photo if you make it!)

• Wowza! Family Sicilian Sauce and Meatballs swept the board last week, with the biggest increase in page views, prints and recipe box saves week-over-week!

Family Sicilian Sauce and Meatballs
• Want an easy dip that will have people begging for the recipe? This is it! Best Spinach Dip Ever had the second biggest increase in page views.

Everyone's Favorite! Best Spinach Dip Ever
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople, an Allrecipes classic (Yes, there really was a Grandma Ople; her granddaughter posted this recipe), had the second biggest increase in prints and saves week-over-week. Read the reviews. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love this pie?!
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
If you want more terrific recipes like these, check out the whole selection right here. Did you discover a new recipe this week that your family loves? We all want to know. Share it here!

Posted by Matt Decuir, Business Analyst

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Allrecipes Measuring Cup Trend Report - April 2012


Looking Ahead to May Celebrations: Breakfast, Beverages, and Mexico!

INSIGHT 1: Breakfast is the top meal choice for Mother's Day celebrations.
Last Mother's Day, 24 of Allrecipes' most popular Mother's Day recipes were for breakfast dishes, including the top-ranked Basic Crêpes, Waffles I, Clone of a Cinnabon and, of course, Mimosas. Second place was claimed by Easy Chicken Cutlets with Apples, the only main dish recipe. Crêpes were extremely popular in all parts of the United States, excluding North- and Southeast, where Easy Chicken Cutlets with Apples was the top pick.




Allrecipes.com's TOP 10 
MOTHER’S DAY RECIPES            
1. Basic Crêpes
2. Easy Chicken Cutlets with Apples
3. Dessert Crêpes
4. Waffles I
5. Simple Scones
6. Clone of a Cinnabon
7. Crêpes
8. Eggs Benedict
9. Overnight Caramel Pecan Rolls
10. Classic Waffles



INSIGHT 2: Mother’s Day meal-planning, shopping and preparing is done ahead of time. 
Home cooks prepare for Mother’s Day on Saturday rather than Sunday, so they can relax on Mother’s Day.


INSIGHT 3: At home cocktail preparation up 37% YOY.
As Allrecipes' 2012 Annual Food Trends report noted, consumers are increasingly opting to prepare cocktails at home instead of ordering at a restaurant or bar--most likely to save money. Last year, beverage recipe page views surged 37% year-over-year on Allrecipes.com, averaging 3 million page views per month. In terms of popularity, cooks are showing interest in alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, with slightly more traffic going to alcoholic beverages. Beverage recipes receive considerable traffic throughout the year, with traffic peaks aligning with major holidays and summer celebrations.


During spring and summer months, the most popular alcoholic beverages are mojitos, margaritas, sangria, mai tais, strawberry daiquiries, and mint juleps.


INSIGHT 4: Cinco de Mayo in Mexico? Not!
In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is a day when Americans celebrate Mexican culture and heritage, but -- surprise! -- the holiday is not celebrated in Mexico. Contrary to popular belief, May 5th is not Mexico’s Independence Day (that’s September 16th). Instead, the day marks Mexico’s victory over France in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. Cinco de Mayo became popular in the U.S. in the 1980s when some commercial interests in the U.S. and Mexico — particularly beer companies — capitalized on the celebratory aspect of the day and launched a promotion. The festival caught on!

To add authentic Mexican flair to Cinco de Mayo parties, try this fresh, citrus-infused cocktail — Mexican Vampires, made with Sangrita, the traditional chaser for tequila.

 
2011 TOP 10 CINCO DE MAYO RECIPES
1. Chicken Enchiladas II
2. Taqueria Style Tacos – Carne Asada
3. Tres Leches (Three Milk Cake)
4. Guacamole
5. Over the Top Nachos
6. Churros
7. Margaritas
8. Quick and Easy Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole
9. Taco Seasoning I
10. Burrito Pie


¡Felicidades mamá! Instead of Cinco de Mayo, Mexico's big holiday in May is Mother’s Day--celebrated nationwide, and always on May 10th, regardless of the day of the week. It’s traditionally marked by giving mom flowers and enjoying a family meal at a restaurant.


INSIGHT 5: Mexican home cooks share authentic recipes.
Launched in 2010, Allrecipes.com.mx offers Mexican home cooks an authentic, relevant online community for sharing food and cooking experiences. The mobile version is also now available at Allrecipes.com.mx/m.

TOP 5 RECIPES on ALLRECIPES.COM.MX
1. Carne en su jugo estilo Jalisco (Jalisco-Style Beef
    Cooked in Its Juices)
2. Camarones a la diabla estilo Sinaloa 
    (Sinaloa-Style Deviled Prawns)
3. Tacos al pastor (Shepherd’s Tacos)
4. Auténticos Chiles en Nogada (Authentic Chiles
    in Nogada Sauce)
5. Pastel de Tres Leches (Three-Milk Cake)
 

 

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Monday, April 23, 2012

It's Pinterest-ingly Addicting

Are you a Pinterest addict?
Is your grocery cart full of ingredients for recipes you've pinned?
Do your boards have images of places you love and comfort food that takes you there?
Are you spending hours pinning because you just can’t stop?

Hi, my name is Amanda, and...I too...am a Pinterest junkie.

With my love of Allrecipes.com and pinning, I'm thrilled to announce the arrival of the Pin-it button!


Going from web-page to my Pinterest board, with no steps in between, gives me just enough time to pin my favorite side to go with it.

Are you stirred up yet? Try it!

Want to learn how this online pinboard site works? Email our Customer Support team for an invite to Pinterest (customersupport@allrecipes.com) or tweet us @Allrecipes. Let the Pinning Begin!

Going from web-page to my Pinterest board, with no steps in between, gives me just enough time to pin my favorite side to go with it.

Wondering what to pin? Make a game out of it! Try this...
In your Allrecipes.com Recipe Box, find those recipes you have kept but haven’t created. You know, the Smoked Salmon Frittata you’ve been planning to surprise your sweetie with, the Candy'D Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Icing you just haven't had the time for, or the Jalapeno Strawberry Jam you hoped to make before your day trip to the strawberry farm turned into a thunderstorm!



Start a board and pin-it!
In the description, invite people to play by re-pinning or voting for their favorites... the most re-pinned wins. It lets you share the things you love, while giving yourself a little extra encouragement to create.

I’m excited to see what recipes, articles, and videos you, the Allrecipes community, start to pin! After a week or so, I’ll be sure to post some of the top pinned items. Hopefully, it’ll give you some menu inspiration and make you want to try a new dish.

Posted by Amanda, the Allrecipes.com Intern

Friday, April 20, 2012

Weekly Kitchen Insights – Recipes and Trends from Allrecipes.com

Happy Friday! Here’s what home cooks have been whipping up in their kitchens this week. Pasta and chicken win, but then you already know how much Allrecipes’ cooks love these two ingredients.

Lemon Yogurt Dip was the most popular new recipe last week—and talk about totally easy to make! I’m wondering what it would taste like with brown sugar? Check out the video to learn a super easy, super fast way to squeeze a lemon—no fancy gizmo required. Even I can do it!

To Die for Fettuccine Alfredo, a longstanding Allrecipes pasta fave, had the biggest increase in page views last week. I make this a lot, and before serving, I like to toss the fettuccine with cooked shredded chicken or fish.

Dive in! To Die For Fettuccine Alfredo
A Good Easy Garlic Chicken had the both the biggest increase in prints and recipe box saves last week. It was featured in the April 12th issue of the What’s Cooking e-newsletter for Allrecipes members, which also linked to a yummy list of Five Ingredient Recipes, giving it a bit of an edge in this week’s popularity contest.

Ready to eat! A Good Easy Garlic Chicken
I hope you have another delicious week cooking and eating!

Posted by Matt Decuir, Business Analyst

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Five Great Reasons to Cook With Pecans


April is National Pecan Month—offering a perfect opportunity to try some fresh, new recipes. Here, cookbook author and Southern foodie Susan Dosier shares a fresh crop of reasons to enjoy pecans -- year-round!

I love to cook with nuts! Talk about crunchy texture and good-for-you flavor-- nuts have it all! Toast them and their flavor intensifies. Chop them to add interesting texture. Yum! Through my work with the National Pecan Shellers Association, I've rediscovered how pecans particularly can add interesting texture to everything from salads to side dishes, to quick breads and more.  Here are my favorite five reasons to enjoy these all-American nuts every day.

1.They taste great—offering a buttery-sweet bite with a gentle crunch--perfect for kids and adults. Enjoy them in yummy pecan pies and baked goods… consider eating them as a healthy, guilt-free snack, too.

2. Pecans contain more antioxidants than any other nut variety. (Check out the stats at ORACValues.com)

3. Pecans help reduce the risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol levels. (For a video on the latest research, go to ilovepecans.org, or check out Nutrition in a Nutshell, the informative website of the National Pecan Shellers Association.)

4. A one-ounce serving (15 to 20 pecan halves) packs more than 19 vitamins and minerals and 10 percent of the recommended daily value for fiber.

5. Pecans are a natural, high-quality source of protein and naturally sodium free; they’re an environmentally friendly snack, too. Buy them in bulk and easily package them in re-usable, airtight containers ready to grab-and-go. No fussy packaging!

With spring ripening into summer, these recipes caught my eye at Allrecipes.com and will be used in my kitchen this month.

Spiced Pecans - Pack these for a picnic, after-soccer snack, or take them on your family vacation later this summer.  


Spiced Pecans, a treat for snacks!

Zucchini-Yogurt Multi-grain Muffins - I double the amount of pecans in this recipe and omit the raisins. This is a great way to load a busy morning with smart nutrition and staying power for the day ahead. 

Warm from the oven! Zucchini-Yogurt Multi-grain Muffins

Zucchini and Pecan Sauté - Spruce up your veggies. Kids will eat zucchini just to get at these pecans. And adults are pretty happy with them, too! (Switch the butter to olive oil if you want a healthful version.)

Zucchini and Pecan Sauté, the perfect side dish for chicken, fish and more

Cranberry-Pecan Salad - Sprinkle pecans on any of your favorite salads. Combined with the vitamin C in the dried cranberries and greens, this salad packs a terrific nutrition AND flavor punch.

Pecans add crunch to this colorful Cranberry-Pecan Salad

I’d love to hear what your favorite pecan recipes are! How do you leverage the health benefits of pecans and sneak some crunchy goodness into your day? 



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

#EarthDayFun Twitter Chat

We’re spending Earth Day with our sister brands and tweeting eco-friendly tips for families, upcycled craft ideas, green recipes, and more! Join the conversation 2-4 p.m. EDT Friday and share your favorite eco-friendly tips and tricks. We can’t wait to “tweet” you!

What: #EarthDayFun Tweet Chat presented by Meredith Corporation brands
When: 2-4 p.m. EDT, Friday, April 20
Where: Follow along on Twitter or use this TweetGrid

Feel free to share the tweet chat with with your friends! The more tweeple, the merrier…or should we say greener!

Share on Twitter: Join me for #EarthDayFun chat on 4/20 w/@Allrecipes @FamilyFun @TerraCycle @parentsmagazine @RachaelRaymag. Details: http://bit.ly/HZQtAN

Friday, April 13, 2012

Weekly Kitchen Insights – Recipes and Trends from Allrecipes.com

Easter recipes hit the top of the chart last week! Who doesn’t love a holiday where food is part of the celebration?! Celebrating spring’s arrival and religious festivities with a special home-cooked feast is a time-honored tradition around the world. And the week’s most popular recipes? How do deviled eggs, asparagus, and ham sound? Of course, chicken--as in chicken and dumplings, a year-round favorite--showed up on the hit list too.

Leftover Ham-n-Potato Casserole was the top new recipe last week. It's brand new and needs a photo, so maybe you can contribute one?

Deviled Eggs had the biggest increase in page views. This recipe is hugely popular! It even beat out Deviled Eggs II, which was featured on the dining table on the Easter feature page that always gets a ton of views.

Classic deviled eggs

Asparagus Pie had the biggest increase in prints last week, due to its starring role on April 7th as the star of the Asparagus Pie video from Food Wishes. Be sure to take a look!

Asparagus Pie

Delicious Ham and Potato Soup came in second for the number of recipe prints

Delicious Ham and Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings had the biggest increase in saves

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings


What's your favorite spring recipe? Share it here!

 Posted by Matt Decuir, Business Analyst

#Allrecipes Tweet Chat: Wrap Up

Wednesday was our first monthly #AllrecipesChat; it was all about slow cookers! Thanks to everyone who participated and shared their favorite slow cooker recipes and tips. Below is a recap of the Tweet Chat. Can’t wait to tweet you in May for our next #AllrecipesChat, stay tuned for more details.

Q1: What are your favorite #slowcooker recipes? Do you go for the stew, roast, or chili? #AllrecipesChat

Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Crockpot Barbacoa Beef for Great Tacos
Indian Slow Cooker Recipes
Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker
Stew in the Slow Cooker
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup
Slow Cooker Latin Chicken
Chicken tacos –Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken

Q2: Meat matters! What is your favorite type of meat to use for #slowcooker recipes? #AllrecipesChat

Pork
Corned Beef – great anytime of the year, not just on St. Patrick’s Day!

Q3: Besides a great dinner, what other #slowcooker recipes have you tried? Breakfast or dessert? #AllrecipesChat

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp
Slow Cooker Oats

There was a request for a quiche recipe made in a slow cooker. Have one? We’d love to see it!

@audreymcmanus has a friend that makes French Toast in her slow cooker. Once we have the recipe, we’ll post it.

Q4: Was your #slowcooker handed down from your mom or do you have a brand new model? Favorite #slowcooker brands & why? #AllrecipesChat

@mdrai: @Allrecipes My first #slowcooker was a wedding gift 25 years ago! Now have a bigger one w/more controls than just off/on #AllrecipesChat

@appalachiankate: @Allrecipes I don't even know where our slow cooker came from!! #allrecipeschat

Q5: Is your #slowcooker just a winter appliance? When do you use this great kitchen tool the most? #AllrecipesChat

@kristinatweets: Q5: I use mine more in fall & winter. Though #slowcookers are good alternative to oven in summer, which makes my condo hot! #allrecipeschat

@licorous: @AR_Judith Mine is new but I caught sight of this decidedly vintage model last night at a Crock Off #allrecipeschat http://t.co/C30cGJRL

@mdrai: @Allrecipes Q5: No! I use it year-round, but mostly during the school year. Summertime we tend to eat "lighter," "fresher." #AllrecipesChat

Q6: #Didyouknow? What are your #slowcooker tips that you'd like to pass on? #AllrecipesChat

@voraciousgirl: @JenEvison @Allrecipes My co-worker used liners in hers she brought to a potluck—makes for easy clean up. @appalaciankate. #allrecipeschat

@AR_Judith: #AllrecipesChat SC Tip: Keep the lid on or heat escapes! Add 15-25 mins more each time you lift the lid.


Here are some helpful articles and link to our Slow Cooker ebook for anyone who’d like to create some new dishes with their slow cooker!

Slow Cookers: Still Hot! | Here are some hints for getting top results every time.
Slow Cooking is Good Cooking | After a long day, walk in the door to the enticing aroma of a delicious, slow-cooked dinner.
Slow Cooker recipe without tomatoes
Slow Cooker ebook

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

#Allrecipes Tweet Chat: #SlowCooker Wednesday

Spring may be here but there are a lot of us who haven’t put away their slow cooker yet. Join the Allrecipes team for our first monthly Tweet Chat (#AllrecipesChat) and learn some tips, tricks, and new recipes for your favorite kitchen appliance, the slow cooker.

Haven’t participated in a Tweet Chat before? It’s simple and fun to join in! Follow the chat on Twitter or this TweetGrid, answer questions from @Allrecipes, and offer your tips and favorite slow cooker recipes.

What: Allrecipes first monthly Tweet Chat
When: Wednesday, April 11th 2:00 – 3:00 pm PT
Where: Follow along on Twitter or use this TweetGrid

Feel free to share with your friends! The more tweeple, the merrier!

Share the Tweet Chat on Twitter:
Join me for @Allrecipes first monthly tweet chat on 4/11! It's all about #SlowCookers this month. Details are here: http://bit.ly/HyXVkk

Have any suggestions on questions for the chat? Feel free to leave them in the comments section or tweet them to us, @Allrecipes.

We’re excited to tweet you!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Dinner Spinner App Gets Major Upgrade with Grocery Scanner – Give it a Spin!

We’re excited to announce that we’ve upgraded our Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner for iOS and Android, the most downloaded food app worldwide with more than 11 million downloads, by adding an awesome new Grocery Scanner. Now you’ll be able to scan a product and check out what recipes you can make, or add an item with one click to your shopping list!
The Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner app gives you access to thousands of top-rated recipes – with photos and reviews from Allrecipes’ community – right in the palm of your hand.  You can choose your dish by type, ingredient or desired “ready in” time, and even shake your phone to spin the slot-machine style search feature for spontaneous delicious meal ideas.  And now, with the new app, we’ve added the ability to add a custom tile to your spinner. If tilapia or quinoa is a staple in your home, add these to your spinner to quickly search against these items.




Imagine this scenario: There’s a stellar deal on pudding – buy one pack, get two free – but you’re not too sure what you can do with three packs of this snack.  No worries! Scan the grocery barcode with your smart phone using the new Dinner Spinner app, and you’ll be able to find over 800 recipes to put that pudding to good use such as Allrecipes' community favorites like Too Much Chocolate Cake or Award-Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies.


Check out this video to see how Dinner Spinner with Grocery Scanner works: 

Top 5 Ways to Use the Grocery Scanner
  • Quickly scan a grocery item’s barcode to search for recipes with related ingredients.
  • Manage shopping lists with the touch of a finger. Out of milk? Scan the carton’s barcode before it hits the recycle bin to add milk to the list.
  • Scan groceries to easily keep track of what’s in the kitchen. Check your scan history at the grocery store so you don’t buy something you already have at home—It's like having a virtual pantry on your phone.
  • Save money by scanning sale items to find related recipes. For example, if Greek Yogurt is on sale, but you aren't sure what to do with it, a quick scan reveals nearly 100 matching recipes ranging from an easy Tzatziki Sauce to a delicious Garlic Feta Dip!
  • Search the fun and easy way! Add a custom panel to the Dinner Spinner’s slot-machine-style search feature. Quickly scan or manually add favorite ingredients such as rice or sour cream to find recipes with ingredients that match. Undecided? Let the spinner choose!
The new Grocery Scanner features are available on Dinner Spinner Free – which now also includes Shopping List, and Dinner Spinner Pro, which seamlessly connects your app to your recipe box on Allrecipes.com.

Give the new app a spin! To download the new Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner apps, visit the Apple App Store, Amazon Appstore or the Android Marketplace Google Play.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

What's in the Easter basket? More than chocolate!

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Yesterday, while checking out the Recipe Buzz, Allrecipes' community chat room, I came across a post from community member, Arich01looking for creative ideas for her 6-year-old son's Easter basket. After reading some of the replies, I started to become suspicious that perhaps I was cheated out of a childhood filled with Easter presents?!

I thought chocolate, jelly beans, plastic eggs and perhaps a toothbrush were standard Easter basket fare. I was unaware that in other homes, children were receiving all manner of toys, DVDs, makeup, purses, gift cards, video games, clothes, shoes and more!

After a quick office survey to confirm what I was reading on the Buzz, I found that Easter is quite different for everyone. I am not the only one who received only candy and toothbrush, many others were in this boat, but I was surprised to hear some of the fun Easter traditions others shared. One of my coworkers has a family Easter egg hunt each year and the eggs are all filled with money; with one "golden egg" holding a crisp $100 bill! Another got a new spring tote each year as her basket and yet another always got slippers, socks and nail polish.
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It appears from the Buzz that flip-flops, beach towels and bubbles are also fairly common, and Arich01 seems to have settled on baseball cards for her Braves loving son. All of these things are great substitutes for a basket filled with candy, but if you are looking for something sweet and homemade, Jelly Bean Bark by Christina was recommended by AllieGeekPi and it looks delicious!

Mom, if you're reading this, I always did enjoy the simplicity of chocolate, jelly beans and a toothbrush growing up...but now that I'm older, I have a very special place in my heart (and closet) for shoes. Wink, wink.

What are some of your Easter or Passover traditions? And what was in your basket growing up?
 
I hope everyone enjoys the spring festivities tomorrow -
whatever your traditions may be! Or maybe it's a good
time to start some new ones!

- Stephanie




Friday, April 6, 2012

Weekly Kitchen Insights – Recipes and Trends from Allrecipes.com

Holiday cooks were busy in the kitchen this week! I can tell from the seasonal recipes for Easter and Passover showing up on the list. Check out the hottest new recipe here, along with some tried-and-true faves starring everyone’s favorite ingredient: Chicken!

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes was the most popular new recipe

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

Haroset for Passover had the biggest increase in page views last week

Haroset for Passover

Penne with Chicken and Asparagus had the biggest increase in prints and saves. This recipe was in the spotlight this week because its photo was featured prominently in Allrecipes’ What’s Cooking newsletter, along with a link to an article about the “Top Chicken Dinners for Spring” where you can also find the recipe. To give it an extra boost, it’s also featured on the Fresh Seasonal Cooking feature page. (Be sure to check that page for easy recipes using good-for-you spring veggies. Yum!)

Penne with Chicken and Asparagus

Chicken and Asparagus Fettuccine was the second most-saved recipe and it too, was featured in the same article about “Top Chicken Dinners for Spring.”

Chicken and Asparagus Fettucine

 Now for a question: Why am I always super hungry after I write this post???! Anyway, I hope you enjoy a delicious spring celebration this weekend!

Posted by Matt Decuir, Business Analyst