BigOven launches easy-to-use navigation and interactive home screen on iOS and Android apps

BigOven is rolling out a simplified navigation bar and revamped, interactive home screen on iOS and Android apps. From the home screen, you can find delicious seasonal recipes, recent raves, and the latest and greatest from BigOven. When you click on the simplified bottom navigation bar, you can quickly and easily get to BigOven’s best features:

Get Ideas
Find inspiration for your next meal by browsing through our Seasonal Collections and Menus.

My Recipes
Store all your recipes in one place. Save your Favorites and recipes To Try. See your Added and clipped recipes from your favorite sites.

Grocery List
Make your list from scratch or BigOven can convert your recipes into a list, sorted alphabetically and by department.

Menu Planner
Plan this week’s upcoming meals. Share your menu plan via email.

Use Up Leftovers
Use up what’s in your fridge. Type in three ingredients and see what you can make.

Give it a try and let us know what you think! Send us a note at support@bigoven.com. If you’re loving the new look, feel free to rate us in the app store too!

 

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Food Blogger? Get the free Recipe SEO and Organizer Plugin for WordPress

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Are you a food blogger?  The free BigOven WordPress Plugin makes your food blog better!

  • Improve your Google and Bing search-engine presence with rich-snippet markup: The BigOven recipe WordPress plugin takes care of the hidden “rich snippets” markup of recipes for Search Engine Optimization (SEO).  You simply enter fields in an easy-to-use form.  The plugin automatically marks up your recipes with the preferred format from Google and Schema.org: hRecipe.
  • Import your past recipes from Ziplist – Ziplist is going away.  If you’re a food blogger who used Ziplist, transitioning to the BigOven recipe WordPress plugin as your alternative is seamless.  The BigOven plugin will import your past recipes and update the shortcodes in old posts to the newly updated recipe records in a single click.  (As this plugin modifies previous posts, be sure to back up your MySQL database before you click the option “Import from Ziplist” in the Settings area.)
  • Print-friendly format – Each recipe has a “Print” button, that, when pressed, brings readers to a handy print-friendly view of your recipe.  (We’ll be adding optional customization and templates in future free updates.)
  • Give your readers streamlined “Add to Grocery List” and/or “Save Recipe” mobile features with a terrific companion app:  With the BigOven plugin, you get a “Save Recipe” button on your recipes that allow them to be easily be saved to the reader’s recipe collection and/or grocery list. Cooks can bring your recipes to the grocery store or kitchen counter with the award-winning BigOven recipe apps.   Full credit and links to your original recipe are preserved.
  • Organize your recipes in a handy recipe dashboard: Search your recipes by title for easy reference while posting. Your recipes list will live in the “Recipes” area of the WordPress compose dialogue. This makes combining multiple recipes in a post an easy task, or re-inserting “recipe cards” in posts again later.

Learn more and see video walkthroughs here:  http://wordpress.bigoven.com

What’s Next

Our priority with version 1.x is to provide smooth transition for bloggers who’ve used Ziplist, including a “Save Recipe” featureset that opens up promotional opportunities for bloggers.  (We are driven in this priority by the pending closure of Ziplist on December 10th, 2014.)

We’ve just released 1.1.x, which adds print-friendly support.

Our next priority will be display customizations.  Got ideas, or examples you’d like to see us support?  Be sure to send them in via the link above — we’re listening!

BigOven’s New Recipe Clipper makes it Easy to Save your Favorite Recipes

We’ve updated our popular Recipe Clipper — it’s now more accurate and easier-to-use.  Build  up your own recipe collection from around the web.

The BigOven Recipe Clipper works in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and any browser that supports a Favorites or Bookmarks button.  Simply drag the button to your browser, and click “Add Recipe” next time you see a recipe you’d like!  (Get the Clipper today — it’s free.)

  • Recognizes many more websites
  • Keeps you on the recipe page (no more finding your way back to where you left off)
  • Smoother and generally faster

See a demo of the Recipe Clipper in this short screencast.  Everything shown here is free, and we’ve increased the number of recipes you can save in your own personal collection to 50!

 

Food Bloggers: Add BigOven features to Your Site!

Are you a food blogger?  Put the “Save Recipe” button on your recipes, right on your blog!  This does a few great things for your readers and your recipe’s visibility:

  • It lets your readers add your recipe to their mobile grocery list
  • It lets readers save the recipe if they want, remembering the recipe, including a full link back to your blog.  This gets them coming back to your site when they do recipe searches in their personal recipe collection
  • It adds Recipe Search Engine Optimizations (“rich snippets” markup)
  • It adds a handy Recipe Management interface for your WordPress site, letting you instantly find, update and reference your full recipe library.

If you’re using WordPress, it’s easy.  Just add the BigOven recipe plugin.  Watch a demo video below:

Example

We’ve installed the free BigOven plugin to this blog that you’re reading.  (Our blog is powered by WordPress.  We simply went to our WordPress dashboard, and installed the “BigOven” plugin, and typed in a recipe)  Here’s an example of how a recipe is displayed:

Pumpkin Pie

Classic pumpkin pie

The classic pumpkin pie recipe.

Yields: 8 slices

  • 3/4 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground cloves
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 15-oz can Pure Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 can (12 oz) Evaporated milk
  • 1 9" Unbaked deep dish pie shell
  • Whipped cream; optional

MIX sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.

POUR into pie shell.

BAKE in preheated 425 degree F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

NOTES: 1 3/4 teaspoons pumpkin spice may be substituted for the cinnamon, ginger and cloves; however, the taste will be slightly different. Do not freeze, as this will cause the crust to separate from the filling.

FOR 2 SHALLOW PIES: substitute two 9-inch (2-cup volume) pie shells. Bake in preheated 425 degree F. oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F.; bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until pies test done.

FOR HIGH ALTITUDE BAKING (3,500 to 6,000 ft.): Deep-dish pie- extend second bake time to 55 to 60 minutes. Shallow pies- no change.

  • Preparation time: 15
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour

BigOven supports #GivingTuesday with FeedingAmerica

2013-11-18-givingtuesday3Giving Tuesday 2014 (#GivingTuesday on Twitter) is Tuesday, December 2nd. BigOven will be donating all revenue earned that day to FeedingAmerica.org, which helps food banks in America feed the needy.  Last year, with your help, we were able to fund over 14,000 meals for the needy.

What’s Giving Tuesday?

In 2013, Melinda and Bill Gates observed that we have one special day for giving thanks followed by two others for getting deals (“Black-Friday” and “Cyber Monday”), and that there was more than enough room for another focused on giving and charitable work.

BigOven wholeheartedly agrees, and is proud to participate in Giving Tuesday 2014 (#GivingTuesday), by donating all revenue made during the day to FeedingAmerica.org, America’s leading hunger-relief charity, which helps serve over 14 million children and 3 million seniors.

About Feeding America

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While America is a land of plenty, for 1 in 6 people in the United States, hunger is a reality.

FeedingAmerica partners with local food banks, helping to secure food from national organizations, communicate best practices across locations, inspiring over 200 member organizations to best serve their local communities.  They provide low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive.  The network members supply food to more than 25 million Americans each year.  Serving the United States, the 200+ member food banks support 63,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms.

My oldest son and I volunteer at our local food bank here in Seattle a few times each year, and I see directly some of the great work that they do.  It takes tremendous logistical coordination to organize and source food, break bulk, package it, distribute it, and distribute fresh and nutritious food to those in need.

CharityNavigator rates the BBB-accredited charity FeedingAmerica 64/70 (91%) in terms of efficiency and effectiveness; it’s the leading hunger-relief organization in the United States.  Join us by making a contribution today!

Giving is an opportunity to help create the better world we all want.

We humbly thank all our cooks, partners and employees around the world, and wish you the very best holiday season!

Improvements to “My Recipes” List View

Your “My Recipes” area on the web just got better: you can now sort easily by date created, title, or category.

Reach You can reach your My Recipes area by clicking on this icon in the upper bar:

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My Recipes Dashboard (List View)

  1. Folders* on the left, including 4 standard system folders.  Click on this area to open the list on the right.
  2. Quickly filter by course (dessert, salad, main dish, etc.) or find a recipe by title
  3. Click the headings on the table to sort your recipe index [NEW]
  4. List view now shows the date the recipe was “created” (added to BigOven) [NEW]
  5. The toggle in the upper right lets you switch between image thumbnail and list view
  6. Drag the crosshair to one or more folder(s) to drop the recipe in that folder

*Folders are a feature of BigOven Pro.

BigOven Food Fight: Round Three Recap

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Mac & Cheese – Gimme or Pass?

The breakdown:

  • 57% won’t be having mac n cheese on their Thanksgiving table
  • 43% are pro mac

Conclusion:

We all know that decadent, mouthwatering mac n cheese would steal the show. Turkey, you lucked out. In most households the spotlight is still on you.

Giving Thanks vs. Saying Grace

The breakdown:

  • 63% always give thanks
  • 37% opt for a communal grace

Conclusion:

Although it may take 37 minutes for everyone to share what they are thankful for (ahem, the food is getting cold), at least you avoid mumbling along to a prayer you clearly forgot. Shame!

Food Coma vs. “Fun” Activity

The breakdown:

  • 65% will be living on the couch
  • 35% will be up and active

Conclusion:

Be sure to claim your spot on the comfy couch. Unless there is a fur rug nearby it’s best to avoid sprawling out on the ground. Your younger cousin may try to engage you in a wrestling match, which clearly you are in no condition to participate in.

Sit-down vs. Buffet Style

The breakdown:

  • 56% believe buffets are the best
  • 44% think sit-down dinner is the way to go

Conclusion:

Maybe lines aren’t all that bad. You might as well start practicing for Black Friday shopping. Just try to keep your elbows to yourself during dinner.

Play it Safe or Join the Dark Side? White Meat vs. Dark Meat

The breakdown:

  • 60% prefer moist dark meat
  • 40% will only touch white meat

Conclusion:

Dark, moist and full of flavor is the preferred option here. Breast people, seems like you won’t have to put up much of a fight to get what you want. Dark meat folks, be prepared to finagle a thigh onto your dinner plate… anything goes.

Fam Only vs. Including Friends & Randos

The breakdown:

  • 62% say the more the merrier
  • 38% stick with just family members

Conclusion:

Why not welcome those friends and randos into your home on Thanksgiving? Who knows, they might bring along some entertaining stories and (most importantly) a nice bottle of wine that you can stash away before the masses catch on.

Festive Spiked Cider or Good Ole Beer?

The breakdown:

  • 63% say give me some cider
  • 37% believe nothing beats beer

Conclusion:

Cider is bubbly and festive, and beer is just… bubbly. So kick that can of light beer to the curb and grab a bottle of locally brewed apple cider.

Veg Head or Simply Nuts? Pumpkin Pie vs. Pecan Pie

The breakdown:

  • 62% love pumpkin pie most
  • 38% choose pecan pie

Conclusion:

Yes, pie in general is a magical thing, but pumpkin pie has to be consumed on Thanksgiving. Sure you can have some pecan pie too, although that pumpkin slice of yours must be bigger!

That concludes our BigOven Food Fight: Thanksgiving Showdown. Thank you all for sharing your thoughts, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

BigOven Food Fight: Veg Head or Simply Nuts? Pumpkin Pie vs. Pecan Pie

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For many, pie is the highlight of Thanksgiving. Something about that subtly sweet, buttery crust, the decadent, freshly whipped cream on top, and… but wait, what type of filling?

True pumpkin pie fans believe that this traditional dessert is a must. Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same without it. Plus, pumpkin is a vegetable so you’re allowed to go back for thirds. Don’t be surprised if you stumble into a pumpkin pie fanatic “sleepwalking” Thanksgiving night with a leftover slice in hand. The next day he’ll claim that he doesn’t remember a thing regarding last night, and then proceed to eat the remainder of the pie for breakfast, as if cavities aren’t a thing anymore.

Even though pumpkin pie has a strong following, some will argue that pecan pie is superior. It has a nutty crunch, and the different textures keep your palate interested, unlike boring pumpkin pie. Pecans are a good source of protein, so this pie must be healthy too. Despite the fact that you’ll have to walk the dog around the block approximately 99 times to burn off all those calories.

If you are the indecisive sort, no one will judge if you grab a slice of both. We can all be thankful for sugar together.

 

BigOven Food Fight: Festive Spiked Cider or Good Ole Beer?

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Largely forgotten in the bevy of turkey preparations is the Thanksgiving beverage of choice, and among the two most popular are spiked cider and beer. But how do you decide?

This highly anticipated bout hinges on one question: How annoying are your relatives? If the answer is “Not very,” then predicating your night around one or two flavorful ciders is an ideal strategy. In doses, spiked cider is an excellent accompaniment to a meal, especially one that is particularly heavy in starchy foods.

But what if you need to break the ice with some socially awkward family members, or numb the pain of repeatedly being asked “What’s new?” and “What have you been up to?” In this case, I would recommend six or seven beers. But drink cautiously, winter ales can just as easily become your most threatening adversary.