BigOven launches new home page

From the BigOven home page, you can now find the top four seasonal recipe collections, Quick & Easy recipe ideas, popular dishes and recipe picks from our team.

BP1Go ahead, search for the perfect recipe.

BP2View the top four seasonal recipe collections. Click on the circular collections image to view all collections. The navigation bar sticks to the top of the page, so you can easily access recipe collections, your recipes, grocery list, menu planner and use up leftovers when scrolling.

BP3Get ideas for Quick & Easy weeknight dinners. Fresh recipes will be featured weekly.

BP4See popular recipes that home cooks are raving about now.

BP5In case you need another reason to explore BigOven, click on one of the above buttons. Might we suggest discovering a recipe that will use up those leftovers in your fridge?

BP52Take a look at recipes we’re loving at BigOven.

BP6Get tasty inspiration and tips by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

Subscribe to our email list to receive even more delicious ideas.


Feel free to let us know what you think! Send us a note at


BigOven proudly partners with Samsung’s Chef Collection Series

BigOven is pleased to be featured in Samsung’s Chef Collection Series Tablet.

During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 this week, Samsung unveiled their Chef Collection Series partners. Samsung launched a culinary initiative to create its next-generation appliances, The Chef Collection Series. In their effort to take a holistic approach to the cooking process, Samsung is introducing content and services via their Chef Collection tablet, pre-loaded with its own Chef Collection app. The app will showcase cooking content and recipes from noted partners such as BigOven. Updated bi-weekly, the app will provide recipe inspiration for cooks, whether they are making something for dinner that night, or preparing a special occasion meal. 

In addition, BigOven’s app will be pre-installed with the exclusive Chef Collection tablet, available in Spring 2015.


Food blogger? Add “Save Recipe” features to your blog!

If you’re a food blogger, check out, which shows free and low-cost ways for you to enhance your blog:

  • Improve your search engine presence with rich-snippet markup
  • Add “Save Recipe” buttons to your recipes, letting your readers remember your recipes in their own personal collection. Saving the recipe comes with a full link back to your site, keeping them coming back to your site time and again.
  • Import all your past posts from Ziplist format into a new, easy-to-use recipe manager
  • Let your readers quickly add your recipe’s items to their mobile grocery list, and carry it around in the free BigOven Recipe and Grocery App
  • Become eligible for marketing exposure and enhanced visibility in the BigOven apps, which are used by millions of cooks.

BigOven has partnered with EasyRecipe, WP Ultimate Recipe and Recipe Hero to deliver the “Save Recipe” feature in all the leading food blogger plugins on the WordPress marketplace.  In addition, we’ve put up a new website devoted to food bloggers, complete with a list of authorized plugin partners and demos of how to add these features to your site:


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

BigOven is rolling out a simplified navigation bar and improved, 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:

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 9.28.22 AM GET IDEAS:  Find inspiration for your next meal by browsing through Seasonal Collections, Menus and Recent Raves.
Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 9.27.03 AM 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.
Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 9.27.13 AM GROCERY LIST:  Make your list from scratch or BigOven can convert your recipes into a list, sorted alphabetically and by department.
Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 9.27.42 AM MENU PLANNER:  Plan a week’s worth of meals. Share your menu plan via email.
Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 9.27.25 AM 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 If you’re loving the new look, feel free to rate us in the app store too!





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


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 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:

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:


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, 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, America’s leading hunger-relief charity, which helps serve over 14 million children and 3 million seniors.

About Feeding America


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:

My Recipes Icon

My Recipes Icon

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.