The BigOven Apps are Getting an All-New Design: Take a Sneak Peek!

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BigOven is getting an all-new design, so cooking is even simpler. We’ve been busy polishing our apps to make them better, faster and easier. All year long, we’ve been listening to your feedback and we’ll be unveiling a NEW BigOven app in the coming months.

Want to be the first to give it a try? We’ll have a beta build available soon, so come join the BigOven Early Access Program to get a sneak peek. You’ll be able to check out the new, exciting features and let us know what you think! See instructions to join below for iOS and Android.

iOS users: If you want to participate, please request early access: Request early access to BigOven apps.

Android users: Please go to the Google+ Community link and click the red “Join Community” button.

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After joining, click “Early Access Beta” in the About This Community section and follow the instructions.

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Thanks and Happy Cooking from the BigOven Team!

BigOven Food Fight – Pie Accompaniments: Cool Ice Cream vs. Wonderful Whipped Cream

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After everyone has stuffed themselves with turkey and fixings, hopefully there’s room left for something sweet. We all know Thanksgiving pies are the ultimate dessert! Whether it’s pecan or pumpkin or apple, one slice or two, pie perfectly closes out a delicious Thanksgiving feast. Now for the most important decision—which topping to choose for your favorite pie? Do you crave the simple, pure taste of ice cream? Or do you prefer the frothy goodness of freshly whipped cream?

An unadorned pie is a travesty to most. Some opt for a big rounded scoop of vanilla ice cream, adding just the right touch of cool creaminess to freshly baked pie. It’s a classic combo, that’s for sure. 

Others pick a heaping dollop of fresh whipped cream, providing an excellent airy accompaniment to pie’s down-to-earth goodness. Just don’t forget to lick the beaters! Unless your whipped cream is coming from the can. 

Either way, your taste buds will enjoy reaching their final plane of food nirvana as the Thanksgiving meal comes to a close.

So, will you be scooping on the ice cream or spooning on the whipped cream?

 

 

See Thanksgiving dessert ideas here.

BigOven Food Fight – Macaroni: Mac Attack vs. Hold the Cheese

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Cheese lovers unite!

Fromage fiends always find a way to consume cheese 365 days a year, even during the most hallowed of festive celebrations, Thanksgiving. The creamy, comforting taste makes one think of home, warm kitchens and snuggly blankets. Mac n cheese is a quick and easy, catch-all dish for relatives who eat nothing but beige foods. Ahem, Uncle Joe, we’re talking about you. But does mac n cheese really belong on the Thanksgiving table?

Some think Thanksgiving is all about turkey and its traditional fixings. With the extra special care and attention placed on shopping, prepping, and cooking for weeks on end, mac n cheese may feel like the underdressed second cousin twice removed in the celebration.

Does your house welcome cheese to the feast or do you prefer to celebrate the Pilgrim way? Cast your vote!

 

 

Get more Thanksgiving stuffing and grains recipes.

BigOven Food Fight – Main Dish: Bird’s the Word vs. Switch Things Up

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Ladies and gentlemen, a main dish battle is about to begin—an alternative (gasp!) main dish, a scruffy upstart, is pitted against the undefeated, all-time favorite powerhouse turkey! It’s a no holds barred, winner-take-all and leave-the-guests-in-a-food-coma epic event. Are you ready to rumble?

In this corner, may we present our champion turkey, the center of attention during the most cherished of all celebrations. The ultimate be all and end all of main dishes. The showstopping, aromatic bird that elicits the largest and loudest oohs and ahhs during this festive day.

In the other corner is the main dish with a twist, the alternative to boring ole turkey. It’s time to go rogue and give pork or beef or even tofurkey a showcase spot. Alternative main dishes will try to go toe to toe with the big, bland guy.

Come one, come all and see who will be victorious. The face-off begins on Thanksgiving Day and it’s up to you to declare the winner. Which dish gets the main title at your house?

This Thanksgiving, will you be taking the turkey’s side or going with the underdog?

 

 

Get Thanksgiving main dish ideas.

BigOven Food Fight – Sweet Potatoes: Fluffy Marshmallows vs. Less Is More

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To marshmallow, or not to marshmallow your sweet potatoes, that is the question.

Some will pine for the marshmallow’s frothy goodness and revel in its utter decadence. Marshmallows will indeed find their place atop the tubers, eliciting rapturous exclamations of oohs and ahhs from children and grownups alike.

‘Tis not even a question for others. Marshmallows, in all their glorious poofiness, belong with scrumptious desserts and drinks like s’mores and hot cocoa. Blanketing the tops of sweet potatoes in a Thanksgiving meal? Nay. Sweet potatoes are called sweet potatoes because, let’s face it, they are already sweet. No additions needed. ‘Tis nobler to enjoy the sweet potatoes’ beautiful golden-orange color and their steady, starchy presence with naught else.

What say you in your house? To marshmallow, or not to marshmallow?

 

 

Get more Thanksgiving potato recipes.

Beat the Heat with Flavor-Packed Ice Cubes

Flavored ice cubes bring cooling relief from the heat and pack a delicious punch. Inspired by Rachael Ray Magazine, here are some favorites to add a burst of flavor and fun to your summer.

  • Summer fruit is abundant right now. Try single fruit concoctions or combinations, keeping fruit whole or pureeing into a mix.
  • Change up the temperature. Take hot things like chocolate or coffee, cool them and freeze. They can add sweetness or a jolt of energy to your drinks.
  • Add a splash of flavor. Spice up a cocktail with flavored ice cubes containing olives, pickles, tomato juice or your favorite hot sauce.

The best part about these ice cubes? The variety is endless and is only limited by your imagination. Play around with color and texture and see what results in your kitchen.

“Search within My Recipes” now available on iOS and Android apps

BigOven has rolled out Search within My Recipes on our iOS and Android apps as well!

iOS: My Recipes Search

Looking for your favorite chicken dish? On iOS, just click on the magnifying glass on the home screen to search within “My Recipes.” Get the results from recipes you’ve Added, marked as Favorite or Try.

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Android: My Recipes Search

Looking for your favorite pasta dish? On Android, go to the slide out drawer from the home screen, click Search to get Advanced Search. In Advanced Search, type in keyword or title and you’ll get results from recipes you’ve Added, marked as Favorite or Try.

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Give it a try and let us know what you think. Happy Cooking!

BigOven Early Access Program wants you!

BigOven is looking for home cooks who want to get early access to BigOven features and try them out before everyone else. If you love your BigOven app, come join the Early Access Program.

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Get a behind-the-scenes sneak peek! If you’re on this list, when BigOven has new releases ready to go, you’ll get early access (for free) and can provide us immediate feedback before we make a broader release to millions of cooks. Instructions to join below for Android and iOS.

Android users: Please go to the Google+ Community link.

iOS users: Please send an email: Request early access to BigOven apps.

Thanks and Happy Cooking!

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.

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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 support@bigoven.com. If you’re loving the new look, feel free to rate us in the app store too!

 

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