BigOven Food Fight: Kid Table vs. Grown-up Table – Who Really Has More Fun?

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Kid table vs. grown-up table: a historic rivalry between young and old. But what defines young and old?

The kids’ table generally consists of a scantily clad fold-out, situated somewhere within ear-shot distance of the grown-ups. Six equally messy patrons (aged 17 years-old and below) surround the table, bubbling with energy and tomfoolery. The pros? An atmosphere that is high in energy and excitement. The cons? Kids have a strong aversion to tableside manners, and to all manners for that matter.

Meanwhile, the lofty Thanksgiving vets feast in the formal dining room. Sophisticated wit and two-too-many eggnog cocktails drive the dinner conversation. One or two recently inducted adults glance periodically at the kids’ table, homesick and nostalgic. The pros? You can relax and enjoy your meal in a low-stress environment. The cons? Adults are boring.

And then there’s this limbo area, where the kids at the kids’ table are really 21+ year-old adults of the legal drinking age—in which case, I give the nod to the youngsters.

But we’ll let the panel decide.

BigOven Food Fight: Fresh or Frozen?

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Fresh or frozen? That is the question.

First off, let’s not kid ourselves. We can taste the difference between things that were at one time frozen and the real stuff. Fresh food inevitably tastes better, or else it wouldn’t exist. Thanksgiving is a once-a-year occasion, so shouldn’t it be celebrated by dining on the highest-quality groceries? Many would agree.

But with every argument comes a counterargument.

On top of being incredibly cost-efficient, frozen foods are timely. Purchase your groceries weeks in advance, and afford yourself several more hours on the couch while last-minute shoppers wage war at the local market. And we have to acknowledge the conspiracists… Is the difference in taste really that drastic? Is the market for fresh goods really just the result of a sweeping placebo? Am I nodding my head ‘Yes, this tastes better’ because I believe it, or because I know it’s organic?

Let the debate rage on.

BigOven Food Fight: Brussels Sprouts – Stinky or Delicious?

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Brussels sprouts. These fall vegetables are both healthy and cute. How can you say no to a veggie that looks like a baby cabbage? Coat the cherubs in olive oil and roast ‘em until they are tender and golden brown. Green beans step aside! Chubby sprouts are taking over Thanksgiving feasts around America.

Despite their angelic gaze, Brussels sprouts fail to win over some folks, who see right past those puppy dog eyes. Alas, sprouts can be real stinkers. Who wants to eat something that smells like Grandpa’s socks? Perhaps the family dog, sure to receive some smelly green handouts under the Thanksgiving table this year (and for years to come).

BigOven Food Fight: Color Orange – Hot or Not?

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Orange could be considered one of the more polarizing colors. Some people love its brightness and association with fall. (Pumpkin lovers, we’re talking about you.) While others find it obnoxious and meant for Halloween décor only.

If you choose to incorporate orange into your Thanksgiving, there are a few rules you must keep in mind, that is, if you want to avoid burning your guests’ eyeballs out before they even get a glimpse of Cousin Jo’s scorched tartlet appetizer.

Rule number one

If you decide to wear an orange garment, make sure that your entire outfit is not orange. You don’t want your senile great-aunt mistaking you for the large bottle of Cointreau you purchased for the festivities.

Rule number two

Make sure your table setting is composed primarily of neutral colors, with subtle pops of orange. Less is definitely more here. You want your guests buzzed off of the delicious wine you’re serving, not dizzy from that garish orange tablecloth.

Rule number three (the final rule)

If you’re going to pair orange with green, do so with caution! No one wants moldy Cheetos to come to mind… ever.

Orange you glad we gave you that advice? Now you decide…

BigOven Food Fight: Pumpkin Soup or Any Ole Squash Soup?

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It’s a bit chilly outside and your festive sweater just isn’t cutting it. A warm bowl of comforting fall soup will solve this dilemma, heating up your body and soul, as well as your Thanksgiving guests’. Is your soup comprised of trustworthy pumpkin, or will a different squash grace your bowl this year?

Some are enthralled with everything-pumpkin and simply horrified at the thought of replacing this squash. There is no other way… it must be pumpkin!

Others may choose to cut ties with tried and true Mr. Pumpkin (he was getting a little too predictable *ahem* boring) and begin a relationship with nutty Mr. Butternut, or possibly sweet Mr. Kabocha.

BigOven Food Fight: Home or Away?

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“Home for the holidays.”  It’s a phrase that launched a hundred romantic comedies in Hollywood.

Home-field advantage is a thing in sports. Is it also a factor for you at Thanksgiving?  Do you prefer being the home-team, or is traveling to someone else’s pad more your style?  As we see it, the main factors come down to three C’s: comfort, cost and control.

Comfort

If your destination is close-by, traveling is often the easier choice.  But if you’ve got to make the trek to the airport, with connecting flights, delays, and crowds, hosting is bound to be the easier end of the bargain.

Cost

Our informal survey indicates that the home team usually picks up most of the tab, but this can be offset by asking attendees to bring parts of the dinner, especially the wine!  Or, of course, by rotating the venue.

Control

Control-freaks host. No question, the home team gets to control the menu, the timing, the invitation list, who-gets-which-leftovers and key roles… like who gets-to-clean-up.

BigOven Food Fight: Marshmallow Topped Sweet Potatoes vs. Naked Sweet Potatoes

Help us settle the age-old Thanksgiving arguments once and for all: #FoodFight.

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In the BigOven office, there’s a raging debate happening on marshmallows. Sure, everyone loves a good s’more over a campfire on a warm summer night, but when else do marshmallows really surface in our everyday food consumption? On Thanksgiving, marshmallows come out of hibernation and steal the spotlight. Sweet potatoes, the darlings of the Thanksgiving sides family, are coated in sticky, sugary, marshmallow-y goodness. This side tastes like dessert, to the delight of children (and many adults) everywhere.

One of our team members loves marshmallows but can’t stand them in her sweet potatoes. Her crusade against these puffy pillows ignites each November. There will be no candied sweet potatoes at Meliza’s table, which some of our team considers a true Thanksgiving tragedy.

The debate rages on: the pro-marshmallow camp remains fiercely devoted to our fluffy friends, while the anti-mallow crew searches for the best updated sweet potatoes recipe out there (admittedly, there are many delicious ones here).

Introducing BigOven’s Food Fight: Thanksgiving Showdown

This Thanksgiving, we’re starting a #foodfight! Thanksgiving is the ultimate food holiday and there are a lot of decisions to make before the big day. Each day, we’ll be asking cooks to sound off on a Thanksgiving-oriented food or social debate.

What exactly is a “Thanksgiving-related debate” you ask?

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This debate is about tradition versus modernity, about appreciating the classics verses updating the dishes we have grown up eating each Thanksgiving. BigOven cooks, what’s your #foodfight? Over the next few weeks, we’ll be asking the tough questions and we want to hear you SOUND OFF.

Check back here daily for a new #foodfight and make sure to cast your vote! Join in the fun on our blog, Facebook and Twitter. One thing is for sure: no matter what the results are, we’ll be serving up some delicious Thanksgiving recipes, tips and ideas, so check back often!

Press Roundup, March 2014

We’re always happy to see the word spread about BigOven. It’s been a while since we’ve taken a gander at what the press is saying about us — here’s a short list of some recent and not-so-recent articles.  Thanks for these mentions, writers!

Journalists, media, logos and screenshots can be found at www.bigoven.com/site/press.  We appreciate you getting the word out to home cooks everywhere!  Just as important, we love reading reviews on Google Play, Windows Marketplace and iTunes – BigOven continues to earn 4.5/5 star reviews on every major app platform.

We’re just getting started.  We love hearing from you, and hope BigOven is making your life easier, and getting you to the home dinner table more often!

Improvements to “My Recipes”

Today we released several improvements to the My Recipes Dashboard.  The “My Recipes” dashboard keeps track of all the recipes you’ve added, marked as Favorite and Try Soon.  You can find it in two ways:  Click the “My Recipes” menu option on any page on www.bigoven.com, or visit www.bigoven.com/myrecipes.  

Related article:  FAQ on Favorites and Try Soons

New features

  1. Easily add to Grocery List — simply mouse-over the tile and click the grocery cart icon
  2. Easily add to Menu Planner — simply mouse-over the tile and click the calendar icon
  3. Easily Remove from Favorites, Try Soons or Added lists — mouse-over and click the minus icon. “Favorites” and “Try Soons”  are two separate lists on BigOven, by design.  Removing a recipe from these lists simply removes it from your list, it doesn’t delete the underlying recipe.
    However, removing a recipe when viewing your “Added” list will permanently delete the recipe from the database.  Don’t worry; you’ll be prompted to confirm!
  4. View as tiles or detailed list

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View your recipes as a list or tiles

Sometimes it’s handier to view everything as a quick list.  We’ve added a list view to the My Recipes Dashboard.  Click the list icon in the upper right to switch to list view:

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Sample list view

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Sample Recipe Tile View

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Existing Features You Might Not Know About

To quickly find a recipe you’re interested in, just start typing the title of the recipe in the text box at the top of the page, or and/or use the dropdown to filter by Course.

Special holiday note for those who are sharing recipes — simply pass along your “My Recipes” web address!

How to share your recipes dashboard:

Click the “Share to Facebook” or “Tweet” links, or simply grab the URL from the browser (it’ll look like www.bigoven.com/myrecipes/stevemur, with your username instead of “stevemur”) and share it with friends!  They’ll be able to see all the public recipes you’ve added, all the recipes to try soon, and your favorites, in one easy place.