We’ve made a change in our add-recipe functionality: public recipes, once posted publicly, cannot be changed back to private.
Choose Public or Private at Recipe Posting Time
When you add a recipe to BigOven, you have an option to make it public or private. Once you choose to make it public, you cannot then make that recipe private. You can however still delete a recipe, and you can make a private copy of a recipe, but you cannot make that recipe private which you originally posted publicly. If you want to keep a recipe private, you must now choose “Private” at the time you create the recipe on BigOven. Recipes that are private can later be made public, but not the other way around.
You can add recipes in many different ways:
Type in the recipe into the web form (choose private or public at recipe creation time)
Copy and Paste from text (choose private or public at recipe creation time)
Clip a recipe from the web (these are public, with instructions leading off to the site in question)
Let BigOven type it in for you, via RecipeScan (these are made private by default)
Add the recipe via the free apps, by visiting My Recipes > Add Recipe (+)
Once a recipe is chosen to be public, that recipe’s public/private status cannot be changed.
Why the change?
BigOven is a community of cooks sharing our best recipes, plus powerful recipe organization software for personal collections. When recipes are shared publicly, any BigOven cook coming across that recipe might favorite them, add them to a grocery list or meal plan, or add them to a folder. If the author of that recipe then makes the recipe private, it can cause a “disappearance” of the recipe to those users who have marked it for later. Also, going forward, if you have a private recipe and, say, share it with someone via the special, coded URL, your friend will still have access to that recipe if they, say, add it to a folder or favorite it.
We want you to be able to enjoy the many delicious public recipes available to you, without ever worrying about that recipe becoming inaccessible.
So next time you add a recipe, please remember to ask yourself: Do you want to share it with the BigOven community or do you want to keep it to yourself? Take your pick. Happy cooking!
This cozy, creamy pasta dish is the true definition of comfort. Feel free to add a dose of crushed red pepper flakes for a little kick! Garnish your pasta with fresh Italian parsley, basil, or sage for even more flavor and a pop of color.
The ooey, gooey cheesy toast may be the best part… but the soup itself is pretty dang tasty too. If you happen to have leftovers (highly unlikely) whip up a double batch of fresh cheese toasts of course!
Treat your sweet tooth in the morning, or serve these rich and delicious chocolate pancakes for dessert. And yes, the chocolate sauce does contain Kahlua. Don’t attempt to down these bad boys right before bedtime because you’ll be all wide awake like Katy Perry.
Enjoy these mouth-watering french toast sticks for breakfast or dessert. A little vanilla bean ice cream on the side couldn’t hurt. Dunk them in this pumpkin pie milkshake and you’re really doing life right.
These burritos are filling, full of flavor, and healthy! Amp up the heat by adding more jalapeño if you dare. And if you happen to have some guac on hand–you should always have guac within reach–feel free to swap the magical stuff in for the sliced avocado.
If your knife skills are on point, you’ll have dinner on the table in just 20 minutes. Serve this salmon over fluffy white rice or brown rice because no sauce should be left behind (and licking your plate is not exactly acceptable behavior once you reach the age of 9).
Oh so satisfyingly creamy! If you want some veggies in your life stir in a heaping cup of frozen green peas during the last couple minutes of cooking. Garnish each bowl with a hefty dose of freshly grated Parm and black pepper like a pro.
Meat isn’t always necessary. But don’t worry, flavor is always required.
This fresh soup is packed with veggies and protein, so it will keep you full and satisfied until those cookies are done baking… or until the ice cream softens a bit. Top your minestrone with Parm right before digging in because cheese is always welcome.
Private recipe notes are one of the many useful features of BigOven Pro. They’re like recipe reviews, but they remain private, and they’re not shown to anyone but you. You can add notes on recipes via the recipe detail page, via the BigOven mobile apps, or on the “Notes” tab on any recipe page on bigoven.com.
Search Notes Easily
You can now easily search those notes on www.bigoven.com, as well as browse a handy list of all the ones you’ve entered. To find the notes view, simply click on “My Recipes“, and then the notes icon in the upper navigation control. To search your notes, just type in the phrase in the search box to the right and press enter.
You can also easily edit or delete any recipe notes you’ve added on the recipe detail page:
Love to entertain? Keep track of dishes you make, to avoid serving the same thing over and over again.
Enter the name(s) of the people you cooked a recipe for, or ones you might want to serve it — you can then just search on their name. It’s a handy cooking diary.
Enter your favorite wine pairings. When you’re serving particular wines, you can easily find recipes that pair well.
Enter adjustments to a recipe that make it just right for your family, or substitutions you think are best. Keep track of presentation tips and more. Notes are displayed only to you, and only when you’re signed in.
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Skip take out and whip up your own Mongolian beef. Like it extra spicy? Douse the whole situation with more red pepper flakes <– Highly recommended. (Be sure to have an emergency glass of milk on hand.)
One common request we get from BigOven Pro members is for lifetime BigOven Pro Membership.
People love BigOven Pro — it removes all advertising and unlocks great features like custom folders and a Menu Planner. But some customers have told us they’d prefer just a simple one-time payment, and not a recurring charge. So today, we’re introducing BigOven Pro Lifetime membership. For a one-time payment of $79, you can upgrade your account to BigOven Pro for life. You can use any credit card and even your Amazon account to pay. If you’re currently a BigOven Pro subscriber, all your data carries over, and your recurring charge (monthly or annual) will be cancelled. You can then enjoy all the BigOven Pro features wherever you sign in.
Remember, one BigOven Pro membership is all that’s required — BigOven Pro features carry across mobile and web points of service. Upgrade your membership today.
Purchasing will upgrade your account to BigOven Pro membership for life. No further subscription charges for BigOven Pro will be required. Should you already have a BigOven Pro subscription purchased on mobile (e.g., via Google Play or the Apple App Store), you will need to cancel those subscriptions, because only you can do so; we cannot do so from our side. Fortunately it’s quite easy; specific instructions for your platform are emailed to you upon your Lifetime Pro Upgrade. Still have questions? Contact us.
By popular request, we’ve added a handy “Recently Viewed” option in your “My Recipes” area and in Search on the BigOven apps to list all the recipes you’ve recently viewed.
On the web, just click on “My Recipes” in the upper toolbar, and then “Recently Viewed” on the left hand view control. In the Android or iOS app, just tap the magnifying glass, and you’ll see an option for “Recently Viewed”. Your BigOven account keeps track of recipes you’ve viewed on any device.
This feature requires a BigOven membership; it will not display recipes you view when you’re not signed in.