Brazilian recipe: Easy cheesy bread
01/29/2011 – 11:56 pm | 3 Comments

By Maura Hernandez from The Other Side of The Tortilla

Though my specialty is home-cooked Mexican cuisine, I love lots of other international foods. As a result, I’m always trying something new in my kitchen. If …

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App Review: BigOven
08/28/2011 – 11:32 am | No Comment

One of my favorite apps for my android phone and tablet is BigOven. (BigOven is also available for iPhone, iPad, and Windows Phones and on any computer through their website)  I have been using this site for well over a year now and it has saved dinner several times now.  BigOven is a pretty straight forward website.  It has a very simple design that makes reading on a mobile device much easier.  When I first started using this app it was purely for the “use up leftover” feature.  In fact this is still my favorite feature.  However since this time they have expanded the program.

“Use up leftovers” is the most unique part of this app.  After clicking this option users are directed to a clean, basic page.  On this page simply select three items that you have on hand or that you would like to use in a recipe. A list of all of the recipes on the site that include those three ingredients will be given.  Not all combinations have recipes but the majority do.  I also find this helpful if I’m at the farmer’s market and I am considering purchasing an item.  I know what I have at home but BigOven helps me find recipe ideas or even just to feel out if the ingredients will go together.

BigOven has added some new features like video, a great resource for those cooks who are more visually oriented.  There’s also a community section that has many different groups that you can join based on your likes.  Like many traditional recipe sites the front page lists categories of recipes for browsing as well as recipes that have recently rated high.

If you are someone who likes to keep all your recipes in one place BigOven can help with that too.  When you’re browsing it lets you save your favorite recipes which are then filed in the “my kitchen” area of the website.  Other categories in this area are;

  • Try Soon
  • Recipes I’ve made
  • Recipes I’ve posted
  • Post a recipe
  • Grocery List
  • Kitchen Stream (a neat little tool that shows you what other people are cooking/eating!)

Not all of these functions are available in the free version of BigOven.  If you opt for the $15.99 year Pro Membership you can select recipes, and the ingredients are then transferred directly to the shopping list.  The Pro version also includes nutritional information and the ability to post recipes privately.

Overall this is a really good application for home cooks.  I do wish that they offered the grocery list function as a part of the free membership but understand why they don’t.  Even if you only use this app for the “use up leftovers” capability you won’t be disappointed.

Popularity: 93% [?]

Brazilian recipe: Easy cheesy bread
01/29/2011 – 11:56 pm | 3 Comments
Brazilian recipe: Easy cheesy bread

By Maura Hernandez from The Other Side of The Tortilla

Though my specialty is home-cooked Mexican cuisine, I love lots of other international foods. As a result, I’m always trying something new in my kitchen. If …

Low Carb Recipe: Lettuce Cups with Picadillo
01/15/2011 – 5:57 pm | 3 Comments
Low Carb Recipe: Lettuce Cups with Picadillo

Picadillo is a staple at my house.  It’s an easy dish to make and then you can use the leftovers in a lot of different ways. One of the healthier options is making lettuce cups …

Holiday Cupcake Recipe: It’s all about the toppings
12/11/2010 – 11:26 am | 7 Comments
Holiday Cupcake Recipe: It’s all about the toppings

Holiday Cupcake Recipe for Kids. Great recipe for a milk allergy.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe: Turkey Curry Soup
11/27/2010 – 6:24 pm | 5 Comments
Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe: Turkey Curry Soup

I am getting tired of the turkey by now but I hate wasting food so I needed to get creative with the turkey leftovers. I also think curry has a way of transforming the taste …

Yuca Recipe: My Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish
11/25/2010 – 8:11 am | 2 Comments
Yuca Recipe: My Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dish

I love Thanksgiving it’s almost as festive as Christmas with no shopping or wrapping of gifts required. Carrie over at the Tiki Tiki Blog asked me to share a traditional recipe we use on Thanksgiving. …

Adventure In Retail: Find “Black Friday” iPhone Apps That Rise Above The Crowd
11/23/2010 – 10:27 am | 2 Comments
Adventure In Retail: Find “Black Friday” iPhone Apps That Rise Above The Crowd

Don’t Be A Shopping Statistic
The annual “Black Friday” post-Thanksgiving shopping rush lost some of its luster two years ago when a customer was trampled to death, and bricks and mortar retailers are being advised again to …

Chicharrones de Pollo Recipe: Fried Chicken Latin Style
11/20/2010 – 9:08 am | 9 Comments
Chicharrones de Pollo Recipe: Fried Chicken Latin Style

When I am fried, I like to fry. Why? It is so tedious and labor intensive and that it gets you into this zen-like “fried zone”. With the added benefit that when you are done, …

Boliche: Pot Roast Recipe Cuban Style
11/14/2010 – 9:27 pm | 5 Comments
Boliche: Pot Roast Recipe Cuban Style

How to make Pot Roast Cuban Style. A traditional recipe for Cuban Boliche.

Sopa Magica: Green Plaintain with Garlic Chicken Soup
11/06/2010 – 6:50 pm | 5 Comments
Sopa Magica: Green Plaintain with Garlic Chicken Soup

I was a conference yesterday at around 3pm I started to shiver and get nauseous. 24 hours later, I am not sure if this is the flu, stomach virus or food poisoning but I feel …

A Ghostly Sugar Cookie Recipe for a Crowd
10/30/2010 – 9:20 pm | 4 Comments
A Ghostly Sugar Cookie Recipe for a Crowd

Sugar Cookie Recipe that is milk and dairy free