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21 Super Superbowl Snacks

Did you know that the Superbowl is the second largest eating day, after Thanksgiving? Whether you're a hard core football fan or you're there just for the commercials, there's one thing we all have in common: food! There's so much more to Superbowl food than pizza and wings. This year, why not try some mini tacos, baked poppers, or loaded tater tots (also known as totchos). We even have some healthier options here like quinoa pizza bites or roasted buffalo cauliflower. There's something for everybody at your superbowl party on this list. Enjoy!

1. Captain's Table Superbowl Mini Rum-Glazed Shrimp Tacos With Boozy Tropical Salsa from Katie at the Kitchen Door
Captain's Table Superbowl Mini Rum-Glazed Shrimp Tacos With Boozy Tropical Salsa from Katie at the Kitchen Door
Photo from Katie at the Kitchen Door

 

Feastie Friday: Top 5 Easter Recipes

We've rounded up the top 5 recipes for the week ranging from the traditional Easter ham to a natural way to dye eggs. If you're looking for ways to use up all those dyed eggs, there's a plethora of creative deviled egg recipes on the web. There's also endless varieties of Easter themed desserts, recipes for ham, lamb, and spring vegetables.

Glazed Easter Ham from The Pioneer Woman
Glazed Easter Ham from The Pioneer Woman
Photo from The Pioneer Woman

 

Top 10 Most Influential Food Bloggers of 2012

2012 has been an amazing year for food and food bloggers! We've seen the rise of Pinterest and the demise of Hostess. Food blogging continues to grow in popularity with more new blogs started every month and more relative newcomers rising in popularity quicker than ever. We've put together a list of the ten food blogs that were most influential via social media this past year. We looked at our index of over one thousand blogs (the largest of it's kind) to find the ten blogs whose recipes were consistently the most liked, tweeted, and especially, pinned during 2012. We've also included each blog's most popular recipe from 2012. Congrats to each of the following ten blogs!

10. My Baking Addiction

www.mybakingaddiction.com

Recipe: No Bake Nutella Cheesecakes

No Bake Nutella Cheesecakes from My Baking Addiction
Photo from My Baking Addiction

 

Special Election Day Recipe: The Controversial Obama Family Chili

A few weeks ago, we brought you Mitt Romney's Favorite Meatloaf Cakes, so today, in the interest of being fair and balanced, we have a special Obama Recipe. From Barack Obama's very own Campaign Snacks Pinterest Board, it's the Official Obama Family Chili. Now, chili comes in so many varieties, from a purely meaty Cincinnati chili to vegetarian chili with plenty of beans, corn, and maybe even sweet potato. There are just as many viewpoints on chili as their are styles. And since election season has so many people in the mood to debate, it's no surprise that a bit of a debate broke out in the comments on Obama's Pinterest pin. One comment sparked the debate by declaring that this is "SO NOT how you make chili", and it went from there with comments questioning whether something containing red wine vinegar and served over rice should even be called "chili".

 

Mitt Romney's Favorite Meal: Meatloaf Cakes

I hope you are enjoying the excitement of election season! In honor of our forthcoming national decision day, we have a special recipe for you. Straight from Ann Romney's binder full of recipes, it's Mitt's Favorite Meatloaf Cakes. This isn't just meatloaf formed into a little ball. It's definitely got a little extra something in the form of lemony notes, mild spices, and a zingy sauce. If you eat meat, I'm sure you'll enjoy this recipe, regardless of your politics. With a little steamed greens and maybe some mashed potatoes, you have a nice, round, All-American dinner.

Four Surprising Facts About How Recipes Are Shared Online

Where are people sharing recipes online the most and how is this changing over time? We dug into our data to find the answer and what we found out might surprise you!

  1. Over 90% of recipe sharing is happening at Pinterest. It's no secret that Pinterest is hot right now and that food is a tremendously popular category there. What is surprising is just how much Pinterest has taken over the more established social networks that still have much larger user bases!

    See the Most Pinned Recipes Ever.

  2. People pin (and repin) older recipes. Pinterest launched in early 2010, yet recipes from well before that are getting pinned hundreds of thousands of times. Why is this? Perhaps because Pinterest is a place where people save things to go back to, unlike Facebook or Twitter where something is shared and forgotten within a day or even hours. News, gossip, and memes quickly get old, but recipes stay relevant for a whole season, and become relevant again when that season rolls around next year.

  3. Facebook sharing has been falling since early 2011. Maybe it has to do with the new timeline, the EdgeRank algorithm or the rise of Pinterest. Regardless, the total number of "likes" that recipes get on Facebook has been falling fairly steadily for a year and a half.

  4. Twitter is the smallest by far, but has strong growth. Although Twitter has half a billion users, fake users outnumber real users by more than 2 to 1, which explains the lower engagement. But what is causing growth? Perhaps the strong integration with just about every mobile device and app. We'll be expecting a shift when Twitter begins enforcing new limits on third party apps next year.

Surprised? Take a look at our interactive charts below the fold to see the numbers for yourself.

Saturday at Eat Write Retreat

Highlights from Saturday at Eat Write Retreat:

Eat Write Retreat, Friday Night

We just got back from the first night of Eat Write Retreat and what a night it was. Here's some highlights from Twitter:

On Food Blogs, Search Engines, Frames, and Permission

Lately, I’ve had a lot of questions from food bloggers about our new recipe search engine. Some of them found out about our site from us, others saw Feastie as a referral in their traffic logs, others may have noticed it through Google Alerts, others may have heard about it from other bloggers.

I’ve received a full spectrum of reactions! Some bloggers have linked back to us or have written blog posts about how happy they are to be included. Some bloggers have sent emails and asked to be added to the index. Others have emailed me with questions about how the site works and why we didn’t ask permission. And some have expressed their displeasure publicly.

I guess it’s no surprise that we’ve had such a wide variety of reactions. Anytime something totally new appears out of the clear blue sky, it’s natural to wonder “Are you a Good Witch, or a Bad Witch?”

If you recently noticed that your site was indexed in Feastie, and were pleasantly surprised, I’m happy that you’re happy! Let me know in the comments. Be sure to take a look at the Goodies page to find cool recipe tools for your blog. If you aren’t in the index, and would like to be, send an email to recipes@feastie.com.

If you recently noticed that your site was indexed in Feastie, and the surprise was not so pleasant, then I apologize. I want you to know that my intention is to create a site that benefits food blogs by making them searchable, driving traffic, and adding interactivity for your readers. I understand how hard you work on your food blog (we write one too). I also know how much recipe sites have been targeted for copying. I understand how some of you are on high alert for sites that are scraping and republishing the content that you worked so hard to create.

I want to assure you that Feastie is not one of those sites.

So let me answer some of the most frequently asked questions I’ve been hearing.

New at Feastie: Recipe Bookmarking and the "I Cooked This" Button

Now you can use Feastie to keep track of which recipes you're planning to cook and which recipes you've been cooking. 

It's simple: just click the heart on any recipe to save it to your bookmarks or click the "I Cooked This" button (the chef's hat) to save it to your cooking history. Then visit your profile to see the recipes you've saved and the recipes you've cooked.

Each time you click the "I Cooked This" button, the recipe is added to your profile with the current date so you can keep track of how many times and how often you cook a certain recipe. You can delete recipes from your cooking history from your profile page. Just hover your mouse over the recipe in your cooking history and click the red 'X' in the upper right corner. You can delete a recipe bookmark from any page -- just click on the dimmed heart.

 We also show you how many Feastie users have bookmarked each recipe and how many times they've cooked it. While it may be fun to see how many times a recipe has been tweeted, liked, pinned or +1'ed, what you really need to know in order to choose a recipe is how many times other people have acutally cooked it. Afterall, when someone tweets a recipe moments after it's published, chances are they haven't really cooked it yet. That's why we invented the "I Cooked This" button. Each time you click it, you're helping other cooks choose the tastiest recipe and you're giving the recipe author kudos.

We'd love to know what you think. Leave us a comment or submit feedback. How will you use the "I Cooked This" button?

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