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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

See What’s New Around Annie’s Eats

Annie’s Eats is getting a bit of a makeover.  We are always working to make the site more user friendly, and I think the newest set of changes does that in a big way. The best part? All the enhancements are live right now. But before you run off and start exploring, check out a tour of some of the most exciting features below.

 

1AEmocks_FINALWe’ve been working incredibly hard behind the scenes the past few months to make Annie’s Eats responsive. What this means for you is the site will automatically restructure itself based on the screen size you are accessing it from. No more pinching and zooming. Menus, text, images and most importantly, recipes look great whether you are on a desktop, iphone or anything in between. Go ahead, pull the site up on all your devices and check it out. Which bring us to our next feature…

 

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Mobile traffic to the site has been growing exponentially the last few years, which tells me more and more of you are cooking from your phones and tablets. Starting today, we are going to make that experience much easier. We are proud to introduce cooking view. If you click on the cooking view icon (the orange square shown below) from anywhere on the site you will immediately be presented with a view of that recipe built specifically for ease of use in the kitchen. This stripped down view features an ingredients list that stays stationary for easy reference and cooking steps that are presented so that you can swipe through as they are completed. You can even cross out ingredients out as you gather them. I’ve come to rely on this new feature and I’m sure you will too.cookingview

 

3I am often asked about grouping recipes and dishes that go well together for a particular type of event or season. We have developed a section of the site that allows me to present complimentary cuisine in and easily accessible and interactive way. In the main navigation you will see an additional tab labeled Menu Builder. You can collapse and expand the various groupings to unveil the recipes I have chosen and read a bit about why I think they go well together. You can even jump right into cooking view from the menu builder. I’ll be updating this page frequently with seasonally relevant groupings, so be sure to check back often.menubuilder

 

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Another big feature that we have added is alternate display options for blog content. Gone are the days of scrolling for five minutes to get to the bottom of the first page. After the most recent post, older posts are gathered into previews so that you can see much more on page one of the site. You can still jump right into to cooking view from a full post or a preview post. And if you are looking for even more of an editorial experience, there is now a toggle at the top of the sidebar to turn the entire layout into more of a pinboard feel, truly maximizing the amount of posts viewable on page one.editorial

My crazy talented team at Second Street Creative has worked hard to make the site more user friendly and I am so thankful for them.  We have done our best to make these features available on all browsers but you may be prompted to download a more modern browser if you are running something too old to handle all of the amazing functionality we just added. One more fun update is still on the way, but for now please explore the new site and let us know what you think.  I hope you love all of these new features as much as I do.

 

  • Liz N.

    Annie, I can’t tell you have thankful I am for these new capabilities! I love your blog so much that those little nuisances (not really) were just ‘work arounds’ that I could handle. These expanded features are life-changing! I’m most excited about the Cooking Views. UH-MAZE-ING. Thanks so much for investing in your blog and for creating such a huge experience for all your followers. Truly grateful!

  • annieseats

    Thanks Liz! I appreciate the feedback, and I’m so glad you like the changes. You are such a loyal reader, I know you will notice all of these changes for sure :)

  • Caroline L.

    Everything looks SO wonderful, Annie!

  • McRae

    Love it, especially the menu builder. Any chance that a printable grocery list functionality will be added in the future? I used to love that feature when I subscribed to the MSL Food magazines (in paper, gasp!). Tear(or in this case, print or navagate to on your phone) out a single page, and never have to go through each recipe to get your store list together. Just a thought!

  • Brianne

    I am not a frequent commenter, but I just wanted to chime in to say that these updates sound AWESOME! I pull recipes up all the time on my phone and it is not easy to work with. I know I’m going to be wishing that the rest of the internet had these features too. Major thanks to you and your team!

  • Kim

    AWESOME! So glad you are back to posting more frequently!!

  • Kim

    Annie, these changes are just awesome! They make me want to cheer. I am especially excited about the cooking view feature, since we pull up your recipes on the iPad all the time :)

  • Rachel Taylor

    Amazing changes! That cooking view is a game changer! Looks awesome!

  • Sue

    So exciting, especially since I’m buying my first ipad this week!

  • http://www.seebrookecook.com/ Brooke @ See Brooke Cook

    just, beautiful!

  • Jamie Martin

    LOVE the cooking view! Thanks Annie!

  • Emily

    Annie, I have been reading and cooking along with you since you were making Andrew baby food. It has been so thrilling to watch your recipe development, photography, website, and family grow over the years and these new changes are amazing! Thanks for all you do for your readers! Cheers to more great recipes, I’ll be cooking with you!

  • Ali @ Solano’s Kitchen

    The new updates look amazing! Great job!!

  • Claudia

    You are the best Annie! Your blog just keeps getting better and better all the time. Thank you so much for this! I love baking with my tablet next to me and now it’s so much easier :)

  • http://tracimsmith.wordpress.com/ Traci

    I’ve been a loyal reader for a long time, but don’t comment often. As someone who cooks from my phone constantly, I can say the cooking view is going to rock my socks!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    This is so exciting!! Im off to go click around here a bit now :D

  • Emily Clark

    This is awesome! Thank you Annie. You and your team have done a fantastic job. By the way, you are my homepage – always makes me smile to see your happy and very helpful blog!

  • annieseats

    Aw, thank you so much for following me since the early days. Your comment is so sweet and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your kind words!

  • Vicki Bensinger

    Wow this sounds incredible. I just finally moved from Blogger to WordPress.org and look at you. Holy Cow! After this Second Street Creative will have lots more business. Looks fantastic!

  • winjovian

    love love the “cooking view” from my iPhone! Thanks Annie.

  • http://damndelicious.net/ Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Loving the new changes!

  • catherine ellison

    I love your site – I’ve been a long time reader and always stop here first to see if you have a recipe for something I am wanting to make. I get lots of new recipe inspiration from you too!! You do an amazing job and all the new changed look great.

  • http://www.cooklikeachampionblog.com/ Courtney

    Everything looks fantastic!

  • Brittany Persson

    Great changes! Thanks for helping me cook!

  • Erica Phillipich

    Annie, I have always enjoyed your site and this makes it that much easier to enjoy. Thank you for sharing all your yummy treats and meals with all of us. Your time and energy are appreciated!

  • Melanie

    I love the cooking view! I used it on my iPhone and it was great! I was pleasantly surprised when the changes you mentioned the other day were live. It was so much easier to use. We used the whipped buttercream frosting and the funfetti cake yesterday to make the ghost cake, from this weekends Parade magazine. I couldn’t bring myself to use a boxed cake and canned frosting that they called for.

  • gailwerner

    Everything looks AMAZING! I know how hard Ryan and his crew bust a– behind the scenes to get all this awesomeness going, so hats off to him and hats off to YOU for always wanting to find ways to better serve your readers, flour-smudged phones and all!

  • ggirl02306

    LOVE the new features! Always nice when sites/blogs make sure to keep up with trends in technology and improve when appropriate.

    Any chance the double skyscraper ad positions in the right rail will go away? I work in online advertising and fully understand monetizing a site but the side by side 160×600 ad spaces drives me nuts as there are often the same ads in these spaces (which I understand ad networks and how this happens but it is just visually frustrating). Two 300×250 ad spaces which were stacked (or 1 300×600 ad space) would be less distracting from the site content.

    Otherwise love the site and appreciate all of time, energy, and love you put into it :)

  • Jan

    I am really looking forward to cooking view as I often cook from my tablet. I think this is really going to be cool!

  • Melissa Brooker

    I love the new design!

  • Liz Gotauco

    this is AWESOME. Cooking view and Editorial displays for the win!

  • Steph in Lex

    Love it! Now if I ever move into the 21st century and get an iPhone, cooking will be soooo much easier…

  • Mandy Appel

    Awesome updates! Thank you!

  • Angela

    These are great changes. I cook from my iPad all of the time so the cooking view is going to be awesome! Thank you!

  • http://vanillasugarblog.com vanillasugarblog

    Oh Annie I love your website, even way back when (remember those days?).
    You are one of my fav’s.
    I need a new re-do, so badly.

  • Noel

    Nice work, Annie! I assume you’ve been studying for the boards. Best of luck if this is the case.

  • Gail

    I’m so impressed with your changes. I really like the cooking view and the menu builder is right up my alley! I will be checking back for that specifically. Thanks so much for such a user friendly, well thought out blog…and of course for the delicious recipes!

  • Rita Nilsen

    Although I do like the new design, I can’t seem to find the search feature when I’m on my phone. Am I just completely overlooking it, or has it been removed? I use search all the time on my phone so it’s become really inconvenient to find your recipes now.

  • Meghan Jenson

    AWesome changes!

  • Kat

    I love the new updates! That cooking view is gonna be fantastic. You just keep getting better with time, lovely. You were the first food blogger that made me a religious reader, and you’re still my favorite! I’m getting all weirdly nostalgic now. I remember the day I found you – I was searching desperately for recipes I could handle while learning to cook for my then-boyfriend-now-husband and his two kiddos. You had posted sausage and spinach stuffed shells. I made it that night, and it’s still my daughter’s favorite food. Then she, last week on Halloween, told me that I am an “awesome” cook – when I made the the cheesy spinach soup. Two more kids later, and my family trusts me implicitly with the kitchen. I owe it all to you, my dear.

  • annieseats

    Kat, I love this more than you know. I recognize your name from you being a longtime reader. My most favorite comments from readers are just like this one – stories of how you have grown in the kitchen, alongside me and my own growth. It’s the very best thing about blogging for sure :) Thanks for being such a loyal reader. I appreciate it!

  • maurine gossett

    I am new to your site and love it!!! I am of an older generation and think these are great ideas.

  • Jessamyn Peace

    Annie, the cooking view is AWESOME!

  • annieseats

    Hi Rita,
    When you choose “recipe index” on the phone, the search bar will be at the top of that page. Hope that helps!

  • Rita Nilsen

    There it is! Thank you :) By the way: Using your chocolate macaron recipe I finally managed to make a near perfect batch of macarons for the first time.

  • annieseats

    Wonderful! Doesn’t it feel awesome when you have that first success? Congrats!