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Let the Games (and Eating) begin!

It seems like it was only yesterday that we celebrated with Londoners as they were awarded the 2012 Olympics. And now the Games are here!

As with Super bowl Sunday and college tailgating throughout the fall, you can’t celebrate the Olympics without delicious eating.

The Monki collected his favorite british recipes to help you get into the spirit of our hosts in jolly old England. Of course, he is also cheering for Team USA, so he has rounded up plenty of truly American specialties as well.

Let us know your best british and absolutely American recipes in the comments. Or better yet, add them to Kitchen Monki or tweet to us at @KitchenMonki!

Good news this time around for Olympic coverage too. NBC is providing live streams of all events. No more waiting around for the prime time packages or ruining the results with Twitter spoilers.

If you’re a cable or satellite subscriber with CNBC and MSNBC in your TV lineup, log in at NBCOlympics.com/LiveExtra to watch coverage of every event live online AND on mobile devices.

Thanks to The Sunbreak for that tip! Reporter Seth Kolloen also created a website that tells you when–in Pacific time–all the most important Olympic events are happening.

Now…on to the recipes. Let the games (and eating) begin!

Best british

Jamie Oliver’s british bangers
British Beef Pasties
English Pub Scotch Eggs
Classic Shepherd’s Pie
Tyler Florence’s Yorkshire Pudding
Strawberries and Cream
Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramel Sauce
James Bond’s Martini

Absolutely American

Good Ol’ Southern Fried Chicken
“Kicked-Up” Hot Dogs from Master Chef’s Sharone Hakman
Juicy Burgers with Habanero Jam and Grilled Pineapple Salsa from 8oz. Burger Bar
Red, White And Black Baked Beans
California Potato Salad
Red, White And Blue Banana Split
Red, White And Blue Jello Salad
The Apple Pie Cocktail

Also, check out our Patriotic Pinnings Pinterest board for more red, white and blue ways to pull for Team USA!


Introducing Kitchen Monki Partner: Red Mixer Bakery

Baking has always been enjoyable to me. Hearing people say, “There’s a party in my mouth!” is a tremendous feeling of accomplishment. Having a baking blog to share my recipes has been fun, although I’m really just getting started. My first blog started years ago as a way for me to show my mother, who lives about 800 miles away, the cakes I made for my kids’ birthdays. My decorating skills have improved over the years, and I’ve had people hire me to bake for them in recent months. I don’t really have the time it takes to manage a baking business, so I thought that sharing my recipes and tips would help other moms out when they need a great cake. In this economy, not everyone can afford gourmet bakery cakes that look like they were inspired by the Cake Boss, but maybe with my help, they can gain confidence in doing it themselves. I hope my blog will inspire people to give baking a try or take it to the next level. I’m not a pro by any means, but I would love to share my best recipes with anyone who wants them.

In order to share my recipes, I was looking for a way to let readers print the recipes without having to print the whole blog post. After running into a few glitches with some other programs, I found Kitchen Monki. Once I found Kitchen Monki, getting started was as simple as putting 2 lines of code into my blog. Not only does Kitchen Monki allow readers to print out a nice, organized sheet of paper with a recipe on it, it offers an incredible way to plan, organize, search, and share with the KM community. My readers can stay right on my blog page for my recipes, or they can click over to the main KM website and find endless recipes for their menus. I can hardly wait for my blog to pick up some more traffic so I can realize the immense potential the Kitchen Monki White Label holds.

The people of Kitchen Monki have been incredibly professional and kind as I’ve been getting things going. I hope I can make them proud that my blog ia a part of their community.

Red Mixer Bakery


Why traditional content management systems and recipes = Indigestion

I wish I could take some credit for some of the early premises in founding Kitchen Monki and its product platform. Instead, I talk about it to publishers nearly every day. When Sam and the founding team looked out on the market, one thing they noted is how traditional content management systems (CMS) that publishers use are really a poor fit for recipe and food content.

If you are a news site like our white label partners at King5 or a blogger (ie a “WordPress publisher”) jamming out recipes in a Kitchen Monki-enabled food community like Red Mixer Bakery, you likely have run into the constraints of your CMS. The history of CMS tells the tale. They were created first and foremost for television and newspaper sites. What is critical content on news sites like these? Whatever is new and timely – the big accident that disrupted the morning commute, a big storm coming in, local elections. The value of this content almost by definition degrades rapidly with time.

Kitchen Monki White Label for publishers was created specifically for food and recipe content, which has very different characteristics than news. In your white label food community, the most viewed recipe might be that Christmas prime rib from 3 years ago, or the turkey gravy from a post last Thanksgiving. Folks want to find these recipes easily and fast, and the age of the content is irrelevant. Or they may want to find a recipe using certain spices, or recipes with an Ethiopian theme for a party, or that takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, or that are low in saturated fat, or … you get the idea.

Check out how Kitchen Monki White Label will make your recipe content much more searchable and relevant through a simple but structured recipe taxonomy for each recipe you post, optimized for recipe search. Why does it matter for a publisher? More useful and findable recipes means more pageviews and hence more advertising revenue. Hopefully that soothes your stomach.

Rob Eleveld
Director of Monki Business


Eat Around The World – Monki Bread

EAT from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

1. Watch a guy eat around the world in 1 minute (via Eater)
2. 5 sure-fire ways to cut the grocery bill (via USA today)
3. Top 15 Foods for cleansing your body (via Care2)
4. Make and Eat: Cajun Pork Chops with Spicy Beansrecipe
5. How to butter Popcorn with a Straw (via chicago gluttons)


BREAKING NEWS: Kitchen Monki Saves You Money

We created Kitchen Monki to help the ordinary cook take control of their food lives, plain and simple. Many of you have taken advantage of the organizational power of the site to house your recipe collections and we think that’s really cool. No doubt, you’ve realized that once a recipe of yours is in the system, all of the site’s tools are at your disposal such as drag-and-drop meal planning, recipe sharing, and mobile grocery lists.

But on a higher level, you probably don’t realize that Kitchen Monki can help save you money, particularly when you go to the grocery store. As said by Top Banana Sam Kinney: “Everybody needs to find a way to save money. What we do is help consumers go into the store armed with a plan.”

Check out this Special Consumer Report from WPXI Channel 11 News in Pittsburgh with accompanying video and see for yourself!


Grilling Season – Monki Bread Blog

1. Top 10 tips for Grilling Season (via Serious Eats)
2. 7 Ways to beat Allergies Naturally (via Care2)
3. Top Chef: The Musical? (via Slashfood)
4. Make and Eat: Margarita Cupcakes Recipe
5. 7 Ways to avoid gas from beans (via Care2)


Here’s the Scoop – Daily Monki Bread

1. Baskin Robbins 31 cent scoops coming April 27th (via Eater)
2. The Cologne that smells like Bacon (via Eater)
3. 6 Kitchen Safety Myths that could make you sick (via Care2)
4. Heavy Beer Drinking may increase risk of Stomach Cancer (via USN)
5. Make and Eat: Spinach Lasagna Recipe


Free Organic Seeds – Daily Monki Bread

1. How to get 25 packets of free Organic Seeds (via MNN)
2. The truth about Health Drinks (via Guardian)
3. And the winner of Top Chef Allstars is….. (via Eater)
4. Make and Eat: Lentil, Barley and Bean Chili Recipe
5. How to increase Omega-3′s in your diet (via Care2)


Sleepless Foods – Daily Monki Bread

1. 5 Foods that Sabotage your Sleep (via Care2)
2. Vinegar is a chef’s secret weapon (via WSJ)
3. 5 Essential Vegan and Vegetarian Cookbooks (via Care2)
4. Stephen Colbert on how to profit from worldwide food shortages (via Eater)
5. Make and Eat: Chicken Paprikash Recipe


The New and Improved Kitchen Monki Recipe Adder

We’ve been amazed at the number of people that have been using Kitchen Monki as their recipe solution. Undoubtedly, users have seen the value that the site brings to the table when it comes to making recipes do more than just be read. That’s one of the reasons why we’ve put some elbow grease into making an upgrade of the Recipe Adder. We want your recipes to do the work for you especially, for example, when it comes to making accurate aggregated grocery lists.

A few things that you’ll see in the new version of the Recipe Adder are:

  • Validation of capital and lower case letters
  • Alerts regarding ingredients that are categorized as ‘Assigned and Unassigned’ to a step during recipe ‘Directions’
  • Recipes won’t publish if unassigned ingredients remain
  • Easier and Faster editing of Ingredients

Here are a few looks at what to expect:

Recipe Editing will now be performed inline.  Standard Ingredient suggestions will now be given with the ability to page through additional choices.

During Editing of a Custom Ingredient, users may search for a replacement by clicking ‘Find standard alternative’.  Preprep suggestions will be offered.

During Ingredients Editing, alerts will show up if you’ve forgotten to include quantities or measures of ingredients.

Custom Ingredients (ingredients not in the database) are colored orange whereas standard ingredients are black.  Users will be able to see a running tally of these ingredients throughout.

Notification of ingredient stats (ie. Custom vs standard ingredients) also appear in other steps of the recipe creation process.  You may go back to edit these at any time.

Users now have control of how ingredients are ordered.

Kitchen Monki’s recipes are data driven and when these recipes are validated, in banded format, and coupled with the toolbar, they make the most powerful recipe solution on the web.  Give it a whirl and let us know what you think.  And thanks as always for using Kitchen Monki!