Cool Toys Pic of the day - Google Recipes
Google didn't follow their usual pattern of making a domain for this
new service. You would think you could go to recipes.google.com
but it won't work, so don't bother. Nope, singular doesn't work
either. Here's what you have to do.
1. Go to Google.com.
2. Search some kind of food or ingredient term.
3. On the results page, in the left side column, the word "Recipes"
will show up as a limiting option, with a tiny icon of two wooden
mixing spoons. Click on that.
Alright, now we're ready to roll.
The results list will all be recipes, organized by the most popular
ones for that ingredient, as long as they are from a recipe publisher.
This may include the great food blogs. Here is what is at the bottom
of the first page of results: "These recipes are from sites that have
identified their recipe content. More info for
recipe publishers." In that link, Google encourages recipe
publishers to pay special attention to the structure and metadata for
their sites, with a focus on semantic content, explicitly "Rich
snippets (microdata, microformats, and RDFa)". If pictures are
available, thumbnails will appear beside the link. Nice.
Look down the left bar some more. You'll see "Ingredients", a section
listing foods that go along with what you've already searched, with
additional limits for Cook Time and Calories. Ingredients is the most
engaging. You can either add an ingredient to your selection, or
exclude one, saying essentially, "I don't want this." This is a really
great idea, but it is a little puzzling in the implementation. You
would think it would list the most common ingredients that go with the
main topic, but it isn't that, or not just that. Here's an example.
Ingredients? Figs, oats, raisins, walnuts, maple syrup, cranberries,
half and half.
Uh, figs? And aren't oats the same as oatmeal? And why half-and-half
but not milk?
Let's try another.
Ingredients? Hamburger buns, horseradish, dill, cheddar cheese, onion,
Beets? Dill yes as long as it is in pickles. Where are the pickles?
Horseradish, eh, maybe, but BEETS?
Maybe those are too ordinary. Let's try something a little less common.
Ingredients? Ice, ginger, mint, chicken, onion, tequila, fish sauce.
These are actually a nice set. What happens when I check the Yes box
for "ice"? Cocktails, margaritas, popsicles,
What happened with hamburger and beets? It turns out I am being
provincial. Australians put beets in their hamburger meat mix. And the
oatmeal with figs? Well, it did sound tasty, just was unexpected.
Now here's a surprise. Search one ingredient, check a box on the side.
Then erase the first search term while leaving the box checked, and
search a new term. This is a nice way to mix and match, and explore
your cupboards in some new and creative ways.
Have fun! Eat well, be healthy.