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New Features on MBA

by Jamie on October 4, 2011

You may have noticed a few changes around MBA in the last week or so (and if you heard a scream in the distance, yes, it was me as I pulled my hair out). We’ve been working ’round the clock to bring you some exciting new features that I hope will make My Baking Addiction even more user-friendly for you.

The first is an enhanced print box. In addition to a cleaner, sleeker box, we’ve also added:

– a Yield field: I will fill in how much the recipe makes wherever possible, and always going forward. Older posts may not have this, but we’re updating them as and when we can.

– Ingredients, Directions and Notes in clearly marked fields to make recipe reading easier.

The second feature is in partnership with ZipList.com. We’ve added seemless integration with their tools.

What is ZipList?

ZipList is a free online recipe box. They have free mobile apps, or you can use their website. You can access your recipe box from your phone or computer any time you want.

How does it work?

Once you’ve signed up for a ZipList account (totally free), anytime you hit this little “save” button on MBA from now on, the recipe will be saved to your ZipList recipe box, and the ingredients will be added to your grocery list.

If you already have certain ingredients, you can easily remove some items, or change the quantities of others.

You can even mark whether or not you have a coupon for a certain ingredient, or specify if you need to go to a special store for one of them.

ZipList partners with tons of food sites across the web, including Martha Stewart, Woman’s Day, and the The Daily Meal.

Food bloggers, let your readers save your recipes to an online recipe box and shopping list with one click. Explore ZipList’s free WordPress recipe plugin and more ways to make your recipes more findable.

Now you can have all your favorite recipes in one spot, plan a week’s worth of menus from them, and add the items you need for those recipes to your grocery list with hardly any effort at all.

Pretty cool, huh?

We hope that you like the new ZipList addition. We’ve been using it here at home for a few weeks now, and I have to say, I’m finding I make return trips for forgotten items from the store a lot less often, and menu planning is a breeze! We have a few more new features in the works, so definitely stay tuned.

The plugin being used for the new recipe format was customized by Purr Design.


{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Annie @ Annie's Cooking Lab October 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm

ZipList looks really cool, that’s a great feature to have!

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Thanks for sharing the plugin details Jamie. I am sure finding and printing recipes would be a breeze with this new tool. Can’t wait to test drive it on my food blog now :D

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Meg B. October 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Woo! So glad to see this!! I use Paprika on my mac and iphone to organize my recipes, and it uses the same hRecipe coding to pull the recipe from websites. I found another plugin that does the hRecipe coding for my blog, but this one looks more updated. Thanks!

I really can’t wait until more food bloggers pick up on hRecipe — it’s really to their advantage because Google’s new recipe search functions rely on it!

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Ann Pham October 4, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Very cool! Such handy links that definitely improve the reader experience by a great deal. Major props to you! Wish I had something like this for my blog! I believe my blog may be too young to need this, though :)

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Becca at It's Yummilicious October 5, 2011 at 7:30 am

I feel the same way, Ann. I use the free version of Wordpress to host my blog, so I can’t even use plug-ins. I’m not even sure if there are any FREE blogging sites that allow the use of plug-ins. Maybe Jamie can answer that question for us, though.

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Jamie October 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Becca-
I am not aware of any – sorry. I actually have zero experience with using the free Word Press platform. Hopefully someone else will chime in here.
-Jamie

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Jamie October 5, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Ann-
Personally, I would start using a printer friendly plugin as soon as can. I wish I would’ve done so, because now I am faced with task of adding them all back into old posts. Ziplist is something that simply makes your recipes more user friendly for your readers.
-Jamie

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Valerie October 4, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Jamie, I used ziplist on this site yesterday and immediately signed up for it. It’s a great tool.

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Jamie October 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Valerie-
Woo-Hoo! Glad you like it – I’m loving it too.
Jamie

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LeeAnne October 5, 2011 at 12:58 am

Did you truncate your RSS feed with the new changes, or is it a fluke that this one was truncated? I love your blog – I hope it was just a fluke! :)

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Jamie October 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm

LeeAnne-
We have been displaying a partial feed for about 4 months due to some issues we had with stolen content. However, we are now experiencing issues with the photos not displaying in the feed. We are looking for a way to correct this asap.
-Jamie

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LeeAnne October 6, 2011 at 1:15 am

Ah, gotcha. That must be what changed. Glad to know it will come back! Thanks for the reply.

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Tesei October 5, 2011 at 8:21 am

Thanks for the updates in your site, will definitely make our navigation and baking a lot easier!

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Katherine Martinelli October 5, 2011 at 8:40 am

Very nice! I will definitely check out Ziplist, thanks!

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cluttercafe October 5, 2011 at 9:57 am

Thanks Jamie. I can’t wait to try it out. Can we use this plugin on wordpress.com?

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Jamie October 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Hi-
There is a Ziplist plugin for Wordpress that is available. The plugin you see on MBA is a custom plugin from Purr Design. Hope this helps.
Jamie

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Laura Adams October 5, 2011 at 10:29 am

Sounds like some great changes!

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Amy @ A Little Nosh October 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Looks like you also have a new embedded link thing going on with InfoLinks?

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Jamie October 5, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Amy-
We are currently testing Infolinks on the site as a potential ad network.
-Jamie

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Lynn J October 6, 2011 at 12:59 am

Love the changes Jamie. Ziplist looks like it will be great for me.

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Jadey October 7, 2011 at 7:27 am

Ooo Err!!! Looking good Love the new features thank you! Downloading ziplist now. x

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Melissa H from So. Fla. October 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I absolutely love your site. It’s just so easy to maneuver around here. It’s my “go to” site each day! Thank you!!!

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TheSweetQueen October 12, 2011 at 5:38 am

LOVE your blog … LOVE your new stuff … BUT have a BIG question … I usually read your blog thru a reader … and your feed does not include pictures … most of the blogs ( 99%) I follow show pics in their feeds … how come you don’t??! I’ve always wondered why blogs with FANTASTIC pics … don’t include them!!? I’m a visual kinda gal … and your pics are what drew me to your blog … sure WISH you would include them in your feed!!

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TheSweetQueen October 12, 2011 at 5:41 am

Whoops … just reading the other comments … and looks like you’ve already answered this one … sorry!!

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Jamie October 12, 2011 at 8:11 am

Hi!
We are having a lot of image issues on the site. Although we haven’t taken the image out of the feed, it has simply disappeared. Hopefully we’ll find a fix soon.
-Jamie

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