Searching Recipes

What's the best way to search for recipes?

If you're in a hurry or if you want a lot of search results, use the keyword search. You'll find the search box on the upper left-hand side of every page of Recipe Finder. The Enhanced Search is an excellent way to narrow down your search results. It is particularly useful if you have specific wants or needs, such as meatless or wheat-free recipes. Back to top

How does the keyword search work?

The keyword search, located at the top left of every page in Recipe Finder and on the Enhanced Search page, is a fast way to find recipes based on ingredients or the name of the recipe. If you know the name of the recipe or the main ingredient, type it in the search box and select the "Find Recipes" button. Even if the name isn't exact, the search results will likely turn up the dish you're looking for.

If your search includes more than one word, your results will include only recipes that contain all of the words. For example, a search for "king cake" will produce recipes that have the words "king" and "cake" in them, but not recipes that have only the word "king" or only the word "cake." Back to top

How does the Enhanced Search work?

Enhanced Search helps you narrow down search results by category. You can specify criteria in one or all categories, depending on how specific you want the search results to be. The categories are:

Main Ingredients. The ingredient or ingredients that you select, poultry, for instance, or fruit, is featured prominently in a recipe. We've provided checkboxes for the most popular ingredients. If you want recipes that feature an ingredient not listed, type it in the keyword search box found just below the Main Ingredients header.

Exclude. You may be allergic to or just not like a certain type of ingredient. You can exclude recipes that contain a particular food by checking off the appropriate box. If the ingredient isn't included in the list provided, type it in the keyword search box located just below the checkboxes. Processed and packaged foods may include ingredients not detailed in our ingredient lists. Always remember to read the package ingredient list when purchasing any product that may contain an allergen. Alcohol-free and low-alcohol versions of most flavorings are now available and can be substituted in recipes that call for extracts.

Courses. Use the pulldown menu to specify appetizer, side dish, or other course. You can only select one course per search. However, you do not have to specify a course, in which case your results will turn up recipes in all applicable courses.

Occasions. This is an excellent way to zero in on the right recipes. By specifying a holiday or occasion, such as birthdays or weddings, you will automatically receive recipes that are commonly associated with the event. However, if you want to cook more untraditional foods for Thanksgiving this year, try searching without specifying the occasion.

Cuisines. Some cuisines fall under the heading of other cuisines. For instance, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese are all Asian foods. Similarly, Cajun /Creole, California, Native American, New England, Pacific Northwest, Southern, and Southwest/TexMex are all also American cuisine. If you want a larger group of search results, select the all-encompassing cuisine; if you want fewer, select the more specific one.

Conveniences. These options help you find recipes designed to make your life easier or find very specific types of recipes, raspberry preserves, for instance, that could take awhile time to uncover otherwise. For even more focused search results, we recommend that you combine this category with criteria from one or more primary categories, like Main Ingredients and Courses.

Preparation & Equipment. If you want to make more use of that bread machine or you just got a new grill pan, this is a quick way to find recipes that require specialized equipment. Similarly, you can search for recipes according to preparation method, such as poaching or baking. For even more focused search results, we recommend that you combine this category with criteria from one or more primary categories, like Main Ingredients and Courses.

Dietary Considerations. Many of the recipes in Recipe Finder address dietary concerns, such as diabetes, sodium, and cholesterol, and this category lets you find them fast.

For best results, check only one consideration. For even more focused search results, we recommend that you combine this category with criteria from one or more primary categories, like Main Ingredients and Courses.

Recipes identified as low-fat, low-saturated fat, low-sodium, low cholesterol, and low-calorie meet FDA food labeling guidelines. · low-fat: 3g or less per serving · low-saturated fat: 1g or less per serving · low-sodium: 140mg or less per serving · low-cholesterol: 20mg or less and 2g or less of saturated fat per serving · low-calorie: 40 calories or less per serving. Recipes noted as Meatless may include eggs and dairy products.

There is no definition of "low-carb" in current U.S. labeling laws. Until such a definition is created, we have labeled recipes as low-carb if they (1) contain less than 10 grams of total carbohydrate per serving and (2) are not a concentrated source of sugar or other high-carbohydrate sweetener, even if they have less than 10 grams of carbohydrate per serving (such as a tablespoon of a sweet sauce or a small cookie).

Be sure to check with your health care provider before making any changes to your diet.

Publications. If are looking for a particular magazine's recipes, you can search by publication title. However, unless you specify other criteria, like Cuisines or Occasions or Courses, your search results could be rather large. Back to top

What's the secret to getting focused search results?

Enhanced Search is designed to help you get the recipes you're looking for in one click. Getting on-target results depends largely on being specific, but not too specific. The more categories you select, the fewer results you will receive. While it is possible to be too specific (selecting 10 or more search criteria, for instance), selecting five or so specifications at one time will produce more focused results than if you selected just one. Back to top