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Posted on 11th Jun, 2013by The Dishwasher Dad

The Dishwasher Dad Grills: Zen and the Art of the Grill

Dishwasher Dad

It is a rare and special thing to know one’s true calling.

Michelangelo was an artist, Einstein was lucky enough to stumble on physics, even Charlie Sheen seems to have settled into what nature intended for him. But most of mankind unluckily stumbles though life, fruitlessly searching. I, however, am also one of the chosen few. Alas, my natural place on earth is at the kitchen sink. If you go by Intelligent Design, God and evolution gave me the opposable thumb so I could elevate myself from the animals and my fellow man by grasping a scrubby sponge. Thankfully, it was someone else’s destiny to actually invent the scrubby sponge. It would NEVER have occurred to me to affix the rough to the soft…genius!

The Tao of Weber

I spend most evenings after dinner within arm’s reach of the sink. It’s a beautiful big white ceramic number, ergonomically arranged next to the actual dish washing machine. Not exactly the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel or E=MC2 or wherever Mr. Sheen does his business, but one can’t fight destiny. That doesn’t mean that one can’t sneak behind its back occasionally and pretend it’s possible. Whenever our food pyramid and micro-climate allow, I sprint out onto the deck and fire up the grill. I love to grill meat…I really do! Fish works as well. Brats, Italian sausages, turkey burgers. Even the veggies get a taste of open flame: grilled onions, zucchini – sliced and kissed with olive oil and salt. I know I’m not the best, nor accomplished in the art, but when I lift the lid of the Weber and my head disappears into the delicious cloud, my eyes aren’t watering from the smoke alone. When I barbecue, my heart sings. As an added incentive, on those nights I earn a reprieve from my scrubby sponge.

Lately, as I scrape the crusty cheese and cold pasta down the dispose-all (second best invention ever) I have been harboring mutinous thoughts. My mind drifts out the old window over the sink, up into the blue California sky and races Texas-ward. I’m not fool enough to think I can do a complete end-around on destiny, but maybe I can even out the scales a smidge. If I can learn to make that barbecue beef brisket or maybe some Southern grilled chicken with macaroni salad, then maybe my grill won’t just be a change of pace. If I’m impertinent enough to broaden my repertoire, a spicy barbecued leg of lamb comes to mind, perhaps I’ll be asked to man the flames, instead of just allowed to. It’d be a little like Charlie Sheen actually acting, instead of doing those things which come naturally to him.



The Dishwasher Dad lives, washes dishes, and grills in San Carlos, California.

Food, we love you.

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Posted on 1st May, 2015by Andrea Cutright

Taking Popcart from 0 to 360

Taking Popcart from 0 to 360
We’re pleased to announce that Popcart will now become our core business. That’s right. From today forward, this company will be focused on helping everybody online get their recipe ingredients purchased in an instant. We believe it’s the right time to put all of our energy into unlocking more user value around shopping for recipe ingredients.


The Origins of Popcart

Back in 2014, Foodily had just started to work with AmazonFresh to automatically match recipes to grocery products. We used our core semantic technology and deep understanding of recipes to create unbeatable ingredient-to-product matching on the fly. In that time, the tool we built – Popcart – has seen substantial interest and growth. And, in a sea of cooking-related companies, Popcart stands out for creating a technology that makes it easy for partners to tap into cooking inspiration and growing online shopping behavior.

“Buy Now” Goes Everywhere

As part of Popcart’s rapid expansion – with ever more new e-commerce grocers coming on board in 2015 – Popcart now works directly with recipe publishers to make their recipes shoppable in an instant.

A “buy now” button has been rolled out across major sites like Chow.com, Weight Watchers, The Greatist, and others to allow purchasing directly from anywhere online. “It’s the first step in building the content to commerce marketplace for food,” said Hillary Mickell co-founder of Foodily and Popcart, “It’s easy to see the value consumers get from the service: a dead simple way to order exactly what you need to get dinner on the table.”

This is how it works:

1. Buy Now button is shown to only those users in an e-commerce delivery zone. You’ll see this button on The Greatist if you’re in New York, for instance.

2. Recipe ingredients are read and measured in less than a second and a cart is shown with the exact products you’ll need for the recipe. You can swap products if you’d like and click “Send” to send the order info to the grocer.

3. With a click, the grocers cart is pre-filled with the products you chose. The only thing left to do is handle the payment and set up your delivery.


Continued Expansion

We know that for more and more shoppers convenience is key and online grocery sales are expected to grow over 20% in the next 3 years. The disadvantages of shopping for groceries – translating a recipe, searching for ingredients, building a basket, are eliminated with Popcart. Popcart can enable all cooks in the US to make recipe ingredient purchases in a couple of taps.

We’re looking forward to continuing the exciting growth of Popcart. See new announcements at getpopcart.com! Thanks for being a part of it.

Food, we love you.

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Posted on 1st May, 2015by Andrea Cutright

Foodily is Moving to a New Home

Foodily is Moving to a New Home

We’re delighted to announce Foodily.com is joining IAC’s Mindspark family. When we founded Foodily, we set out to build a place where everyone can easily socialize around new recipes to cook and we are thrilled this mission will continue with a new global scale and expertise.

We’d like to thank each of our wonderful users who have helped contribute to Foodily – from Webby award votes to each and every app review! At our start 4 years ago, we never imagined the strength of the community, the deep love for Food-I-Love-You, and the amazing recipe engagement that would lead us to this place.

What’s Next?

We will begin transitioning the Foodily.com website and mobile applications to the Mindspark team over the next 30 days.

When you visit Foodily, you’ll be asked to login and confirm your account to keep your faved recipes and lists. Please login before May 30th.

After the transfer, you’ll be able to use Foodily in the same way that you use it today.

Be sure to login by May 30th to hang on to all your amazing recipes. And, if you know others that use Foodily – remind them that they need to login this month too.

Of course, if you have any questions, please reach out to us support@foodily.com.

We also want to recognize the Foodily.com team members who will be bringing their social app expertise to Ask.fm’s 150 million monthly users. We look forward to seeing the impact they’ll be making.

Thanks again for all the support and we look forward to continuing our Foodily relationship.

Food, we love you.

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Posted on 26th Apr, 2015by Andrea Cutright

Getting To Know FOODILY

All About Foodily
Foodily is the world’s largest social recipe collection where you can discover, collect and track your favorite recipes — all for free.




Make some Food Friends

One of the best ways to discover great new recipes is by getting people with similar tastes and interests to share what they discover with you! Start by following some Foodily Tastemakers or savvy members whose tastes, interests, and cooking styles match your own. When you do – every recipe added, discovered, or recommended is immediately delivered straight to your Foodily Feed for you to review and you get a pulse of what recipes are hot on the web by people like you.

Find Anything

We pull recipes from around the web into one place and make it easy for you to decide if a recipe is right for you. You can see ingredients unlike a basic search engine, there’s a useful level of nutrition information, and we use Facebook Connect to show you how popular a recipe is. Easily narrow your search by adding ingredients you have on hand, or want to leave out, search by diet type or dish type, even search your own faves. Ready to cook? Foodily redirects you to the original blog or website where it came from to get started.

Build Your Recipe Collection

Once you’re finding all of the recipes that you want to make (or think about maybe someday possibly making) — keep track of them in one click. Foodily keeps every recipe you like, add and recommend all in your own profile. You can finally stop printing out, sorting through bookmarks, and know there’s one place to turn for those recipes you love. Share your profile URL when you want to give a recipe to a friend who loves that great recipe you’ve just made!

Made It and Easy Recommendations

Next time you make a great dish you want to make again, click on the “Recommend” button. What’s great is that those recipes are automatically shared with the people that follow you in their feed. You’ll see a recommended recipe appear with 3-stars to make it easy to identify great recommendations. Your recommended recipes are also kept in a separate tab on your profile called “Recommends”. Every recipe page also has a comments module where you can write a review or keep your own notes.

Add to Your Profile

You can add more to your profile on Foodily including your own recipes – simply click the Add Recipe button. You can also visit your Settings page to add links to your Twitter, Pinterest, or Blog pages. And don’t forget add or change your profile photo. Want to have a private account? You can make that change here too. Head over to the Settings page for all your controls in one dashboard.

Recipe Suggestions?

We’re constantly growing our recipe index so if you want to see recipes from your favorite site or perhaps your own recipe blog please reach out to us here. We love feedback on how we can continue to make Foodily better. Share your ideas with us on our user forum!

On the Go

Foodily is available on your iPhone, iPad, Android device and on the web.




Food, we love you.