Sunday, August 4, 2013

My Post-Surgery Return to the Kitchen-- To Celebrate, a Digital Recipe Reader Giveaway!

Dear Readers/Subscribers/Facebook Fans/Friends:

There's a giveaway at the end of this post.  I'll begin with an update on why I have not been very active on my food blog, since mid-June. I'll highlight my update in  italics, so you can scroll past it, if you want to find out what a Digital Recipe Reader is-- and why you might want one.

It has been seven weeks since I received my new "Bionic Knee".  On my  post for Vanilla Salted Peanut Cookies, I shared a less-than-stellar review on how things went.  This post, however, has a more positive spin and I am beginning to feel like my life is slowly getting back to normal.

Initially, I felt very discouraged (and sad) that my fantasies of spending six post-surgery weeks, at home, didn't quite pan out as I had imagined. I had visions of spending a couple of weeks with down time, impressing my home visit Physical Therapy with my ability to recover so quickly, and having the last four weeks being able to walk around (albeit slowly and carefully).  I figured I'd have plenty of time to make new recipes, read books, meet friends for leisurely lunches and that in six weeks I'd be walking better than ever.
 When I told my physical therapist what my goals were, and that I needed to return to my full-time job in six weeks, he raised his eyebrows.  (This was not a good omen.)  Together, we worked on my rehabilitation, three days at week-- at home. There was pain involved, but progress began to happen, and he was very patient with me.

What I did not expect was that I would spend six weeks of a very slow recovery. It took four weeks for me to learn how to get into my car, and to feel comfortable while driving.  Standing and cooking, without pain, proved almost impossible for the first six weeks. Consequently, my wonderful husband did his best to prepare our meals and my camera, spatulas, pots and pan sat unused.

At the end of six weeks, I returned to work, and I can finally drive with minimal discomfort. My freedom has been restored!  My spirits soared, being back at work, where I could interact with people and get away from feeling like a prisoner in my own home. I feel useful again, and I have been very busy.  Oh, happy day!
I am now going to outpatient physical therapy, where they have an underwater treadmill-- and I do love the water!  I am making slow, but steady progress, and am confident that my new knee and I will be very happy together-- but it could take a few more months. Best of all, I'm starting to do some simple cooking.  I can't stand for more than 15 minutes, so whatever I make has to be simple and quick.  My men help, if I need it, and do all the cleanup. Lucky me!  I'm laughing again, and very thankful that the worst is behind me-- I can't wait to get back to creating new recipes so I can share them on my blog--oh, how I've missed my hobby!
 END OF SURGERY STORY
 
How do you organize your recipes?  Years ago, I purged my recipe boxes that were bulging with torn, clipped and index cards of recipes I've collected.  I bought a recipe software program and typed all of my favorite recipes, printed them on paper and slipped them into plastic page protectors. I bought different colored binders and filed them by cateogory-- Mains, Desserts, Breads etc.  I was feeling rather impressed with my hard work, though the binders began to take up a lot of valuable real estate in my small kitchen.

When I started my food blog, in 2008, I discovered a website, "Key Ingredient".  I created a free account, and figured out how to "Embed" each recipe card at the bottom of  each of my blog posts.  I found that it was super easy for me to save recipes, from other websites, by creating a recipe card and storing it on Key Ingredient.  (though, Pinterest  is now my favorite way to save recipes that I've spotted and want to save as my "to try" list.)

In 2010, Key Ingredient launched their DEMY Digital Recipe Reader. The price was $299.00, and that was a bit too pricey for me. Eventually, COSTCO carried the product for $199.00 and I bought it.  The concept was that I could "sync" or "download" all of my Key Ingredient Recipe cards into the DEMY.  No more binders or printed recipes!

I loved my DEMY, though it needed a few improvements-- like being able to search by ingredient, or a partial recipe name. (I showed some of the cool features on this post for Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.)

In September 2012, the nice folks at Key Ingredient let me exchange the old DEMY for their New Digital Recipe Reader. There were many new improvements. For one, I no longer needed a USB cable to sync my Key Ingredient recipes from the website to the Recipe Reader--it's now wireless! I can search by ingredient, or partial recipe name.  I can increase the font or picture size, too.   I asked Key Ingredient if they'd agree to offer me a free Recipe Reader as a giveaway (which they did), and you can see a lot of their new features on that post, by clicking here.

Key Ingredient launched an iPad version, which I downloaded into mine. I don't use that application much, as  I'm not crazy about using my iPad in the kitchen for fear of spilling liquid or coating it with flour and sticky ingredients.


I much prefer using  my Recipe Reader because I can, safely, wipe the screen with a damp cloth. It's smaller than an iPad, and I could use it "Portrait" or "Landscape".  I like the built-in timers, and all the extra features (like conversion charts and ingredient substitutes etc.)

Last week, Key Ingredient launched their new Prime Membership (ad free)  for $19.99 per year.  At first, I was disappointed in the membership offer. The difference is that with the free account, you are now limited in the number of private recipes (ones only you can see) and number of cookbooks you can create. I have close to 1200 stored recipes, and  I do have quite a few cookbooks, and a number of private recipes.  Plus, I saw an incentive I could not resist-- the first 1000 subscribers would win a FREE RECIPE READER.  So, I took a chance, paid the fee and I won a FREE RECIPE READER!!

Since I already have a Recipe Reader, I have decided to give my prize to a lucky reader of my blog.  So, this giveaway is not sponsored by Key Ingredient.  I thought it would be fun to share this with someone who wants to store their recipes digitally!

Before I share how to enter this giveaway, I'd like to share my thoughts about recipe copyrights:

  • Key Ingredient recently added a feature that I appreciate-- that is, when someone copies a photo from another website, they must give the "source" URL (link).  This is in response to many food bloggers who felt that Key Ingredient was another "scrape site".  If you don't know what a scrape site is, it means that people copy recipes and photos-- and sometimes the entire food blog's content-- and do not list the source.  This is a copyright infringement, and is considered "stolen work"! I was pleased to see that Key Ingredient is taking steps to protect food bloggers who do not appreciate having their work "stolen".
  • I know that when I publish any of my photos or recipes, that I am vulnerable to people taking my own work without asking me for permission.  My general rule on this-- please ask, and even better-- please give a link back to me.  My fellow food bloggers thank you for this.
  • I have actually found my photographs copied, and used as other people's recipes. I hated to do it, but I reported it to Google and the posts have been taken down. All we food bloggers ask is, please be courteous! I've read stories about lawsuits that have happened, and they're not pretty stories.
  • Anytime I publish a recipe that I did not develop, I always list the source name and link back to them.  

You can buy a Recipe Reader on "Amazon" for a current sale price of $149.00 (regular price is $199.00) Now then, are you interested in winning a free Digital Recipe Reader?
If you want to win (or buy) a Recipe Reader, first you must be willing to create your own free account on Key Ingredient.  (You can, later, decide if you want a prime membership.) Please understand that the Recipe Reader doesn't scan your recipes!  I recommend that you practice entering a few recipes and create a few recipe cards. If you're a champ on cutting and pasting, you will find that it takes just  a minute, or two to create a recipe card.  If you want to save your precious heirloom hand-written recipe cards, you'll have to type it in yourself. If you add their "Cookshare" button onto your browser tool bar, most times I can click on that and most (but not all)  website recipe instantly becomes a recipe card (with the URL/Link source automatically added).  Of course, you can easily save Key Ingredient recipe cards, that other members have shared,  to your own cookbooks (here is my account)  Even if you don't own a Recipe Reader, you'll love storing your recipes on their website-- and you can easily print them out or email them to a friend.  You can read more about how to use Key Ingredient here.

Once you have created your recipe cards, connect your Recipe to your wireless router, and your stored recipe cards will automatically sync to your Recipe Reader!  Contrary to a few negative reviews that I've read, I have never had a problem receiving technical support!  You can contact them at 855-KEY-CHEF (855-539-2433), email at help@keyingredient.com   They were great at helping me to set up my Recipe Reader.  I admit, I  initially received a  "lemon", but Key Ingredient quickly sent me a new unit and everything is running just fine.

I want to reiterate that I am not being paid by Key Ingredient to sponsor this giveaway.  I simply want to share with you a kitchen tool that I use all the time.  When my husband was doing his best to cook for me, he used my Recipe Reader to find my easy Super Sloppy Joe's recipe-- he followed the recipe, and he made them perfectly!

Okay, ready to enter now?  Here's how:

  • Leave a comment, below, that you'd love to win a Recipe Reader. You can receive up to five extra entries by:
  • "Liking" my Facebook Fan Page and leaving a comment that you did (if you already are on my Fanpage, you can leave a comment that you do-- and thank you!
  • Tweeting this giveaway (copy me @foodiewife), and leave a comment that you've done so.
  • Share this on your Google Plus page with a link to this post, and leave a comment that you've done so. 
  • If you are on Facebook, announce this giveaway on your Facebook and be sure to link back to this post; leave a comment here that you've done so.
  • Comments left on my Facebook Fan Page are appreciated, but will not be counted as an entry-- you must comment on this post, only.
  • Please be sure that you have an email address or profile with an email address so I can contact you, if you win.
  • I apologize, but I can only ship within the continental United States.
 I will, randomly, choose a winner when my contest closes-- next Sunday, August 11th at 8:00am PST (I will turn all comments off).

Giveaway has ended. I will announce the winner very shortly. Thanks for entering!

I will be back, blogging on a more regular basis, very soon.  Thank you for your support, patience and encouragement.  I've really missed not being able to cook and bake for my family.  I think they have, too!

Hugs,




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60 comments:

Anonymous said...

This would be so awesome to win!!!! All of my recipes are crammed into a Pee Chee folder bound by rubber bands :)

shelby said...

OH How I love this giveaway! lol. I want! bahaha

here is where I shared on my facebook :)

https://www.facebook.com/shelby.palmerjardine

Suzie at "The Southern Gate" said...

I would LOVE to win this!! I have stacks of recipes along with a collection of my mom's recipe cards that I would love to organize into one central file...owning this would be the perfect solution!!

*fingers crossed*!! :)

Susan said...

I would love to receive this reader, thank you. It certainly would solve a lot of problem and be fun to use. So glad to be "hearing" your voice again on your blog.

shelby said...

Ok I am slow at this lol..I posted to Google
https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/http%3A%2F%2Ffoodiewife-kitchen.blogspot.com%2F2013%2F08%2Fmy-post-surgery-return-to-kitchen-to.html
And registered with KeyIngredient..I don't know how to use Twitter lol but I covered the other bases

AdriBarr said...

No entry for me, but I just wanted to say that I m thrilled you are back. I underwent shoulder surgery 9 weeks and recover was a slow and arduous process. Having had shoulder surgery before, at least it came as no surprise, and yet, I too had all sorts of plans for my recovery period! I really am thrilled to see you back writing! Best wishes for a complete recovery!

Debra Monahan said...

I have also posted on my facebook page =) would just adore winning this because I bake so much, I bake and give away all my baking, I bring to the cancer center on wednesdays, I love sharing my treats all all the patients and nurses, I also volunteer to feed the hungry on thurs. So I bake for all the volunteers, I have problems with my feet due to chemo so when I have to go hunting for recipes for home or to bake, its hard to get around so if I had this it would

Bonnie Barber said...

I keep recipes in so many online or desktop places now, that I have a hard time figuring out where they are. I store them on my iPad as Bookmarks, I store them in email folders, on MacGourmet software, on Allrecipes.com, and in Dropbox. The reason for this is my lack of organization, I guess. I like bookmarking on my iPad best, but it's not searchable. Next best, I like allrecipes.com cuz it's searchable. The rest I use cuz I need a place to store them. Oh well. I could try Key Ingredient...

Myra said...

I would love to win the digital Recipe Reader! I have recipes everywhere and I love technology. A fantastic giveaway! Glad you are doing better!

Bonnie said...

Wow!. Thank you! What a great giveaway. I'd love to try key ingredient and their recipe reader.

The Jones Family said...

Would love to win the Recipe Reader,but with my luck I wont win it.

The Jones Family said...

Shared the link on FB. Not sure if you are able to see it. http://www.facebook.com/son.ja.3154284

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

I've been following your progress and am so glad you are better. I know it has been hard, but you've been a real trouper.

I don't have a good way to store my recipes - I do it piecemeal. On the computer, on Pinterest, on pieces of paper who knows where. What a great give-away. Thanks for the chance to win.
Sam

Big Dude said...

Welcome back and glad to hear progress is being made. I'm continuing to put it off as long as I can and hoping a miracle pill comes along.

Mom24 said...

I would love to win this! It would be perfect to have in the kitchen. I'm experiencing some health problems and my hubby frequently has to make dinner unexpectedly. This would make it so much easier on him.

I'm glad you're doing better. You're definitely one of my favorite food bloggers and I've been thinking of you.

Anonymous said...

i would love love love to win this for my mom
heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

YFood said...

I would love to win! Thanks for the give-away!!

YFood said...

shared on FB:
https://www.facebook.com/ycbac

Terry Herald` said...

I would love to win a Recipe Reader.
I have spend se eral years collecting and organizing my recipes.
Getting ready to start a new one for my 1st born going away to college. I taught him a lot, but he will need more in the years to come.

Mrs. Jeffries said...

I think I might like to own a recipe reader thingy..... enter me in!

From Valeries Kitchen said...

Hey there! I'm so sorry to hear how hard and slow the recovery was :( I knew you were down for the count but didn't know it was so long! It's great to have you back :)

I'd looove this sweet little recipe reader.

Rashmi K said...

So good to see you back in your element. Hope your recovery continues. God Bless. (P.S: this is not to enter the giveaway, I am not in the US :))

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

What a wonderful giveaway, Debby. I would be thrilled to win a recipe reader. What a timesaver. I'm so happy that you are returning to normal life. I see some wonderful hikes in your future.

Kat Dennis said...

Glad your doing better. Would love to win the reader, I can never find the recipes I want when I'm looking ;)

Rhonda Freitag said...

Hey Debby,
So glad you are doing well. I would be tickled to win a reader. Thanks to you, I am hooked on Key Ingredient - love it.
Rhonda

Wave Watcher said...

Debbie, I was so excited to see an email from you! I'm happy to hear you are doing better and now have a happier disposition.
After hearing you talk about your DEMY for so long, I would love to have one.
Thanks,

Bill McMillan said...

I really enjoy cooking and I would love to have a digital recipe reader to help organize my recipes

Krissy Mosqueda said...

Glad to hear of your recuperation! I'd LOVE to win a recipe reader! I'm a fan on Facebook too. Keep up the progress friend. krissymosqueda@yahoo.com

Tim and Margo Davis said...

Oh I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

Tim and Margo Davis said...

I like you on FB

Tim and Margo Davis said...

tweeted

https://twitter.com/tmoeb/status/364469714547777536

Christine said...

First, I'm so happy you're feeling better and can get around! Glad to that you're back in the kitchen since it makes you happy. I would love to win the Digital Recipe Reader!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you are on the mend.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see your post and hear about your recovery. My MIL also just had a knee replacement, she doesn't say much, so it's nice to read about what you have to say. I get a better understanding of it all. I would SO love to try this recipe organizer...count me in!! jamiehershberger@comcast.net

AnnaZed said...

I have so been wanting one of those readers! I would make great use of it; I am cooking every single day.

margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

AnnaZed said...

I like your Facebook Fan Page as Margot Core

margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

AnnaZed said...

I posted a tweet about this giveaway as @AnnaZed here: https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/365005166283460608

margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

AnnaZed said...

I shared on my Google Plus page too as Marguerite Core, here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104346338872498622972/posts/UgLzKHSw89N

margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

Tonia L said...

I'd definitely loOove to win a Recipe Reader! I love to cook and I'm not always able to print out the recipes that I need. So I end up running back and forth or having to hand write them.

tylo7 said...

I like others would love to win this Recipe Reader, my piles of printed off recipes are taking over and this would surely solve my problem with the piles. :)

tylo7

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this because I have recipes every where. I need a way to organize. I like your fb page.

Dawn P.

Kate said...

I'd love to win the reader for my husband who has recently taken on the cooking reigns!

Kate said...

Iliked your FB page as Ramoana DePrest.

Kate said...

My email is:
kabowddoxa AT yahoo DOT com

Jenn Bowers said...

I would love to win this! I have tons of recipes in 3-ring binders right now!

Cedarglen said...

Hi Debby!!
I'll stop back later to read about the digital recipe keeper - I'm interested. Here just a quick note to celebrate having you back on your feel, literally, again. As you now know, ,the surgery is the easy part. We're ALL too optimistic about the post-op recovery time and often think (hope) we'll be back to normal '...in a few days... Ha! In any case, I am DELIGHTED to hear the good news. Please be careful and I look forward to reading your posts whenever you are able to make them. Congratulations!! -Craig

Amy L said...

This would be so much easier to read than my iphone. I'm getting too old to read a recipe on such a tiny screen :)

Amy L said...

I tweeted
https://twitter.com/amylou61/status/365612489473404928

Kat said...

I would love to win a recipe reader!! I have all of my recipes saved in multiple places and this would make life so much easier!!

Kat said...

I already follow you on Facebook :)

Kat said...

I tweeted about this giveaway on Twitter
https://twitter.com/Kaytee661/status/366020163604189184

Kat said...

I have shared the giveaway on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/katie.watson.54

Monica H said...

I'd love to have one of these. Thank you for being do generous and so honest about the product. Glad you're back and blogging, doll!

Monica H said...

I follow you on FB

Monica H said...

I'm sharing on FB

oneordinaryday said...

I haven't heard of this product and appreciate your review as much as the giveaway!

oneordinaryday said...

I liked your fb page too. Thanks for the chance!

Jennie35 said...

The giveaway looks great and I would love to receive it!

AnneBB said...

Best wishes on your road to recovery!

Wyldkat said...

Just found your blog, love it! I also love the idea of a recipe reader just for the kitchen! Thanks for sharing!