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Multi-colored macaroons, courtesy of mockaroon.com

WELCOME TO EATS INDEX – THE FIRST ISSUE!

We are excited to be here. Here’s an obligatory confetti emoji:  

And we want to start off by saying that Eats Index is here to help you – and to be interesting in the process. We look forward to delivering on those promises. This newsletter is for you, for food bloggers.

Over the coming weeks, we would really appreciate feedback on how we’re doing on our mission. Drop us a line any time!

TRENDS IN FOOD AND BLOGGING

    Web Notifications

Food blogs thrive on traffic – and web notifications are a great way to increase yours.

Web notifications appear on a visitor's phone or computer. The person will see the notification, even when they’re not on your site. And that’s the point – to remind them to visit!

As with other types of your subscriptions to your blog, web notifications need to be approved by each individual visitor before they start receiving them. That’s a good thing! Notifications are not supposed be another form of annoying spam. You want people to want your notifications!

The work to get this going is not back-breaking. You can use any number of WordPress plug-ins. Just google “wp plugin for web notification.”

Two free ones that we identified are: SendPulse (free up to 10,000 subscribers) and Beamer. (Those are not affiliate links, btw.)

We have seen different industry estimates about how much additional traffic you can get from web notifications – ranging from 10% to 100% (!) additional traffic.

That’s a big range. But suffice to say, it is a lot!

You can sign up for notifications at food blog aspicyperspective.com
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    Oodles and oodles of Caulifloodles

It's a constant battle, isn't it, balancing deliciousness and health?

By now, we're all familiar with zucchini noodles (or as some people insist on calling them, zoodles.) Zoodles can be found in many recipes these days.

Low carb eating is definitely a trend that is here to stay.

Noodles & Company, a fast casual restaurant chain, is now offering cauliflower-based noodles. Now that we think about it, this invention was kind of inevitable, right?

Cauliflower noodles, courtesy Noodles & Company.

Foodles, anyone?

Other non-noodle noodles include: fish noodles. Britain-based Oomi Noodles sells pasta made from fish (Pacific Whiting and Pollock, among others.)

How else can you ride the "non-noodle" wave? How can you incorporate them in your recipes? Well, we'd be interested in cauliflower tortillas for Taco Tuesday.

The Castaway Kitchen and the Pastry Chef Online are among just a few sites with recipes for lasagna with cauliflower noodles.

The terms "cauliflower noodles" and "cauliflower pasta noodles" get about 1,200 searches a month, so this trend hasn't yet hit it too big. But with low-carb eating here to stay, interest is sure to increase.

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    Pumpkin Spice Spam

Maybe this one isn’t your, um, cup of tea – but fall flavors are here. Starbucks isn’t the only big brand pushing special autumnal offerings. Pumpkin Spam is available through December.

Spam is kinda generally frowned upon, but we are open-minded. We’re not vegan, and we’re not here to judge. We're here to report!

Spam is a staple ingredient in Hawaiian food and – in our opinion – it can be delicious.

Pumpkin Spam, though? Hmmm. Please let us know what you think.

BLOGS WORTH KNOWING ABOUT

We love food blogs. We read a lot of them!

Each week we'll share some interesting sites with you – and what they're writing about.

We hope these shares both inspire you and keep you in the loop about what's happening out there.

I AM A FOOD BLOG – We just love the design of this site. It is gorgeous! It is reminiscent of classic print newspapers and magazines, but with a fresh, modern twist.

Stephanie (part of the husband and wife team behind the blog) recently published The Cutest Roundest Pancake Balls You'll Ever Make and Eat: Danish Aebleskiver - and we absolutely want some. Maybe for dinner!

TARA O'BRADY – We love the homepage at Tara O'Brady's site. It's super cool how she leads off with a big, beautiful photo. The images are also head-turning in her 2015 cookbook, Seven Spoons.

PICKLED PLUM – This blog has a great variety of healthy dishes from a variety of cuisines. As the weather cools, Pickled Plum's vegetarian bibimbap seems like it's going to be a necessity here. We also like the truth that Caroline, the site's author, shares on her About page:

"Blogging is a full time job that never ends.

If you want to be a successful blogger, you will have to pull in crazy hours in the first few years to build your brand."

Yep. She is absolutely correct.

Keep watching this space in the future for other top blogs and how they're shining on a regular basis!

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