The Dish/First Look, First Taste for Bloggers

I’m not a food blogger, but I play one on the internet. I love reading blogs about food, pinning recipes on Pinterest (my Food and Drink and Dessert boards are my fullest by far), reading articles about food photography and – every once in a while – try my own hand at creating recipes.

I’m not an expert by any means, but when BlogHer told me about two new programs from ConAgra I knew they could feed my love of food blogging.

Before I tell you about ConAgra’s site, I wanted to say when I first read the email I was a little doubtful about working with them. But once I realized how many of their brands I had in my kitchen right at this exact moment (Alexia fries, Gulden’s mustard, Egg Beaters, Hebrew National hot dogs, Hunt’s tomato sauce, Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn, and Reddi-wip) it seemed silly to pass it up. If this isn’t your thing, that’s totally cool too and feel free to skip it.

The Dish is an online resource center for all bloggers who post food content or who WANT to post food content.

In their Seasonal Spotlight section you can find tips for keeping your blog content fresh and seasonally relevant.

Under Ask Our Team, they have put together an expert panel that includes Phil Lempert, savings expert; Dan Skinner, editor-in-chief; Abby Penich, ReadySetEat Community Manager; and several bloggers.

The Recipe Resources section is just what it sounds like – a round up of some of the best recipes from ConAgra’s recipe site ReadySetEat. Free tip: do NOT go look at the recipes when it’s 5:43 pm and you’re starving. Seriously, how much do I want this corn on the cob now? SO MUCH.

But in my opinion, the best part of their site is First Look, First Taste. Through the site you can sign up to receive coupons, samples and other exclusive content – and all you need is a blog URL. It would a great way for someone looking to expand into food blogging to find new ingredients to include and for seasoned food bloggers to get expert advice and tips to share with their readers.

There’s some great content on The Dish already, but I’m hoping they plan to expand in the coming months. I’d love to see even more focus on fresh, local ingredients that can be used in conjunction with their products to make easy family meals.

ReadySetEat has tons of great, fast, easy recipes that can be sorted by very useful categories (vegetarian, healthy, etc) but I’d like to see The Dish feature more of them, especially grouped by type – for example, Mexican recipes featuring a veggie option, a beef option and a chicken option.

Or even one recipe that can be used all three ways. Hey, that’s actually a great idea for a recipe series – see, The Dish has already started inspiring me to blog better!

Does The Dish/First Look, First Taste sound like something you’d be interested in? You can visit The Dish here, sign up for First Look, First Taste here and follow them on Twitter at @ConAgraDish.

Want to be entered for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card from BlogHer and ConAgra Foods? Just leave a comment below telling me which section of The Dish sounds the most interesting to you!


No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods: a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post b) Tweet about this promotion with hash tag #sweepstakes and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here. This sweepstakes runs from 8/22/2012-9/8/2012.

Be sure to visit ConAgra Foods’ brand page on where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

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61 Responses to “The Dish/First Look, First Taste for Bloggers”

  1. Liz says:

    The Seasonal Spotlight section looks the most interesting to me.

  2. Becky says:

    Ready Set Eat looks awesome

  3. Mami2jcn says:

    I like the recipe resources section.

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  5. Stephanie says:

    i love the recipe resources section!!

  6. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I like the recipe resources section!

  7. Audrey says:

    The recipe resource section, but I’m totally tempted by the First Look First Taste sectin…. !

  8. Alena says:

    THe recipe resource for sure!

  9. Elena says:

    I like the recipe resources section

  10. Jennifer W says:

    I actually really like ReadySetEat. I like that there is an option to notify me when coupons are available or there are sales for a particular ingredient in a recipe.

  11. Kate says:

    This is your blog (obvs) and I know you are making the decisions that feel best for you & your fam but I won’t be reading as often if sponsored posts keep coming up.

    • bebehblog says:

      I’m always sorry to lose a reader. I try to keep my sponsored posts down to just a couple a month (since I post 6 days most weeks that’s a really small percentage) and to things my readers might be interested in and/or that come with cool giveaways. But I understand some readers hate them no matter what.

  12. Jessica To says:

    I would probably use the Recipe Resources section the most.

  13. Lisa Brown says:

    the recipe resources
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  14. Diana says:

    First Look First Taste looks pretty interesting however I would end up using the Season Spotlight much more. Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. steph says:

    the seasonal recipe section!

  16. Harmony B says:

    the recipe resource. Im always looking for new dinner ideas

  17. Laura Jacobson says:

    I love the First Look, First Taste section where you can find out about new products and request samples!

  18. Tina M says:

    I like the recipe resources

  19. Kelly D says:

    The Recipe Resource Section sounds most interesting.

  20. Jessie C. says:

    Recipe Resources section is the most interesting

  21. maria cantu says:

    The readyseteat doesn’t look too shabby.

  22. Rebecca Graham says:

    The Recipe Resources sounds interesting.

  23. Ashley Tucker says:

    The seasonal selections sound good

    ajoy1332 at yahoo dot com

  24. Kerry says:

    I like the product samples from the First Look, First Taste section!

  25. Marcia Goss says:

    I like reading about new products in the First Look, First Taste section.

  26. jennifer horn says:

    The recipes sound most useful to me.

  27. Eugenie says:

    I like the Seasonal Spotlight section on The Dish the best.

  28. kaholly says:

    The Recipe Resources section is my favorite. I don’t particularly care for cooking and I need lots of good ideas!

  29. Sarah L says:

    I like the Seasonal Spotlight because I’m always trying to eat seasonally.
    Thanks for the contest.

  30. sandra says:

    i like the First Look, First Taste section

  31. carmen says:

    i like the Seasonal Spotlight section.

  32. anash says:

    i like the fact that i can join the First Look, First Taste club! Thanks for a super giveaway!

  33. anash says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  34. angie lilly says:

    I am all about the recipes, so Recipe Resources for sure!

  35. Lee says:

    I find the Recipe Resources section of The Dish to be the best or most useful of all.

  36. Melissa H. says:

    First Look, First Taste! It looked so interesting that I signed up for it!

  37. ewhatley says:

    I like the Recipe Resources section.

  38. LAMusing says:

    Recipe Resources! I love trying new recipes and I like how they offer seasonal suggestions.

  39. Christina Tong says:

    The Recipe Resources Section of the Dish sounds the most interesting to me because there are Seasonal Fruit & Vegetables Recipes and specific Recipes of the month from where I can get more meal idea for my family.


  40. Christina Tong says:

    I tweeted about this promotion:


  41. Carolsue says:

    Definitely the recipes — I love finding new recipes online and spend way too much time looking all over the place for them. Now they could all be in one spot!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  42. Erica Best says:

    First Look, First Taste

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