Recipe category guidelines
PCC uses the following criteria to categorize our recipes.
Appetizers: Final product consists of individual portions that can be hand held and served before a meal (i.e. not an individual muffin or burrito).
Beverages: Final product is served as a drink.
Breakfast/Brunch: Includes typical breakfast items; final product also may be appropriate for other meals (i.e. quiche, frittata, etc.).
Desserts: Final product is sweet, including fruit, and/or can be enjoyed after a meal (i.e. some traditions include tea/other beverages as part of "dessert").
Entrées: Final product includes 3 to 4 ounces of protein; also can include vegetables, grains and/or pastas.
Salads: The recipe title contains "salad" or is a dish often served as a salad course. Final product can be cold or hot, and may include vegetables, pastas, and/or whole grains.
Sandwiches/Wraps: Final product is in the form of a sandwich or wrap (i.e. burgers, burritos, etc.) or is an item that is wrapped during preparation (i.e. fresh spring rolls, etc.)
Sauces/Spreads: Final product is used as a sauce, spread or dip (i.e. jam, vinaigrette, tomato sauce, hummus, etc.) on or with another item.
Side dishes: Final product compliments a meal but is not necessarily the entrée; however, if the dish includes a significant protein (3 to 4 ounces is a "main" dish portion) it can be considered an entrée as well. May include vegetables, pastas and/or whole grains.
Snacks: Final product is a small portion of food intended to be eaten between meals.
Soups/Stews: The recipe title contains "soup," "bisque," or "stew" or is the traditional name for a soup (i.e. Gazpacho).
5 or less: Recipe uses five ingredients or less.
Baking: Recipe uses flour (wheat or gluten-free) and requires the oven to bake (i.e. muffins as opposed to "baked" fish). The category is further broken down into Baking/Breads, Baking/Cakes, Baking /Cookies, Baking/Muffins/Scones and Baking/Pies for more specific searches.
Fruits/Vegetables: The main ingredients in the final product consist of fruit and/or vegetables or the dish highlights a specific seasonal vegetable (i.e. asparagus, pears, etc.)
Grains/Beans: Recipe uses whole grains and/or whole grain flours and/or whole beans (peanuts are included in this category).
Grilling: The final product is cooked on a grill or barbeque (gas, electric, coal or stove-top).
Kid-friendly: Recipe appeals to children by taste, color, and/or texture, and/or a child feasibly could make or help prepare the dish.
Meat: Recipe uses poultry and other fowl and/or red meat.
Pasta: This category includes couscous and orzo, in addition to gluten-free and traditional pastas.
Seafood: Recipe uses seafood, including fish and/or shellfish.
Note about allergens: When a recipe includes "optional" ingredients that can qualify as an allergen or food sensitivity, the recipe is not allowed in that particular category. (i.e. optional slice of bread, or cheese sprinkled on top, would make a recipe not qualify for gluten/wheat-free, or dairy-free or vegan)
If a recipe is marked as allergen free, please understand that some ingredients may vary from brand to brand as to their safety of cross contamination. Please be aware of the foods you need to be cautious of, and read labels before making any recipe.
Corn-free: Recipe does not use corn or corn derivatives like corn syrup, modified food starch, corn starch, etc.
Dairy-free: Recipe does not use milk, cheese, yogurt, or other dairy-derived ingredients.
Egg-free: Recipe does not use egg yolks or egg whites.
Gluten-free: Recipe does not use ingredients containing gluten (wheat, barley, rye and oats). Note: gluten free oats are available, but most oats do contain gluten as a result of cross-contact..
Peanut-free: Recipe does not use peanuts.
Soy-free: Recipe does not use soy or soy derivatives like lecithin, soy "whey" protein, TVP (textured vegetable protein), soy sauce, etc.
Tree nut-free: Recipe does not use tree nuts - macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, chestnuts (not water chestnuts), beechnuts, hazelnuts (filberts), pine nuts (pignoli or pinon), gingko nuts and hickory nuts. Note: Coconuts are considered a tree nut by the FDA and are not included in recipes marked as tree nut-free.
Vegan: Recipe does not use meat, seafood or animal by-products such as eggs, dairy, honey, or gelatin. Note: This does not account for production processes (i.e. wine, sugar, or vinegars made from wine). This does not account for production processes (some factories use bone char filtration in sugar processing; egg and milk proteins are frequently used in winemaking, etc).
Vegetarian: Recipe does not use meat or seafood but may include dairy, eggs, and other animal by-products.
Wheat-free: Recipe does not use wheat, wheat flour or wheat germ, or the other "cousins" of wheat such as spelt, kamut, emmer/farro, and rye.
Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer: The final product is made with main ingredients whose growing seasons are limited (i.e. cherries, asparagus, corn, winter squash, etc.) or a recipe is more commonly made in a particular season (i.e. “leftover” turkey sandwich, baked ham, etc.).
Holidays: Only includes dishes that are commonly made during the November/December holidays.
A dish that is easily identifiable as coming from a specific country, whether authentic or inspired, or has the country of origin in the title (i.e. sushi [Japanese], tacos [Mexico], Amazing Greek-style Salad [Greece]).