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Learn how to find and personalize recipes from our Red Plaid Cookbook, manage your shopping lists, and find cooking tips with our Better Homes and Gardens Must-Have Recipes app. Get answers to your most common questions here (iPhone images are shown below, but all these apply to the iPad version of the app, too):


A: Touch the blue "Tap to enter a note" at the bottom of the recipe's Steps, and your keyboard will slide open. Then type your note, tap "Done," and your note appears on the recipe. (Just tap it again to edit or delete it.)

Q: What do the recipe buttons do?

A: Tap the box icon at top right to share that recipe via email or Facebook. The list button saves the ingredients in this recipe (you can select which ones you need) to your shopping list. The star icon saves that recipe to your Favorites tab so you can get back to it easily.

Q: How do I save and organize my recipes?

A: Tap the star icon on any recipe to save it in Favorites (tap the "Favorites" star at the bottom of any page to see Favorites). You can also create your own group by tapping the "Groups" button in Favorites, then "New Group." You can name it whatever you want (such as "My Kids Love These"), and then save recipes there.

Q: What if I'm looking for a specific kind of recipe, such as healthy chicken recipes?

A: You can search by ingredients and cooking time by tapping the search button at the bottom of any page. You can type one or more ingredients and/or cooking times. You can also add more options by tapping "Filter By" (such as Editor's Picks, Low Fat, 5 Ingredients or Less, and Healthy). Then tap the blue "Search" button.

Q: What makes a recipe "Fast"?

A: Our definition is a recipe that takes 30 minutes or less from start to finish.

Q: What makes a recipe "Healthy"?

A: Low Fat: Appetizers must have no more than 2 grams of fat per serving. Main-dish recipes: maximum of 12 grams of fat. Salads: max of 5 grams. Breads and vegetable side dishes: max of 3 grams. Cookies: max of 2 grams per cookie.  Healthy: Max of 35 percent of total calories from fat per serving, or less than 1 gram.  Saturated fat: max of 10 percent of calories per serving, or less than 1 gram. (To calculate either fat, multiply the grams of the fat in a serving by 9; divide that number by the total calories in the serving.)  Trans fat: 0 grams.  Cholesterol: max of 80 milligrams.  Sodium: max of 600 milligrams.  Sauces: max of 2 g fat and less than 200 g sodium.  Beverages: max of 3 g fat per serving, 150 calories, and 250 mg sodium.

Q: How do I add items to my shopping list?

A: From a recipe: Tap the list icon at the top of any recipe to add any or all of its ingredients to your list, automatically sorted by category. To see your list, tap the "List" tab at the bottom of any page.  On your list: To add items manually, tap "+" on a list and the keyboard slides up.  New lists: You can also create other shopping lists (such as for specific store or event) by tapping the "Lists" button at the top left of any list.  Sort your list: If you've added more than one recipe to your list, you can even sort the list by recipe (tap the "Recipes" button at the top of the list).

Q: How do I use my shopping list when I'm in a store?

A: Just tap the circle next to each item to check them off as you shop. To delete items or entire recipes, tap "Edit," then the circle next to any item to see a red delete button.

Q: How do I send my shopping list to someone?

A: On your shopping list, tap the box icon at top right, then select "Email Shopping List."

Q: Where can I find help with a cooking skill or technique?

A: Tap the "More" button at the bottom right of any page, then tap "How-to-Secrets." You'll find lots of handy step-by-step guides, tips, and videos from our Red Plaid Cookbook.

Q: Can I enlarge the recipe text?

A: Yes! Just tap "More" at the bottom of any page, then tap "Settings." You can change the text size from there.

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