Category Archives: Website Updates

Health News at Your Fingertips

news-portalReal quick…Google (I love the fact that “Google” can now be used as a verb) “health articles” and see what comes up…never mind, I’ll tell you…almost 2 BILLION results that cover the very general topic of “health.” OK, get a bit more specific and Google “heart health” and the number of results is reduced to the relatively low number of 292,000,000! Who has the time or inclination to sift through those results looking for articles that apply to you and deliver usable advice? Well, maybe Lance Armstrong…he seems to have lots of extra time these days.

The good news? MagicKitchen.com now takes those results and pulls the articles our professional, in-house nutritionist deems to be most relevant to our users. In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve added a new page to our site entitled “health news” which is an article portal to health articles that offer practical health advice to our customers.

Simply click on the “health news” tab located along the right side of all MagicKitchen.com pages to access the article portal.

doc2On the portal page, the articles are broken down into eight categories for easy reference. Those categories are: Health, Senior Health, Diabetic Health, Heart Health, Renal (CKD 3 & 4) Health, Dialysis Health, Gluten-free Health, and Weight Control. This categorization permits you to quickly locate the articles that apply to your specific needs…no time wasted perusing three gazillion articles on Google. The search has already been done for you.

New articles are added to each category on a regular basis and if your device has RSS (Really Simple Syndication …yeah, I didn’t know what it stood for either until I “Googled” it, but those who use it love it a lot)  capabilities they can easily be put into your reader so that you don’t miss a single one and they can be read at your convenience. Look, we understand that you’re a busy person, that’s why we now deliver easy to understand, categorized health articles to go along with our nutritious, home-delivered and delicious meals.

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Website Update

Here’s something new- we have fairly long pages on our product pages like http://www.magickitchen.com/menu/main_courses.html.

We knew that as people scrolled down, they no longer could see the navigation menu on the left. So we fixed it!

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Major Website Update – Win a $100 gift certificate!

I love this update- now on MagicKitchen.com when you add something to the cart, a box pops up telling you what’s in the cart. You can close it and keep shopping, or view shipping costs, or checkout.

This is something we’ve been wanting to do for a while to make it easier for customers,  but it was…well, expensive and time-consuming to develop. But now we’re what they call a web 2.0 site. Cool.

What the heck does that mean? You ask. Just that we’re cross-browser compliant, so you should be able to order from your phone, from a Mac, from a PC running almost any operating system on any browser.

Here’s the way it works:  add an item like gourmet cupcakes to the cart and this beautiful thing pops up:
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See? You love it, don’t you? Come on over to the site and try it out. Then send us your feedback and be entered into a draw for a $100 gift certificate. It’s that easy!

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger

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Our New Sudoku game

Check out our new sudoku game to the right. The objective of the game is to fill all the blank squares in a game with the correct numbers. There are three very simple constraints to follow. In a 9 by 9 square Sudoku game:

* Every row of 9 numbers must include all digits 1 through 9 in any order
* Every column of 9 numbers must include all digits 1 through 9 in any order
* Every 3 by 3 subsection of the 9 by 9 square must include all digits 1 through 9

Sudoku has a fascinating history. “Su” means number in Japanese, and “Doku” refers to the single place on the puzzle board that each number can fit into. It also  refers to someone who is single.

Although its name is Japanese, its origins are actually European and American.

Sudoku are easy to learn yet highly addictive language-independent logic puzzles which have recently taken the whole world by storm. Using pure logic and requiring no math to solve, these fascinating puzzles offer endless fun and intellectual entertainment to puzzle fans of all skills and ages.

According to
http://sudoku.wetpaint.com/page/The+History+of+Sudoku:

Though sudoku seemed to achieve ubiquity overnight in 2005, the puzzle has actually been around for decades. So-called magic squares were an occasional pastime among smarties during the days of Ben Franklin, who enjoyed the puzzles. Assigning absolute authorship for the modern version’s invention is akin to crediting the wheel’s designer, but several key people were integral to the creation of sudoku as we know and play it.

According to The New York Times, 18th-century Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler studied conundrums called Latin squares, which involved plugging the same set of numbers into each row and column in a grid. Two hundred years after Euler, in 1979, retired American architect Howard Garns contributed puzzles titled Number Place for publication by Connecticut-based crossword giant Dell Magazines. Number Place added a key element to Latin squares, the nine boxes within the overall grid.

Enter Japanese publisher Nikoli Co., which in 1984 published Garns-style puzzles under the name sudoku. Pronounced “soo-DOH-koo,” the word roughly translates as “only single numbers allowed.” In 1997, Wayne Gould, a New Zealander and retired Hong Kong judge, was vacationing in Tokyo, where he stumbled across a sudoku book. It intrigued him and he developed a computer program to generate more of the puzzles.

When Gould was in London in October 2004, he dropped by The Times newspaper offices and convinced them to try publishing sudoku. Within weeks, the puzzles appeared in print, and readers were hooked. “I came across this puzzle that needed a lot of help and encouragement,” Gould told Psychology Today, adding he is “the stepfather,” not the father, of sudoku. Today, the puzzles appear in almost 400 newspapers in 60 countries.

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New Catalog coming out

OK, we’re excited! There’s a new catalog coming out at MagicKitchen.com, with new main dishes, sides and desserts. There are a bunch of new more-fruit-less-sugar pies, I can’t wait to try one. I think I’ll go with the Olallieberry pie first, because it’s such a great word! A cross between a blackberry and a raspberry, I’m told.

Some of the main courses sound intriguing as well-Worcestershire Pork Grillers (as tuffed pork tenderloin), Sage & Herb Stuffed Pork Chop, BBQ Chicken Thighs, Teriyaki Chicken Breast, Sliced Turkey Breast with Gravy, and OH! The chicken pot pie’s going family-sized! We’ll still have the small version, but now we’ll have one that serves 8. I’ll bet that’s popular. I heart the chicken pot pie, it’s the best I’ve ever had. Light and crusty, and the gravy has a little thyme, it’s so flavorful, then chunks of chicken and veggies that aren’t overcooked… oh, sorry, I’m getting distracted.

We’ve got a new lighter lasagna coming, Spinach Mushroom Lasagna With Light Pesto Sauce, as well as a linguine loaded with clams in a marinara sauce. And wait for it- The Bad Boy Shrimp Burrito!

I did a taste test recently on a few dishes (lucky me!). I absolutely adore the fire-roasted vegetables in puff pastry. The pastry is extremely flaky, and it’s stuffed to (almost) bursting with roasted red peppers that still have a little char on the, (I love that), fresh bright green spinach, mushrooms, and these cool little wheatberries. It’s all in a smooth delectable sauce. I’ll have to have that one again.

The  Portabella/Shiitake Mushroom Ravioli is fantastic and full-flavored. The meatloaf was good, the brisket was tender with lots smoky barbecue sauce that has a bit of heat to it, and the Chicken Wellington was…just incredible.  I didn’t eat this all in one sitting! Oh, the final one I tried was the Almond-crusted salmon, which was sooo  good. The fish was moist and the crusting was delish. I don’t know how our chefs do it!

We’ve also added some categories for those with special dietary needs. We have a low-cholesterol and gluten-free categories, as well as the low sodium, low fat, low carb, diabetic friendly, and dairy-free.

OK, the catalog’s calling, I have to get back to work. Keep your eyes open, the new menu’s coming soon!

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