Announcements, Features

This is Personal—An Update on Security and Privacy for One tsp. Members

If you’re aware of the privacy dust ups around recent news from Instagram, you may have questions about how other free web services, like One tsp., are making use of your personal data. I want to take a moment to highlight a change to the site (also reflected in our Terms of Use).

We are now using SSL connections for all browser sessions on One tsp. This should add additional protection around how passwords, profile details, and your recipes. Payments for Pro Accounts, by the way, are processed by PayPal’s secure servers and have always been protected by higher security.

HTTPS in use on One tsp.

One tsp. is possibly the best place to store all of your recipes online. We don’t share your recipes, your email address, or other personal information with anyone. What you put on One tsp. is for your own personal use, and it will always stay that way.

One tsp. is not cluttered with ads because we provide a free service for storing up to 150 recipes and charge a subscription fee for Pro Accounts that allow you to store additional recipes. And if you really like One tsp., we’ll gladly accept donations toward our hosting fees.

If you ever have any questions about this, please get in touch.

Announcements, Features

Introducing the One-Click Recipe Clipper

I love the wealth of recipes on the Internet. I frequently like to cook new things, rather than constantly turn out old standards. In any given week, I visit at least three different recipe sites in search of something for dinner. Sites like Bon Appetit, Epicurious, AllRecipes, and Food Network (as well as many, many others!) provide an unbelievable selection of recipes within quick reach. And by comparing two versions of the same recipe, I can figure out ways to improvise and make a version that suits me best.

The problem I’ve always had is keeping track of where I’ve found all of these recipes. Many of these sites provide a Recipe Box feature that allows you to collect recipes, yet nearly all of them limit you to collecting recipes from one site. This is why I set out a few years ago to create One tsp. — a place where I can store recipes found anywhere on, or off, the Internet.

Recipe Clipper bookmarklet

The task of copying recipes into One tsp. has gotten a whole lot easier. A few months ago, I released a one-click tool for copying recipes from some of the top recipe sites directly into your One tsp. recipe box. The “Recipe Clipper” is a bookmarklet that you can add to your web browser. It’s just like a bookmark, but instead of pointing to a web address, it contains a small amount of JavaScript code that copies the recipe you’re viewing into your One tsp. account. That’s right… with one click, you can copy an entire recipe right into One tsp. And from there you can add tags, create shopping lists, and go mobile — just like you do with any of the recipes you’ve already added to One tsp.

If you want to see it in action, check out this video demonstration of One tsp. that highlights the bookmarklet.

Then install the Recipe Clipper into your browser* and start clipping recipes.

Instructions for installing on an iPhone or iPad are available in the help articles.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about the clipper. You can always feel free to contact me directly with questions or comments!


* Sorry, but Internet Explorer is not yet supported.


Add Photos To Your Recipes

I want to wish everyone who’s been tuning in a Happy New Year!  And what better way to kick it off than with another feature announcement.

There has been no shortage of emails asking about how to post photos for your recipes on One tsp. I’m happy to say that (after a loooong wait) we now support recipe photos.  You’ll find a link on the right-hand side of the recipe page that will allow you to upload a JPG, GIF, or PNG that will appear with your recipe on the web site.

So get in there and start uploading!


Backup Your Recipes Offline

A number of users have asked whether they can make a backup of their recipes stored on One tsp. to their own computer.  As of today, the answer is… yes!

Today we released an export feature that is available from your profile page.  By downloading your recipes to your computer, you can be sure they will be available even if you cannot connect to the Internet.

To get started, sign into One tsp., then click on your username at the top of the page.  The download option is available in the section titled, “Backup My Recipes”.

Your recipes will be downloaded as multiple text files stored in a single zip file.  Each file contains a single recipe.  We are using a custom format for exported recipes.  Because we allow for flexible formatting in the recipes you add to One tsp., it is difficult to adapt every recipe to some of the more common recipe formats.  However, we use the same format for all of the exported recipes and it is certainly possible to parse these files into other formats (for all of you nerds out there).

A sample of our current recipe format is shown below.  Contact us if you’d like more information about the format, or have requests for other formats.

----- Recipe exported from One tsp. (ver 0.1)

Mom's Granola

Home-made granola, served with milk.

Source: Family recipe

Yield: 7-1/2 Cups
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes


4 C quick oats
2-1/2 C wheat germ
1 C coconut
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 T brown sugar
1/2 C honey
1/3 C salad oil
1 tsp. vanilla


1. Mix first five ingredients together.
2. Add honey and mix well.
3. Add oil and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
4. Spread in un-greased 10"x15" pan.
5. Bake at 325F for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. When cool, store in covered container.
7. Optional: Nuts and raisins, sesame seed, sunflower seed may be added.
8. Serve with milk.

----- Recipe end

Import Meal Master Recipes into One tsp.

The Meal Master Import feature has been removed from One tsp.

I encourage you to try the Recipe Clipper bookmarklet, instead. The clipper allows you to save recipes from a selection of the top recipe sites on the web.

1. Visit

2. Sign-in to your account (or create an account for free)

3. Follow the installation instructions.


From Recipes to Shopping Lists

Shopping lists are available directly from your mobile phone using Last week, One tsp. marked its one year anniversary. I’ve been working hard to add new features over the last few months, and for the first anniversary I’m happy to announce that you can now turn your online recipes into shopping lists!

This is the coolest feature yet. I used to think that being able to pull up recipes on my iPhone while in the grocery store was handy. But now, you can add as many recipes as you want to your shopping list and then check off each item on your phone as you find it in the store.

You can also add any other items to your shopping list, even if they have nothing to do with cooking at all.

What I’m trying to say is shopping lists totally rock! Sign up today and try them out.

One tsp.’s mobile interface works on just about any smartphone, but is super handy on iPhone’s and the Palm Pre. If you’re using One tsp. on another mobile phone, tell me about it.


Always Having Your Recipes At Hand

One of the goals I’ve been striving to achieve with One tsp. is to make it really simple to store and view your favorite recipes, especially when you’re trying to throw something together for dinner at the end of the day, in the office or on the go. You can jump right onto your mobile phone and view your recipes using the mobile site.

Turns out, however, that as things were up until this weekend, that sometimes meant jumping back and forth between recipes, or having to look up recipes again through your tag list. There is no search on the mobile interface… yet.

So this weekend I added a history list for your most recently viewed recipes, which is available from the home page on the web and mobile sites. So after looking through recipes at the office, you can head to the grocery store and quickly refer back to the two, three, or four recipes you were digging through — right from the One tsp. home page.

This sort of stuff will continue to get easier with the additions planned over the coming weeks.