Nutrition Analysis and Serving Language

An abbreviated listing of the nutritional benefits of the tested recipe is included in some magazines.

SIM details (updated 9/24/20)

Tag should read: Per serving (in bold face). Use abbreviations with calorie (cal.), gram (g), milligram (mg), saturated fat (sat. fat), carbohydrates (carb.), protein (pro.), vitamin (vit.). Do not include Daily Values.

For standard and health SIM titles, there will be nine items: Per serving X cal., X g fat (X g sat. fat), X mg chol., X mg sodium, X g carb., X g fiber, X g sugars, X g pro.

For SIM recipes with 0 g fat, there will be only eight items (no sat. fat): Per serving X cal., 0 g fat,
X mg chol., X mg sodium, X g carb., X g fiber, X g sugars, X g pro.

For Diabetic Living-brand titles, there will be nine items: Per serving X cal., X g fat (X g sat. fat),
X mg chol., X mg sodium, X g carb. (X g fiber, X g sugars), X g pro.

List food exchanges in health titles. Should read: Food exchanges (in bold face). Do not abbreviate meat, starch, fruit, vegetable, fat, carbohydrate, and other carbohydrate

If an NA contains 0 g fat, do not include saturated fat. If an NA contains a fat value but no saturated fat, list “X g fat (0 g sat. fat)”.

SERVING LANGUAGE

Makes x servings (2 pancakes each) or x sandwiches, cookies, or whatever unit is appropriate for your recipe. If it is a casserole and it simply makes 6 servings, that is fine.
NA will say: Per serving or Per sandwich, cookie, etc.

If it is a health title:
Makes 6 servings (1 chop + ½ cup apples each).
NA will say: Per serving

If the recipe makes a unit that is a volume or quantity: Makes 2 loaves (24 slices).
NA will say: Per slice

If it is a canning title: Makes 4 pints.
NA will say: Per ½ cup, or whatever the measure.

BH&G details (updated 4/5/19)

Serving language:

Serves x. (i.e., If it is a casserole and it simply makes 6 servings.)
OR
Makes X sandwiches, cookies, or whatever unit is appropriate for your recipe.

NA tag should read: Per serving or Per sandwich/etc (in bold face). Use abbreviations (but no periods) with calorie (cal), gram (g), milligram (mg), carbohydrates (carb), protein (pro), saturated fat (sat fat).

For a standard BH&G recipe: Per serving X cal, X g fat (X g sat fat), X mg chol, X mg sodium, X g carb, X g fiber, X g sugars, X g pro. Omit entries that have a value of 0.

If an NA contains 0 g fat, do not include saturated fat. If an NA contains a fat value but no saturated fat, list “X g fat (0 g sat. fat)”.

Occasionally, NA is omitted entirely in girlfriend recipes.


 

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Cheese List

American
Asiago
Bel Paese (trademark)
blue
bocconcini
Boursin
brick
Brie
burrata (lc as of 9/21/20)
Cabrales
Cambozola
Camembert
cheddar
Cheshire
Cheshire-Stilton
chèvre
Chihuahua cheese
Co-Jack
Colby
Comté
Cotija
cottage
cream
curds
Devonshire cheese
Dry Jack
Edam
Emmental; Emmentaler; Emmenthal
farmer cheese
feta
Fontina
Gjetost
Gloucester
Gloucester, Double
Gloucester, Single
Gorgonzola
Gouda
Gourmandise (trademark)
Gräddost
Grana Padano
Gruyère
Halloumi
Havarti
Italian-blend cheeses
Jack, Monterey
Jack, Dry
Jarlsberg
Kasseri
Liederkranz (trademark)
Limburger
Liptauer
Manchego
mascarpone
Maytag Blue
Mexican-style four-cheese blend
Monterey Jack
mozzarella
Muenster
neufchatel (lower-fat cream cheese with a higher moisture content)
Neufchâtel (soft, white, unripened cheese from France)
Nökkelost
paneer (added 7/1/19)
Parmesan
Parmigiano-Reggiano
pecorino (generic Italian cheese made from sheep’s milk)
Pecorino Romano
Pecorino Sardo
Port du Salut
process American
provolone
Provolone Valpadana
queso fresco (don’t add “cheese” to it)
queso Oaxaca (also called asadero)
ricotta
ricotta salata
Robiola
Romano
Roquefort
Samsoe
Sapsago
Scamorza
Stilton
string
Swiss
Taleggio
Tilsit
Tybo

 


 

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Food: Abbreviations

SIM MAGAZINES* (including Diabetic Living):
Do use abbreviations in
1. Recipe ingredients lists (singular and plural are the same):
gal.
ml (no period)
lb.
oz.
pkg.
qt.
pt.
Tbsp.
tsp.
2. Nutritional analysis:
calorie—cal.; saturated fat—sat. fat; cholesterol—chol.; carbohydrates—carb.; protein—pro.;
gram—g (no period); milligram—mg (no period)
3. Stand-alone paragraph-style recipes that are not part of a main recipe.
4. Recipe methods, running copy, subrecipes, variations, blurbs, or footnotes

Do not use abbreviations in
Timings given with recipes:
minutes
hours

*COUNTRY HOME
MAGAZINE:
Do not use abbreviations in recipes. (added 2/5/20)

BETTER HOMES & GARDENS MAGAZINE:
Do use abbreviations in
1. Recipe ingredients lists (singular and plural are the same):
gal.
ml (no period)
lb.
oz.
pkg.
qt.
pt.
Tbsp.
tsp.
2. Recipe methods, running copy, subrecipes, variations, blurbs, and footnotes
3. Timings given with recipes (singular and plural are the same):
min.
hr.
4. Nutritional analysis (do not use periods):
calorie—cal; cholesterol—chol; carbohydrates—carb; protein—pro; gram—g; milligram—mg

BHG.com:
Do not use abbreviations in
1. Recipe ingredients lists:
gallon(s)
pound(s)
ounce(s)
package(s)
quart(s)
pint(s)
tablespoon(s)
teaspoon(s)
2. Recipe methods, running copy, subrecipes, variations, blurbs, or footnotes

Do use abbreviations in
1. Timings given with recipes (no punctuation):
min/mins
hr/hrs
2. Nutritional analysis:
calorie—cal.; saturated fat—sat. fat; >cholesterol—chol.; carbohydrates—carb.; protein—pro.;
gram—g (no period); milligram—mg (no period)


See also Nutrition Analysis and Serving Information for usage.

 


 

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Food: Ingredients

The amount is separated from ingredient by a tab. Indent subsequent lines of individual ingredients. Check fraction size for readability.

3⁄4
1
1
11⁄2
cup frozen green beans
16-oz. can whole tomatoes, drained
medium onion, chopped (1⁄2 cup)
cups butter

For abbreviations, see Food: Abbreviations

Use numerals in ingredients lists.

Do not use en dashes between numerals.
2 to 3 tsp. dried basil

When two ingredients are listed with “or” or “and/or” between them, call for only the first ingredient in the method:
1 lb. yams or sweet potatoes
1 lb. yams and/or sweet potatoes

BH&G: Use measures for ingredients unless it is illogical. So 1/2 cup chopped onion, not 1 large onion, chopped. We can add the amount if needed as shopping info. (added 7/5/2017)

  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 carrots, julienned (about 1 cup)

 


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Food: Style/Terminology

1 egg, beaten
not 1 beaten egg

1 tsp. black pepper
not 1 teaspoon pepper
(the pepper can also be crushed, ground, or coarse ground)

snipped fresh parsley
not snipped parsley
(pertains to all fresh herbs)

2 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
(use “packed” no matter what the measurement)

Do not use “granulated” with sugar unless there are other kinds of sugar.

In a food processor or blender
(not “In a food processor bowl or blender container”)

punch dough down; turn dough out

reduced-sodium chicken broth BUT lower-sodium beef broth

COMMON BAKING PAN SIZES (updated 10/18/19)

  • Use dish if it is glass or ceramic; pan if it is metal.
  • Dishes are usually used for things like casseroles or baked items that contain an acid like a blueberry filling.
  • Casseroles are usually round or oval and can have a lid.
  • See page 477 of Red Plaid 17th edition for more information.

8-inch round cake pan (specify 8×2-inch round cake pans only when you need the depth)
9-inch round cake pan (specify 9×2-inch round cake pans only when you need the depth)
8-inch square cake pan
9-inch square cake pan
11×7-inch baking pan
13×9-inch baking pan
15×10-inch baking pan
15×10-inch jelly-roll pan (when being used for baking a jelly-roll cake)
9×5-inch loaf pan or 8×4-inch loaf pan
1½-quart rectangular baking dish
2-quart rectangular baking pan
2-quart square baking dish (volume is equal to an 8-inch baking pan)
3-quart rectangular baking dish (volume is equivalent to 13×9-inch baking pan)
9-inch pie plate


 

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Food: Instructions

(updated 6.3.15)

Timings given with recipes can include some or all of the following. They should be listed in recipe order. (Do not use colons following these headings.) (updated 12.11.14)
Prep
Bake
Roast
Cook
Rest
Rise
Stand
Cool
Chill
Start to Finish (reserved for quick recipes; usually 30 minutes or less)

For recipe instructions, start the instruction in each step by calling for a vessel or utensil:
In a small mixing bowl combine …

Italicize or place in opposite typeface any ingredients in instructions that aren’t listed in the ingredients list, including water, salt, pepper, and nonstick cooking spray, except water that is only to cook in or soak an ingredient. Subrecipes are an exception. Do not italicize the additional use of an ingredient in the instructions that is already included in the ingredients list (unless the ingredient is a full package, such as a 6-oz. container of yogurt).
add 1 teaspoon salt to the mixture
add pepper to taste

Drained and undrained should be included in the ingredients list only. If not possible (for space reasons), italicize in the instructions text.
1 16-oz. can tomatoes, undrained (ingredients list)
Add undrained tomatoes to sauce (instructions copy, if not in ingredients list)

Call for black pepper in instructions copy when other varieties of pepper are also used in the main recipe, such as cayenne pepper, jalapeño pepper, bottled hot pepper sauce, etc. Call for ground black pepper, cracked black pepper, coarse ground black pepper, etc., only when specifically needed for a recipe.

Specify granulated sugar in ingredients list and instructions copy when other types of sugar are also used in the main recipe, such as powdered sugar, brown sugar, etc.

Don’t break a fraction or a single-digit number and its measurement at the end of a line.

Use the degree symbol (option-shift-8) and “F” for Fahrenheit after the oven temp (no spaces, no periods).

For percent symbol: (updated 8.29.19)
Microwave language: “Microwave on high XX minutes, but “Microwave on 50% power (medium) XX minutes.”
50%-less-sodium beef broth
100-percent-cotton kitchen string

Use Dimension X with measurements.
8×10-inch pan

Don’t use en dashes between numerals in instructions copy; use “to” instead.
Bake cookies 7 to 9 minutes. (not 7–9 minutes)

Use the word “until” (not “till”) when used to describe a doneness test.
Cook 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp.

In the method, indicate “preheat oven” at beginning of recipe or at appropriate other point in recipe (e.g., after a long chill time or after rising for bread). It is not necessary to repeat oven temperature in actual baking instructions.
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through.
(NOT “Bake in the preheated oven …” or “Bake in the 350ºF oven …)

See also Punctuation.


 

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Singulars and Plurals

Use singular for an ingredient if only one of an item is used. Use plural for an ingredient if more than one of an item is used. If ingredients such as cucumber, cabbage, onion, etc., are chopped or otherwise prepared, determine singular or plural based on how many units are needed to get the measured amount.
1 cup chopped onion (only one onion is needed to get 1 cup)
2 cups chopped onions (more than one onion is needed)

In method, maintain consistency with ingredients list.
Ingredients:
1⁄4 cup chopped onion
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 carrots

Method:
Add onion, tomatoes, and carrots.

For seeds, use the plural form.
1⁄4 cup sesame seeds (not sesame seed)
 


 

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Recipe names

Capitalize all words except prepositions of fewer than five letters and conjunctions.

Always capitalize the first word of the second and subsequent lines unless the designer calls for
lowercase, for example in a title treatment.
Pumpkin Cake
With Sour Cream Frosting

Use the following guidelines in deciding whether to hyphenate a title:

Hyphenate when there are two ingredients combining to make an item (instead of using “and”).
Banana-Orange Frozen Yogurt
Barley-Wheat Bread
Asparagus-Cheese Omelet

Hyphenate when there’s some action to the second word.
Herb-Marinated Vegetables
Spinach-Stuffed Fish Rolls

Always hyphenate with “style.”
Greek-Style Salad
California-Style Vegetables

Don’t hyphenate when the first word describes the second rather than being an equal part of the recipe.
Greek Meatball Sandwich
Gingered Orange Refresher
California Chicken Stir-Fry
Caramel Apple Tart

Don’t use a hyphen if it would be overwhelming.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Keep recipe titles as simple as possible. Use “and” only when necessary for clarity.

Turkey-Shrimp Jambalaya
Chicken-Pasta Salad
Beef and Red Onion Bake
Wild Rice and Bulgur Pilaf
Beef-Olive Turnovers
Artichoke and Dried Tomato Pesto
NOT
NOT
NOT
NOT
NOT
NOT
Turkey and Shrimp Jambalaya
Chicken and Pasta Salad
Beef-Red Onion Bake
Wild Rice-Bulgur Pilaf
Beef-and-Olive Turnovers
Artichoke-and-Dried-Tomato Pesto

In some cases, keep the “and” and the hyphens for clarity.
Spinach-and-Cheese-Stuffed Eggs

Where applicable, substitute “with” for “and.”
Oven-Fried Chicken with Potato Salad NOT Oven-Fried Chicken and Potato Salad

Don’t hyphenate common terms.
Peanut Butter
Whole Wheat
Graham Cracker
Sour Cream
Ice Cream

There may be some close calls; but use the “and” criteria for help.
Lemon Pudding Cake
Turkey Waldorf Salad
Chili Vegetable Platter
(In these examples, the first word is describing the last two).

 


 

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Numbers

In recipe method, spell out whole numbers less than 10, unless they are followed by a unit of measurement or time (teaspoons, cups, minutes, weeks, degrees, servings, etc.).
Combine two of the eggs.
Divide greens among eight salad plates.
Sprinkle with 1 cup of the flour.
Chill 5 minutes.
Freeze in an airtight container up to 3 months.
Cut peels from three tangerines.
Add the two cloves garlic.
Use half of a 6-ounce can.
Top three graham cracker squares with 1 tablespoon chocolate-hazelnut spread.

For subrecipes and stand-alone paragraph-style recipes, use a number for any ingredient that would be written with a number in a traditional ingredients list.
Add 1 egg.
Cut peels from 3 tangerines.
Mince 2 cloves garlic.
Use half of a 6-ounce can.
(subrecipe)
Use half of a 6-oz. can. (stand-alone paragraph-style recipe)
Top 3 crackers with 1 tablespoon chocolate-hazelnut spread. (subrecipe)
Top 3 crackers with 1 Tbsp. chocolate-hazelnut spread. (stand-alone paragraph-style recipe)

Spell out numbers in the following cases:
When a number precedes another number in instructions copy, captions, and other text:
sixteen 2-cup measures

Numbers used in portions and descriptions:
half
five-spice powder

A number that’s part of a partial ingredient:
spoon one-third of the mixture
add half of the sauce

For whole numbers with fractions in ingredients list and method:
In InDesign, insert a hair space between the number and the fraction (Type/Insert White Space/Hair Space).

 


 

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Food: Hyphens

Avoid overuse of hyphens in instructions copy.
Baking sheet lined with waxed paper (not waxed-paper-lined baking sheet)

Do not hyphenate combinations with the word “well” if they occur after the noun.
Cook until well done.

Do not use hyphens to break syllables in rag format unless the hyphens indicate compound words.

Check for two-or three-line ladders in InDesign. Refit copy if possible.

 


 

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