FEEDBACK NEEDED! Please and Thank You! :)

Crispy Coated Baked Potato Wedges

Hello Daily Dish readers!  I hope you’re all doing very well.  Spring has sprung here in Maine and it’s been 6 long months since I last posted; high time for an update.

A reader emailed today asking about the recipe above; something I’d posted a while ago on Instagram.  (Unlike this site, the “daily” in my DailyDishy Instagram account isn’t a misnomer!)  ANYWAY.  The photo above is a recipe I developed for a healthier low-sodium version of KFC seasoned potato wedges.  They are super YUMMY.  I’d like to share the recipe, as well as others I’ve been working on over the winter, but I have a decision to make first.

My husband and I have a good programmer friend who has developed a recipe app.  It seems like a great fit for this site and my recipes, but we are trying to decide how to proceed.  Although this website is completely FREE and will remain so, my husband and friend are urging me to offer new recipes through the app for a nominal fee.

The options are as follows:

1) Load all of my recipes into the app, including those on this site, as well as new recipes.

2) Make the app a “new recipe” database only.

3) Do nothing!  No app.  Keep this website FREE as always.  No new recipe updates.

Since it will take some doing to undertake this app-venture (pun intended!) I’m looking for as much feedback as possible from YOU!

If you like my recipes and use this website, would you be willing to pay a nominal fee for new work?  My friend has spent a great deal of effort building this app and I would have to pay him.  This is not something I’ve ever had to do before and I take this seriously.  If people are willing to pay me, I am willing to invest the time, and in turn pay him. 🙂

My thought right now is to start the app with new recipes only and offer a new release quarterly (4 times per year).  The 4 releases would coincide with the seasons and would include recipes geared towards seasonal produce, holidays, and that sort of thing.  I’m thinking ~ 25 new recipes per season or ~ 100 new recipes per year.  The nominal fee for periodic releases would be $5 or less.

So that’s my app-proposal!  What do you think??

Please feel free to offer feedback in a comment below.  I would like to hear from as many people as possible, so even if you don’t normally comment online, please consider doing so now.  It would mean a lot to me and to my work.


Best wishes to you all, Christy



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57 Responses to FEEDBACK NEEDED! Please and Thank You! :)

  1. Jan says:

    I love that you share your experiences and adventures in cooking in a No-salt fashion. As a fellow low sodium cook, It’s fun to see what others are having success with. As far as how to move forward with your business in-line, I’m confident you will do well. From my perspective, I will not be likely to pay for recipes. Best wishes, Jan

  2. Kathleen Halvey says:

    Christy, I make your recipes frequently. I would pay for the recipe app. Keep up the good work.

    • Christy says:

      Thanks so much, Kathleen! Sounds like the app is a no-go, but I will definitely keep working and let readers know when the next phase (in whatever form) is moving forward. Thanks again and best wishes to you, Christy

  3. Leslie says:

    Hello, I love the recipes I have used from you–mostly salad dressings for my hubby. I had no idea you were on instagram, so I will follow you there. I would honestly not pay for an app. I try to avoid them as much as possible because they slow down/use up storage on my phone. I don’t believe I’ve ever paid for an app., I’m in my late 50’s and pretty computer savy for my age group. Probably more than most of my peers… That’s my input and best of luck in your endeavors.

    • Christy says:

      Hey Leslie! I can appreciate your feelings about the app and am super grateful for your honesty! Not worth my time and $$ to move forward that way, but I will keep you and other readers abreast of what is coming next – when I figure it out! haha Wishing you all the very best, Christy

  4. Kelly says:

    I’ve missed your more frequent recipes and would be willing to pay for the app.
    Looking forward to hearing more about it!

    • Christy says:

      Hi Kelly! It’s lovely to be missed – thank you! The app is off the table, but I will definitely be figuring out how to proceed next. Thanks so much for your continued support!! Best wishes, Christy

  5. Brigitte Pennington says:

    Glad to pay, but give a option to pay by check. I hate to put my credit card info out there; too may even large companies, had trouble with keeping this info secure. So give a mailing address where the check can be mailed to
    Thanks for your good work

    • Christy says:

      Hi Brigitte! I will definitely have a check option, however I proceed. The app is a no-go, but email or paper recipes – or a next book – seem like the way to go. Many thanks for your great feedback! Best wishes, Christy

  6. Margie Abbott says:

    Very happy to pay the nominal fee and thanks for your work

  7. Sandy says:

    Being a person of a certain age I prefer the website. Also I’m not comfortable using a credit card to pay for a app.

  8. Vicki says:

    As a person who recently had to learn to cook low salt, I found your website. It has been very helpful. However, I do not use apps as they use up my data. I hop this is helpful.

    • Christy says:

      Thanks so much for the feedback, Vicki – it is super helpful and I truly appreciate you taking the time to let me know. Best wishes, Christy

  9. Lynette says:

    I love your site and share it with my low sodium group every chance I get. Honestly most of my members are on a tight budget as I am. I don’t think I could pay but wish you much luck in what ever you decide.

    • Christy says:

      No worries, Lynette! I appreciate your support and totally understand not being able to pay. Thanks so much for the feedback! Wishing you all the very best, Christy

  10. Jan says:

    I am new to your web site. I do understand and agree you should make money for your work. I would not pay for a app. Most of the web sites I go to have advertisements that pay them. Wishing you good luck on what ever you decide.

    • Christy says:

      Hi Jan! Thanks so much for the honest feedback and support. The app is off the table, but I frequently field offers for advertisements. I’ve been reluctant to go that route, but very well may in future. Many thanks again! Christy

  11. DeeDee says:

    I love your veģetarian recipes. (Try being vegan/vegetarian with no or low sodium..bleck) They have helped greatly in my own flavor making techniques.
    And I think your efforts should be rewarded. You’ve been at it a while.
    Personally I wouldnt purchase an app. I just don’t like the access they allow themselves to things that dont concern them. And cyber security is thwart with issues. I’m also in Australia and many American and Canadian apps don’t work here. Apple and Android are the only phones apps are generally made for, what if you have something else…like me! I guess you gotta get a glimpse of your demographic. Age range. Health reason for low sodium etc. Many people with issues other than Menieres etc get ill older. Heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease etc.. How many are even going to be using their phones or ipads for apps? They’re things you need to know I guess. I know when you get a facebook page there are certain insights you can see in your settings. Gender and age just two.
    If you had an eBook of seasonal recipes or something like that, I would most certainly buy…as long as there was the international payment system, Paypal of course.
    Most peeps have a computer or access to one and can download and print. Libraries might be their choice of access rather than apps.
    Just my ten cents. You DO need to renumerate yourself for your work. HOW is the hard bit. Through accessibility for the majority I guess.
    Good luck!

    • Christy says:

      Hey DeeDee! Thanks so much for the great feedback and suggestions! The app is off the table, but the other ideas are great and definitely helpful as I move forward. I truly appreciate your ten cents! haha

      Best wishes to you, Christy

  12. Sam says:

    I have really enjoyed your website, and Ive also purchased one of your books so far. Needed to go low sodium to help reduce blood pressure and leg swelling, and your site has turned out to be one of 2 most helpful to me. I tend to stick with your standard American type recipes like pot roast, shepperd’s pie, chili, vegetable soups, chicken and turkey soups, stews (you can see I am not very adventurous!), and those recipes (and esp the seasoning ingredients you suggest) seem really to hit the spot with me.
    As to your questions: I am not comfortable putting apps on my phone, but I would do it if I must to get your new recipes. If the price worked out to be $10 or less for a hundred recipes, I would do it, but if it cost more, they would probably not be worth it to me – I would instead hope for a new book to come out or ?

    • Christy says:

      Hey Sam! SO glad the site and cookbook are proving helpful to you! I won’t be pursing the app, but will definitely keep you posted as to the next offering. Book or recipe release seems likely. Many thanks for the helpful feedback – I really appreciate it! Best wishes to you, Christy

  13. Tammy says:

    I found your website when new to loso and Menieres disease. I would not pay for recipes because there is so much free on the web.

  14. Tom says:

    Call me old fashioned, but I’d happily pay you to print out your low salt recipes, bind them up (simply, like a 4-H fundraiser cookbook?) and ship to me. I don’t have a smart phone, and sadly computer emails and blogs don’t often translate into meals around our house.

  15. Sherry says:

    I use your recipes frequently and keep going back to them. I would gladly pay for the updates. While there are many free ones out there I always trust yours to be the best.
    I hope this works out for you!

    • Christy says:

      Aww Sherry, that’s awesome to hear! Many thanks for the feedback and the sweet comment. I will let you know how things will proceed – the app is definitely a no-go, but email updates or a new cookbook seem plausible. Many thanks again. Wishing you all the best! Christy

  16. Rebecca says:

    I really love your recipes and have found so many delicious dishes. I found your site last year and quite a few recipes are now in our usual rotation. That being said, no, I would not pay for an app. If no more are posted here that’s ok, there are plenty of wonderful ones posted now. I never pay for apps ( I am mid 30s) and in this case there is so much online for free aside from your site that I don’t see a need. Best of luck to you.

    • Christy says:

      Hey Rebecca! Awesome to hear! I totally understand about the app – it won’t work for the majority of readers and I’m not going to go that route. Many thanks for your feedback and support! Best wishes, Christy

  17. Hi Christy, I love your web posts and support for fellow Meniere’s victims! I have bought your books and would do so again, but prefer not to cook from an ebook or app.

    • Christy says:

      Hey Roberta! The app is a definite no-go, so no worries! Many thanks for your feedback and continued support. I’m so happy to hear from you (pun intended!) Best wishes always, Christy

  18. Cheryl says:

    I love your recipes, I don’t use apps. So I hope you keep this site.

  19. Catherine Jewett says:

    Hi Christy,
    I have Menieres and have founf your website to be the best in helping me adjust to loso cooking. I return to your recipes frequently. Thank you!!

    The idea of a quarterly seasonal download would not be something I would use. I find that amount of info at one time is overwhelming. I will go to your Instagram so I can continue getting posts one by one on a more frequent basis.
    As to paying or not, I might pay, as your recipes are great, however the big and infrequent group of recipes simply doesn’t work for me, so I would not consider paying. I will continue to use recipes on your website. I like the index format and prefer your website vs Instagram. I will resort to Instagram if I must!

    • Christy says:

      Hey Catherine! Thanks so much for your input. Sounds like an app or recipe releases would overwhelm you. But maybe just the website as is! No worries!! Many thanks again and best wishes, Christy

  20. Lisa H. says:

    Hi Christy,
    Thanks so much for all you do. Your posts (though from the past) help me to feel less alone with Meniere’s. For the same reasons already mentioned by others: I use free recipes from the internet, and No app for me.

    • Christy says:

      Hi Lisa – so glad the past work is helpful! No worries about the future app; I won’t be moving forward in that direction. But I really appreciate your honest feedback. Many thanks and best wishes to you! Christy

  21. Patricia Frank says:

    I would prefer not having the app, but rather I would like to see recipes in a cookbook that could be purchased.

  22. Jennifer Anderson says:

    I would not be able to pay for an app. I do love your recipes.

    • Christy says:

      Hey Jennifer! No worries about the app – it’s definitely a no-go. Great you love the recipes, though. WOO! Best wishes to you and many thanks for the feedback. Christy

  23. Judi B says:

    Not another app, especially if you are only going to update it 4 times a year. I think of apps as something I would use frequently, almost daily. Another app taking up space on my device is not a bonus. There are no longer any recipe apps on the phone or tablet, it’s too hard to print them and why look at that tiny type when I have a nice big monitor with a printer attached?
    I would probably not pay for recipes, especially since you have gone vegetarian and I am not. If you are going to charge for recipes you might want to go back to including all of the food groups for those of us who still cook with them.
    I miss the Daily Dish, the way it was in the beginning, I couldn’t wait to see what you cooked next! After 30 years of cooking without salt I’ve pretty much adapted to it. For people just starting out, your site is a blessing.

    • Christy says:

      Hi Judi! Yes, the Daily Dish as it once was was a wonderful thing – unfortunately, it was untenable in the long-run – life is just too demanding and a full-time unpaid job wasn’t practical! haha

      Yes, if I release new recipes in whatever form – cookbook, etc. – they will definitely include all foods with a section for vegans/vegetarians.

      Many, many thanks for your constructive feedback and continued support!! Very best wishes, Christy

  24. Dwaine says:

    Hi I just found your website and found the recipe and info helpful. I do pay for content when I find value. It’s too soon for me to say how much for me. As for an app, no thanks. I detest using my phone in the kitchen. Though I’d pay for a website within reason.

    • Christy says:

      Hey Dwaine! Totally understand your feelings about the app and phone in the kitchen. Many other readers feel the same way. I won’t be pursuing the app, but will keep you posted as to the next course. Many thanks for your support! Best wishes, Christy

  25. Christy says:

    Dear Readers,

    Many thanks for the great feedback!! I truly appreciate each of you taking the time to offer your thoughts and recommendations. From your responses, I think an app (while appealing to some) wouldn’t work for the majority of you. So realistically it’s not worth my time and money to move forward in that direction. My husband – while supportive and encouraging of the app-proposal – also reminded me that ongoing maintenance would be an additional cost. Making it less appealing from that perspective, too.

    That said, it sounds like many readers would definitely welcome new recipes and some would be willing to pay for them. Whether they’re released via email to be printed at home or collected en masse for a next cookbook, it seems like people are interested. Which is great news!

    I can appreciate many of you not having the wherewithal or desire to pay for new recipes. I myself love the internet for its wealth of free stuff and rarely pay for things when I don’t have to. And there are indeed lots of great FREE low-sodium resources out there – including this site!

    I’ve invested years of my life into this website and my cookbooks, and although the spiritual and psychological rewards have been great, the financial proceeds have been paltry. I say this not to complain, but to explain why I stopped posting. My daughters aren’t kids anymore, my oldest will be graduating high school next year! — and I can’t justify working for free.

    SO. Where do I go from here?? GREAT QUESTION! I love creating recipes. I want to share them and have people enjoy them. The app is clearly not going to work. But something else could! Whether it’s a new cookbook or just recipe releases remains to be seen. For now, I will keep working and thinking – and in the meantime, I welcome your continued feedback, ideas, and suggestions. Many, many thanks to you all! Christy

  26. Lori says:

    As much as I love your website and recipes, have tried many I would not pay for the app, I am in my 50’s and not very computer savvy, I am old school and would much rather purchase in book form. But whatever you decide I will keep using the recipes and books from you that I have. Good luck and stay healthy!

    • Christy says:

      Hey Lori! So glad you love the website and recipes – I too am an old school fan. The app is OUT. But a new cookbook could very much be IN! haha I will definitely keep you all posted. Have a great day! Christy

  27. Hi, pal! It sounds like you are really doing some serious research on some new ways to bring great recipes to your readers. Like many others, I’m such a cookbook person and have a cabinet full of them–the glossier the photos, the better! You know I’ll support anything you work on, so have at it!

  28. Marina says:

    I was so excited to find your website when i was diagnosed with Meniere’s last year! I have tried many of your recipes with much success. I do hope you will continue with the great job that you do!

    • Christy says:

      YAY! Wonderful to hear, Marina! Thanks for your sweet words and support. I really appreciate it.

      Wishing you all the very best,

  29. marrianne byrd says:

    You could try a donation model. You put a donate here button on your site. Not a lot of maintenance and could bring in some money for your developer. It is very common in the tech world and those “guys” are not getting any younger. As a gal geek, I would donate every now and again. You could also do an email campaign once a year and send people to a donate link. That is how Wikipedia stays alive.

    Good luck

    • Christy says:

      Hey Marrianne! YES- that’s great idea and one I’ve had up for many, many years! hahah

      At the bottom of the sidebar there’s a small DONATE button – as well as a link on the “About” page. They’ve been there for so long, I can’t remember when I put them up. Truth be told, in the 10 yrs I’ve been doing this site, I’ve received only a handful of donations (maybe 4 or 5? tops) totaling ~ $150. So.. I’ve been compensated oh.. about $15 a year! For wearing ALL the hats! I am the developer, writer, photographer, and more – everything associated w this site, it’s just me. No one else.

      SO… yep. Thanks so much for your suggestion. And please do feel free to donate and tell a friend! 😀

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