Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Suggestions for posting

Ok, then, here are some of my thoughts and sort-of guidelines about posting recipes. Since y'all are contributors, feel free to leave comments if you want me to change these (which are only recommendations, BTW) or just post it your own way.

  1. Include your thoughts and comments and hints about the recipes. That's one of the things that'll make this more useful and entertaining than a cookbook.
  2. If possible, include prep time, cooking time, marinating time, raising time, resting time, whatever... and also total time involved. So if you're giving us a recipe for sourdough bread with homemade starter, please let us know to start it days in advance so we don't try to make it the day we want it.
  3. Where applicable, include the source of the recipe. Tell us if you altered the heck of out it or stayed fairly true to the original. That way if we find that we're making and loving lots of recipes from a certain cookbook or author, we might go out and get it ourselves.
  4. TAG! That's one way this site will be searchable, especially if you're just like, "Hmmm... I've got some chicken... what should I do with it?" We can always use the "Search Blog" button at the top left of the page if we're ever like, "Oh, So-and-So posted that one recipe with the capers...," so don't over-tag, but go ahead and label as appropriate. Here are some suggested tags, but feel free to use something new if it's pertinent.
Tag by course/use like:
  • Breakfast
  • Main Dish
  • Vegetable Side Dish
  • Starchy Side Dish
  • Dessert
  • Soup
  • Sauces & Fillings & Dips
  • Beverage
  • Appetizers/Cocktail Food
  • Breads
  • Salad
Tag by what's in it (or not) (especially for main dishes)...
  • Poultry
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Seafood
  • Other Meat
  • Vegetarian
  • Cheese
  • Non-alcoholic (specifically meant for beverages)
Tag by cooking method...
  • Slow Cooker
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Stove Top
  • No Cook
  • Microwave
Tag by style/ethnicity/occasion/et cetera...
  • Mexican/TexMex
  • Italian
  • Chinese
  • Indian
  • Quick and Easy (should take under 30 minutes start to finish)
  • Christmas (or Halloween or 4th of July if it's specific to something like that)
  • GAW

Ok, that's all I can think of at the moment, but speak up if you've got anything to add. Also, let the posting begin! I'll try to get something up this week... and remember, you can always post something, then add in details like cooking time the next time you make it.

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