Friday, January 6, 2012

52 Ways I made my Food Blog Better - Printable Recipes

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OK, admission, this is a work in progress. Mostly right now I am going for the look and content versus functionality (that will come shortly).  BUT...

Whether you wait for my "system" (which will incorporate your submissions to eRecipeCards, making it easy and fast to get a printable recipe, complete with your logo (badge) and links to your blog as well as your body of work that is posted at eRecipeCards, or us a different way to add a printable recipe, it is important to add this feature to your blog.

Ultimately, a food blog is a way to share knowledge.  Sharing this with family and friends, blogging buddies or strangers searching for the answer to, "What's For Dinner?", getting the recipe from your concept to your blog and ultimately on the plate of someone else's dinner table is the goal for most food bloggers.

So, I will update this post soon, but for now, here is what I think should be in a printable recipe...

From top to bottom. color coded course headings, making them easy to file.  These quesadillas are filed as Appetizers.  When I post a Main Course, Lunch or Breakfst, the yellow will automatically change to a different color.  Easy to file your printed recipes.

Next, LARGE edge to edge recipe title, surrounded by your signature color (mine is green to match the selected color for my blog.  This is the same title that will be submitted to eRecipeCards, making it easy and less work for you.

Next, ingredient list.  Obviously, this will have to be added individually with each post.

Next is a LARGE Photo of the dish.  Same photo as the one to be  submitted to eRecipeCards.  Again, submit once, it shows up in a printable recipe AND on eRecipeCards.

Next is the cooking instructions, again, obviously, this will have to be added individually with each post.

Next is the footer, which includes your "Logo" or badge, the basics of the recipe and your blog, blog title, who submitted the post, where it can be found on the web.

And finally, the eRecipeCards logo which features JUST your recipes (body of work) submitted.

These will print on a standard 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper.  I will also add a feature that will print out a 3 1/2 by 5 index card in place of the sheet of paper.  Just a bit more work for you, but equally as useful.

Alright, like I said, right now the system is in the very early stages.  All of the computer code needed to make this functional is coming... But it will be here pretty soon.  In the mean time, drop me a comment if thsi is a feature you would use or better still, if you have an idea how to make it more functional for you.  What would you like to see added???

Printable recipe...

For the time being...

Click the image to the left for a printable copy of this recipe. When the large image appears, right click the image and select "Copy Image". Then open a word document file, click paste and print. Prints on an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper.

Soon, it will become a PDF file that you simply have to click at print.

1 comment:

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