Quick Administrative Note: A bunch of people have emailed me about past comments not showing up on posts. When I installed the new commenting software, I had to import all of the old comments into that system. Turns out it takes a little longer than I thought to do this. The good news is that they are almost all done and most of them should be showing now. This is also causing Macheesmo to be a bit slow. It should be back up to normal speed soon!
Also, I know that there’s some issues with the new site showing in Chrome… working on it!
OK. On to more important things. Things like beans and cheese and dips.
Let me tell you what I don’t always love about bean dips. Sometimes I think they are too beany. And I say that as a man that loves beans. So for this dip I ramped up the veggies in the dip and added a good amount of cheese to make it more of a dip and less like just refried beans in a bowl.
If you’ve been a long time Macheesmo reader you may have just spit coffee all over your screen!
But yes, I finally got around to making some pretty substantial changes here at Macheesmo. I’ve worked hard on it over the last few months and there’s a lot of cool stuff on the new site.
Here’s the breakdown of the new features!
Find a Recipe Section: I’m hoping that the section of links in the left column of the site, along with the next new feature, solves the number one request for Macheesmo which is, “Make it easier for me to find recipes I want to find please!”
This section is categorized broadly but I think every recipe on the site fits into at least one of these categories.
Recipe Index: If you have a general idea of what you’re looking for, there’s some other ways you can go about finding it. First, you could search for it using the cool new Google search I installed.
Second, you can check out the Recipe Index by Name which categorizes every recipe on Macheesmo alphabetically.
Third, and this took me a long time, you can use the Recipe by Ingredient Index (which is in the Recipe Index tab at the top). This page should be self-explanatory, but if you know for sure you want to make something with ricotta cheese, for example, you might want to swing by this page. (PS. I’m pretty sure the ingredient listing is about 95% right, but it was a pretty huge endeavor so I’ll take that.)
So, basically, if you can’t find what you’re looking for now, you might just be out of luck!
Random Recipe: This was on the old site as well, but if you want to take a spin through old recipes, clicking the “Random” navigation tab up top will bring up a random one for ya.
Daily Snaps: I’m going to start posting daily photos on Macheesmo! Sometimes these might be food-related (or cat-related), but you can always see the most recent one by clicking on the Daily Snaps navigation at the top of the site.
The Daily Snaps is a separate section on the site so the photos won’t appear on the homepage when posted. If you’re interested in seeing them you’ll have to click the link. I did this not to make you click again but to avoid cluttering the homepage for people that don’t like seeing photos of Tipsy balancing things.
The Macheesmo Newsletter: I occasionally have stuff that I want to send out to all of you but I don’t really have a way to do it effectively without making a new post which kind of clutters up the site. So I’m planning on using this newsletter to very occasionally send out special deals, recipes, and cooking tips. The newsletters will be short and sweet and I’ll never send out more than one newsletter per week.
None of the stuff in the newsletter will be on Macheesmo though so the only way to get it is to sign-up by filling out the form in the sidebar or clicking here!
Lots of Other Goodies: Besides those big things, you might notice that the new Macheesmo has a slick new comments section (powered by IntenseDebate), quick and easy ways to share posts, an updated list of my favorite links, and a generally sexy look and feel.
I know that the design and layout is pretty different from the old “minimalist” design, but I just felt that it was time to make a change. If you don’t love it already, I think it’ll grow on you as you use the pages and poke around.
I’d love to hear what you all think about the new site!
After a few months of learning, coding, and cursing at my screen, I’m finally ready to launch the new Macheesmo tomorrow! I think you all are really going to love it.
A few things that make the new Macheesmo awesome:
- Easy Ways to Find Recipes. This is the number one request I get now and the new site has a lot of cool features that help out in this department.
- Daily Photos. I take a lot of photos. Way more than I post. So I figured I’d have a section to feature a photo a day. It’s separate from the recipes so you can check it out only if you’re interested.
- New comments. I’m switching to a new comments software that’s really slick.
- Google Search. I played around with the standard wordpress search versus a custom google search and I think the google search performs slightly better.
- Hopefully awesome design! I like the white background but quite honestly I’m just ready for a change. The new site has some cool new colors and layout.
- A Newsletter! More on this tomorrow…
So I’m going to be spending most of Friday night working on getting the new site up and running so hopefully if you happen to swing by Macheesmo over the weekend you’ll see a fresh new face!
I’ll probably have to eat at some point though. I’ll make something for next week based on the winner of this poll question:
And a few links as always!
Making Irish Butter – Let’s face it, the Irish know how to make good food. They sometimes get a bad rap but seriously, they have some specialties. Good Irish butter is one of the best things ever and I bet the stuff I’ve had isn’t even half as good as the homemade variety. (@ David Lebovitz)
Sweet and Spicy Fried Peach Pies – I’m hosting my annual deep fry party this weekend (I’ll post photos)! So I’m browsing looking for things to make. These might be a bit too complicated for the kind of thing I’m throwing, but seriously they look awesome. (@ The Bitten Word)
Brussel Sprout Dip – Dan is having dip week over at TFIMB and this one was just kind of out there. I could actually see really liking it because I have a strong liking of brussel sprouts. I also imagine it would be good for frightening off little children. (@ TFIMB)
Have a good weekend everyone! Check back over the weekend for a hopefully new Macheesmo!
Find me a better chocolate chip cookie. I'll wait.
Are you in desperate need of a raise, lover, friend, or just some general praise? These cookies, my friend, have the potential to get you all of those things. Ok. I can’t promise the raise, but ya never know!
Anybody can make a decent chocolate chip cookie right? The good news is that anybody can also make a better chocolate chip cookie because these little guys are better than the standard but still pretty straightforward to make.
There’s one trick and one secret ingredient that takes these cookies to the next level.
There’s a lot of foods that just don’t get proper respect here in the good ‘ole US of A. Way up on that list is the humble lentil. I rarely see it used except by chefs. It’s rare that I see a home pantry stocked with lentils. Most people either think that they are boring little flavorless things or they are maybe just too much work to be worth it.
Of course the reality is that lentils are freakin’ awesome.
They are packed with protein and have great flavor and texture (assuming you don’t overcook them). In the winter they are great in stews, but in the summer/fall you can use them with fresh veggies to make a huge variety of delicious salads.
If you didn’t know, three exclamation points in a title is blogger-speak for sarcasm.
But if you just went by the label of this “Guess the Food” contender you might be tricked into thinking that it’s crammed full of vegetables.
The problem of course (and what really steams my buns) is not that the product labeling is lying. Because it technically isn’t lying. The problem is that the labeling yells, screams and shouts all the (maybe) benefits of the product and doesn’t address any of the problems. I guess that’s how you earn your bucks as a marketer, but seriously. My buns are steamed over here.