Welcome to The New Macheesmo!
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but my little home on the web here has been in a state of disrepair for the last few months. Pages were broken, recipes were hard to find, and it loaded at elephant speeds.
I sort of let all of these things go unaddressed because I’ve been working on a massive site-wide revamp.
Today is the day you get to see it and I really hope you like it as much as I do.
Let’s walk through the cool business!
Recipes like this awesome grilled cheese I made now have a new format which is hopefully easier to read and follow. As always, I’ll continue to do step-by-step photos for recipes and you can also clink the printed version of the recipe to see numbered directions!
1) Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Grate cheese and spread fig jam on one piece of bread.
2) Add butter to skillet so it can start to melt. Build the sandwich in the skillet, starting with the fig jam piece of bread. Top with grated cheese and pack on the arugula. Top with more cheese and the final piece of bread.
3) Flip the sandwich so both sides can get buttered from the melted butter in the pan. Cook the sandwich for 3-4 minutes per side until it’s golden brown and the cheese is melted. Slice and serve!
New Web Features!
Besides a slick new logo and design, there are some really useful pieces to the new site.
I’ve been blogging on this site for over five years and there are over 1,500 posts. Navigating all of that and finding what you want can be a tricky deal so hopefully these things help!
The new site has beautiful, photo-based pages for recipe categories that hopefully make it easier to find what you want. You can search for stuff, look for things by category, date, or ingredient. Some of these pages are similar to the old site, but now they all work so there’s that.
Poke around on this site. I dare you. It’s blazing fast for a food blog. I worked with a great team and we trimmed off plugins, code, and general website bloat from five years of mucking around.
The results are a site that loads faster than you can say sandwich.
For the data geeks out there, look at these speed test differences. I shouldn’t have to tell you but the site on the right is the old Macheesmo.
We trimmed five seconds off of the load time for the average page. That’s five seconds you can now use cooking instead of waiting for this site to load.
Turns out a lot of you read Macheesmo on your phones. 30-40% of the visits here come from mobile devices so I figured I should probably find a way to make that viewing experience not suck.
If you look at a post now on your phone, you’ll notice a totally sleek and easily readable responsive design.
I took the opportunity to rework the meal plans on Macheesmo slightly with this new site. The pages are laid out differently (with more changes to come).
Most importantly though, I heard a lot of feedback that the meal plans were too expensive and so I made them as affordable as I could. Essentially, they are less than $5/month now to join up and try them out. The difference is that to help with my administrative costs, I just ask that you sign up for the year instead of by month.
It’s the Little Things
If you poke around a bit, I think you’ll find there are tons of little things that you’ll hopefully agree make the site so much easier to love – from a more readable font to better image layouts.
A refresh like this makes me really excited to come here every day to share with you all and cook together! I hope it makes it easier for you to find a recipe and try it out because, after all, that’s the goal!
I just have to give a public shoutout to the team at Neversink designs that helped me with this ridiculous project. We have been slowly working (and then quickly working) on this for the last six months and they have been a freakin’ joy to work with.
In my opinion, they are what a design company should be: thoughtful, friendly, and extremely talented.
I would love to hear from you about the site. Hopefully, you like it as much as I do. Hopefully, you find it useful.
I’m sure there are bugs and if you see one, please do let me know!
Otherwise, leave a comment on the spiffy new comment form and let me know what you think!