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Added Recipe Database

Over the past several months I’ve really started to use this website more and more to store all sorts of tidbits of information. If you’ve visited the Wiki area of this site, you’ll notice new notes in a variety of places.

Recently, Live Earth farm, the place we get our veggies, has started a Yahoo group and there are people emailing recipes on a regular basis. The problem is, once they email it, it just sites in my email box in a fairly unorganized fashion. I would always have to search through all my email for the recipe. Searching can sometimes take a long time. In addition, there are a bunch of other recipes we find at the food network, southern living, and so on. If I’m around, I usually converted them to PDF and it sits in a folder on my hard drive somewhere. That is also not easy to sort through. So to avoid that mess, I setup an online recipe database.

The thing I like about databases is that once you have the information stored in it, you can display and sort it in nearly any way you want; alphabetical, food type, author, rating, ingredients, date, etc. Just enter the information and the database does the rest of the work. And entering it is extremely easy too. Since most of the recipes we find are already online, it’s simply a matter of copy and paste to enter a new recipe. Now we have access to all our recipes, whether we are in Alabama or California, and we can share it with all our friends and family.

Check out the sidebar on the right and you’ll see a new “Recipes” link. Believe it or not, it was super simple to setup considering the hardest part of all this was getting to know all the features of the Expression Engine software and I still don’t know everything this online software does. Expression Engine software developers continue to add more stuff to it too! As of now, it’s a simple task to setup a new online database. It’s in an infancy stage at this time, but I plan to eventually have more viewing options on the main Recipes page and also provide a way for Jenn and other people to enter recipes. Perhaps later down the line I’ll add a rating system. For now, it simply shows the latest entered Recipes, but you can view them all and search through them using the search box.

I guess by now you’re probably thinking I’ve gone a little too far, or perhaps you are now convinced that I am really a geeky computer engineer! Or you’re asking yourself, does this guy really get excited about this kinda stuff? Hey, it’s okay, I wouldn’t be offended, that’s nothing Jenn hasn’t already told me. For some strange reason she actually loves me for being nerdy wink

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