On History

The blog move is kind of annoying. Making things work in WordPress that worked in Serendipity is surprisingly touchy and difficult. It’ll all be worth it in the end, but it’s seriously obnoxious in the meantime.

Work, computer! Just do what I want! Magically! Magic is how computers work, right?

One of the things I’m having to do is go through and read all the entries and look for coding errors or similar problems. It’s astoundingly slow going. It’s good for mostly-brainless activity, but as I’d like to get this done by the 22nd of October, it’s also something I’ll have to do while I have brainpower. Thus, it’s really dull.

There’s been some upsides, though. The first being that I’m seeing the list of cookbooks we own, and thus recipes I’d been so excited about making & then forgotten.… Continue reading →

Changes are afoot at MetaCookbook!

And they’re going to be super cool changes.

First of all, we’re changing up the software. We’re moving from Serendipity to WordPress. Serendipity has been okay for us, but mostly it just made both of us crazy. Not something we expected when we selected it as a platform, but there’s some things you only discover as you go along.

On top of that, the site’s getting a complete makeover. We may have to spend some time in a transition space, basically Wordress’s default design, until the kinks are ironed out in the makeover design. I hope not, but it’s a possibility based on having to change the software when we did. Basically, if we hadn’t done it now, we were looking at November at the earliest.… Continue reading →

The next few days

I’ve been contemplating that monstrous list to the right. That one that tells you what we’ve cooked so far. Cooked, but haven’t posted. Something must be done there.

So, over the next few days, I’m going to crank out some of that list. It’s not going to be what’s been standard to this point. To be frank, I cannot remember what was hard and what was easy and what was weird and so on of that list. Thus, instead, I’m just going to post a few photos, and give you our basic impression of the recipe’s flavor.

Interspersed with that, I’m planning to update the About page and I will include other recipes that are ours, or misc recipes or what have you. I may also update The Rules, though that tends to be pretty static.… Continue reading →

Help me out, please?

A little while ago, I realized I had one category called “recipes” and was putting any post that resembled a recipe in that category. However, I felt that category was bulking up and there were a lot of recipes that were not the “main dish” of this blog in there. So I broke it up into “Challenge Recipes” (aka – the main dish), “Wedding Recipes” (aka – the smallest category) and “Our Recipes” (aka – HOLY CRAP I’M LEARNING TO COOK).

However, what do I do with a recipe someone gave me that is in none of those categories? It’s not in the “Challenge Recipes” category because it’s a recent gift (so it wasn’t part of the challenge stash). I’m not serving it at my wedding.… Continue reading →

Two new recipe categories

Here at MetaCookbook, like many places around the web, we both tag our entries & put them into overarching categories. Today I made up two new categories, and changed the name of a third.

First, the name change. “Recipes” is now “Challenge Recipes”. As we said in the About this blog came about because we are challenging ourselves to use our cookbooks. Most recipes we post/discuss will end up here.

Occasionally, I get brave and make something all on my own. Bill does this rather more often than I do, but posts rather less often. If one of us makes & posts something from our own heads, like my asparagus-mushroom risotto, we’ll park it here. There are some of these recipes currently residing in “Challenge Recipes” at the time of this writing, but I expect to have them moved by the end of the weekend.… Continue reading →