Brad Smith (jesus_h_biscuit) wrote,
Brad Smith

I'm working on a new project.

I've decided that since I'm going to be spending a lot of time behind the lens this spring and summer that I'd start a new project while I'm collecting pictures for later work. Anyone who knows me knows that I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and that I cook 90% of the meals in our house at any given time. I have tons of recipes, and my friends are constantly asking for them. I've spoiled people on caesar salad, as they have mine and all others fail in comparison. I make gumbo that even authentic Cajuns have said is better than their own - something you'd rarely ever get one to admit! I make about 20 different salad dressings, I make bread from scratch, I even make croutons for my salads.

Anyway, back to my current project. Earlier in the week, I decided (at a close friend's urging, which was more a threat than an urgence) that I should start writing down my recipes. I was told I'd never be forgiven were I to suddenly die and took my recipes with me. Can you imagine? Me croaking and my friends weeping and cursing me with "You bastard! Now I'll NEVER have another caramel apple tart!" So after I thought it through, I started the process of writing down the names of my recipes. Then a realization hit along with the hand cramp. I can type a lot faster than I can write, and the LOGICAL thing to do would be to type out the recipes, no? Well, that's where it began. Now, four days later, I'm on a mission. Not content with mere Word documents, I've decided to make my cookbook a website. I'm going to have an ingredients and shopping list for each recipe, as well as the preparation method and serving suggestions for each that will link to other recipes. I'm going to have a Pantry page that gives you a list of things you should have on hand at all times... A Gear page will tell you what kitchen tools are essential, and where to find them... A Resources page that tells you where to find specialty items and cookware... Tips on prep and cooking methods... The whole thing is going to be pretty extensive once I'm through with it, but that's the best way I can think of. I'm even going to have recipe card templates that you can print and have on hand for your own collection, should you want them. Below is a link to the index page image. Bear in mind that this is just the first draft, and I know that a lot has to be tweaked before it will be ready for content. Pretty cool, huh?

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