New formatting — please check it out

imageI’ve been tinkering with how to organize the How To Cook With Vesna website recipe pages better.

Plenty of sites provide recipes, recipes galore. I want to talk about how to cook. My recipe pages are meant to be a springboard for discussion, a window into what food and cooking is about, with the recipe featured on that page as the wellspring. Since I can’t fit any more metaphors into that sentence, I’ll move on.

The challenge I’ve been finding is that when you go beyond recipes, and when your recipes are really thorough, is that there are a LOT of words on the page. I haven’t been satisfied with how some of my pages seem to me just swimming in a sea of words. But on the other hand, I don’t want to cut down on the information and the anecdotes. Because to me, that’s what food and cooking is about. Well, that and having something really good to eat.

Hence a need for better formatting.

Check out the Beef and Barley Soup Recipe page. That’s the page I’ve been working on. Next, I’ll go through and make similar organization changes to the other recipes in the site.

See what you think about the new system of sections and subheadings I put into place on the Beef And Barley Soup Recipe page. There are more of them, and they’re easier to see. And the new color scheme (sitewide as of Feb. 7, 2011)! I also added more friendly places throughout the article that make it easy to skip straight to the recipe, already.

Also, I moved the serving and storage suggestions. They used to come after the recipe. I moved them to before the recipe, so that they’re part of the accompanying article. I had previously been thinking chronologically — first you learn what’s in the recipe, then you gather your ingredients and equipment, now you make the recipe, next you serve it, and finally you need to put it away.

But I think making the division be between article and recipe makes more sense — Section 1: All kinds of things about this recipe. Section 2: This recipe.

Please take a look and let me know what you think! I would love more input as far as site organization and enhanced user experience.What do you want to see? How do you want it?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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