It’s Autumn After All

At least my new banner thinks so! After my last post where I made a summery dish in October, it’s time for a seasonal intervention and what better way to do that than with an autumnal banner image by the brilliant Lindy Groening. It’s been a while since we rotated the banner–over a year, in fact–but the time has come to shake things up again. Thanks, Lindy, for doing such an awesome job. If any of you don’t see it yet, try clearing your cookies or opening the site in a different browser; don’t worry, it’ll kick in eventually. [See Lindy’s previous work here.]

A New and Improved Recipes Page

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Check out the spruced up Recipes section of my site! Whereas before you had to wade through pages and pages of half-loaded posts in each category, now everything’s an easy to use list with thumbnail pictures of each recipe. And I’ve created new categories like Adam’s Personal Favorites (these are the recipes I make all the time at home) and my All-Time Greatest Hits (based on traffic over the 9 years I’ve been writing my blog). Thanks to the very talented Eric Mueller for bringing this about; I think we can all agree it’s rad.

A Fresh New Look

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For the past few weeks, my fearless website designer Raphael Brion has been slaving away trying to make this site look even better. And, if you look up, look down, look left, look right, I think you’ll have to agree: Raphael hit this one out of the park. My blog was the dowdy girl with glasses at the beginning of a makeover movie; and now it’s Olivia Newton John at the end of “Grease.” What exactly did he change? What’s different? Let me break it all down for you.

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April in Paris

Clear your cache and behold this month’s beautiful Parisian banner. Thanks, once again, to Illustrator Erin, Designer Leah and Web Guy Justin for all your work. Fun Fact: I once had a babysitter named April Lynn Paris!

Is this better?

For those of you who told me to resize my pictures, my wonderful design team–Leah & Justin–walked me through the process and now we can compare the results. This is how a picture used to appear on my site:

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And this is what it looks like when I resize it in iPhoto to have a 425 width before uploading to Flickr:

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Is the second one better? To me they look exactly the same–but I’m not very image savvy.

And in case you’re wondering what you’re looking at–last week I made a vegetarian chili I found on Epicurious (recipe here) and served it with Dorie Greenspan’s magnificent cornbread muffins, a recipe I almost made again today (which you can find here on Serious Eats).

The Britney Banner

Even a food blog can’t avoid the Britney zeitgeist: to enjoy the Britney banner, clear your cache (for help on that, go to your browser help) and then re-load the site. Thanks to Erin The Illustrator, Leah The Designer and Justin The Web Guy for making it happen, y’all.

This Month’s Banner

I just want to say how much I love this month’s banner. If you can’t see it, clear your cache (ask a techie for help) and then re-load the site. The banner should be dark green, the sides light brown. I’d like to thank my illustrious illustrator, Erin; my indefatigable designer Leah and Justin my competent computer intern for making my dream of de-winging a gingerbread man come true.

New Site Issues

It’s been just a few days, and I’m still in love with the new design. A few technical problems, though, are being addressed at present:

– Some have commented that The Daily Specials don’t work in RSS (you can’t click the title that takes you to whatever it is that was linked). Ben should be working on that soon, but in the meantime if a Daily Special shows up in your feed reader just come to the site and click the link on the upper left.

– Others have commented that the search feature doesn’t work, that all the links are dead. As far as I understand (and maybe Ben can explain it better), that’s because Google has yet to process the new site so it’s trying to direct all your search results to the old site which is no longer there. Hopefully this will regulate in a few days.

That’s about it, as far as I know. If you notice any other bugs, please report them here.