16 September 2009

Hey readers! I just wanted to give you a heads-up about a new feature I added to the blog today. Blogger now offers a search feature. There is a search box on the right side, just underneath the labels. You enter a search term, "spinach" for example, and it will list the last five or so posts that contained the word spinach (either in the title or the body of the post). Then if you click on "more results", it will take you to a Google search page that has links to all of my posts that mention spinach. And even neater, if you scroll all the way down to the bottom of that page, there is an option to sign up for email alerts whenever I blog about spinach. Wow! How cool is that? So if you signed up for that, Google would send you an email everytime I mentioned spinach in a new post. Huh! Technology is amazing, isn't it?

Not quite as interesting, I also added a list of cookbooks that I own. I don't have very many cookbooks, and the reason is that I am really bad about making recipes from cookbooks. I don't know why. I tend to use websites and cooking magazines as inspirations more often than books. Very few of the ones listed I bought myself. Most of them were gifts, or I bought them for next to nothing at a garage sale or Scholastic warehouse sale. One of them (Martha Stewart's Cooking School) I won in a recipe contest sponsored by Hunt's tomatoes. I was looking at them on the shelf the other day, and I thought, "I have got to start looking through those and making recipes from them!" So having a list of them on my blog will remind me to use them more often. I am going to try to set a goal for myself, something like: make a recipe from one of my cookbooks every other week, or something like that. There's no point in letting them sit on the shelf gathering dust!

So enjoy the new search feature and look forward to some recipes that came out of actual cookbooks!

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