Updated Dec, 12th 2012
i've recently started learning how to cook and a lot of people have started asking me for recipes. i would love to share, but logistically speaking, it's a bit of a nightmare right now:
the first problem i have is compilation/organization. my recipes are currently divided into (4) separate places: docs in a folder on my desktop (which are mostly things i've cut/pasted from the Internet), online recipe sites (epicurious, delish, etc.), scribblings on loose pieces of paper contained in a manila envelope near my cookbooks and lastly, in my cookbooks, but covered with post-it notes.
the second problem that i have is in regards to editing. i've altered pretty much every recipe that i've made and would like my new filing/sharing system to reflect those changes, not as notations, but as finalized changes to the ingredients/steps.
the third isssue i have is with format/presentation. friends have suggested that i throw them into a blog, but i know from my own experience of searching for specific recipes on blogs that it can be time-consuming and frustrating. i'd also like to be able to send print-friendly docs as well as links according to people's preferences.
essentially i am looking to create a personalized recipe box onine that will help me with organization and allow me to share what i've been making with friends.
based on time constraints and in the interest of not losing my sanity over the next week, i'm going to change some of the above. i think the 'finished' project will not be very exciting, but hopefully i can continue to work on it post-class.
the new version will basically be a personal recipe box online that users can sign into and access all of my recipes online. the basic framework will be:
sign in > index/table of contents/category (entree, side, dessert, etc.) list > child pages with the recipes based on previous choice.
things that i hope to incorporate will be: an email list signup & search functionality.