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« on: Jan 15, 2007, 12:04AM »

As some of you may have noticed already, the Forum now features a new drop-down menubar, and one of the new features you'll find under the Goodies button is an item labelled Community Cookbook.  If you haven't done so already, check it out.  In its current incarnation the cookbook should be considered a prototype.  It is currently populated with some recipes from my own cookbook, which includes one recipe Red Hot Mama posted in this Forum way back when!  These recipes are essentially occupying space right now so that you can get the idea of how the cookbook works.

Depending on its reception here, we hope to populate the cookbook with recipes posted to this forum.  Before we do this, however, there are a lot of questions to be answered.  For example, is this really something that people will use?  Do we include every recipe posted?  (Unlikely, since I'm the guy who has to format them and install them on the server.)  Do we include only the best recipes posted here?  If so, who decides which recipes are the best ones?  How do the deciders decide?

Feel free to discuss these questions amongst yourselves in this thread.  Your thoughts will be valuable to the staff as we discuss them amongst ourselves.
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 15, 2007, 02:27AM »

What I don't want is for the existence of the Cookbook, which is an excellent idea and will make the recipes much easier to print out and use, to preclude discussions in the Food and Drink section. However, I see no reason why it should.

My own inclination would be just to incorporate the properly written recipes which appear in the F&D section. If a member would like his/her recipes to be included, then these should comprise a list of ingredients and amounts and then clear instructions on what to do, as exemplified by the recipes already shown in the Cookbook. This will make the work easier for Todd with the formatting and installing. Obviously, there will be many occasions when Member 1 posts a recipe here in F&D, it's copied by the "deciders" to the Cookbook, and then Member 2, back here in F&D, says "Yes, that was good, but I replaced ingredient X with ingredient Y and it was terrific". I don't think there's much we can do about that.

I have my own ideas, from recent postings in this section, on who would be good at deciding what goes in. Todd, I'll answer your PM when I've got a bit of legit work done this morning!
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 15, 2007, 05:28AM »


 If a member would like his/her recipes to be included, then these should comprise a list of ingredients and amounts and then clear instructions on what to do, as exemplified by the recipes already shown in the Cookbook. This will make the work easier for Todd with the formatting and installing.

Todd,  maybe you or someone could create a permanent template for people to use to submit their receipes for the cookbook.
Then it's already formatted makng it a snap for you to add it to the list.

I like the addition.  I'm always looking for new stuff to cook, and also have some easy receipe's to share some day.

Great job Todd!!

Thanks!

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« Reply #3 on: Jan 15, 2007, 12:12PM »

This CC is a good idea.  The allrecipes.com has multiple listings for each recipe, like sara's cheescake, best brownies 2, etc. with rating stars and opinions of the recipes.  The original author's recipe stays the same. 
Oh yeah, I like pictures with the recipe.
A template would be good.
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 15, 2007, 12:18PM »

*reads all the suggestions for improvement, gloats mildly*

Welcome to my world, Jonzie!   Evil
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 15, 2007, 12:33PM »


Richard writes:

> *reads all the suggestions for improvement, gloats mildly*
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> Welcome to my world, Jonzie!

Been there before, feels like old times -- except this time I don't have a pointy-haired V.P. of something-or-other breathing down my neck, which is a refreshing change.

BTW, I've opened a Cookbook bugs and RFEs thread in Comments & Suggestions in which folks are invited to post bug reports and requests for enhancement.  The first post in that thread will serve as a sort of status page as well.  And if a bug or RFE ain't written up in that thread, I haven't heard about it.  ;-)
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 15, 2007, 01:25PM »

How about, since we are all trombonists and incredibly busy, adding a section of 5 min. meals (or so)....those being meals that you can prepare quickly, say, prepare and eat in 1/2 hour or less?  That would be good for those busy gigging trombonists, college students and professors, and those that just don't want to spend a load of time cooking.  Just a thought....
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 15, 2007, 05:10PM »

How about, since we are all trombonists and incredibly busy, adding a section of 5 min. meals (or so)....those being meals that you can prepare quickly, say, prepare and eat in 1/2 hour or less?  That would be good for those busy gigging trombonists, college students and professors, and those that just don't want to spend a load of time cooking.  Just a thought....

That is a very practical idea...I sense a navigation upgrade coming for cookbook.tromboneforum.org...
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« Reply #8 on: Jan 15, 2007, 06:10PM »


> > ...adding a section of 5 min. meals...
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> I sense a navigation upgrade coming for cookbook.tromboneforum.org

See the second RFE under consideration in Cookboook bugs & RFEs.  Added that one late last night.  My quest, alas, will be for the "low-fat" tags.  8-(
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« Reply #9 on: Jan 31, 2007, 03:49PM »


I am pleased to announce that the the prototype of the Community Cookbook has been replaced by the first "official" release of the Cookbook, which contains 56 recipes culled from the Food & Drink archives.  These recipes were contributed by the following 26 community members:

    BorisT72, CraigDanco, Dennis K., Derek Ream, Dubya, Evil Ronnie, Frank B, Labrat, MoMoHAH!, Nestor Z., RedHotMama, SLewis, The Sheriff, Thomas Matta, Todd Jonz, Tom Webb, Woolworth, bonearzt, brucejackson, evan51, fsgazda, john sanderhagen, lanemartin, play_louder, rlb, and zemry.

The Cookbook's Help page contains the following mission statement and description of how recipes will be selected for publication on an ongoing basis:

    The TTF Community Cookbook is an ongoing, collaborative project undertaken by the denizens of the "Food & Drink" section of  The Trombone Forum. The recipes in the Cookbook originally appeared in the "Food & Drink" forum and were selected for inclusion in the Cookbook by a panel of editors.

    If you have a recipe that you'd like to have considered for inclusion in the Cookbook, just post it in "Food & Drink". The panel of editors will consider recipes not only on their culinary merits, but also on their organization (e.g. ingredients listed individually), completeness (e.g. specific measurements, cooking times, etc.), and clarity (which is best achieved using proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.)

    New recipes will be accepted for publication upon the recommendation of at least two editors and added to the Cookbook on a periodic basis. Recipes will be published in the cookbook without the explicit consent of their contributors (the act of posting a recipe in "Food & Drink" will be considered implicit consent.) All recipes are subject to copy editing prior to publication.

    A recipe may be removed from the cookbook at the request of its submitter, at the request of an individual or agency asserting intellectual property rights in the recipe, or at the discretion of the editors or the TTF staff.

The current Cookbook editors are RedHotMama (in her ex officio capacity as Mistress of Food and Drink), evan51, and Dennis K.  A quick round of applause, please, for their efforts in pulling together this initial batch of recipes!

Feel free to discuss the the process of recipe selection and publication in this thread, but please be sure to post all bug reports (including typos) and requests for enhancement in the Cookbook bugs and RFEs thread in Comments & Suggestions ('cause that's where I'll look for 'em!)

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« Reply #10 on: Jan 31, 2007, 09:32PM »

Todd - It looks great!  A big round of applause for the time you put in.  Terrific effort!
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« Reply #11 on: Feb 01, 2007, 01:36AM »

Hear hear!

That's brilliant, Todd, and thanks for all your hard work in putting this together.
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« Reply #12 on: Feb 01, 2007, 07:01AM »

A HUGE toast of Guinness to Todd & our moderators!!!

Thanks for a superb effort!

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« Reply #13 on: Feb 01, 2007, 06:39PM »

Cheers, Todd! Beautiful job!
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« Reply #14 on: Feb 01, 2007, 09:33PM »

A HUGE toast of Guinness to Todd & our moderators!!!

Thanks for a superb effort!

Eric

I second that!  Wonderful job!  I'll be submitting some recipes soon...as soon as I get around to formatting the dang things (or at least typing them up :) )
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« Reply #15 on: Feb 01, 2007, 10:02PM »

Excellent! Keep submitting those recipes! I've already linked all the ones which came in today (including my own!), so if they are seconded, these will appear in Todd's periodic (monthly?) update.
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« Reply #16 on: Feb 04, 2007, 03:39PM »

The cookbook looks great!  Many thanks to Todd for all the hard work on the cookbook software (and for those initial yummy recipes), to the cookbook editors and to everyone who's contributing such wonderful recipes.  This is really a lot of fun and a great resource, and it looks so nice!   Good!   
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« Reply #17 on: Feb 05, 2007, 04:23PM »

made...balsamic...pork...in...TTFcookbook...for.. .dinner...tonight

ate...too...much...can't...move...

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« Reply #18 on: Feb 06, 2007, 02:16AM »

I *like* this Cookbook! :)

Just FYI, Todd is working on some new features, including a drop-down menu (!), and I've already nominated *eleven* recipes this month.  Good!
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« Reply #19 on: Feb 06, 2007, 07:33AM »

Here's a good, quick, easy dip recipe that is sure to satisfy:

1 can deviled ham
1 jar Pimento Cheese
1 tabelspoon (generous) of Miracle Whip
A dash of onion salt.

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and chill.  Serve with chips or crackers.  Is great morning, noon, and night!

I know it doesn't sound great with the deviled ham in there...but trust me....you've GOT to try it.
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