Because of my blog at OrgasmicChef.com, my husband wrote a WordPress recipe plugin so that my blog could be nicely formatted and yet still give Mr. Google all the back-end bits and pieces that they require in order to give my recipes a photo and a rating and hopefully come up as relevant for the recipe name.
We’ve offered the plugin to other food blogs to use and we were going through the list of recipes that people have created using EasyRecipe. It was more like a quick scan because there are nearly 90,000 of them and they’re coming in at the rate of 1 every minute or so.
We decided to reward people who were kind enough to tick the box on the plugin saying they wanted their recipe photos to be included in our promotions so they get a link back to their blogs. We’re not pinching their recipes, only the main photo they’ve selected and linking it back to their site.
All recipes that get entered using our plugin must fill in the cuisine tag because Google requires it as a part of their recipe view inclusion. Now you’d think that most people who write a food blog would understand what the word cuisine means but I’ve got to tell you that you’d be wrong if you thought that too. I’ve been going through a list of cuisines that don’t fit what WE thought the normal cuisines would be. You know, French, Canadian, Australian, Swedish, etc., etc.
Here are a few “cuisines” that made me scratch my head:
- doggy treats
- Balls (I don’t want to know)
- All of the above and below (I have NO clue)
- Peanut butter and jelly (I’d put this one under American)
- Crispy Bits and Burnt Ends (I need to meet this person)
- Make-up (edible?)
- Problem solver
- Zombie (this dish is probably best served cold)
So far I’ve classified most of the cuisines and will have to consolidate them now from names like “Dolce di Carnevale” to Italian and “Hoofdgerect” — I’m guessing Dutch but I’ll have to look it up and so on. THEN I have to work on meal type. It makes me roll my eyes to see what meal types people come up with for what I would classify as breakfast, lunch, dinner, picnic, snack, beverage or dessert. Here are a few meal types:
- allergy-friendly (probably better suited for a tag)
- dipping sauce (condiment?)
- Buns (Come on over for buns around 7?)
- Maine (I’m sure they meant Main. I’m from Maine and John wanted to know if Maine was a national cuisine. No.)
- Sweet Tooth (While I have the sweetest tooth in town, I suspect this is dessert)
I can’t wait to share with you what we’re doing with all these photos. It looks very cool indeed and I’m very proud of my long suffering husband/programmer who will code anything I ask. Even if he thinks it’s dumb. Not this one – we both like it and we hope you will too.