The Anatomy of a Recipe Post | Anchors Aweigh


The Anatomy of a Recipe Post

This little blog of mine is a lifestyle blog documenting Parker's and my journey through Navy life, but I always make sure to share a new recipe each week. I am pretty much the sole food provider in our house, so I love to mix it up and try out new recipes. This blog has been a good motivator for that. If I want to post a new recipe each week, I have to actually try out new recipes. This keeps me from getting into a rut with cooking, something I have definitely been guilty of in the past. I thought I would share with you all today what goes into deciding which recipes to post and how I like to showcase each one. In other words, here is the anatomy of the recipe post, Q&A style. 

Do you blog about every recipe you make?
Definitely not. I would say it's about 50/50. If I can't see myself making a recipe again, I don't share it. If Parker isn't a fan or wouldn't want to eat it again, I don't post it. I would love to say everything I make turns out delicious and perfect, but that's a big fat lie. I only share the good stuff!

Does taking pictures get in the way of cooking?
Not anymore, but it used to. When I started blogging, I was very diligent about taking pictures of the ingredients, process, and end result. That just takes a little too much time. Now, I make the meal and snap a couple of pictures with my DSLR camera right before I serve the plates. I am not going to make Parker wait 15 minutes and let the food get cold just so I can get the perfect picture. A man needs to eat!

How many meals do you cook per week?
This depends on Parker's schedule, but I would say 2-4. If I make something in the crockpot, I count that for two nights because I know we will have leftovers. Since there are only 2 of us, most everything I make yields leftovers. I'm not complaining one bit- that's a night I don't have to spend in the kitchen! I will also say that my inherently lazy side comes out when Parker is gone. I could eat cereal for days and gladly make myself a bowl if I happen to be solo for the evening.

How did you create pictures under the Recipes tab on your blog?
I've been asked this a few times, and it's super simple. I use to create a collage with the picture and text of the recipe name. I then upload the picture to my Recipes tab and link it back to its respective post. I spend under 3 minutes per recipe and typically create the image when the recipe post goes live.

Do you pin every recipe to Pinterest?
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. If you like to blog about recipes, Pinterest is your best friend. The highest amount of traffic I get each month is from the Crockpot Cocktail Weenies recipe I posted last Fall, and it's all because I pinned it to Pinterest. Pin your content, folks. 

Where do you find cooking inspiration? 
I usually browse Pinterest or my recipe books if I have the time. If not, I look at the ingredients I have in my refrigerator and try to make something around those. I'd be lying if I said Pinterest isn't my number one source for recipe inspiration though, because it definitely is. 
That's about it I think! I really do love cooking and sharing the recipes I love. I also love getting recipe inspiration from fellow bloggers. There are some great food blogs out there with a recipe for everyone. Step out of your comfort zone and try something new!

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Ashley - Married to the Game said...

Crock pots are an awesome time saver and I love when Kory is out of town and I don't have to worry about meals!

Tara said...

I think it's awesome that you share a recipe every week! We usually end up eating leftovers for days at our house :)

Eights on the Move said...

I love your recipes tab - it looks so organized & user-friendly :) And you totally got me hooked on pinning my stuff now!

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

Those jalapeno poppers look so good!

Jennie said...

I am trying to get better at not letting my pictures get in the way of my cooking! ha! Chad knows that before he can take a bite I have to snap a few shots! haha!

Jennie said...

I am trying to get better at not letting my pictures get in the way of my cooking! ha! Chad knows that before he can take a bite I have to snap a few shots! haha!

Jennie said...

I am trying to get better at not letting my pictures get in the way of my cooking! ha! Chad knows that before he can take a bite I have to snap a few shots! haha!

~Anchored In Christ~ said...

The nutella recipe looks good. you need to email me the recipe girl. and i need to break down and get me a jar and keep it in my room LOL

It would rock my socks off if you'd join the blog challenge. should be fun. Opened now so come join.

Marley Marie said...

I keep saying I'm going to do a recipe post one day and then I'll make an amazing recipe and after we've eaten it think, "oh I should have took pictures for my blog!!" Oh day it's gonna happen!

Katherine Newsom said...

I love that link tool! I will have to start using that.. Once I finish editing my blog up a bit for the new season :) If only I was a better cook, Im a MUCH better baker! I've been pinning a lot of our socal travel pics on Pinterest and that alone helps traffic out too!

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