New menu feature

February 18, 2010 · 9 comments

I’ve got a new page on my site: it contains a link to our weekly dinner menus.

Before you ask: no, I don’t really think anyone cares that much what we are eating. I am making our menu public because I have spent many a Sunday night (I don’t know why I chose, in the beginning, to start our menus on Mondays — I’ve always shopped on Mondays, too, which I hear is the worst day of the week for grocery shopping due to restocking from the weekend) staring at a blank page in my notebook, unable to stretch my brain once again around a new and exciting meal plan. That’s when I start thumbing through my past notebooks — usually scanning meals from the same months in years prior (this helps me stay seasonal). And it’s always been helpful to ask friends: what are you guys eating this week?

So, making the assumption that others think just like I do, I thought it’d be fun to share. Since I’m doing our menu anyway, it’s not a huge problem to also update a google spreadsheet (at least I don’t think it’s a problem; let’s see how well I’m doing with it in a few weeks). If nothing else, on a purely self-serving level (is this new?), it might help me stay on top of our menu plans if I know I need to also post it.

If you happen to view the spreadsheet, and see ways I can improve on it, please leave a comment. I’ve never been very good at using them, and usually feel like I create them in ways that are intuitive only to me. If I were more tech-savvy, I’d come up with a way to make them more interactive, where I could benefit from comments on individual weeks — they seem so stodgy right now, in their read-only state. But I’m not; so right now I have complete, somewhat lonely control over the content. And since I’ve been meaning to do this for about a year — and it just wasn’t that hard to do — I am managing to feel good about the accomplishment anyway.

Let me know your thoughts, if you feel so lead.

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{ 9 comments }

Ed Schenk February 18, 2010 at 9:59 am

Great Idea for a new page!

Katherine February 18, 2010 at 1:31 pm

That is so cool, and I love how the recipres/postings are listed.

Nicole February 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Is it a particular feature of the food obsessed to enjoy viewing others’ menus? Count me in – love the links, and your menu looks delicious!

Lisa February 18, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Hi,
I am new to traditional cooking, and would love to subscribe to your blog, but I can’t seem to find a place to do that? Help! :-) Is there a way to get email updates and such…can you tell I am new to this??
Thank you! Lisa

katy February 19, 2010 at 8:21 am

Lisa, you are a true motivator. I figured out how to add an email link this morning, and it only took one cup of coffee (the reply below was added last night, at that point in the evening when my brain has screeched to a halt).

Not sure how it all will work though — so if you try it and something’s amiss, do share!

katy February 18, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Thanks, Ed and Katherine!
Nicole, call it culinary voyeurism?
Lisa, you can subscribe to my RSS feed — the link is at the top right of the post text, next to the tiny orange box. I unfortunately am not currently doing email updates — yet another way I’m technically behind-the-times. Perhaps someday soon…

Shawnee February 18, 2010 at 9:47 pm

I love that you are doing this! And I hate that you don’t do e-mail updates! I’ll just have to try and remember to come back here every week :)

Stephanie February 19, 2010 at 3:01 am

I feel like I’m stalking you now that I know what you eat. 😉 BTW, it looks awesomely yummy. Hey, you should have a “same food, different location” night where your readers eat whatever you’ve got planned and send you pix! It would be like having dinner together, only not, because y’all are far, far away.

katy February 19, 2010 at 9:17 am

Steph, I know… I feel so vulnerable…
Let me know what night and time you cook what we eat, and we can have a pretend conversation with you at our table ; )

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