Welcome to the new website!!

I can’t believe it’s finally finished but thanks to the hard work  by Lindsay at Purr Design my new website is up and running.    It will take some time for me to get used to WordPress but I am excited to see all of the great things it has to offer.

Something for you to check out:  Click on the Recipes tab up on the top right side of the blog and see the new recipe index.  Click on any of the categories to view photos and links to every single recipe I have on my site.  Having more than 900 recipes made it difficult for people to find their favorites but that is no longer a problem with this awesome recipe index!

Also, how cool is the new header?  Watch it for a minute and see the picture change a couple of times.  Love it!!!

The downside to switching to the new WordPress blog is that all of you, my loyal readers & followers through Blogger, will no longer be getting an e-mail notification when I post a new recipe.  If you would like to continue getting these notifications, which I really hope you do, simply follow me through the RSS or e-mail link in the upper right hand corner of the website.  You can also follow me through Facebook, Twitter, and/or Pinterest as well.

Another downside is that we were unable to transfer the comments from the last 25+ posts, so I am sorry that those recipes won’t have the wonderful feedback that my other recipes have.  A small price to pay for a great new site.

I hope you enjoy the new website as much as I do.  I really wanted to make it as reader friendly as possible and I think Lindsay has done a terrific job!

I’ll be back to posting a new recipe on Wednesday, until then, sit back and check out the new site!

Cheers,

Pam

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56 Responses to “Welcome to the new website!!”

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    pam — January 10, 2012 @ 12:33 am

    Love it!

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    jackie @ marin mama cooks — January 10, 2012 @ 12:39 am

    I love your new site Pam! It looks amazing and your new header rocks!!! I was wondering why my blogger dashboard showed 6 new recipes from you. I was thinking of switching over to wordpress before I got to many posts on blogger. Everyone seems to think that wordpress is better and worth switching over to. I also love how you can reply to readers comments with wordpress. Is it easier to navigate or is it to soon to know?

    Just so you know this post showed up in my blogger dashboard so it may still work for those of us following you via blogger. I get Smitten Kitchen’s and 101 cookbook’s updates in my dashboard as well so maybe you don’t have to just be on blogger anymore.

    Can’t wait to navigate the new site.

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    Macaroni and Cheesecake — January 10, 2012 @ 12:41 am

    Love the new look!! Love how the header changes pictures!

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    Annie @ Annie's Cooking Lab — January 10, 2012 @ 1:17 am

    Congrats on the new site, it’s beautiful!
    I very briefly used blogger when I started out before switching to WordPress. I *love* WordPress, it took a little bit for me to get totally comfortable using it, but I love all the extra features and customization you can do with it.

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    Carol @There's Always Thyme to Cook — January 10, 2012 @ 1:17 am

    Site looks great! Love the header!

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    Tiffany — January 10, 2012 @ 1:31 am

    LOVE IT! I just made the switch as well..

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    Julie — January 10, 2012 @ 1:32 am

    Ooh, I love the new look! I knew something was coming up when I saw the RSS settings change and I’m loving it. I feel like I need to set some time aside checking your archives for recipes you posted before I started following last year.

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    Pam — January 10, 2012 @ 1:38 am

    Pam, what I can say – PERFECT! LOVE IT!

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    Michelle — January 10, 2012 @ 1:48 am

    Site looks amazing!

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    t — January 10, 2012 @ 1:59 am

    congratulations!! i’m stoked for you, it looks awesome! your next step should be a book because you’ve got amazing recipes!

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    Joy — January 10, 2012 @ 2:11 am

    Congratulations Pam! The new site looks great! I agree with you that the new “recipes” tab (cataloging by photos) is an awesome way to cruise for recipes! Here’s to your continued success! :)

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    Katarina — January 10, 2012 @ 2:19 am

    This is great!

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    leslie — January 10, 2012 @ 2:45 am

    Love the new Look!!! Fresh and clean.
    Girl…when I switched from Blogger to wordpress, I lost HALF of my subscribers and my google page rank went from a 4 to a ZERO. It was very depressing. My page rank is back up..but I will never get back those subscribers :(
    Can I give a bit of feedback?? Will you hate me if I do? Please don’t.
    I would have never looked up in the upper right hand corner to see your recipe/about/faq tab unless you prompted me to. The font is just so tiny and white, it just didn’t catch my eye. You should totally put it right under your header picture so everyone can see you have a recipes tab. You have sooooo many wonderful recipes to browse through!

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    • Pam replied: — January 10th, 2012 @ 3:10 am

      Thank you for being honest Leslie! I think you are right and I have a message in to my designer to see what we can do it make it more obvious!

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      • leslie replied: — January 10th, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

        :)

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    Celeste Blinn — January 10, 2012 @ 2:55 am

    Love it. It looks great!

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    Kamaren — January 10, 2012 @ 3:42 am

    NICE WORK PAM! very exciting :)

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    sarah.a — January 10, 2012 @ 4:09 am

    looks great!! :) can’t wait to see more tasty recipes. i often come to your site when i’m stuck for dinner ideas.

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    Chelsea — January 10, 2012 @ 4:42 am

    It looks SO GREAT! Congrats! I’m actually checking out those web designers right now!

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    Hari Chandana — January 10, 2012 @ 5:00 am

    Love the header !!
    Indian Cuisine

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    Monica — January 10, 2012 @ 5:15 am

    Love the new site design! Searching for recipes will be so much easier now. Thank you!! Love your website and recipes so much!

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    Chels R. — January 10, 2012 @ 6:30 am

    Pam, Your new site is so beautiful!!! I absolutely love it! The header is beautiful and I love the colors! Great job!!!!

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    Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions — January 10, 2012 @ 6:31 am

    Pam, this looks fantastic!!! I especially love the recipe index, much more user friendly, and the whole site looks so clean! Congrats!

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    Meenal — January 10, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    Hey Pam, Congrats for the new site. Its beautiful. Just love it!!!!
    Cheers!!!!!!!!

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    Susana — January 10, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    Congrats on the new website, I love it!

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    Debbie — January 10, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    This is really nice Pam……congrats!

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    Larry — January 10, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    Congrats on getting the new site up and running Pam

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    Sandi — January 10, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    Love the new blog Pam! Really looks great and everything is much easier to find.

    Congrats and have a great day!
    Sandi

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    Jenn's Food Journey — January 10, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

    Oh, Pam, your new site looks fantastic!! I’ve been thinking about doing a change on my site after 2 years of it being the same… you just may be my inspiration!! :)

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    Kim in MD — January 10, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    Congratulations, Pam! I loved your old look (and I personally hate change), but your new blog looks great! I am loving that I can leave a comment much easier than before!

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    Blond Duck — January 10, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    Love the new site!

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    Susan — January 10, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

    Congrats on pulling this wonderful site together! I sometimes think about changing the format of The Spice Garden, but it’s such a huge job that I just do’t know where to start! You’re great ispiration!

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    bellini — January 10, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    Love the new site Pam. It is very easy to navigate and a great beginning for the new year!

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    alex — January 10, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

    the new site looks great! so eye-catching!

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    Mary — January 10, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

    I absolutely love it, Pam! Be still my heart, your recipe index has pictures too!!! I am beyond thrilled.

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    Betty Chatterson — January 10, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

    Love the new site, its much more user friendly! Looks like a lot of hard work went into it!!!! :) looking forward to searching your site a little more easily!!!! Thanks for all the inspiration youve given me in the kitchen!!!!

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    vanillasugarblog — January 10, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    oh girl love the new site!
    very nice.
    simpler too

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    Marjie — January 10, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

    I noticed the difference yesterday. Hope you enjoy using it!

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    Mila Sky — January 10, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

    Pam what an awesome site! I am working on combing my website with my blog as well!
    Glad to see all your recipes are nice and organized! Wow 900 meals! Lord woman you have been busy!

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    gloriadelpilar_1994@yahoo.com — January 10, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

    Love the new look but Im sure I would love any you make love your recipes Pam:)

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    Lizeth — January 10, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

    Loving the new look!

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    Arial — January 10, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

    Love the new site Pam! I had no idea you had 900 recipes! No wonder your site is so extensive! Being a loyal follower since 2009, and having just purchased a cookbook from another famous recipe blog, I’m dying to know: do you have any plans to release a cookbook? If so, when? I would love to purchase it for myself and gifts for others. Keep up the good work, your blog is truly amazing. I haven’t made a single recipe of yours that didn’t turn out just as you described. Thank you!!!

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    Lisa — January 10, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

    Love the new look. I just spent a few minutes looking through the recipe index. It is so much easier to find them now.

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    Rachel — January 10, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    This is wonderful! You are definitely one of my favorite recipe bloggers, but I have struggled trying to find a certain recipe in the past. Not anymore! Great Work!!

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    Kathy — January 11, 2012 @ 12:26 am

    Your new website is great. Recipes are easy to find.
    I was looking for salad dressing and found your Spinach Salad with Soy-Ginger Dressing. Its an older post (August 2009), I couldn’t access the comments – don’t know if that is a problem?
    Anyway, I what I really wanted to let you know we were just looking at the Seasons & Regions website because we’re going there tomorrow again (yum!) and I see they have posted the actual recipe you used as your inspiration. I don’t know if its a permanent post, but you will find it here – http://seasonsandregions.com/chefspage.asp

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    Becky — January 11, 2012 @ 12:41 am

    LOVE! I was just popping in for another tried and true recipe and was elated to find you redesigned your website! Isn’t it such a huge endeavor? Congrats on getting it done. Looks great!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — January 11, 2012 @ 1:42 am

    Your new site is beautiful.

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    Chung-Ah Rhee — January 11, 2012 @ 2:50 am

    I love the new design, especially the recipe index!

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    Kim — January 11, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    It looks so great, Pam! Congrats!

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    sonia — January 11, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    Hi Pam, the new banner and layout is looking amazing. Keep blogging and sharing !

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    Janis — January 11, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    I love the new website! Great job!

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    Stylin_U — January 12, 2012 @ 1:01 am

    Aww the site looks sooo good. Love the header!

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    Chris — January 12, 2012 @ 1:57 am

    Is it supposed to have all of those links to clown p*rn in the side bar?
    Just kidding:)

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    Evonne — January 13, 2012 @ 2:53 am

    The new website is beautiful! Looking forward to many more delicious recipes.

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    Jo @ The Hungry Crafter — January 13, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

    I LOVE the new site! And the best part of all is that the full post including photos now shows up in my google reader — hoooray!!!! Keep up the good work — I love your recipes!

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    Jen — January 17, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    Gosh, just glad to have you back! I was feeling lost without you. ;)

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