Welcome To The New Chowstalker & Dessertstalker!

new cardWhen we first launched chowstalker in February of 2011 we used a free theme and a now defunct plug-in so an update has been long overdue!   Our new platform should be able to handle the future enhancements we have planned, and already includes a few of the most requested features:

  • Responsive theme and new card design to enhance the display on mobile devices. We have lots of tweaking to do here but at least it’s a start.

  • Improved submit form with crop and preview ability to make sure your submission displays exactly the way you want along with more ways to tag and categorize the submission for better search results.

  • New recipe detail page.  We’ve added a flag-it option which provides you a quick and easy way to let us know if a recipe is in the wrong category (for example, marked as Whole 30 when it shouldn’t be), needs to be added to a category, or if the link is dead.  There’s also the option leave comments.

  • New user profile page so that it’s even easier to follow your favorite chefs and bloggers.

  • Much improved free-form search and recipe collection links.

  • A new “magazine” type home page where we can feature recipes and contributors, share book and product reviews, answer questions, make announcements, etc.  As soon as the dust settles, look for it here!

  • Single log-in. If you are registered on either chowstalker or dessertstalker, your login should work here.  If you are registered on both sites, use your chowstalker login. Please let us know if you have any trouble.

About the search…we really tried to get a faceted search in place for this release (ex: “ground beef and onions but not mushrooms”) but there were too many cases where the search results were not accurate. It’s high on our to-do list but we postponed it while we do more research.

There are also a few bugs that we’ll fix ASAP including:

  • Currently only the most recent 100 favorites are viewable.   We haven’t lost your favorites — it’s just a pagination issue that needs to be addressed.

  • We’re a “mom and pop shop” and we don’t have a a big testing environment or own a single Apple product so if the site doesn’t display well with your browser and operating system, please let us know.

  • We know there are some missing images and will get those fixed – hopefully today, August 1st.

  • Not a bug, but some unexpected behavior from Pinterest is that they don’t allow redirects.  So pins from the old sites may show a warning, but we did tell Pinterest about the new site so we’re hoping that they will straighten it our soon.

We hope that you are happy to see that we’ve combined the two sites.  It just didn’t make sense to continue to manage and maintain two separate databases and sets of code.  And more and more, we get submissions that are a good fit for both sites.  However, if you’re concerned about seeing a bunch of “paleo-fied desserts”, one of our upcoming enhancements will allow you to set your stalkerville homepage to be dessert-free, strictly Whole30, 21DSD or anything else you want and change it as often as needed.  For now, you can easily distinguish between chowstalker recipes and dessertstalker recipes by the colors of the cards.   You can also browse a dessert-free gallery by selecting the chowstalker link in our footer.

Finally, you most likely noticed that the URL is stalkerville.net now.    One reason is that we’ll soon be adding a new gallery featuring gardens – especially backyard, organic, kitchen gardens.  People who care about the quality of their food are often wicked gardeners too!  So chowstalker, dessertstalker, gardenstalker and others will all be under one umbrella.

Thank you

A lot of work goes into documenting, testing and photographing recipes and at the time of this post, we have 11,696 real food, gluten-free, paleo inspired recipes submitted by some of the most creative and talented cooks/bloggers on the planet. What makes chowstalker (and now stalkerville) work is a partnership.  We provide a searchable gallery of vetted submissions from people like you and make sure that the original source is always given full credit for their work.  So, thanks to all those that have contributed and helped create this resource for healthier living.  And thanks to those who have badges on their website, tweeted, pinned or otherwise shared these contributions.  We couldn’t do it without you!

6 Responses to Welcome To The New Chowstalker & Dessertstalker!

  1. Sheryll Ziemer August 1, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    Love it! Can’t wait to browse through everything! Seems like a lot of hard work, but worth it!

  2. Patty Strilaeff August 1, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Great to hear Sheryll! Yeah, if we had known how much work it was going to be when we started, we probably would not have ever started! :)

  3. GI 365 August 1, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Congrats on the new site. Everything looks wonderful. I think this new setup will really help with your future plans. I love the idea to add gardenstalker down the road. Great job!

    • Patty Strilaeff August 1, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      Thanks so much Kari! Gardernstalker is something we’ve been thinking about for a couple of years so we’re pretty excited to make it a reality soon. We’re looking forward to sharing more of your beautiful photos and recipes.

  4. Out To Lunch Creations August 6, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    I love the changes and the new look! I’m so excited you added the flag it option as well. Keep up the great work!

    • Patty Strilaeff August 6, 2013 at 11:20 am #

      Very happy to hear that! We’re already getting some good feedback from the flag it option that will help clean up those special diet categories. And on the admin side, we have an improved system for catching any mistakes before publishing.

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