My Blog Habit

We are all creatures of habit. It gives a place to feel comfortable. It makes things easy. Helps to define our identify.

In putting together blog posts, I do the following:

  1. Make the recipe with photos – This is a pretty clear first step (unless you want to go to menu selection, grocery shopping).
  2. Upload the photos from my iPhone to my computer – I can upload directly to the blog from the phone but I need to do this for the next step.
  3. Resize the photos – When I started the blog all photos were uploaded original size. As I have a limited amount of space for files I watched as 25%…50%…75% then 83% get taken up. After researching costs to add more space (I love you all, but I’m not making a living here) I knew I had to change my ways. I now resize all the photos and they take up much less space.
  4. Upload the photos to the blog – I typically do this into a blank post with space between the photos to add text later.
  5. Copy the recipe to the post – Almost all of what I make I have already put into Paprika. I will use Paprika to email me the recipe and copy the text to the post where the pictures are.
  6. Add Categories and Tags – After looking at the recipe, I will add the most relevant categories (so you can find what you want) and tags (so others will find the post with searching).
  7. Write the text – Often times this will be days later after the first six. I will often need to think about a post for a while to have something somewhat decent come to me. A daily post saps most of my stories!
  8. Write the headline – This is my most favorite part. I love the headlines.

Photo Apr 09, 5 36 06 PM

This was one of the easiest dishes I make. Full of flavor too.

Photo Apr 08, 5 43 48 PM

The zucchini was a surprising addition.

Photo Apr 09, 5 29 30 PM

This is not milk! Corn starch to thicken the broth.

Photo Apr 09, 5 35 29 PM

I served it in a bowl over red beans and rice.

Photo Apr 09, 5 35 59 PM

Spicy and tasty.

Southwest Crock Chicken

Cook Time: 7 hrs


  • 1 T veggie oil
  • 8 boneless chicken thighs (Chicken/turkey white or dark meat work too)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 14 oz. can chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 1 large red bell pepper cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 med. zucchini sliced 3/4 inch thick
  • 1 1/2 t. cumin
  • 2 T. cornstarch
  • 1/4 c. water
  • sour cream optional but highly recommended
  • fresh cilantro optional


She browns the chicken in the oil and then lightly sautes the rest. I skip this part and throw it all together (oil too) in the crock pot minus the cornstarch and water. Cook 7 hours.

One hour before serving, dissolve cornstarch in 1/4 cup water and add to crock pot. Keep lid off crock pot and it will thicken

Serve with steamed broccoli and cauliflower and a big green salad. Add a side of brown rice.


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Categories: Chicken, kosher, Low Carb, Main Dish 3, Mexican, Slow Cooker, vegetable3

Author:The Ranting Chef

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3 Comments on “My Blog Habit”

  1. January 21, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    I am SO impressed with how you do it every day — while retaining quality. I agree about how fun it is to write titles and, I would add, select images.


  2. January 21, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    Every day would indeed be daunting. I have a brewing science blog and only post once every two weeks and still have a hard time finding good topics to post about. Fortunately I have so far, but its been a constant nag in the back of my mind that I am going to run out of things to say.
    – Dennis, Life Fermented Blog



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