The internet has been great in helping me find new recipes to try. One problem that I have though is that my computer is not in the kitchen which means that I either have to run back and forth to the computer or I need to print out the recipe. As I don't want a trail of floury foot print from my kitchen to my computer, printing the recipe is the way to go.
But simply printing the recipe is not that easy. The pages with the recipes on them generally have more than just the recipes on them, including: headers, sidebars, comments and footers. I really don't want to have to sift through 10 pages of printouts to find the recipe that is hidden among them. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a printable version of the recipe with just the recipe on it?
Printable recipes in the second part of post...
With the printable recipe problem in mind I started to look into how I could add a printable version of the recipes to my site with a minimal amount of extras on the page. If I had a hosted solution it would be easy; I could just add new pages with the recipe and whatever else on them that I wanted. But, I am on the free blogging platform blogger which does not allow you to add arbitrary pages whenever and where ever you want. As I did not want the hassle and extra expenses of a hosted solution I looked for another free online solution and I came across Google Sites.
Google Sites is another free service offered by google where you can publish web pages or even an entire web site. All you need is a google account and if you are on blogger or use gmail etc. then you already have one. It is pretty easy to set up a google site.
How to create a google sites site for printable recipes
1. Go to http://sites.google.com/ and sign in with your google account.
2. Hit the Create Site button.
3. Choose a site name such as: Your Site Printable Recipes
4. Choose a URL such as: https://sites.google.com/site/yoursiteprintablerecipes
5. Choose a theme. I chose the basic white theme with printing in mind.
6. Submit the form.
You now have a site. But the default site will have a header and a side bar and I did not want them so I had to remove them as follows.
How to remove the header and sidebar
1. Click on the "Edit Sidebar" link on the bottom of the side bar or go to "Site Settings" on the top menu and choose "Change Appearance".
2. Click on "Change Site Layout"
3. Uncheck the header and the sidebar and hit OK.
4. Hit the "Save Changes" button on the top right.
5. Click "Return to Site" on the top left.
Now the site is setup and ready to have recipe pages added. Adding recipe pages is pretty simple.
How to add a recipe page
1. Click on the "+ Create New Page" button on the top left.
2. Leave "Web Page" selected and enter the "Name" of the recipe and hit "Create Page".
3. Copy the recipe from your unpublished blogger post and paste it into the new page on google sites.
4. Clean it up in any way you want and hit "Save".
5. Copy the url of the page from your browsers address bar and use it to create a link in your blogger post to the printable version of the recipe.
6. Finish your blogger post and publish it.
7. At this point you can copy the url from your blogger post and "Edit" the google sites printable recipe and add the link back to your blogger post if you like.
Now you have a printable version of your recipe. Google sites adds a footer to the page that I have not found a way of removing yet but other than that the page just has your recipe. Given that google sites is a free service I am not too bothered by the footer on the page.
Kevin is a food blogger based in Toronto. You can read his delicious recipes on his blog, Closet Cooking.