New Beginnings and Old Recipes

by on April 16, 2010
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It’s done!  My blog has “moved” without really moving.  It’s still at the same URL, all the old recipes are here, and thanks to a hardworking site designer who carefully followed my directions to “make it look the same,” it looks so much like it used to that I’ll bet 90% of you won’t notice any change.  (If you don’t notice any differences–such as the smaller previews of posts at the bottom of the home page–then you may need to clear your browser’s cache to see the changes.) There was only one unexpected problem, which I will ask your help with in a minute.  Besides that, the only other issue is if you subscribed to the blog through the old feed, you may need to resubscribe. The best feed to use is this feedburner one, and if you were already subscribed through Feedburner or by email, you probably don’t need to do anything.

As I mentioned, there was only one big problem in the changeover: Most of the comments were lost.  All comments prior to last August are gone…poof…history!  Since this blog is over 4 years old, that’s thousands of people’s responses, variations, criticisms, and experiences that have been lost.  Most of my older recipes now have no comments at all, nothing to indicate whether people tried them or liked them.

What I’d like to ask you to do is this: If you tried a recipe from the blog and your comment is no longer there, please take a minute to leave a comment on it describing your results, good, bad, or indifferent.  You can really help guide people who may be thinking about making a particular recipe.  Just use the search box up in the right sidebar to help you find the recipes.

Now, about that photo above, and a little game I’ve devised….

Right now, as I type, I’ve got a new recipe simmering in the kitchen.  It’s based on a very old recipe from this blog, and it uses the ingredients in the photo.  All except for one of them were in the old recipe, and if you enter the right 4 ingredients into the search box, you should be able to find the old recipe I’m referring to.  Find it, post your answer in the comments, and I’ll send the first five people to get it right a FatFree Vegan refrigerator magnet, valued at over 25 cents! (Hey, I just spent all my money on web design, so things are tight!)

I’ll post the full recipe over the weekend.  Until then, please look around the blog and let me know if you discover any problems.

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1 Jenna April 16, 2010 at 11:07 am

Miang Kum Rolls! i want a magnet! :)

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2 Rachael April 16, 2010 at 11:09 am

miang-kum-rolls!!!

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3 Jon April 16, 2010 at 11:19 am

I think its Grilled Baby Eggplants with Korean Barbecue Sauce. Am I right??

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4 Angela April 16, 2010 at 11:24 am

Miang Kum Rolls :)

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5 Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks April 16, 2010 at 11:26 am

Congratulations, your site still looks fabulous =). I love coming here for ideas, and will continue to do so!

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6 Christiane Carroll April 16, 2010 at 11:28 am

Miang Kum Rolls

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7 Maggie April 16, 2010 at 11:29 am

Miang Kum Rolls, and now you’re adding jalapenos! Yum!

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8 Gloria April 16, 2010 at 11:29 am

Miang Kum Rolls!

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9 Amanda April 16, 2010 at 11:33 am

I can’t decide if it’s the Miang Kum Rolls or the Bean Sprouts and Broccoli Slaw Salad with Coconut-Ginger dressing (posted 2 days apart back in 2006!)

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10 Margaret April 16, 2010 at 11:35 am

Hi Susan,

The site looks great :) I can’t wait to try out new recipes!

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11 Beverly April 16, 2010 at 11:39 am

I found it! Miang Kum Rolls! Congrats on the new site. Looks great, as always.

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12 Kacie April 16, 2010 at 11:41 am

The blog looks great, kudos! Thanks for all you do!

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13 Joey April 16, 2010 at 11:41 am

Indian Chutney?

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14 Colleen April 16, 2010 at 11:50 am

Yes, I found it to be Maing Kum Rolls as well. Great new site. So looking forward to more recipes. I will go back to the ones I’ve tried and comment. Hmmm, where to start?

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15 Ruchama April 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

Grilled baby eggplant with Korean barbecue sauce. (Assuming I’m right in thinking I found the clue!!)

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16 Angela April 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm

It’s http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2006/03/miang-kum-rolls.html. Those look delicious by the way. I think I’m going to try it this weekend. Love you new site. Thanks for all you do for ALL of us. Yours in the gold standard, IMHO!

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17 Sally Reames April 16, 2010 at 12:05 pm

That would be Miang Kum rolls, which sound delicious and I will be trying out soon.

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18 richard landis April 16, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Miang Kum Rolls! I didn’t really know that…i just copied it from one of the smarter people who figured it out….but what the hay….I want a magnet too!!!!

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19 Maria April 16, 2010 at 12:49 pm

As ALWAYS, I love your site, and look forward to yummy dishes, wonderful stories and great pictures. As I’ve never had the rolls, I may just have to try them out.

Speaking of pictures, I believe that earlier in the week, you had a picture up of two kitties on the sofa. Yea? Nay?

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20 teepee April 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm

I’d love to have that magnet, my refrigerator is sorta bare. I think it’s Miang Kum Rolls.

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21 jackamo April 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm

miang kum rolls, which i should make soon :)

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22 karyn April 16, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Miang Kum Rolls!

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23 SusanV April 16, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Maria, yes! That photo is here: http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/images/non-food/yawn.jpg

The post it was part of got deleted during the site changes, but it’s one of my favorite recent cat photos. I may have to find a way to work it into another post.

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24 Nancy Spivey April 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Miang Kum Rolls

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25 JaneKay April 16, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I too think it’s Grilled Baby Eggplants with Korean Barbecue Sauce
by SusanV on August 14, 2007 and that your new ingredient is the
Tamicon.

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26 sheree April 16, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Hi glad it all worked out. Miang kum Rolls. I havent tried them yet. I will go back and make some comments. I use your site regularly..

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27 Becca April 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I’m going with Grilled Eggplant with Korean Barbecue Sauce, too.
The tamarind is new, methinks.

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28 Chuck April 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm

My wife uses your site all the time. I think it is Korean Tofu and Vegetable Stew. With a yummy ginger coleslaw!

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29 georgia April 16, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I think it is Grilled Baby Eggplants with Korean Barbecue Sauce, My daughter has made us some wonderful meals from your site.

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30 Katie April 16, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Miang Kum Rolls!

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31 Rosemary April 16, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Everything is back to divine vegan order. I knew it would happen. Yours is the first site I rely on for authentic, luscious, and often quick recipes.

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32 justcorbly April 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Congrats, Susan, to both you and your designer. Migrating a substantial site like this is not a trivial piece of work. Go open a bottle of wine.

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33 Amy April 16, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Love the new website and as always I love your recipes :) I was just wondering though, will the new site be alphabetized like the old site?

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34 SusanV April 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Amy, by alphabetized, do you mean the Recipe Index pages? They’re all still there–just look for the link at the very top of the page.

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35 Laina April 16, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Susan, I don’t have a search box???

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36 SusanV April 16, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Laina, what do you see in the right column? There should be a google search box at the top.

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37 Kylie April 16, 2010 at 10:08 pm

What about Bean Sprouts and Broccoli Slaw Salad with Coconut-Ginger Dressing?

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38 Claire G. April 16, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I think it’s bean sprouts w/ broccoli slaw salad! But I see I’m in the minority…

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39 Laina April 16, 2010 at 11:41 pm

I have the normal headings at the top. Where is the search box suppose to be? To the right of the picture of the ingredients is white space. Nothing there.

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40 Jordan April 17, 2010 at 5:56 am

I think it’s Korean Tofu and Vegetable Stew and that you’re adding the tamarind =)

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41 SusanV April 17, 2010 at 7:32 am

Laina, what type of browser and computer are you using.

Can anyone else NOT see the search box at the top of the right column?

Thanks for your help in finding these problems!

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42 Barbara Thompson April 17, 2010 at 8:19 am

Miang Kum Rolls!

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43 SusanV April 17, 2010 at 11:11 am

Thanks to you all for your comments here and on other posts! I wish I had more magnets!

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44 Laina April 17, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I use windows internet explorer.

The computer is one of those smaller laptops. It’s an Eee PC.

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45 SusanV April 17, 2010 at 2:37 pm

It sounds like maybe your browser isn’t enabled to see Javascript. You could try looking at the setup options to see if there’s a way to enable it. I’d hate for you not to be able to search!

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46 Laina April 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I’m guessing Grilled Baby Eggplants with Korean Barbecue Sauce, because you love eggplant! :)

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47 Janette Holtzleiter April 17, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Bean Sprouts and Broccoli Slaw Salad with Coconut-Ginger Dressing

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48 carrie April 17, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Miang Kum Rolls!

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49 Karena April 18, 2010 at 4:40 am

LOVE the new look, Susan!! Ironically, I’m just recommitting to a vegan lifestyle and came looking for some old recipes. Sorry you lost your comments, but I’ll be hard at work the next few weeks trying out old favorites and new, and will be glad to fill in the blanks!

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50 Archana April 18, 2010 at 9:00 am

Congratulations!Your site is wonderful. I come here often for recipes and vary them to suit our tastes and the ingredients available. All the very best.

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51 Joanne April 18, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Are you making the Miang Kum Rolls with red peppers now? Congrats on the site conversion!

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52 Debbie April 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm

I’m not seeing a search box (or a right hand bar at all) with Firefox 3.6.3 (java script IS enabled). However, I can see it in IE8. (I’m running Windows 7.)

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53 SusanV April 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Thanks for the feedback, Debbie. That’s so strange! My daughter’s computer has that same setup (FF 3.6.3 with Win 7) and everything shows up in hers. I wonder what could be going on? What happens on the right–is there just white space or does the text just run to the edge of the screen?

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54 Laina April 18, 2010 at 7:13 pm

I have java enabled. Not sure what the problem is. :(

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55 SusanV April 18, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I just had a thought: Do you have ad-blocking software installed? It may treat the Google search box as an ad, and the rest of that sidebar contains ads.

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56 Laina April 24, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I have a pop-up blocker, but that’s not the problem.

I downloaded firefox and I’m using it. Low and behold, the recipe search box is there. Yay! :)

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57 Rasjoseph April 25, 2010 at 3:58 am

Love how your keeping everything fatfree!
One love Vegan Kitchen

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58 Alex May 6, 2010 at 7:21 pm

I noticed. Long time reader who does not like the new site. The two column look at the bottom is cluttered and confusing, and means I’ll miss things if I don’t catch them when they’re at the top. A lot of the blogs I read have recently switched to this same design. :( Apparently it’s popular and for most people it’s not a problem. For me it is. I know that with columns you get more on a page, but why do you want more on a page if you can’t read the whole thing anyway? Tiny print, cluttered layout…I just don’t see the attraction.

Still love your recipes though. I just printed off one last week and sent it to my dad, who doesn’t have a computer.

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59 OldCook June 20, 2011 at 8:44 am

Is this game over? Was the answer ‘Miang Kum Rolls’ or ‘Grilled Baby Eggplants’?

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60 SusanV June 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

Yes. The answer was Miang Kum Rolls.

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