EasyRecipe turns a blog post into a well-formatted recipe that will show up as such in a Google search. It’s so well formatted that I can easily capture a complete recipe – including picture – with one click using my favorite cookbook app. (Paprika [Mac - $19.99 , iPhone - $4.99 & iPad - $4.99]) The only thing I have to add is the category where I want it located.
Once installed and activated, you’ll find an Easy Recipe section added to your WordPress Settings. Check the Text/Language section to make sure all the label text for the different elements within a recipe suit your needs. If you make changes, make sure you hit the save button at the bottom of the screen.
When you create a new post, you’ll notice the Easy Recipe button has been added to your toolbar. Because each of the recipes I blog about has a story behind them, the actual recipe is usually towards the end of the post. No problem! When you reach the point in your blog where you want to include the recipe, click on the Easy Recipe button. The recipe form appears as an overlay pane (much like the media overlay pane) on top of your post. Here’s what the blank form looks like.
It’s easy to copy/paste recipe text right into this form. Each form entry has instructions on how to enter that particular type of information. If you want to include notes or other content, click the plus icon in front of those titles to display their sections. Once finished, click the Add Recipe button to place your recipe in your post.
On the left you see an example of the resulting recipe as it appears in my post. You have the ability to adjust the formatting on any of the components of your recipe using Easy Recipe’s live formatting feature. Go back to the Easy Recipe settings page and click on the Live Formatting button in the Appearance section. Navigate back to a live view of the post with the recipe in it and click the Easy Recipe Format link in the Admin bar at the top of the screen. A formatting panel (shown on the right in the example above) appears and you can open each of the sections, make your adjustments and watch them change on your recipe in real time. Once you’ve got everything looking the way you want it, save your changes and this is the way your recipes will look on each post. Notice the format panel also has a Print tab. You can create a custom format for the printed version of your recipes too. And, if you want to see all this in action, watch their formatting tutorial for all the details. There’s a link to this tutorial right next the the Live Formatting button so it’s available whenever you need it.
EasyRecipe is a delight to use and will present your recipes beautifully. If you’d like to see it in all its formatting glory, check out the developer’s blog, The Orgasmic Chef.