Due to popular demand, we've created a step-by-step guide to tagging. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about tags:
What is a tag?
Project Foodie uses tags to categorize recipes that have something in common. For example, side dishes have the tag 'sides', desserts have the tag 'desserts' and dishes containing chicken have the tag 'chicken'.
You too can add tags to the recipes saved in your recipe box. This lets you personalize your recipes to make them easier for you to find. For example, if you've found a recipe you want to serve at your next party, you could add the tag 'party'. And recipes can have as many tags as you want. If that same party recipe is also your Aunt Martha's favorite, you could tag it 'AuntMartha', as well.
Some other possible tags include:
- -Recipes for the holidays? Tag - Thanksgiving or Hanukkah or Christmas, or whatever.
-Recipes for the garden bounty? Tag - zucchini or tomatoes or garden etc
-Recipes the kids like? Tag - kidfriendly
The possibilities are endless! You can create tags for whatever word or word groupings you want.
How do I find recipes by a tag?
You can find recipes with a specific tag either by using the 'tag cloud' located beneath the Search box at the top of the Project Foodie website, by narrowing search results, or by narrowing the recipes in your Recipe Box. Here's how!
The 'tag cloud' is located beneath the Search box at the top of the Project Foodie website.
It lists the most popular tags assigned to recipes on Project Foodie. To view the recipes in a particular tag, simply click on a tag such as 'cookies".
You'll then see a listing of recipes for cookies.
How can I use tags to narrow the number of recipes listed?
Notice at the top of the recipe listing above there is another tag cloud that shows existing tags for those recipes.
You can reduce the number of listed recipes by using the tags in this tag cloud. That is, you can narrow your recipe list results to only those recipes with a specific tag. For example, if you're only interested in fruit cookies you can click on "fruit" to see the 43 cookie recipes that contain fruit.
Narrowing recipe listings by tags works no matter how you've displayed a list of recipes, including recipe Search results and the listing of recipes in your Recipe Box.
You can also see more recipes by removing one of the selected tags. In the cookie fruit tag example, if you decide you want to include recipes other than cookies you simple click on the 'x' next to cookies at the top of the recipe list.
Now you'll see all recipes with fruit. Since that's probably not what you wanted, you may next decide to click on the desserts tag to see all fruit desserts….
How do I add tags?
Now that you understand what tags are and how to use them, you're probably wondering how to add your own tags to recipes. It's easy, but you can only add tags to recipes that you have saved in your Recipe Box. Here's an example:
First you need a recipe in your Recipe Box. In case you don't have any, let's just add one of my favorite summer cakes to your recipe box for this example. In the Search Box at the top of the Project Foodie website, enter: Peach Blueberry Cake and then click on the Search button.
When the Search results display, you'll see a Peach Blueberry Cake from Gourmet Magazine (August 2005). That's the one! (And if you have peaches and blueberries on hand I really do recommend trying this recipe, but that's not why we're here right now…)
To save this recipe in your Recipe Box, click the Save button:
You'll know the recipe has been saved in your Recipe Box because the Save button has now changed to a Remove button, and the recipe listing has changed to display options for adding your own tags to the recipe.
Now since I've gone on about how good this recipe is, let's say you've decided to add the tag 'try' to this recipe. To add the 'try' tag, you type "try" in the "Tag Name" field and click "Add".
After you've clicked Add, you'll see the 'try' tag listed under "My Tags".
How do I find recipes I've tagged?
Once you've tagged some recipes you'll want to find them again. You do this through your recipe box. For example, let's say you want to find the recipes you've tagged 'try'. First go to your recipe box by clicking on the recipe box image at the top of any Project Foodie page:
This will display the recipes in your recipe box. It will also show a tag cloud for those recipes:
If you've got a lot of recipes the tag cloud will initially only show the most frequently used tags. To see all of the tags click on 'show more tag choices' to see all of the tags:
Now in our example we were looking for the recipes tagged 'try'. To see those recipes click on the 'try' tag listed in your recipe box and you'll get a listing of all the recipes in your recipe box with the tag 'try'.
How can I remove a tag?
You can easily remove tags from a recipe, too. Why would you want to do that? Well, if you've tagged a recipe 'try' for example, then after you've tried it you won't need that tag anymore! (Although you may decide to add a different tag, such as 'favorite' or 'never-again'…)
In the above example we've just added the 'try' tag to that Peach Blueberry Cake. To remove that tag click on the 'x' next to it in the My Tags listing.
That's it—now you're a master tagger. Play around with them and see how they make organizing your recipes even easier.