Paula's Kitchen Alchemy: Because Magic Keeps Happening in the Kitchen!Paula's Kitchen Alchemy for Mobile: Because Magic Keeps Happening in the Kitchen!

About me and this project

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I realized that I was keeping records of my recipes on little slips of paper, and it was really hard to find recipes out of a three inch stack of papers in the bookcase in the kitchen! I chose to create a content management system using PHP and MYSQL in order to better enter and organize my cookbook, as part of my Capstone project for my Web Technologies Associates degree. I did use (and spent a lot of time learning!) Laravel's artisan PHP framework to build this project, which is a dynamic, database-driven site. The design was not required to be responsive, but being a graphic designer for over 20 years, I wouldn't settle for less. I think I spent nearly as much time coding the CSS as I did the PHP.

The project did require us to present one view of the website to the casual viewer, a more in-depth one to a member (or subscriber, in my case), and an even more in-depth view to an Administrator. Registration is free, at least, though it might be an irritating step for some people. Rest assured that I will not email you, all passwords are securely hashed and I can never actually see them (Laravel made that part really easy, at least--it is geared towards security).

Anyone can search and view the pages, but not the individual recipes. The site will only allow people to register as Subscribers to view and search recipes. Only Administrators may add & edit recipes and categories.

At some point, also, I would like to incorporate a contact form, but in the meantime, please feel free to contact me through email. For future updates, I also plan to migrate this site into Laravel 5, create a User profile part of the application that allows password resets, as well as using Jquery to better format the json results array returned on the "All Recipes" page. Redoing my portfolio site and finding a job come first, however! Eventually, I would also like to produce a printed version of my cookbook.

If you are interested in the development side of this project, you may view the code for this project at github. Also, I have a portfolio of my work (mostly print design at this point) at, which I am in the process of completely overhauling, for it is extremely outdated, done well before I went back to school for this new degree, and I am excited to showcase my new skills once I get the new site up.

While I graduated this summer (and made straight A's!), I will continue to add recipes to this site. I feel that I need to take pictures of everything I make now, in order to have a visual. Hope you enjoy your stay, and thanks for visiting!

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