Happy Holidays to all of you from Ray and Kandace here at Gone Raw. We appreciate the wonderful community and support we've found here among all of you!
Many have told us that the holidays are some of the most difficult times for raw folks. We have a number of "holiday":http://goneraw.com/recipes/list/holiday and "party recipes":http://goneraw.com/recipes/list/party as well "quick":http://goneraw.com/recipes/list/quick snacks and easy "travel recipes":http://goneraw.com/recipes/list/travel for packing along on visits with family.
Gone Raw was down for about a half hour this evening, from about 5 to 5:30 PM. We were making a few changes, and something... er... unexpected happened.
We're still not sure what kind of weirdness caused this in the first place, but we'll be looking into it, and won't make any more changes until we've figured out how to keep it from happening again.
It's been really great to see Gone Raw grow as it has been the past few weeks. We passed our 100th membership milestone last week, and kept on going. The brand new "forums":http://goneraw.com/forums have almost 50 posts, but we're hoping a lot more discussions start up there. And, we've been working on some features behind the scenes, mostly to make it easier for you to share your recipes.
We also sent out our "first newsletter":http://goneraw.com/emails/GoneRaw-12-01-06.html to all members and anyone else interested. We hope to keep up that tradition, highlighting great recipes and new features every month.
"Let us know":http://goneraw.com/forums/5/topics/1 what you think of the new forums, and if there's anything else you'd like to see at Gone Raw.
Slowly but surely, we're working on some features we've really wanted to see. Yesterday, we fixed a few nagging problems folks were having, and we added "discussion forums":http://goneraw.com/forums to the site. It's a new place to talk about your favorite raw food recipes, techniques, and ideas.
It's also a great place to let us know where you'd like to see Gone Raw headed. Got an idea for a great feature? Something driving you crazy? "Let us know.":http://goneraw.com/forums/5 So long as you're "logged in," you can join or start a discussion at any time.
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we're busy planning our first raw Thanksgiving here at Gone Raw. We have a number of "raw Thanksgiving recipes":http://goneraw.com/recipes/list/thanksgiving up and we're on the lookout for more ideas. So, I spent today at the Oregon Culinary Institute learning a complete raw Thanksgiving menu. Chef "Bruce Horowitz":http://www.thesunkitchen.com/ inspired me to believe that you can make a raw version of just about anything you could think of! For beginners, take a look at his "Parsnip-Pine Nut Whip (or Better than Mashed Potatoes)":http://goneraw.com/recipes/show/66 and "Orange-Chipotle Cranberry Relish":http://goneraw.com/recipes/show/67. Absolutely delicious.
We've added a few small features to Gone Raw tonight. First, you can comment on the blog posts! There's a link on the home page and in the list of all the blog posts. We're hoping to get more feedback and discussion going around the site. What would you like to see us change or improve? Has Gone Raw helped you at all?
Also, there's a couple shortcut links on the home page, if you're logged in. You'll see them in the upper left part, where the website overview / description is otherwise.
We hope you find these little changes helpful, and hope to add a few new features every week.
We've been up and running just about a week now, and it seems that folks are starting to take notice. "The Oregon Live Tech Blog":http://www.oregonlive.com/weblogs/techblog/ mentioned us yesterday, "...from the same design team which brought us Cuppin'." Emily Chang yesterday also linked to us in "eHub":http://www.emilychang.com/go/ehub. We got some press!
On a personal note, it's been nice to see people in several raw food forums say nice things about us, and the emails people have been writing are very kind and encouraging. We've learned a lot from the feedback we've been getting - thanks for that. We're working on adding a forum to Gone Raw, to make it easier to talk about your questions or make feature suggestions, but for now, you can just write "firstname.lastname@example.org":mailto:email@example.com with your comments or questions.
Finally, thanks to local Portland web innovators "Adam":http://www.adamduvander.com/simple/gone-raw-lately and "Ryan":http://www.webthingsconsidered.com/2006/11/03/more-portland-sites/, for cheering on our latest efforts.
Well, it's been a couple days since we put this site out there, but already we've had lots of great feedback. Please, keep it coming! Send any suggestions to "firstname.lastname@example.org":mailto:email@example.com and we'll see what we can do.
We just added a Quick Search feature today on the home page. Now it's easy to find a recipe if you remember just part of the name. Simply type in something like "onion" and click *Search*, and presto! There's some Onion Bread!
We hope you've been enjoying Gone Raw, and we look forward to bringing you more great recipes and features.
Well, as of November 1st, Gone Raw is open to the public. Welcome! We hope you'll take some time to look around, and maybe try some recipes.
We have a lot planned for the future, so be sure to check back often. Have an idea? We'd love to hear it. Write to "firstname.lastname@example.org":mailto:email@example.com and we'll see what we can do!
"Bats":http://goneraw.com/recipes/5836-fudgey-the-friendly-bat, "spooks":http://goneraw.com/recipes/5820-Li-l-Spooks, "frightening fiends":http://goneraw.com/recipes/5888-frightening-fruit-fiends and "ghouls":http://goneraw.com/recipes/5884-Nanna-ghouls. "Boo":http://goneraw.com/recipes/5876-Scary-Halloween-Dessert-warning-kinda-gross-but-cool! "Scary":http://goneraw.com/recipes/5876-Scary-Halloween-Dessert-warning-kinda-gross-but-cool! Halloween is just around the corner - why not give one of these fun new recipes a try. Happy Halloween everyone.