Hi everyone! Maybe some of you have noticed some changes made to Aeri’s Kitchen during past week or so. Since not all of the changes may be immediately noticeable, we wanted to take some time and share them with you. We made four changes to the website: shopping, printing, searching, and commenting.
Did you know that you can buy Korean ingredients from Amazon? They started to sell various Korean products now, and the amount keeps increasing. Maybe soon you will be able to find almost all Korean ingredients on Amazon; however, they do not have a Korean category which makes finding them difficult. So, we make a central shop for Korean food ingredients on Aeri’s Kitchen. We know that a lot of people have difficulty finding some Korean food ingredients, and this could be an option for some people. Some of the Korean products are sold directly by Amazon, which means the items may qualify for free shipping. Please keep in mind the legal disclaimer mentioned on the About Me page, basically, Aeri’s Kitchen financially benefits on products purchased through those links.
The next change is about printing. Some time ago, somebody became frustrated when trying to print a recipe because it consumed a large amount of paper, many pages of which were a total waste. The good news today is that most of the page waste has been eliminated. It is still not ideal, but it is much better. If you like printing recipes off of the Internet, this should be very good news.
The third change is about searching. When we added the shop, we had to remove the search box at the top of Aeri’s website. I hated to move it, but it has not disappeared; it is further down the page in the sidebar. More interestingly though: we added a new search page in the “About” menu. We finally brought back a feature that Aeri’s old blog had: searching other Korean food websites. This may be best explained by example: suppose you search for “squid.” As of the writing of this post, if you search Aeri’s Kitchen, you will find 72 pages. If you search Google, you will end up with 26.5 million pages – good luck finding out how squid relates to Korean cooking using that method! However, if you use the new Search Korean Cooking Websites option, you will find 392 highly relevant pages from various websites.
The last change is about comments. Unfortunately, Aeri’s Kitchen has been inundated by spam the past couple days. I hate spam. We employ several different spam reduction techniques, and I have been very liberal in banning IP addresses where spam is coming from. Unfortunately, the spammers are getting cleverer, and our past methods are no longer working well. We are getting about 100 spam comments a day now. In the past, we would manually check messages marked as spam – about 1% of the messages marked as spam were legitimate. Unfortunately, we cannot take the time to “rescue” those comments from deletion – everything marked as spam automatically gets deleted now. So, if you leave a comment, and do not see it show up after a week or so, the spam filter may have automatically deleted it, so try submitting it again.
One final word: we would like to thank everybody for their support and interest in Aeri’s Kitchen.