Top 5 Tips for Writing Recipes for Your Blog


How to Write Recipes

You’ve come up with a great recipe for your blog or website. You’ve tested it, tasted it and tested it again. You’ve even got a killer image that you know will get a lot of Pins and Likes. Now you’re ready to post it!

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Ask yourself this: Will this recipe really inspire your readers and guarantee success? In other words, if I pulled a random recipe off your website and tried to make it in my kitchen, would it turn out as lovely and delicious looking as that image on the top of your page?

If a recipe fails, whether that recipe came from a blog or a website or a cookbook, do you think twice before returning to that source? I know I do.

So when you write and publish a recipe, you need to make triply sure your readers have every bit of knowledge you had when you created the dish. You want to take out any guesswork and give them total confidence that your recipe will work the first time and every time.

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Here are the Top 5 Tips for Writing Recipes for your blog or website that will be readable, bookmarkable and memorable!

Tips for Writing Recipes


Ivy’s Green Chile Lamb Stew


Lamb Stew - Mama's High Strung

Do you share your recipes?

When you personally share a recipe, whether it’s a treasured family creation or something you tore out of a magazine, tried and enjoyed, you are sharing a little bit of yourself.

Many of us share recipes all the time: on our websites or blogs, on Facebook, Google+ and YouTube. And of course we’re all able to get our dose of visual food porn on Pinterest and Instagram.

But when someone gives you a recipe directly, it’s even more special. They are sharing with you something that made them happy (and probably made those whom they fed happy, too)… a food memory made this way is pure love.

My wonderful friend Ivy moved away from Chicago to begin the next chapter of her life in Santa Fe. When she saw all my Hatch Chile posts a few weeks back, she shared her recipe for Green Chile Lamb Stew.

I knew I had to make it… not just because Ivy’s a great cook, but because she’s all about family and friends and, well, sharing. I knew that when I made this Lamb Stew, I would have her back in my kitchen again for a little while.

I used Hatch Chiles in this recipe (remember I bought 25 lbs. and froze them), but you can use any green chile, like Anaheim peppers, Cubanelle peppers or poblano peppers. Just make sure you roast and peel the peppers. Remove the seeds and veins if you don’t want your stew spicy.

Lamb Stew - Mama's High Strung

This recipe takes about 2 to 3 hours to slow cook on the stove, so I used my trusty Pauli Cookware Pot. This is the perfect piece of cookware for a stew because you don’t have to constantly stir the stew or worry that it’s going to burn!

Ivy and Momo -Mama's High StrungThanks, Ivy. For the recipe… and everything else that comes with it.


If you liked this recipe, you’ll love my recipe for Vietnamese Beef Stew!

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The Kitchen Think: Music to Get You Cooking!


Music to Get you Cooking!

Music is always playing in my kitchen.

Like cooking, music is a spiritual experience—at least it is for me. It’s emotional; it calms me, excites me and relaxes me.

And just like discovering new foods and new restaurants, I love discovering new music. That’s where my good friend Val Haller of comes in. Val’s got a boutique music website (and a new mobile app Valslist Radio) that helps crazy busy adults (like us) keep up with what’s new in music.

Just as a good cook chooses the best ingredients, Val handpicks every bit of music on her playlists. This is music to get you cooking! I’m so excited to have her guest-post today!

Music to Get You Cooking

The Missing Ingredient ~ Who Knew?

 It’s the week before Christmas and my kitchen is stocked ~
Soup to nuts I’ve got it covered. And with music, they’ll flock …

I’m the mom of an all male household. I have four sons, a husband, additional friends and a pile of their shoes/coats/sporting equipment the size of a few more bodies. Suffice it to say I’m the Queen Bee. The guys are charming and mannerly and love to hang around in the kitchen and chat.

Until it’s time to cook. The scatter factor is high. It’s like they’re allergic to slicing & dicing or something.

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Val Haller
CEO/founder & ValslistRadio (new mobile app)

At holiday time I’ve resigned myself to cooking alone, just me and my 13” under-the-counter kitchen TV dishing me news of the day as I solo cook. It’s all right, I like watching seven hour John Wayne movies as I pound the chicken to a pulp, or the Weather Channel storm chasers as I bring the pasta to a rolling boil. QVC is tempting as the onions blur my eyesight – that peach poly one-size-fits-all tunic is a must-have.

This Thanksgiving everything changed. I have a brand new daughter-in-law and SHE joined me in the kitchen. Instead of kitchen TV and the guys’ football blaring in the background… we added a new ingredient – a spice (of life) to be exact: music.

It was a cook-magnet. The guys flocked in one by one wondering what we were doing. We lured them in with lyrics, “well, shake it up baby now, twist & shout…” and hooked them with horrible homemade harmonies that made our ears hurt. This cooking session rocked. At one point there were six couples dancing their way through the fourteen recipes we were making for the feast.

The music turned my kitchen into a cooking community. I will never fly solo again. Even if I’m alone, it will be me and my cooking music.

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Happy Holidays!

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Showcase: The Mom’s Monday Mingle!


Did everyone have a great weekend? Let’s start the week off by gathering new ideas, recipes, DIY projects and new blogger friends with the Mom’s Monday Mingle!

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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: