I am a minimalist at heart. A friend of mine describes the decor of N's and my house as "Shinto-Shaker meets Bollywood." Translation: we abhor clutter, but love color (especially in pillows and rugs).
Over the 6 months that I've been publishing "in praise of sardines," I've been growing increasingly queasy as I've watched my "blog roll" and other links in the left-hand column grow faster than the ivy that attacks our backyard fence. It was time for drastic measures.
So far, this is what I've done. I've reduced IPOS from 3 to 2 columns. I moved my links (which includes many of you, my readers) to their very own "links" page. You can get to this page any time by clicking on "My Links and Blog Roll," located under my picture in the right-hand column. With more room, I am able to continue to divide my blog roll by region and add the names and locations of each blog's author.
Just as too many ingredients can muddy the taste of a dish, I have stripped away the superfluous and little used garnishes of my blog. Gone are the calender, the lists of recent posts and comments, and the translation tool. In the future, I hope to tidy up my categories and recipes, too. Feel free to leave any suggestions about these changes in the comments section of this post.
I hope you like the improvements as much as I do! It's not much, but for me - a simple Luddite cook more comfortable with a mortar and pestle than a Cuisinart (let alone a keyboard!) - it's a huge accomplishment. Ultimately, my goal is to increase your pleasure as you peruse the stories, recipes and photos that I plan to share with you in the coming year!