We've got a new feature: publish your own recipe on CHOW!
A member recipe is your very own original recipe. (Be sure to read the small print, though: copyrighted material should not be posted on the site.) Share them with friends, post links to the Home Cooking boards, or just keep them to yourself for future reference.
And here's how it's done: to publish a recipe, just click the Publish-a-recipe button -- it's in multiple places, including on all recipes, on the CHOW home page, and in the CHOW header at the top of all pages. Or just click here: http://www.chow.com/recipes/publish . You'll see a bunch of fields, ready and waiting for your culinary masterpiece. You can upload a photo, and associate the recipe with other recipes on CHOW. Let us know how it works for you, and what's not clear.
You can access all your member recipes in your myCHOW profile page, under Favorites.
Along with all this newness, you'll see that we've redesigned our recipe pages. We've put in better browsing capability -- by cuisine and by course, so if one recipe doesn't suit you, you should be able to find others quickly. And we've revealed the tags attached to each recipe, so that you can cross-reference -- see all roasts, for example: http://www.chow.com/tags/325-roast.
We'll be implementing ratings in the next few days. If other Chowhounds have rated a recipe, you'll see the aggregated ratings on the right below the video. You'll be able to rate any recipe.
Just like with Places, we're calling this beta: that means you should try it out, and let us know what you think. What works, what doesn't work, what you like. As usual, we'll be monitoring your reactions here on the Site Talk board, and fixing anything that's broken as quickly as possible.
We've got great plans for our member recipes. Soon you'll be able to submit them in contests. If you want to get ahead of the game, get your holiday cookie recipes in the database now. We'll be asking for your best recipes to enter into our first contest, in November.