Hey everyone! Thanks to those in this great community who helped answer my questions when I was getting started. Here are the fruits of my labor. I made a search engine from scratch all about food and I couldn't be happier!
I used Django REST framework to develop the api that communicates with a React front-end. It took me a little over a year from starting brand new with Django and some fairly crap python skills so I can certainly say that I've learned a lot just by doing. I did everything from the ground up so please ask any questions, poke around and see if things break, or give me some general feedback. This was a really fun and educational project and I wish to continue to work on it.
I personally wanted something that would help me plan meals around other dishes. Kind of got tired just pairing french fries and onion rings with my burger. I also wanted something fun to explore. After looking around and not finding what I was looking for, I ended up throwing this together.