Ok, thank you!
For the design of the pages there are:
-first post full, rest as excerpts
1) Is the design able to have half a post + excerpts? Or two half posts + excerpts like this page?: http://www.howsweeteats.com/crumbs/ (Or is this simply a different kind of design that is not currently available?)
2) I've selected "excerpt only" for both the homepage as well as category/archive page, however, when I look at "Entrees", a category in the recipe menu, the posts appear as full posts instead of excerpts, solutions? http://italicanakitchen.com/category/entrees/
3) I would like to create a new page called "Slice of Life" that will be located next to the home page. Also, here I would like to have excerpts on the page like the homepage but when I create a "new page" I don't see options to choose the layout. Could you direct me to where I can update this?
Sorry for the additional questions. Thank you again so much for your time. You have been so responsive/helpful, I sincerely appreciate it!