If anyone cares, I took down the old handcoded site at jessibird.org. If you browse to jessibird.org now you will arrive at jessibird.net (the current Jessibird blog).
The old site was mainly for my own use, anyway; it had my favorite links and rss feeds, which took some serious coding gymnastics to display. But that was part of the point – seeing what I could do. I learned basic PHP and had a very primitive sort of WordPress-like template system (no database, though, just text files) for publishing and editing my recipes.