Google description, I'm confused.

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why is my description on google different than my actual site description, I noticed this with two different searches. This for example is what google shows on 1 search,

food4memories.com|ethnic food recipes|home cooking|Egyptian|Mid EastWHILE GRILLING THE FISH, COMBINE THE VINEGAR, GARLIC, SALT, PEPPER, CUMIN AND CHILE ALLOW TO BOIL AND REDUCE COOKING FOR ABOUT10 MIN. ...
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How do they determine what snipet to capture, anything I can do to change?? Thanks.
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KanThaiDecor

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No this is good it is picking up other pages along with your home page.
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Well good is good, confused but happy. Thanks John!
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Hello Rizan22,

That is a great question!

What sometimes happens is that Google will pull a snippet from your page content to display in the search results as the description. The search engine wants the description to be as relevant to the search query as possible, so will pull something from your page if they find that to be more relevant than the meta description.

Hope this helps!

Emmy
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KanThaiDecor

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Hi Emmy....Rizan is doing great ! I am finding her on a number of first page searches....I did want to ask you something though....On our text bar is it safe to assume Paragraph is the same as H1 ?
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Hi John,
That is cool about Rizan's search results!

When you use the Paragraph option it is different than the H1 option. An H1 tag will make the text more pronounced or larger (depending on what is set in the CSS for H1), and will wrap that text in an H1 tag. Text wrapped in an H1 stands out more on the page and can call out to the search engines that the text is important. An H1 should typically be used for main page headings or subheadings which call out specific areas of page content. Hope that answers the question!
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Sort of answers it....We go from Paragraph to H2...So H1 is the page heading in our properties? I am trying to utilize the H2 and H3 tags a little more.
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Hi John,

The tag look and size will be set by the CSS, so look somewhat different from style to style. I just did an example using Frozen Age because they are more pronounced. The H tags are good for page structure as well: