Friday, October 3, 2008


Thank you Cecil of FoodCraze! You have been a reader from the beginning and your creations have inspired me to look beyond the food I know to the world of fine cuisine that all cultures have to offer. The food you prepare makes the stuff I attempt look easy (but for those following along not everything that looks easy has been easy for me). So thanks again for this award! I finally feel like I am earning some blog cred!

But of course this award leaves me with a bit of a dilemma. Who do I award it to? I am new to blogging but I haven’t been reading food blogs for a long time either. So my exposure to the incredibly immense volume of blogs is pretty limited. But I do have a few that I find inspirational. And if Cecil hadn’t given the award to me she would have been at the top of my recipient list for the award back!

Let’s start with…

Kevin at Closet Cooking. This was one of the first blogs that I came across in the summer that hooked me into the world of food blogging. His minimalist blog lets each recipe shine. I was as much inspired by the food as the photos and it was his recipe for hummus that started me down this journey. So thank you Kevin from myself and my family (that get to eat the food you inspired me to make). I’m sure you’ve received these awards before but here is another one!

Deborah at Taste and Tell. When I was surfing the blogs before I had one I came across her preparation of the Meat Loaf from the New Best Recipe, one of the first recipes I would blog about. I am drawn towards blogs that are more than just recipes and Deborah’s fits that nicely. I also appreciate that the food is approachable with the understanding that while we would all love fresh ingredients, and to make everything from scratch the real world doesn’t always give us time. Deborah knows that and provides us with tasty recipes that are practical for a busy life!

Mandy at Home with Mandy. Just recently started reading her blog but I find her blog very entertaining. I really enjoyed the peek inside her fridge. Of course no one will ever see the disaster that I call a fridge!

Laurie at That’s Not What The Recipe Says. Another recent addition to the blogs I follow but her adventures recently in the kitchen when attempting to make fresh ravioli sounded very much like an experience I would have!

Jessica at The Joy of the Joy of Cooking. A fellow cook-through blogger I started reading her blog near the end of her time in Japan. I find her honest approach to cooking (and the difficulties faced in high altitude cooking) refreshing and entertaining. Congratulations to Jessica and Josh on their engagement and I continue to look forward to reading their adventures through the Joy of Cooking.

Adam at Gourmet, All The Way. Another cook-through blogger he is tackling the Gourmet Cook Book. Since he has only recently started I find it very inspiring to follow along to see his process for selecting recipes. He also tends to have some funny anecdotes about the recipes along the way.

This is where I feel bad because I feel I should include every blog I read but for me these seven above strike a particular chord with me and why I am blogging in the first place. Thanks for all the great reads and I look forward to many more!

By the way, this award comes with rules, here they are:
Please find at least 10 more blogs of any kind which you deem to be excellent; but hey if you only come up with 3 or 5, I don’t mind. Post about the blogs you picked, linking back to me and to them. Once you’ve posted, return here to let me know your post is up, and of course let your 10 award winners know too.


  1. Thanks so much for the award!! You are too kind!

  2. Thank you SO much for the award! Now I have to figure out who to pass it on to. I have some ideas, but this could take a little while. Since I've started blogging, I've found so many excellent sites that have inspired me.

    You've been doing some great cooking lately. The Pad Thai looks awesome! You cracked me up about buying new plates. I've been scouring thrift stores in my area for an array of plates so my photos don't all look the same. LOL

  3. Congrats on the award! Thanks for the award and the kind words!

  4. Congratulations on your award. Very well deserved. And Wow! Thank you so very much for this award. I encourage you to take pictures of your fridge and let the world in. It's liberating. Like running without a bra! Not that you would get that correlation...well anyway, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  5. I finally got my post about the award up. Thanks again!

  6. Thank you so much! I'm super pumped to be named :)I'm writing my list as we speak (um...or type...).

  7. Oh now you are using my line of being so new in food blogging!! :) But it is true, right? It took me a while to figure out who to give it to! You so deserve it! Can't wait to see what you whip up for Thanksgiving. Pressure is on ;)

  8. Very cool blog. First time here. I am yet to explore the rest of your vegetarian dishes (since I am one)
    Great work!


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