Saturday, October 4, 2008

An Award Offers Opportunity to Say Thank You

A big thank you to The Mediocre Cook in Ontario for giving me this award! His humble moniker belies the incredible things he is doing on his blog as he works his way through The New Best Recipe cookbook to learn how to cook for his family. Like me, he enjoys cooking with his spouse and he is totally honest when things don't work out as planned. His attempts both awe me and crack me up and I guarantee you too will learn something from his cooking experience, so go check him out.

This award is a pass it on kind of recognition that gives me the chance to thank all the bloggers who inspire me on a regular basis. There are so many wonderful blogs out there, but I'm choosing the ones who have so warmly invited me into their kitchens and who come visit mine.

Michele at Life, Lightly Salted is witty, wonderful, and a fabulous writer - not to mention a great cook and true foodie. Visiting her blog is like checking in with a friend. She offers me tips and encouragement, loves to read!, and does a weekly highlight (just like this) of the fabulous food blogs that inspire her as much as she inspires me.

Foodycat simply rocks. She's an incredible and eclectic cook, has a generous spirit, and encourages me along this blogging path. Her blog is a must view for foodies with questions. She's also a research queen and has a button that allows readers to ask their cooking questions. Her answers are honest and fun.

Meg at Megan's Munchies has elevated pumpkin to a whole new food group. She is a passionate baker (and cook) with a great big heart. Her experiments inspire me to new levels and her comments cheer me on.

Deb in Hawaii at Kahakai Kitchen is another inspiring cook who lives in paradise! She has recently started a new book club called Cook The Books, for literary food bloggers. The group reads a book based on food and uses it as inspiration for a wonderful dish to post on their blog. I'm so in on that kind of action. First book: La Cucina: A Novel of Rapture by Lily Prior.

Candy at Candy on the Cape is not a food blogger (despite that tasty name), but a dear friend. Her blog about pop culture and life makes me laugh and allows me pretend to be cooler than I actually am. Just knowing her has raised my "cool status" with my teenagers by many points. She offers ginger ale and homemade chicken soup when I'm sick, picks my kids up at the bus stop on rainy days when I'm away, and allows me to whine when neccessary.

Thank you to all.

And here's the fine print and why I haven't actually posted any food posts lately. Along with the honor comes the rules:

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.

I did not come up with those rules and they totally intimidated me at first. But then I relaxed and came up with my favorite blogs. If I've mentioned you above, please be reassured, I'm just happy to pass it on to you. What you do with it is entirely up to you.

So there will be no recipe for this post because I've just given you a whole bunch of really awesome blogs where great recipes abound. Please go have a look. I promise you won't be sorry. Or go hungry.


Meg said...

Thank you so much! This brought a great big smile to my face! I love that I inspire you and that you enjoy my blog as much as you do both for me with your blog! THANKS again! I will post the award soon!!!

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Michele said...

awwwww... I'm blushing! I'm very flattered. Thank you so much for the award. You are welcome in my kitchen anytime.

Unknown said...


OT-- Food blogs are my passion. And this year I am bringing that passion to bear in USA politics, Would love it if you could take a look at this project I did and let me know what you think..

Scarlett and Annabelle Darling said...

You've made me choke up, and my children chorttle at the thought their mother is in any form or fashion cool.

Thank you SO much for this and being one of my dearest friends :)
Love, Candy xo

Anonymous said...

Hi Lauren, congrats for the award! You surely deserve it : ) It's nice to get some recognition in the blogosphere and meet friendly bloggers, isn't it?

Deb in Hawaii said...

Lauren, You are so sweet! Thanks so much for the award. I am excited to meet yet another enthusiastic foodie reader!!

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