Monday, November 10, 2008

An Award and Meme

Thank you Deb in Hawaii at Kahakai Kitchen for bestowing on me the Kreativ Blogger Award! Deb is living in Paradise and cooking up some truly creative food. If you love soup like I do, check out her “Souper Sundays!”

Deb is also one of the founders of a new foodie book club called “Cook the Books” along with friends and fellow bloggers Jo at Food Junkie Not Junk Food and Rachel at The Crispy Cook. This month’s selection is La Cucina: A Novel of Rapture by Lily Prior.

The award came with a meme, which I have never done. Not sure if anyone cares, but here’s my answers:

7 Things I did Before
1. Lived on a farm in upstate New York
2. Read romance novels
3. Worked as a waitress, bartender, house cleaner and secretary
4. Volunteered for three years as an advocate at a battered women’s shelter
5. Made crafts for my Mom’s gift shop
6. Sewed all my kids Halloween costumes and Prom dresses
7. Worried too much

7 Things I do Now
1. Work as a freelance journalist
2. COOK!
3. Read obsessively - everything but romance novels
4. Host a fiction writing group every week
5. Am thankful every day for my husband, children and extended family and friends
6. Take more photos of food than people (Gotta fix this one)
7. Worry too much

7 Things I want to Do
1. Finish my novel
2. Repaint my whole first floor of my house
3. Plant a bigger garden next year
4. Visit Italy
5. Drive cross country in an RV, sampling regional food
6. Start cooking in a tripod cast iron Dutch oven in my fireplace (since I know you’re reading this Kitchen Genius, that’s a hint for Christmas!)
7. Stop worrying so much

7 Things that Attract Me to the Opposite Sex (which of course means The Kitchen Genius!)
1. Chemistry
2. Sense of humor
3. Nice smile, great laugh
4. Kindness
5. Generosity
6. Intelligent
7. Laid back and calm – i.e. doesn’t worry

7 Favorite Foods
1. Lobster
2. All seafood
3. Steak au Poivre
4. French fries
5. Apple pie
6. Anything lemon
7. Homemade bread

7 Things I Say Most Often
1. I love you
2. Thank you
3. YUM
4. You think?
5. Really?
6. What do you want for dinner?
7. Amen

Now I get to pass this award on to 7 other bloggers who I find creative, interesting and fun to read. Despite my propensity for not following recipes, I’m a rule following gal most of the time, so I did the “7s” meme before accepting the award. But that is not necessary for anyone I give it to unless they enjoy doing memes.

I already gave an award to some of my favorite bloggers (check them out here), so this time, I chose blogs I visit all the time, but haven’t already awarded.

1. First I must reciprocate and give this award to The Mediocre Cook, who gave me the Excellent Blog Award and who continues to amaze me with his truly funny and honest writing style and adventures in the kitchen. His latest entry is his first crack at making homemade bread and I could totally relate every step of the way. I learn something new every time I visit.

2. Cory at Zestycook is in fact a most zesty guy who takes food blogging to a new level and he’s only been doing it for three months. What a natural! His photos and food ideas are pure YUM and lately he’s been giving a lot of bloggers I visit help with awesome blog makeovers. He’s also a great go to guy if you have cooking questions.

3. Dawn at Vanilla Sugar is a fellow Cape Cod foodie blogger who bakes the most mouthwatering desserts you’ll ever see – and see them you will because her photographs are gorgeous. She also has food cravings that will make you laugh and a sparkly fun writing style and fabulous sense of humor.

4. Dharm at Dad ~ Baker & Chef is cooking up some awesome food in Malaysia for his wife and beautiful children. When I ran into trouble posting my Joust photo, he graciously did it for me. His blog makes my mouth water and he also makes me laugh. His “parental guidance suggested” Bond story is not to be missed – my idea of the perfect day.

5. My new friend Jo at The Adventures of Kitchen Girl whose motto is “Live, Love, Cook.” She not only cooks some terrific recipes on her blog, but also advises others on how to become more plugged in to the foodie networks. Check out this post written by her ten year old son as a guest blogger and tell me this isn’t someone you want to be friends with too.

6. Irene at Cape Codder in Montana. Irene is a writer friend from Cape Cod who moved out to Montana to be closer to her daughter last year, where she and her husband Jim “feel like tourists in a foreign country.” Irene is a terrific writer and still plenty salty. Following her adventures is like reading a novel and her photographs are simply gorgeous.

7. Finally I would be totally remiss not to pick Jenn The Leftover Queen. Even though she has a bunch of awards already, they are all well deserved. She not only blogs about food and travel, but started the Foodie Blogroll and Forum to help food bloggers connect with each other and dreamed up the Royal Foodie Joust. Thank you, Jenn for introducing me to a whole new world of wonderful food and almost all the friends listed above. Oh, and you’ve changed the way I look at leftovers – now I save even a couple of tablespoons and every time I do, I think of you.


Deb in Hawaii said...

Great job on the meme! Can't wait to read the novel when it comes out!



Dharm said...

You are way to kind Laurie! Thanks for the award. Incidentally, I hope you dont think this award means you dont have to make payment for using my prawn recipe.. paypal works fine for me.


Sorry...just being cheeky! :) I'll behave now.

sj said...

aww thank you so much :) You made my morning!

vanillasugarblog said...

Awww thanks Laurie. I'm just happy to know you, a fellow cape codder on here; that's rare you know.
I love filling these types of questions. I love steak au poivre, do you like steak diane? And of course you have to love lobster, I never tire of that actually.
Many thanks again.

Hallowtide said...

Congratulations on the meme. Love the lists--they're really you.


Thistlemoon said...

Oh my goodness, Laurie, you are too kind! Thanks so much for the shout out and award! It made my day! :)
Congrats on that award too! You deserve it!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Laurie, thank you for stopping by. I loved reading about what makes Laurie - Laurie. You are a kind and caring person and foodie. I love the bread you made. I'm scared to death of using yeast. I've tried a couple of times but still have a problem with it. Will learn from you and try again. Thanks dear friend.

Meg said...

Congrats on the award. Loved learning more about you through the meme.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the compliment!

I'm not sure- I can't remember either - with Megan's link - we needed to fill in our mailing address right? If so - then I bet that's where they came from! I totally forgot about that! :) Good call!

Laurie said...

Thanks for all the sweet and kind words! You all inspire me beyond belief.

Making people's day makes my day for sure. Love it when you're cheeky, Dharm! I don't think I've ever had Steak Diane, but now I want to try it.

And yeast can be your friend, Teresa. You just have to treat as gently as a baby: feed it, and make sure it doesn't get too warm or too cold.

NKP said...

Congrats on your award!
I enjoyed your meme, the fiction group sounds very interesting. Good luck on your novel - let us know when it comes out!

The Mediocre Cook said...

I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for the award. It is very much appreciated!