Blogging Awards Saturday
I know that it is Saturday and I rarely write or post over the weekend, but I really needed to thank and mention several people for giving me a blogging award and for tagging me. Now, the tagging thing…I’m not so sure about…(just kidding, Chef Dennis!).
So, on to the award and what it means. I have received the One Lovely Blog Award from both Christiane at The Mom Chef and Brian from A Thought for Food. “The “One Lovely Blog Award” is a great way to get the word out about your favorite blogs and it is a wonderful example of how supportive the food blogger community is.” Of course, I am always honored when another blogger gives one of these awards to me because there are so many delightful blogs you can choose to read, so I am always honored when you choose to read mine.
The “rules” for winning this award say that I should pass this on to 15 other bloggers and then they should do the same, but Christiane and Brian also said that the recipients could make a few changes, if we wanted to, so of course, I will. I would like to mention several bloggers who I have come to know on a more personal level over the internet or IRL (that’s in real life, for those who don’t know all this lingo). I will do it at the end of the post.
Christiane (The Mom Chef) is a young, married mother living in North Carolina. She is working her way through countless cooking magazines and writes to tell us all about those recipes, so we don’t waste our time and money preparing bother with them if the recipe is bad. That works for me! She has a great sense of humor, so if you need a good chuckle, please check out her blog.
Brian (A Thought for Food) lives in my favorite city, Boston, so I am insanely jealous! He also gets frequent trips to the Cape, can eat Lobsta and Cannolis any time he wants to…okay, I know you got it…I am jealous! He is one of my best Twitter pals and his blog is just as the name implies… thoughtful. I love his writing and his approachable recipes that should inspire anyone to cook and bake. (And by the way, I will keep saying really nice things if Brian sends me Cannolis! 😉
Finally (but certainly not least!), I have been tagged by Chef Dennis at More Than A Mount Full. When I first saw Dennis’ blog almost a year ago, I told him “You go Chef!” I thought it was awesome that he was bringing back essentially what us slightly older folks would remember as “Home EC” (or economics)…in order words…learning to cook!
So many people and their children rely on fast foods and convenience foods…I thought it was just terrific that this guy was teaching a bunch of high school girls to cook and to use beautiful, fresh ingredients. So, here’s to you and I have enjoyed your friendship throughout nearly one year of blogging. (Our blogiversary is at about the same time next month!)
This tagging stuff from the Chef requires I answer these questions, so I will.
1. If you could eat anything without any health repercussions or guilt, what would your meal be?
I guess I already eat things I shouldn’t, but I try to do it in small doses (sort of…). It might have to be Filet Mignon with Béarnaise sauce from a great Chop or Steak House, a baked potato with butter, sour cream and chives, asparagus with Hollandaise and then I would crash and burn! No room for dessert!
2. If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be and why?
Oh…that’s a toughie. There a a number of people I would like to meet that are no longer with us. I would probably like to speak with my grandmother to ask her about how they managed and cooked with some of the limited supplies that they had.
3. Why did you start blogging and what did you expect when you started?
I started blogging because I entered the Food and Wine Best Home Cook contest and noticed that everyone had a blog. I loved cooking and entertaining and I thought, why not, I can do that! Of course, I followed some of the older/original blogs and enjoyed reading them. Until I started my own, I guess I had no idea what I was really getting into!
4. What is the one book you could read over and over again.
Any sort of historical fiction (think Henry VIII)…I love the chivalry, romance and be-headings! I would rather see Jonathan Rhys Myers as Henry VIII on The Tudors (Showtime), but I guess I am back to reading since that show is gone. 🙁
5. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
The South of France and Italy along the coast. I still say that is one of the prettiest places on Earth and I would go back in a heartbeat!
6. If you could have a TV show on the Food Network what would it be?
Now if I told you that, I would give up my big secret! 😉
7. What was the best meal you ever had?
The halibut at The Ocean Club in Paradise Island, Bahamas. The Executive Chef was Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The food was incredible and the views from the bar that hangs over the ocean were just breathtaking. It was my honeymoon, too! 🙂
8. Who had the greatest influence on your love for food and learning to cook?
I cooked and baked quite a bit with my Aunt Helen when I was a young girl. She taught me how to make an Angel Food cake with a whole dozen of egg whites and I just could never get over that!
So, now, to pass this all forward…I am going to name some bloggers that I have met and communicated with personally (via email or phone). I wanted to acknowledge you and let you know that I have enjoyed getting to know you a little better. Several of you have been very helpful with blogging advice (thank you) and a few of you I worked with on Food Blog Forum in Atlanta. Even though I have not met a few of you in person, I certainly feel as though I have.
There are so many other wonderful blogs and bloggers and this list could be incredibly long (especially with Twitter friends!). I was very fortunate to meet many bloggers in person at Food Blog Forum in Atlanta. I look forward to getting to know some of you better. I thank each and every one of you who stops by Bunkycooks for coming to my blog and leaving comments and for your friendship.
Alisa, Bella Cucina
Alison, Ingredients, Inc.
Barb, Vino Luci Style
Cristina, From BA to Paris
Cristina, Teenie Cakes
Debra, Smith Bites
Denise, Newf in My Soup
Denise, Quickies on the Dinner Table
Devaki, Weave a Thousand Flavors
Diane, White on Rice Couple
Greg, Sippity Sup
Jaden, Steamy Kitchen
Kim, Rustic Garden Bistro
Marla, Family Fresh Cooking
Rachael, La Fuji Mama
Virginia, Virginia Willis – Culinary Productions
I am not asking anyone to pass this on or do anything with the award. I just wanted to mention you in this post and say thank you.
Awww, thanks Bunky! Your answer about the coast of Italy is right on. Our dream spot to move our business or retire (or both) is Rapallo, on the Italian Riviera. Happy Halloween back atcha.
I have a better idea… why don’t you come here and we can get cannolis and lobstahs together! 🙂
And thank you, my dear, for the thoughtful comments. You are, of course, my inspiration.
this is fun to read ! I love learning about fellow bloggers – and I’ll take some of that lobstah !! 😀 Happy Weekend !
Thanks so much for playing our little game of tag, I enjoy learning more about all of online friends. You have been a constant source of encouragement throught out my first year of blogging. You and Stella gave me my very first award the same week, the Sunshine Award.
Congrats on your Lovely Blog Award, you certainly deserve the award!
Enjoy your weekend my friend!
Aww, thanks, Gwen! It’s been a pleasure getting to know you, too. Looking forward to splitting a bottle of wine on the patio… somewhere… soon. 🙂
Love your post! Thanks for mentioning me! Happy Halloween!
Congratulations on the AWARD!
Awww Gwen…you sweetie. Thank you so much for the mention. I do luv our foodie/blogging community. I’ve met so many warm, generous and talented people both online and in person too. One of the best things about Camp Blogaway earlier this year was the networking aspect and people like you that I was fortunate to have met in person.
Congratulations on your more than deserved awards & recognition and your blog-versary next month. 🙂 ~Cristina
Congrats on your award. Your blog is just beautiful. And thanks for the list of new blogs for me to visit. Happy Halloween.
Awww! Thank you so much Gwen!! It’s always lovely to be thought of. And, to get insights into a favourite blogger. Btw – fillet mignon and beheadings?!?! ROFL I knew there was something about you I liked!! 🙂
Congratulations on your award, Gwen!
It has been a real pleasure getting to know you! Thanks so much for inviting me to be a part of the food blog forum- I had a blast and it was a real honor to be part of such esteemed company and so many enthusiastic, talented food bloggers. I am inspired!
thank you for including me in such esteemed company! GREG
Thank you SO much for this award…You will never know how deeply these things touch me….These “hugs” from my blogging friends make me feel much better the days when my sky seems cloudy..
Hey, take care of you !!! Make sure everybody pampers you before, during, and after your surgery !!!! We, women were born to be pampered AND cherished, n’est-ce pas?
wow, you’re a history buff! great interview and so happy to know you more. Miss ya, hope to see you in LA soon. xo
I’m so touched Gwen and honored to be in such great company, really; some of these bloggers are mutual friends and others I haven’t had the privilege of ‘meeting’ yet but I will. Love your blog and I thank you for your friendship!
Thanks Gwen for thinking of me! I enjoyed learning a little bit more about you and you are too sweet to not press upon us all to play the tag game…though I will attempt to do this as soon as I overcome a case of the sniffles 🙂
Btw, when you are going out for that filet mignon, give me a holler will ya? We’ll have that lobstah for dessert!
Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors
Congratulations on the award(s)…great list of bloggers here that I do know, so I am sure the others will be equally wonderful 🙂
Fun questions and answers…Can’t wait for your TV show 😉
Congrats on being tagged and awarded. I also enjoy historical fiction and miss JRM and the Tudors! FYI – a great book that I’m reading now is The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver – written from Harrison Shepherd’s diaries and his life with Diego Rivera/Frida Kahlo/Lev Trotsky during the anti-Communist era. I bought it for my flight home from recent trip to the south of France & Paris!
Thank you for including me. I wish I had more time to read all of the wonderful blogs out there, but I am gradually subscribing to more and more. Your blog is really something special, with your On the Road Series, Mountain Mondays, Chef Interviews, great recipes, and stunning photography. Keep it up!