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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Jell-O Rules Update & Awards

IMHO, The Jell-O Rules Give-Away that I posted in February was FUN!!! I received notification from the winner, Philippines photo journalist Dennis Villegas, a few days ago.

Here is what he wrote:

Good news! I received the book today! Oh thank you so much, my wife and I are delighted. It was so wonderful. Thank you for the beautiful card. I will treasure both as long as I live.

I am starting to learn to cook because of your encouragement. I found that it is very fascinating and gives great rewards afterwards.

I am sending you a recipe booklet from the Philippines so you can also try (or perhaps feature) some of our foods here.

I will mail it tomorrow.Thank you!!! Regards to everyone!

As much as I am delighted at the thought of Dennis sending a recipe booklet from the Philippines, I am more excited to know he is given serious thought to learning the basics of cooking. That, in itself is my reward:) Thank you Dennis. Naturally, I will be sharing my gift from Dennis and his wife on this blog:) I am, after all, a cookbook collector:)

Awards

Squiggles and Scribbles

I received the Squiggles & Scribbles Award from Curly Wurly. Maria (curly wurly) approaches pop culture with humor and panache. Whether she is sharing recipes from vintage cookbooks or reminding us about an assortment of bygone advertisements, you just never know what you may stumble upon. Quite refreshing.

I have chosen not to participate in the Squiggles & Scribbles Award. As much as I appreciate Maria sending this award my way, the rules for accepting are more than I quite frankly have time for. As many of you know, I already take care of a total of three blogs. There are many blogs I enjoy visiting. Sometimes, I comment, sometimes I "lurk." At present I have 250 "links" in my Hospitality Search, 158 of them are food blog links. It is a work in progress and comes in quite handy when I am looking for addition al links for one of my posts. And, as you can see on the left, I have quite an assortment of favorites which I change from time to time. I just don't want to get involved with other link lists and such. Thank you so much Maria, I really do appreciate your kind words but I think I will have to pass for now...

The Inspiration Award

Bestowed upon me by the hostess of the the good old days The Inspiration Award is endowed with a painting of Marie Antoinette. I find this rather ironic considering the one and only costume party I have ever had the pleasure of attending, I went dressed as Marie Antoinette. (I will have to dig out the picture someday) Considering the line of "blue bloods" this award is bequeathed from, I am humbled by this honor. Thanks, Cleanser:)

As luck would have it, I now have the tremendous responsibility of passing the torch. Not an easy task. There are so many inspiring blogs that I happen upon and even more that I continue to visit.

1. Restaurant-ing through History: When I first started collecting cookbooks, it seemed as though I would never be able to afford a reference book gorged with the history of restaurants. Although it was many years later, I did add the first one, Curtain Up at Sardi's. Did you hear me shrill with excitement back then? Well, I did. That feeling is exactly how I felt when I stumbled upon Jan's blog one day. Sheer delight! Restaurant-ing through History satisfies my hunger for knowing more than I can possible digest and yet, I continue to return for another serving. Thanks Jan:)

2. Gherkins & Tomatoes: I'm delighted to have the opportunity to pass this award on to Cindy @ Gherkins & Tomatoes. Her blog is a perfect representation of ducumenting "Food History and Culture" on the internet. I always learn something new when I visit. Food for thought at it's highest level, Gherkins & Tomatoes reminds us all of the threads that fabricate our dining table.

3. FXcuisine is a recent addition to my weekly visits. Far beyond my sometimes limited comprehension, François-Xavier (FX) shares "memorable food experiences" from the depths of Italy to the high Alpine pastures of the Swiss Alps. His passion for gastronomy exudes in his timeless images, detailed articles and "spectacular" recipes. His recent article on Speck will leave your mouth watering pining for more...

4. Janet Clarkson is The Old Foodie. Not only is her blog brimming with food history, she is also author of Pie, A Global History due on bookshelves in April of 2009, and The Historic Menu Book being released in May 2009. Her approach to culinary history on her blog usually consists of a short story on food history, a recipe here and there and sometimes a historic menu.

5. Carolyn's Diary, hosted by her son Bill, is a glimpse into the diary of an American housewife from 1962 until 1998. Written for practical purposes, it provides a chronicle of daily in Iowa. I am often inspired by her matter of fact approach to the events of the day.

6. Have you ever dropped in for some Bread & Roses? Dulce Domum has a charming blog with a homespun appeal. Delving into the past, on any given day you can take a step back in time for bygone recipes and domestic principles from eras past. One of my favorite posts of hers is titled Rib-Sticking Fare and Hand-Made Dollies. Take a "spot" of tea along for the visit.

Accepting the Inspiration Award comes with a handful of responsibilities:

  1. Please put the logo of the award (right) on your blog if you can make it work with your format.
  2. Link to the person from whom you received the award.
  3. Nominate 5-7 other blogs.
  4. Put the links of those blogs on your blog.
  5. Leave a message on their blogs to tell them.

You're A Sweet

Duckie, Miranda, @ A Duck in Her Pond, "baked" up this You're A Sweet Award for participating in Pie Week which she held the last week of February. The rules for Princess (and Princes) of Pie at the Pond, were as easy as pie. "Invisible Friends" simply sent in pie memories, recipes and pictures and they were deemed Princess or Prince for the week. Who could resist? Now, you all know, I'm not much of a baker and although I do have a few pie memories stashed in this pie loving brain of mind, I chose to send a simple pie poem. It was sweet of her to also include my National Pie Day post from January. The Pond is a delightful place to visit when one is looking to step back from the world of reality and dance and play in the imagination of Miranda's delightful stories. She too is a "foodie" in her own right and I am sure she would welcome a visit in true Duckie fashion!

Back & Forth, Forward & Back

It's a beautie of a day here in PA and I'm hoping it will be just as nice as I make my way back to New York tomorrow morning. Believe me, I won't mind missing an hours sleep because, We Bounce into Spring this weekend and that's fine by me!!!! (set the clocks ahead)

I also want to remind you that today is National Cereal Day and thankfully, I posted for National Cereal Day last year. Scroll down past the timeline and take a look at the Kellogg's Jungleland Moving Pictures Book for a quick chuckle. It's really cute:) especially if you click on the images to make them larger. (I tried to create an anchor link to make it easier but I just haven't gotten the hang of it in blogger.) I can't forget to mention, March 7th is National Crown Roast of Pork Day and we all should give a moment of thanks to Luther Burbank today. Because of Luther Burbank's devotion to plant breeding, we at one time had more than "800 strains and varieties of plants, including 113 varieties of plums and prunes, 10 varieties of berries, 50 varieties of lilies and the Freestone peach." Welcome Spring! See ya next week, Louise:)