Monday, December 21, 2009

Silver & Gold: Gold

Happy First Day of Winter! I know I'm not such a great photographer but, this picture is bad in more ways than one.

It's what I saw when I looked out my window yesterday morning.

So yesterday I told you about that chant that's been streaming through my head. Maybe you've heard it too. It goes something like this "Make new friends...keep the old...One is silver...the other gold." I think we learned it in Girl Scouts. Well, thanks to Cynthia and Mae, I decided to make up a list of my own this holiday season. To sum it up, I've taken the last two days to highlight some of the recent blogs I have discovered (the silver) and share some of the blogs and bloggers who have been faithful visitors since the beginning. If you would like to take a gander at those blogs of silver, here is the link. Today, I offer you the Gold.


To this day, I recall how delighted I was the first time someone "accepted" my blog as a place to visit in this sometimes chaotic blog hopping world engulfed in the internet. Most likely, she isn't even aware of her encouraging first "words." Sheer glee! I had been blogging for about a month, with 18 posts under my belt, when I received my first un-anonymous comment on that momentous day; October 31, 2007. I must admit, I was getting a wee bit discouraged before Jane came to my rescue that day. Here it is more than two years later and Jane still visits my blog and I hers. We lost contact for a little while but much like in daily life, we didn't miss a step when we were reunited. Thank you dear Jane for sharing your Sweets & Baking Journal with me. Your culinary delights warm my heart and soothe my soul with a sprinkling delight. The brownie lover in me just can't help dreaming about Jane's Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cheesecake Swirl Brownies. I'm encouraged to believe I will one day bake them up myself. Jane's detailed instructions and mouth watering pictures (even the batter looks scrumptious:) will guide me, I'm sure.

It was more than a month before I received my second comment. I was Celebrating December's Saints when Karen arrived unexpectedly on December 4, 2007. Karen still flurries in and out like a luminous gift from heaven and for that I am truly grateful. Have you "met" Karen? Perhaps. She brought Jell-O a la Haute to the picnic back in June. These days, she's having quite a time on Facebook and authors two blogs that I try to visit as much as I can. Recently, Karen shared a A Cake of Letters for the Season in her usual entertaining way. Don't be fooled by her light hearted approach though, this lady knows her culinary limits and they go way beyond one's imagination. I met one of my new Silver buddies over @ Karen's newest blog, Postcards From the Dinner Table. Truly a treasure:)

Stephanie, from Fun Foods on a Budget, popped in for Peanut Brittle about two weeks later. Once again, acceptance was restored. I believe she enjoyed the playfulness of the post since she had never heard of recipe rhymes before. I don't "see" much of Stephanie anymore. However, the memory of this creative stay at home mom's first visit, is a welcome button on my side-bar.

Often spotted as the Yankee Soaper, Jady from Cucina Panzano arrived a few days after Stephanie. Two new comments on the same post! Another first. It gets better. I never found out whether Jady stirred up that Peanut Brittle. But, just the other day, she whipped up a vintage recipe I sent her for Lemon Cake Pudding. My lips seemed to pucker as soon as I laid my tearful eyes on the title; Louisa's Lemon Cake Pudding. What Jady doesn't know is, she posted the recipe on my late mother's birthday. Cucina Panzano consistently reflects on family recipes in a way that only Jady can chaperone us through. Just take a look at this Fig Jam post and you too will be a believer.

The very next day, I "met" Manuela from Baking History. She left a comment on a post I did for Jane Croly Cunningham's birthday. When she wrote that she enjoyed her visit, I think my high pitched voice could be heard throughout the Hamptons! Not really, I'm sure but it sure did feel like it. Manuela takes Baking History to a reachable level. The historic recipes are clear, concise and easy to follow. I always felt like I too could bake up her creations; still do. I don't "see" Manuela as often as I would like. Up until yesterday, I didn't even know she had celebrated World Bread Day in 2009. Her last post hadn't been since December 2008! She's often on my mind and I hold a place for her on my blog under the title of from eggs to apples. I still would like to try my hand at those Gingerbread Cookie of hers.

Ah, Culinary Types. T. W. first visited my blog on December 31, 2007, a glorious day for The Wonderful World of Welch's and me. It's a funny thing, this world of blogging. Sometimes you feel an immediate kinship to someone for no apparent reason and then one day, it hits you. It all clicked the day T.W. introduced me and faithful readers to Bonnie Slotnick Cookbook store in Manhattan. At first, I was intrigued by the title For Sale: Vintage Cookbooks, Cookbooklets and Grandma's Kitchen Comfort. Honestly, what cookbook collector wouldn't be? And then, I became entranced. T.W. has that sort of affect on visitors to his blog. His piquant wit and captivating journeys immediately lift your spirits. You inner child wants to "feast on a banquet of food history" while enjoying every bite. A fellow, New Yorker, T.W. captures the city in ways that can only be described by this gal as pure enchantment. His most recent post, Christmas Time in the City will give you a mere glimmer.

In September of 2008, I received my very first Blog Award. I said it then and I'll say it again, the “I Love Your Blog” award from Lidian @ Kitchen Retro, could not have arrived at a better time. Almost a year later, I was doubting my blogging purpose and the length of my blog posts. It truly was a most welcome award. I still fret about these things every now and again, despite my futile attempts. However, whenever I'm in need of a good hearty laugh or mad-cap behavior, I know I can depend on Lidian to take The Mystery of the Magic Fire Crayon to new heights.

By no means are these lists complete. I visit many, many blogs while compiling posts for Months of Edible Celebrations. Many websites too. Please don't be offended if you are not part of the silver and gold. I have 479 blogs listed in my Hospitality Search Engine and chances are, yours is one of them. Whenever I get the opportunity to link to one of your fabulous posts or recipes, I do. For that honor, I thank you. I wish all of you a very merry holiday season and a Happy, Healthy New Year. I may not be able to drop by as often as I would like to before the new year as I am still in the process of moving to PA. (this snow hasn't helped much) Like many of you, I have blogging plans for next year. One thing for sure is, I will be cooking for you! Yes, yes, I will. Not often mind you; let's not get crazy. My inspiration for diving into the cook, pic, blog world comes from all of you delectable bloggers out there. Thank you:) Louise

Regifted Posts those mentioned today
1. Online Cookbooks
2. Celebrating December's Saints
3. Peanut Brittle Recipe Poem
4. Getting to Know Jennie June Croly
5. Friendship Day (if you scroll down a bit, you will find last minute gift ideas nestled in jars)