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)


  1. Don't worry... None of us would be offended just because we are not in the gold or silver list because it doesn't really matter, we know that each of us has taken a part of your blogging world :)

    Merry Christmas, Louise... can't wait for next year to see posts of your cooking :)

  2. What an honor to be mentioned as a part of this group, Louise! Has it really been two years? I still need to make that purple cake, which just captured my imagination. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Louise!

  3. Love to see those pictures of snow Louise. I miss the snow from Ohio although we did have an unusual sighting of it here in Houston earlier this month. The links on your site to other bloggers are always appreciated--you've introduced me to many new ones that I've not found on my own. Can't wait til you start cooking!

  4. Such a sweet post! Have fun with the move. Happy holidays!

  5. OOOOHHHH, more great blogs to visit! Thanks for these links. And thanks for your blog, Louise. I hope you have a Merry Move!

    (I hate moving)

  6. I am truly honored to be included here, Louise - by you, and in such terrific company.

    And I wish you a wonderful holiday! :)

  7. What a wonderful and appreciative post Louise. And as a matter of fact she did stir up the brittle and made this year's batch just yesterday. Thanks for sharing your wonderful blog with us. I love all the tidbits.. stirs up memories of bygone days that should be remembered. Wishing you a blessed Christmas and a happy & healthy New Year. Happy holidays! Buon Natale!

  8. Merry Christmas Louise! I just love your blog.. all the tidbits you share from days gone by.. wonderful remembrances. She did stir up the brittle, as well as made this years' batch just yesterday. Thanks for your kind words. Have a wonderful holiday. Buon Natale!

  9. I came to you from Chan's blog. I will bookmark you! Great blog.

  10. I couldn't have expressed it better dear, Selby. I thank each and every visitor who has flavored my world of blogging. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours, Selba.

    The honor is mine T.W. Two years of jaunts and merriments T.W. I can only imagine what's in store for the future! Perhaps, 2010 will be the year of the Purple Cake. Wishing you a warm and magical Christmas T.W. from one end of the island to the other!!!

    Hi Kathy. Those pictures look more becoming from afar, I assure you. I love finding new links and I espcially enjoy sharing them. I'm so glad they have you led you rambling across the internet. I'm a bit nervous about actually doing some "blog" cooking, however, it's time:)

    Happy Holidays to you to Natashya.

    It is going to be a GREAT Merry Move, Kate. I've been trying to get to Pennsylvania for almost three years. It's a wonderful Christmas present!!!

    Merry Christmas to you tigerfish!!!

    Dear Lidian, you have been most encouraging since the beginning and I thank you!

    You made the brittle, YankeeSoaper!!!! How cool is that!!! I'm so glad you enjoy your visits. It's such fun to have others to share my jaunts with:) Time for some Lou Montie! Buon Natale!

    Welcome Kathy, Thanks for dropping by. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  11. What a sweet post! I remember my first commenters too. I was over the moon! Merry Christmas! Hope your move goes well!

  12. Snow pictures!! Love that. Great post...I loved reading your historical posts, I always learn something when I visit you!

  13. Hi Louise!
    Always a treat to hear from you! Now that I see your silver and gold, I feel even more flattered that you visit me. You are amazing. I wish you were my neighbor so I could bring you a Christmas treat. How did you know to check on me? I am sitting on my family room floor surrounded by 15 people staying in my small house for Christmas. It is the In-laws. Need I say more? Merry Christmas dearest Louise!

  14. Man, this post has just given me a feeling of the guilts. There is no way I could remember my first ever comment. I suppose that't what sets you women apart from us men.

    As for all the snow, it looks pretty cool. We could have done with a little of that over here as it topped 40c yesterday.

  15. Merry Christmas Louise! Let's hope for a great 2010!

  16. Thanks for visiting - glad the questions made you think. They definitely did me! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  17. Swinging by to wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas!


  18. Hi there Reenie I do hope you had a joyous holiday. The moving is going but I must say as happy as I am to be finally making the big move, I sure do wish it was over. Soon...pretty soon...I hope:)
    It's a good thing I got some of those snow pictures on camera, Tina All this rain today has just about washed it away. Not that I'm complaining:)

    Oh dear Kasha it is I who am humbled by your kind words. I wish you were my neighbor too. I'd be sitting on the floor right next to you secretly planning my next Kasha goodie. Don't worry, I'd share all my cookbooks with you. Not that you need them. I LOVE everything you create as long as it doesn't include prunes. I dislike prunes immensely!!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Kasha. Hi Louise!

    Sire, Sire, Sire, gender has nothing to do with it. And, I must admit, Blogger did offer a wee bit of help. Sending Snow your way via those two cute little snow people I found over at Jim's (so you thought I was seeing things huh?)

    Hi Dia, I am so looking forward to a GREAT 2010. Don't forget the picnic!!!

    Hi Robin, it was a pleasure to visit. Every now and again a girl needs a good JOLT you know. I can always count on you:) Hope you're having a wonderful holiday weekend. It's raining like heck right now in New York!!!

    Thanks for swinging by Sher. I sent someone your way. I think her name is Sarah. I don't know much about jewelry but it looked to me like she has some pretty nifty stuff! Hope you're still have a Merry Weekend!!!

  19. Dear Louise, My goodness! I had no idea, when I was visiting your blog today that I'd see myself mentioned in a post there! How sweet and warm-hearted you are. I am so glad to be a visitor to your wonderful blog(s)! They are truly and genuinely unique, and that's saying a lot when we're talking about the vast blogosphere. May we have many more mutual visits in the years to come!

    Your friend and blog-pal,
    Jane :)

  20. Hi Jane:) I'm delighted you received a pleasant surprise while visiting. I do hope it brought a smile to your face. I too look forward to many mutual visits...


Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise