Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Awards and Generosity

Monday morning was wonderful. I received two separate messages letting me know that I had been given an award for Artsy-Foodie. I have been honored by two wonderful bloggers.

The first one is from Elra. A super talented cook, whose adventurous palette knows no bounds. All the recipes she posts are mouthwatering and delicious. I know, I have fed my family quite a few of them. However, there is so much more to her talents than just cooking and baking, because she is an avid gardener as well. I have the ambitions of a gardener but the reality of my brown thumbs. It gives me the hope and the strength to keep trying. It was heartwarming to receive the "E" award from Elra and I thank her so much for her generosity. So now in turn I would like to pass on this award to the following bloggers:

Cannelle et Vanille: Aran is the woman behind this amazing pastry blog. She needs no introduction among food bloggers. I am sure that she has received many awards but I feel the need to pass on this one to her. Her pictures and beautiful work is an inspiration. She is immensely talented, creative and artistic.

FoodCraze: Cecil's blog is just lovely. She whips up exotic dishes which I find inspiring. I always feel motivated to try new dishes or ingredients after visiting FoodCraze.

Dine and Dish: Kristen's magical prose makes me laugh. Her posts are funny and witty. She cooks great dishes that are accessible to anyone. She is generous beyond words. She is also the mastermind behind the Adopt a Blogger program.

Tartelette: Another famous food blogger who inspires me. Helen is a talented pastry chef whose creations are like music to my soul. She is working on a cookbook at the moment and yet still finds the time to delight her readers with posts and gorgeous desserts. My hat goes off to you Miss Tartelette!

Jugalbandi: Their pictures are always stunning, their recipes delicious, and their hearts so open. Bee and Jai are such wonderful people. Their kindness permeates through their offerings of food, scenery and thoughts.

Mike's Table: Mike's blog is a culinary adventure. He tries so many interesting dishes and techniques. I always leave his site with a head full of ideas or must-try dishes.

Meet Me in the Kitchen: is another one of my regular destinations. I love Mary Ann's enthusiasm. The love for her family comes out in every dish she posts. We have been known to post about similar food ingredients or ideas, which always makes me smile. The recipes she tries are accessible as well as delicious.

Flagrant delicia: If you believe that poetry can be visual and sweet, this is the blog for you. Leonor is a talented pastry artist, whose blog is a complete visual, mouthwatering delight. She deserves praise for her efforts and the joy she brings people like me who visit her site regularly.

Clumbsy Cookie: Her food blog is fun and always surprising. She comes up with very unique ways to present and prepare food. I am often floored by her creative take on themes. A visit to Clumbsy Cookie is never boring!

What's for Lunch Honey?: Meeta is a talented cook, who experiments with all kinds of culinary delights. She graces her posts with stunning photographs, that never fail to inspire and frankly make my mouth water...

By the way, this award comes with rules, here they are:
Please find at least 10 more blogs of any kind which you deem to be excellent; but hey if you only come up with 3 or 5, I don’t mind.
Post about the blogs you picked, linking back to me and to them.
Once you’ve posted, return here to let me know your post is up, and of course let your 10 award winners know too.
Congratulation to all!

My second generous benefactor is Mary Ann of Meet Me in the Kitchen. I did award her an "E" award above, so I might be repeating myself a little. I enjoy her blog, posts, comments, pictures, and recipes so much. She is great person and I feel honored that she has chosen to give me this award. Here are the people I am passing it on to:

The Summertree Cafe: Katie's food blog is a mirror of who she is: a creative, adventurous and generous person. I enjoy seeing the fun lunches she comes up for herself. She's also posted her beautiful jewelry on the blog... Did I mention she is very talented?

A Good American Wife: Annie is just the type of person you'd have a blast hanging out with. She is witty and just plain delightful. A visit to her blog puts a smile on face. Her talents don't end with her witty prose, she also cooks yummy dishes that she eagerly shares with her readers, and she always tells it like it is.

Big Red Kitchen: Robin Sue's blog is a delight. It's well designed and easy to navigate. Her posts are always fun to read. The recipes she features are so tasty (I highly recommend the Chicken Satay). I love the $20 bucks meal challenge she posted about. I thought it was brilliant, plus the dishes looked amazing looking. She is a generous and wonderful individual. I am learning so much with her as my "adopt a blogger" mentor.

Passionate about Baking: Deeba is passionate about everything! A true culinary inspiration who makes my favorite types of dishes with ease, and presents it on a platter of beautiful pictures. She never ceases to amaze me with the abundance of her offerings.

Adventures in Kookery: Rachel is enthusiastic and passionate about cooking and baking. She experiments and shares her love for cooking through each one of her post. I enjoy her comments and delightful offerings.

Elra's Cooking: I cannot say enough nice things about Elra. Her meals are scrumptious. Her talents delightful. A visit to her blog is like taking a trip to some exotic location, where you're the guest that she spoils with delicious dishes.

Dhanggit's Kitchen: The bubbly Dhangghit makes "life tastier", indeed. Her posts are fun, and colorfully display her wonderful personality. She avidly creates delectable dishes that she shares from the sunny side of France. I get a little dose of my roots when I go say: "hello".

Here are the Award Rules:
1. when you receive a diamond, make a post about it on your blog.
2. name the blogger from whom you got it.
3. award the diamonds to seven other bloggers.
4. link them.
5. and tell them they got one.


Tartelette said...

Well deserved and congratulations! Thank you so much Alexa, I am honored. I have been terrible about keeping track and passing these on...gosh half the time I forget my wallet at home when I go shopping these days!!

Divya said...

Lovely blog you got here. Especially digging those Mexican cookies. Congrats on your awards.

Passionate About Baking said...

Thank you dear dear Alexa...congrats on the awards & I'm touched that you counted me in your lovely list of bloggers. I'm as terrible as Helen, maybe worse...
BTW, great list of blogs; some new ones which I need to check out. I LOVE YOUR throws a beam of sunshine everytime I visit!! xoxo

Elra said...

Congratulation, you really deserve these award.

Thank you so much for your kind words Alexa, I am so happy to know that someone is actually trying my recipes. I am so honored!

VeggieGirl said...

Hooray for the awards!!! :0)

Dhanggit said...

oh dear thank you for thinking of me! congrats on your awards you deserve them!! keep up on making us drool :-)

rachel said...

Thank you Alexa, I am honored by your mention. To be included in such an illustrious list is very flattering.

Aran said...

Congratulations on your award and thank you so much for passing it on, Alexa! I'm flattered that my name is mentioned amongst the list of great bloggers. Thank you so much!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Wow my girl, 2 awards and so well deserved! Congratulations and thank you so much for your generosity and kind words passing it to me and so many other great bloggers! I have now a few links to visit! Thanks!

Mary Ann said...

Thanks Alexa- you are too kind! I really appreciate the nice things you said about my blog! You deserve all the awards you have been given! I am also interested in checking out some of the blogs you mentioned!

bee said...

congratulations and thank you, dear alexa. your recognition is very well deserved. i've discovered some fabulous sites through your list.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Congrats--it is well deserved. Also, many thanks for the kind words, I appreciate it :) And haha, count me in with Helen and Deeba...I think I am the most terrible with these. ;-)

Kristen said...

OK - I am a bit hormonal, but I got teary eyed reading your kind words about everyone! You have such a way with words too. Thank you for the award :)

Robin Sue said...

You are so nice to think of me. Thanks for all the nice words too! I will display my award proudly in my Award Room!

CECIL said...

Alexa, oh..thank you so very much! I am just wayyy beyond words! :D *super happy face with teary eyes - urgh..this cold needs to be over!*

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