Every now and then, I like to give a shout out to some of my favorite blogs. The fact of the matter is that there are so many great (and I really do mean great) blogs around right now, that it is almost impossible for me to do this. Carrie, over at Oak Rise Cottage sent me an award the other day. I was touched because she said that my blog is inspiring to her. Now, the key to accepting awards like this is that you are supposed to choose a number of blogs that you would like to pass the award on to. If I have left a comment on your blog, or you find a link in my side panel, than please consider this your award too. I thank you Carrie for your kind words. I have been trying to keep up with reading all of my favorite blogs and also try to read the blogs that have been suggested by others. A new favorite thing for me to do is choose one person who has left an interesting comment on someone elses blog, read what she has to say and then choose some of her favorite links. This way, I am introduced to someone new almost every day.
I have been amazed at the number of cooking and foodie blogs that are out there in cyberspace. They are fascinating. One that I came across the other day, goes by the name Chubby-Hubby , and as cute as the name is, this is one serious foodie. His opinions about some very high end restaurants are fascinating. He has a recent post about baking a cake with Pop Rocks in it. I had never heard of such a thing before, and would never have given it a second thought, but this really fascinated me. If I fold the candy into my batter for chocolate chip cookies or cup cakes, will they still effervesce? Would I be the absolute hit of the bake sale at school if I did this? Would it be funny or mean to not tell people that they were included in the recipe...because that might be part of the surprise? Stay tuned...I have two more years of contributing to the high school fund raisers and I think I may have found a way to make things a little more interesting.
Another foodie blog that I have been going back to is called A mingling of tastes. This blog has some of the most interesting and innovative recipes that I have come across in a long time. It makes me rethink my dinner menu and try to spice things up a bit.
Lastly, I have found myself reading cookbooks this summer. Not so much for the recipes, although they can be very helpful, but for the ethnic insight that can come from them. A few of my favorites are... The Brooklyn Cookbook, which was just a very fun read. So many different ethnic backgrounds and ideas of where things came from. These books about the Italian Jews were fascinating...part history, part recipes and of course great insight to a culture in and of itself. An Italian cookbook from a woman who lives in New York and melds the new and the old ways of cooking in her recipes and had some great ideas for canning tomato's. A taste of Paris, which is an old book full of photo's of a Vintage Paris and stories about the famous artists and authors who lived there. It also has classic Parisian bistro recipes. The cookbook from the restaurant Mama Leone's that we had many meals at, many years ago..very nostalgic. My all time favorite go to book for when we have company is Everybody Eats Well in Belgium. It has the best recipes for authentic European food. Then there is this book...it is a history of Transylvania and has some very interesting recipes. I found myself getting lost in some of the historic facts in this book. This last picture is our very messy wall of cookbooks in the kitchen. It is crammed with a mixture of older and newer cookbooks. Some local, some from other parts of the world. Many come from yard sales, some have been given as gifts, and a few, I have won from other bloggers in give aways. Now, I am finding this a new internet fascination...food blogs.....just fascinating....if only there were more hours in a day....who hasn't thought that?