March 23, 2008
I thought I’d take a few minutes before heading out for a long trail-walk with The Girls (it’s a long weekend over here, and they’re thrilled to have us both at home–ALL DAY!!) to post a few newsy notes.
So, if you drop in only for the recipes or the witty repartee (I suppose that since I don’t hear your replies, it’s actually just “partee”), then you may wish to skip this entry and wait for the next. But if you do, you might just miss something important. . . not that I’m saying you should stay, or anything. . . it’s entirely up to you. . .
News Bit Number One:
For those of you who may have missed it or don’t look for such things, I recently added a Recipe Index (under “Pages,” at right). I’ve categorized according to general food types, but if I’ve missed one you want to see, please let me know. I must say that I was quite surprised at the number of gluten free options in the list, since I can actually eat gluten (some) without problems. Still, I suppose a NAG diet inclines naturally toward GF foods. (And chocolate is, after all, gluten free).
News Bit Number Two:
Next week, I’m planning to focus on another Lucky Comestible; this time, it’s quinoa. While I’m not entirely ready to host a full-fledged blogging event, I would love to hear about your own adventures with quinoa, and any recipes you’ve made or blogged about. You can leave a link in the comments or let me know via email and I’ll add a link to your recipe at the end of my posts. Would love to see more quinoa in the world!
News Bit Number Three:
I am just thrilled over this one! A while back, I entered the Root Source Challenge for Maple Syrup, with my post on Maple-Walnut Cookies. Well, my little recipe won the challenge! I can’t wait to see my new baking book! If you missed the original post, it’s right here.
News Bit Number Four:
Well, now that I’ve introduced the idea of blogs being rewarded, I’m ready for the most important news bit today: After much contemplation, I’m finally going to suggest my own “Excellence” Awards. I was given this honor by the lovely Romina of Vegan Eating for One, and have been mulling it over ever since. There are soooo many excellent bloggers out there, how to choose? And, even harder, how to choose only FIVE?
Well, it was a difficult choice, indeed. And I apologize to all of you I don’t mention here. I regularly read ALL of the blogs in my blogroll, plus about 30-40 more at this point; I think you are all excellent, or I wouldn’t be reading!
So I made my choice based on a few delimiting principles. Anyone who’s already received accolades for whatever reason was automatically disqualified; I want to spread the appreciation around (and if I’ve doubled up on an award, that’s my oversight; sorry!). I also wanted to choose blogs that were not necessarily recipe-based; I pinpointed those I found quirky, or undiscovered gems, or something a little off the beaten track. . . just my own little idiosyncracies there, I guess.
So here goes. My own choices for Excellent bloggers include (in alphabetical order):
Deb at Altered Plates. I love Deb’s take on baking; Everything she does looks so delicious, I want to make all of her recipes! And she introduced coconut flour to me, something for which I am eternally grateful 😉
Megan at Reflections in the Snow-Covered Hills. No recipes, or much about food at all, really; just a uniquely wry, usually hilarious and slightly twisted view of the world. . . just up my alley.
Hope you all check out these wonderful blogs. As I said above, there are many more than just five Excellent blogs out there, but now I’ll have to rely on those ladies to go out and pick five of their own.
Hope everyone’s enjoying a fabulous long weekend, whether or not you celebrate Easter 🙂 .