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P1020274This week is the last week of classes.  Its a mad rush to get everything finished in the one week where every teacher assigns something to be due.  We’ve got tests, papers, presentations, what have you.  But as a senior, you know what?  Its okay.  And by its okay, I mean I’ve watched a lot of netflix recently and am none to bothered about all of my papers and tests.  Sorry parents.

This weekend, therefore, I did little in the way of work.  And Friday I made cupcakes.

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So here’s the deal.  There’s this award.  No one ever wins the award, but in a sense everyone wins the award.  What it really does, though, is promote new bloggers, those with less than 200 followers, and allows them to get recognition.  It strengthens the food blogging community.  The award goes out to various new bloggers from other new bloggers creating little knots of bloggers so we all get to read each others posts a bit more.

Its The Liebster Award.

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When I first started blogging, a measly 4 months or so ago now, I kept seeing this award pop up on blogs I’d begun following.  And I was kinda sad that I didn’t get one, since it seemed everyone else did.  But hey that’s living in our voyeuristic society for ya.

As I continued blogging, I became less concerned that I wasn’t immediately receiving tons of awards and praise, and more concerned with what I was putting forth into this world.  I started sharing what I was writing with my facebook friends (this for some reason terrified me, as if everyone would judge me when I made a typo), and even would talk about it at parties, as a proud mama to a lil baby blog.

I like having this blog because I like to cook, I like to tell stories, and I like to put the two together.  Plus I feel as if I am slowly becoming a part of a community of bloggers, people who love food and spend as much time thinking about it as I do.  I’m finding my niche, as some would say.

Cat in niche.

Cat in pillow niche.

I also like to share photos of Jethro because he’s just so darned cute and sweet and I want the world to know about this awesome cat.

How The Liebster Award works: someone nominates you (in my case the lovely abrooke65 over at What’s Cooking who shares some pretty awesome recipes, especially middle eastern inspired ones that always make me hungry, check her out, you won’t be disappointed) and then you must post 11 facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions that the tagger has set forth for you, choose 11 questions of your own to ask whomever you choose to nominate, and then nominate 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.

11 Facts About Me:

  1. I’m a history major but I’ve never held an internship, instead preferring to sell gourmet hot dogs and tacos for a living.
  2. I have a summer house in The Thousand Islands where I first learned how to make pie and bread.
  3. When I was 4 years old, I wanted to be a lawyer just like my father and would draw pictures of myself in a suit with a briefcase.  This changed as I grew older.
  4. Spanish food is my favorite type of food.  I hate eating full meals, tapas are better.
  5. I’m allergic to milkweed, or at least I think I am.
  6. My sisters are both 7 inches taller than me.
  7. I was a tennis champion in high school (division 2, but it counts).
  8. Wine over beer, gin and tonics over everything else.
  9. I tend to work best in the early morning but I also like to stay up late and need at least 8 hours of sleep a night.  So basically, I nap a lot.
  10. I want to live in a different country for a long period of my life.
  11. My favorite movie is Heathers.

11 Questions to Answer

  1. What is your favorite cuisine? Spanish
  2. How do you solve a tough problem? I’m not sure.  I tend to figure out what I want to happen and then because I want it to happen, I will work really hard at it.
  3. One thing about yourself of which you are proud? I’m basically a cat whisperer.
  4. Most triumphant moment in the kitchen? Pineapple rosemary sorbet for Christmas dinner a few years ago.
  5. One word which you hate to use? Yummy.
  6. Name one location that you want to visit? Everywhere.  But right now I really want to go to South America.  Or Thailand.  Or Laos.  Although I’ve wanted to go to Morocco and Israel for awhile as well.
  7. Who is at your dream dinner party?  All of my best friends, my cat, and Alan Cumming to keep us entertained.
  8. Your favorite hobby or avocationBesides baking?  Either tennis or reading or working.  Yeah I like to work.  Not schoolwork though.
  9. What’s your dream job? Cookbook writer or editor or someone who gives food tours.  Something where I don’t have to work a 9-5 nor do I have to sit down, well ever, and I get to eat.  A lot.
  10. City life or country life?  Both.  I like farms but I also like to be surrounded by people.
  11. On a Saturday night stay in or go out?  Out.  And then come back in to watch a movie with a bottle of wine.
Answer well, or Siegfried will bite your toes.

Answer well, or Siegfried will bite your toes.  He does look hungry.

My 11 questions for the nominees:

  1. Who do you admire most in the food world?
  2. What was the first food item you ever made?
  3. What is your favorite city in the world?
  4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  5. What can you not live without?
  6. What’s your favorite movie?
  7. What food do you hate?
  8. What do you feel guilty about?
  9. What was your worst moment in the kitchen?
  10. Who is the one person you want to meet?
  11. What do you look for in others?

And my nominees!  Some of whom have definitely been nominated before, so no harsh feelings if you don’t respond to everything.

The Furious Pear Pie– who definitely has a thing for tea.  Which is wonderful.  Plus she shares great stories and recipes and really makes you feel as if you know her.  She has her own writing style as well, something that is hard to come by.

Maple and Saffron– I adore this blog of a Canadian and an Italian who love food and travel.  Also they do travel tours, which I personally find fascinating.

Olive Oil Diaries– This blog by a quite young blogger is adorable.  She’s clever and always has interesting middle eastern recipes to share.  Plus she loves olive oil.  Always a great thing.

The Baked Road– This high schooler can bake.  She likes to play with different ingredients and clearly has a grasp on what odd flavors can work together.

A Taste of Wintergreen– I love the lovely food that Lindy creates over at her blog.  When I first started this blog, my roommate and I would pour over her recipes and salivate.  We’ve made a few as well, and they’ve all turned out quite nicely.  Also Lindy’s from Canada, and I love Canada.

Happy Baking Everyone!

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Kitty reflects on baking and mice.

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I love hummus.  I think its one of those perfect foods that I can just eat and eat and eat because its so versatile and simple and tasty and filled with things that are all good for me (or so I tell myself).

Normally when I make hummus, I use David Lebovitz’ recipe.  I like that its a bit chunky and has a lot of vibrant colors and flavors in it.  But seeing as its spring time, a time for change and renewal, I decided to make a new hummus.

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P1020226The first food I ever really made on my own was a batch of chocolate chip cookies.  I was in my early teens, armed with the back of a bag of Ghiradelli chocolate chips, and definitely used the gas stove to heat the butter so it was warm enough to cream.  No adults helped me and I may even have been alone in the house.  I ate a lot of creamed butter and sugar before I realized it was a necessary component of the chemical makeup of cookie dough.

They were still quite good cookies and everyone ate them. Because chocolate chip cookies straight from the oven will warm the cockles of anyone’s heart.

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My weekend failed cat.

This weekend was a failure.  Utter and total disappointment on all food fronts.  Although someone did buy me a drink at a bar that was not an alcoholic slushy.  That was probably the highlight.

Lets start with Thursday shall we?  Because we all know that the weekend truly starts then.

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Now, I know a lot of people go to the beach for Spring Break, and that’s great for them.  Really it is.  But I’d much prefer to be at home, lie in a large, comfortable, sluglike outfit for the better part of every day, and eat cheese.  Much more pleasurable than sucking in my stomach for perfect facebook bikini photos.

I eat a decent amount of cheese at school.  I would say when I buy cheese (once every two weeks) I generally buy three types and then spend one week eating it and the next week wishing I’d been more judicious in my cheese binges.  Especially if I had bought something special, like Roquefort or Comté.

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