As most of you know, Savoring Every Bite came about as a way for a mother to get her family favorite recipes to her daughter away at college. Beginning her junior year in college, Gina moved into an apartment and casually asked her mother for a few recipes. Recipes? My daughter is expressing an interest in cooking? Is this really MY daughter? The one who was always too busy to spend time with me in the kitchen? The girl with the limited attention span?
I didn’t just want to “jot down” a few recipes; she’d probably just toss the paper. Creating a “family” cookbook? No, she’s just not a “book” person. Gina is forever online, shopping, searching, chatting. She must follow every fashion blog out there… and there was my connection. I’d start a blog.
I’d cook, I’d post and occasionally Gina would leave a comment. Honestly I knew nothing about blogging, taking photos or making it look nice like all the others. I still can’t say I understand this fully, but I have enjoyed every moment and have found so many new “friends” on my blogging journey. And because of these wonderful, amazing, talented new friends I received this:
I was first presented with this award from the adorably talented Lianna from The Little Spork. She is a college student baking and cooking her way along with some quite impressive recipes! My second “nomination” was from Yummy Chunklet, her blog caught my attention when she was celebrating her birthday the entire month! She definitely knows how to treat herself well and post “yummy” recipes. And lastly from Ginger Couturier . I can always count on Ginger bringing a smile to my face and a little chuckle as her posts tell it like it is! She’s seems like a friend you can feel comfortable telling anything to as she writes so real about life, motherhood and homemaking.
The “rules” for accepting this award is to write 7 things about yourself that no one knows and to then pass on the award to other amazing bloggers. I don’t think I could ever top Ginger’s 14 facts about herself, but here goes…..
1. I love to hula hoop. I still own my very first hoop; the pink color has faded and scratches from hitting the concrete replaced the smooth feel but when I hula the beads still swirl through the hoop with the sounds of my childhood memories.
2. After watching Under The Tuscan Sun I wished I had moved to Tuscany following my divorce instead of Florida.
3. Which leads to my dream to one day vacation to Italy and Sicily.
4. I loved Home Ec class in high school but was embarrassed to tell anyone I could enjoy being a homemaker. And then Martha Stewart came along and made a fortune giving domestic tips on cooking, gardening, homemade crafts to laundry, party planning and “Living” the Martha way.
4. Early mornings are my favorite time of the day when the house is quiet, my puppies are still sleepy and their noses are dry. Yoga wakens my body, hot espresso charges me up; Every Day is a New Beginning (my favorite thought).
5. I hate Diets; I hate to hear people talk about being on a Diet and then being off their Diet. The ‘way’ people eat is their “diet”; some have to avoid gluten, other’s follow their nationality’s style of food, some eat breakfast, some don’t. I prefer to eat real, eat light and not combine my proteins with my carbs, though it’s not a deal breaker in my life!
6. Chihauhua’s are my favorite little dog. They are tiny, but fierce. They love endlessly.
7. I am a hopelessly romantic woman; I believe in happy endings and love everlasting.
I follow and enjoy many food blogs. The following are my favorites; those I look forward to reading and seeing what they are cooking or baking up next! Over time, I’ve come to “know” them through their posts, especially those that share their family stories. I’m sure many of them have received this award before or other awards acknowledging their talents and wonderful blogs. Therefore, I forward this Award to those I am so thankful to include in my circle of friends, and truly I could list so many others:
A Spicy Perspective
Chef in Disguise
Eat, Play, Love
Rufus Food and Spirits Guide
Smart Food and Fit
Sweet and Crumbly
Sweet Caroline’s Cooking
Grilled Artichokes with Sun Dried Tomato Dip
I love playing with my food appetizers; pulling the leaves, dipping in a sauce and scraping the tangy goodness off of each petal. For this platter, I used 2 large artichokes. I trimmed each globe’s pointy leaves, sliced the top and trimmed the stem. The cut artichokes were rubbed with lemon and submerged in a large pot filled with water, 1 teaspoon salt and the juice from one lemon. Partially cover the pot, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and gently cook approximately 35-40 minutes, or until a leave is easily pulled and the bottom can be easily pierced with a knife. Drain well and set aside. Can be made a day ahead at this point and refrigerated. A few hours prior to grilling and serving, cut the artichokes in quarters, remove the fuzzy center and marinate with vinaigrette mix of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, kosher salt and pepper. Heat a large grill pan, drain artichokes from marinade, place artichokes cut side down and grill until nice grill markets appear, turn and grill other side. Plate and serve with a butter sauce or the following Sun Dried Tomato Dip:
Sun Dried Tomato Dip: Combine 6 large sun dried tomatoes, ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, 2 chopped garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons chopped onion and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil in a blender. Begin to blend and slowly add in ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil, until combined well, add Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Can be made one day ahead, refrigerate and bring to room temperature to serve.