NTSC from Art of the Pig gave me this lovely award for "creativity, design, interesting material and contribution to the blogging community". Now, I think NTSC is blowing some wind up my skirt as my contribution to the food blogging community is...Oh I don't know...scant. Or non-existent. Unless you count long expositions about how the peas look in my daughter's poop.
But I do love a good award. And I'm keeping it.
And he did call me "hysterical" on his blog which I love, except if he meant "hysterical" in that kinda crazy, screamy, woman pushing a grocery cart and yelling at passersby definition of the word, which although sometimes fitting, would just be mean. But NTSC isn't mean. He's too busy cutting up cow heads and turning them into sausage to call me names.
So, I think he means the good kind of hysterical. I'll go with that.
Seriously, I do love being recognized by someone as fiercely passionate about food as NTSC at Art of the Pig. If you haven't been there to visit him (and you love to read about food) the guy is like, curing ham in his kitchen and making prosciutto by hand. Although I want to note that we live just three measly train stops apart and nary an invite for even a bite of head cheese or home made salami...ahem. Not that I was angling for an invite or anything.
Three express train stops away. Three.
This all said, the mantle is now thrust upon me to recognize some of you out there. Here are my picks:
IB Kid (Sous Chef Numero Uno/Evil Chef Mom's Daughter) I don't know what IB is or why she's writing a blog about it, but this kid's got her mother's smart lip and she says "freakin" a lot and at a young age she has her own strong, ballsy voice...and I think that deserves an award.
Izzy Eats - Lynn would never feed her kid fast food, even if she was stuck in an airport at midnight. See, Lynn would have known in advance they'd be stuck for hours and she would've prepared for it by packing a five course dinner into her carry on and making home-made tofu in the airport bathroom by using her pantyhose as a sieve. She's one of the Mom's who's really great at this. Oh! and Lynn - some old woman screamed at me on the bus for breastfeeding Edie. She said I was a bad influence on the school age kids on the bus. I'll need you to kick her little old lady ass for me.
Zsohars in Africa - After finding out I had a following in Botswana, I found Jennifer, an American nutritionist and her American doctor husband who live in Africa and work with HIV positive children. Her blog is a mix of the everyday, some fascinating and often hilarious cultural observations (check out her fantastic May 21 post about big and small houses and mistresses) and poignant posts about the children she works with. This chick is the real deal.
Care Taker For The Elderly - Now, I want you all to go to this site and give my Aunt Red some love. She' s a brand new blogger (remember when you guys were newbies?) and her blog is about what she does everyday - taking care of people during the most vulnerable times in their lives and when they are at their sickest. And she is amazing at it. Aunt Red has some lovely and poignant stories about "her people" and she tells these stories with unsparing truth and dignity. I adore her and you will, too. Make sure you leave a comment and say "Hi! because she doesn't have a clue about how to use Google analytics and she won't even realize you've been there.
And last but never least...
Red Cook - At first look at Kian's site, you might be a bit intimidated. He is a master Chinese cook but he is also my neighbor and I can attest - he has very nice legs. See? Now, he's just one of us. He also makes some amazing ten course meals and God bless him, he invites me to them. Don't worry about how to incorporate Bitter Melon into your meal plan. Just go to his site and learn the proper technique for stir frying from the master. Once you learn the technique, there is an infinite supply of dishes and flavors in front of you. And the stir fry is a real ten minute meal - tasty, impressive and super-healthy...oh! and just think how much fun the kids will have trying to impale each other on the chopsticks.
Now, this is the part of the show where the accountant from Bamberger, McMillen and Luxemborg comes out in a bad suit and reads you the rules...
I don't really care if you pass on the winged trophy chick or not. Just know I'm sending you some love.