Showing posts with label Awards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Awards. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Kitchie Tip: Chopping Basil & Sage

Hello Friends!  I have been gone too long.  Waaay too long, and I miss you so much!  I have a good excuse, I promise.  I am not quite ready to share this excuse with you, but will soon.  Another promise. Its a fun, good, and really exciting excuse.  Now I am just torturing you and will shut my trap and move on to my next task.  A quick and simple Kitchie Tip.

I hate chopping herbs.  Hate it hate it hate it.  It is an annoying task and one I try to pawn off on others as much as possible.  I still don't have a great solution for the likes of cilantro, parsley and tarragon; but basil and sage?  I've got you covered.  

I learned this from a friend of mine, Taren, who is a Pampered Chef consultant and always has great tips and tricks for cutting down your time in the kitchen.  So here goes...

1. Stack the basil leaves
2. Roll the leaves
3. Slice the leaves crosswise
4. Done!  Ta-da!


Do any of you have any tips for chopping other fresh herbs?  Cilantro especially is my nemesis, which sucks, because I love it so much.  Love/hate relationship big time.


I am loooong overdue for returning some major blog award love from some of my very favorite bloggers.  Please forgive me for my delayed thanks, and know that I am eternally grateful and full of love and pride for these awards.  Its amazing that even though I haven't written a food post in almost a month, the blog community love is still rolling in.  I adore you guys.

I received, not one, three, or five but SIX Versatile Blogger Awards!!  (Fainting... )  These kept rolling in from these lovely ladies, whom I adore for more reasons than giving me thank you my dear friends....Anna at Crunchy Creamy Sweet, Pennie at Passioneats, Jules at Bananamondaes, Kayle at The Cooking Actress, Jessica at A Kitchen Addiction and Kim at Treats & Trinkets.  Upon acceptance of this award I am supposed to share seven random facts about myself and then pass the award along to 15 of my favorite bloggers.  So, here goes:

1. I never had a huge sweet tooth until I got pregnant with my daughter Anna.  Now my sweet tooth has a tendency to be insatiable.
2. I wear sunscreen every single day of the year...sunny, rainy, cloudy or snowy!
3. French fries are my favorite food in the whole entire world.  And I do not discriminate.  No french fry is bad, there are just some that happen to be phenomenally better than others.  In fact, I usually pick where I want to eat out based on their french fries.  I love them.
4. I have a love/hate relationship with running.  I hate the thought of getting my butt out the door, but when I am done I find that runner's high and fall in love again.
5. I am an accountant, but I want to be a pastry chef. 
6. A good glass of wine and snuggling up with Mace and Anna is the perfect end to any day (and you might as well throw a few cookies in there to really top it off).
7. I am always cold.  When others are sweating, I am usually wearing a sweater.

I am having a hard time finding bloggers I love that haven't already received multiple Versatile Blogger Awards, so this one if up for the taking.  If you haven't received the Versatile Blogger Award yet, you're a blogger, and you're reading this, consider yourself awarded!  Please grab the badge below and continue spreading the love!

Secondly, I was given the Happy Blogger Award by Neshanne at Oishii Treats and Anna at Crunchy Creamy Sweet.  There are no special requirements for this award but to pass it along to 10 other bloggers.  I imagine it should be bloggers that exude happiness and sunshine, like the little award guy below!  :-)

I am passing this award on to ten very happy and sunshiney favorite bloggers of mine.  Thank you my friends for always bringing a ray of sunshine to my day!  Pennie at Passioneats, Kayle at The Cooking Actress, Chocolate Chip Uru at Go Bake Yourself, Leanne at Around the Table: Loving Food in RI & Beyond, Alyssa at Mom de Cuisine, Colleen at The Smart Cookie, Laura at Sprint 2 the Table, Krista at Cucina 49, Erin at Dinners Dishes and Desserts, and Stefanie at Sarcastic Cooking.

And finally...I was given two awards in one pretty little package, The Kreativ Blogger Award and the the Sunshine Award, by the Chocolate Chip Uru herself at Go Bake Yourself

For the Sunshine Award I am supposed to answer the questions below and then pass it along to 10 other bloggers.  For the Kreative Blogger award I am supposed to give randon facts about myself and I will defer to the above so as not to bore you all to death with an enormous amount of facts about me!

  • Favourite Colour – Blue, any shade
  • Favourite Animal – Dog
  • Favourite Number – 8
  • Favourite Non-Alcoholic Drink – Seltzer Water
  • Prefer Facebook or Twitter – Facebook, I still don't totally "get" Twitter.
  • My Passion – Being in the kitchen, especially baking
  • Prefer Getting or Giving Presents – Ah crap, I love em both.
  • Favourite Pattern – I don't get it...Is chocolate chip cookie a pattern?
  • Favourite Day of the Week – Friday, its the beginning of my weekend and I know I have a nice long weekend ahead of me every Friday morning when I wake up.
  • Favourite Flower – It so happens to be gerbera daisies which is the flower pictured in the award badge.  Nice.

  • I am passing this cute little award package on to the following bloggers: Neshanne at Oishii Treats, Anna at Crunchy Creamy Sweet, Rachel at My Naturally Frugal Family, Amy at Gastronome Tart, Kim at Treats & Trinkets, Jessica at A Kitchen Addiction, Tammi at Momma's Meals, Kyleen at Sixteen Beans, Aylin at Glow Kitchen, and Stephanie at Eat. Drink. Love.

    Sunday, January 29, 2012

    I Am a Winner!

    I am a winner!  Literally.  January has been a very lucky month for me.  I won TWO giveaways from fellow bloggers and I couldn't be happier with my loot!

    I won this gorgeous calender from Chellie at Art From My Table.  It is a calendar with her beautiful photos and also a new recipe each month. It tickles me to know that one of my fellow bloggers will be hangin' (literally) in my kitchen with me all year long while I am cooking.  Go check her blog out...she's got great recipes and a beautiful outlook on life.

    Secondly I won this cute be a good cookie spatula from Janet at Food Beautiful.  OXO sent this to her and is part of their Cookies for Kids' Cancer program that fights pediatric cancer through local bake sales. This year OXO will donate up to $100,000 to support research for new therapies.  Now, if that's not a worthy cause, I don't know what is.  Great giveaway Janet, and a great way to raise awareness for this great cause.  Another cool thing about Janet is that she was my "cookie fairy" during the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap this past December.  Someone dropped out so she baked an extra batch of cookies just for me!  So, I know first hand just how fabulous her baking is!

    And last but not least...I WON AN AWARD!!  Anna over at Crunchy Creamy Sweet gave me the Liebster Award!  Anna is one of the sweetest most darling bloggers I have the pleasure of knowing (and I really love her name!).  I am honored that she picked me.  Thank you, you wonderful woman!  Go check out her blog, she's got great recipes and is so much fun to read.  Plus, she leaves me the sweetest comments that always make my day.

    I am so excited I am grinning from ear to ear!  This is awarded by fellow bloggers to recognize up and coming blogs.  I am up-and-coming?  Hooray!  Let's keep scurrying down that path together, shall we?

    **Update!  I was awarded the Liebster again by the lovely Amalia over at Cake to Crumb!  Amalia has great recipes, is very creative and I would love to pick all her creations off the page and eat them immediately.  I am so honored to be picked by two wonderful bloggers for this award.  My day has been made again.  Thanks Amalia!!**

    So, now it is my honor to award the Liebster to five of my favorite up and coming bloggers.  Lucky me!  These ladies are all fabulous bloggers, recipe creators and chefs.  I am honored to pass this award on to them.

    Leanne at Around the Table: Loving Food in RI and Beyond...
    Missy at Cooking for Two
    Aimee at Bargain Bites
    Mama F at Doggie at the Dinner Table
    Amy at Oh, Bite It!

    Okay, now its your turn ladies!  I can't wait to see who you pass this award on to!!