Celebrating Excellence

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


I feel like celebrating! Last week, I received a very lovely surprise. My good friend, Cakelaw of Laws of the Kitchen has bestowed an Excellent Blog Award upon me. The Excellent Blog Award is given to one blogger by another who believes that his or her blog exemplifies the qualities that make up a great blog. I am truly honored to receive this award, as well as to be included in such an illustrious group of bloggers, like Cakelaw! She is a smart, talented, and a genuinely nice person. I always enjoy visiting her blog to see what delicious concoctions she has come up with. If I could, I’d give this award right back to her.

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When I first started blogging, I merely looked at it as a creative outlet for myself. I never expected it to become such an important part of my life. Nor did I ever expect to meet so many talented and interesting people from every corner of the world. I am constantly impressed and inspired by all of the wonderful culinary creations of my fellow food bloggers. I am also inspired by the true sense of caring and community among them. I really consider myself lucky to be a part of it.

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I’ve put a lot of thought into this. There are so many excellent blogs out there, each with their own charm and appeal. It was very hard to narrow it down to just five. But, I did what I had to do.
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So, grab a glass of champagne and get comfortable while I take this opportunity to spread a little of the food blog love around. It is a pleasure and a privilege for me to give an Excellent Blog Award to the five following food bloggers:

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To Helene of Tartelette, for her pure, unadulturated talent. She blows me away with her gorgeous cakes, tarts, pastries and all things dessert. I don’t know where she gets the energy for all that baking! She is also one of the sweetest people I know, always willing to help others. She is my cheerleader!
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To Jen of Use Real Butter, for her feisty spirit, no bullshit attitude and grace under pressure. I laugh out loud everytime I read one of her highly entertaining posts. Jen’s step by step recipe guides are indispensible to me. I actually print them out to keep in my files. Her photography is absolutely brilliant, whether of her food or her gorgeous surroundings. She is also one of the most supportive and encouraging bloggers I know. She has class. I want to be Jen when I grow up!

To Melissa of The Traveler’s Lunchbox, for her beautifully crafted posts, lovely photos and inspired recipes. Clicking on Melissa’s site is like walking into a sweet dream. Her pictures remind me of Impressionist paintings. Her artful words draw you in and hold you there. Her blog reads like a good book you can’t put down.

To Jessie of Cakespy, for her clever, informative and articulate writing, and her wonderful, whimsical artwork. I love going on Jessie’s Cakewalks and reading her terrific interviews in Batter Chatter. But most of all, I love her adorable little cupcakes! What a talent!

To Michelle of Bleeding Espresso for….well….everything. I love her eclectic syle. I love her courage to leave everything safe and familiar and go off to start a new adventure halfway around the world. I love that she does so much to support other bloggers, with her 1st of the Month Features and her Guest Blogger program, just to name a few. And, I really love that she writes for writing’s sake, not only about food, but about all things that are important to her.
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Congratulations to all of you Excellent Bloggers. You deserve it!

19 responses to Celebrating Excellence

  1. On February 26, 2008 at 11:31pm, Tartelette said...

    That’s right Susan: YOU GO GIRL!!!
    I am very honored that you thought of me. Be careful not to leave me comments like “come visit me”….I almost had my duffel bag and my spatula ready to come to Florida!! An excuse to play!
    Coming to your blog brings me comfort and warmth…and giggles…and I leave hungry! Made the coconut shrimp tonight for Girl’s Night In and eerybody loved them!

  2. On February 27, 2008 at 12:04am, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Helene- It was my pleasure. You deserve it. I’m so glad that my blog brings you these things. That is exactly what I try to do.

    You and your spatula are always welcome here! I’m glad the shrimp were a success! Take care.

  3. On February 27, 2008 at 6:07am, Aran Goyoaga said...

    Congrats on this award! That is wondeful and you do have something wonderful to offer in this blog. I will be coming for more!

  4. On February 27, 2008 at 6:39am, Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

    Congrats!

  5. On February 27, 2008 at 8:20am, Bellini Valli said...

    Well deserved Susan :D

  6. On February 27, 2008 at 9:21am, Dhanggit said...

    wow congratulations!!! you deserve this award :-)

  7. On February 27, 2008 at 10:10am, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Aran- Thank you! Please come back anytime. You’re always welcome!

    Jessie (and Winnie)- Thanks!

    Valli- Thanks! I’m picking up cookies today!

    dhanggit- Thank you! You’re sweet. :)

  8. On February 27, 2008 at 11:25am, VeggieGirl said...

    ahh, such wonderful choices – Cakespy and Tartelette are among my favorites!! :0)

  9. On February 27, 2008 at 10:02pm, Carla said...

    Congrats on the excellence award! I saw your friend request on Food Buzz, so I had to check out your blog. I’ll definitely have to come back for more of your recipes and your writings.

  10. On February 27, 2008 at 11:00pm, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Veggiegirl- Thanks! I think they’re great too.

    Carla- Thanks so much! I like your blog too and I think your logo is so cute! Come back anytime and I’ll do the same. :)

  11. On February 28, 2008 at 2:58am, jamezu said...

    It’s my first time in here, congratulations on the award!! I can see that you deserve it :)

  12. On February 28, 2008 at 3:39pm, Carmen said...

    congratulations

  13. On February 28, 2008 at 5:11pm, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Jamezu- Thank you and welcome! Come back any time!

    Carmen- Thanks!

  14. On February 28, 2008 at 9:52pm, Jen Yu said...

    My word, Susan. You flatter me! Thank you for the award. You really are the one who deserves it. I love how much your blog has blossomed – just like you. You’ve always had the creativity, but now… you’re sharing it with everyone else! How lucky are we?!? :) There are few as wonderful and sweet as you. xxoo

  15. On February 29, 2008 at 3:27am, Cakelaw said...

    Hi Susan, You deserve this award – great food and you make me laugh! Here’s a toast to you!

  16. On February 29, 2008 at 7:34am, Susan from Food Blogga said...

    You are Excellent, Susan! Well done!

  17. On February 29, 2008 at 9:41am, White On Rice Couple said...

    Congrats Susan and the pail of strawberries photograph is just stunning! With talent like this, I expect to see so many more tags in your future!

  18. On February 29, 2008 at 9:33pm, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Jen- I meant every word of it. You are a real Rennaisance woman, as well as one of the nicest and truest people I’ve met. I appreciate your friendship and support very much, and my thoughts and prayers are always with you. :)

    Cakelaw- Thank you. You are such a nice lady! I’m so glad that we found each other! You’re one of the few lawyers that I actually like! ;)

    Susan- Thank you! Right back at you. I think you’re terrific!

    WoRCouple- Thanks! You guys are so sweet. I really enjoy your visits.

  19. On March 09, 2008 at 10:24am, Melissa said...

    Susan, I’m a little late to the party but I want to say a big thank you for such kind words and for thinking of me for this award. I’m tickled to be among such excellent company (your beautiful site included)! p.s. I almost had the opportunity to meet Michelle down in Calabria last week, but sadly our schedules just didn’t coincide… :(

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