02 December 2009


Way back in October, Sam at My Carolina Kitchen nominated me for an award. Between trips and family stuff I haven’t yet been able to accept it. Today’s the day!

I’ve seen this badge on several blogs and always secretly envied those who had received it--now I have one! (Don’t hate me ‘cause I’m beautiful, ok?) Thanks, Sam, I’m touched and honored to receive this award, even if this post is long overdue.

Besides the cool badge there are, of course, some rules:
  1. Post the award on your blog. Present this award to seven others whose blogs you find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged you.
  2. Tell those seven people they’ve been awarded HONEST SCRAP, inform them of these guidelines, and ask that they link back to you.
  3. Share “Ten Honest Things” about yourself.

When I received this award, I was in Japan. I started a list of things you probably wouldn’t already know about me, and ended up with a nice loo-ong one. Can I find it now? Of course not. So I made a new one:

  1. I prefer baths to showers. If there’s a tub, I immerse myself. I think I came by this honestly, as my Dad did the same thing for as long as I can remember.
  2. My favorite meals consist of small dishes of intensely flavored food. The food in Japan was exactly what I love most.
  3. The most exotic places I’ve been are Japan and Ukraine. (So far...)
  4. I bite my fingernails. I know, I know, but I’ve always done it and I don’t seem to be able to stop. (This is an HONEST award, after all!)
  5. I sleep on my side. Dan says I snore sometimes, but HE doesn’t have an HONEST award, does he? That’s all I’m saying about that.
  6. I’ve just discovered the music of Jacques Brel. They don’t make them like that anymore. Just a man and a microphone, that’s all. No fireworks, no special effects, no backup singers. Just him and me. And his hands.
  7. I LOVE spicy food. This is probably due to early culinary experiences with my Dad’s barbecue sauce. If you’re good, one day I’ll share the recipe with you.
  8. I love to eat with chopsticks. I’m pretty good at it too! I have about a bazillion pairs.
  9. Lemesee, lemesee... Two years ago I traded my PC for an iMac. My life has been easier all round since then. I can’t imagine ever going back.
  10. My favorite season is autumn. I love the cool air and seeing the trees deck themselves out in colors and the wonderful smell of it. A couple of years ago I walked outside one day and there was a gorgeous smell in the air. I couldn’t figure it out--was there a new bakery somewhere? Was there a tree blooming? What WAS it? AHA! I finally realized that it was fall. My favorite season. I was born in the fall.

That’s it, at least until I find that list. I’ve thought a lot about who to pass this on to, and I’ve chosen seven blogs that I love to read, which inspire me for one reason or another, and to whom I haven’t given an award already. Give them a visit; I think you'll enjoy them:

The Hungry Dog

The Gypsy Chef

Serendipity (another one!)

Once in a Blue Moon

Night Owl Chef

Moveable Feasts

Jillicious Discoveries

Thanks for reading this far, if you have. If you haven’t, then please don't tell me. Ignorance is bliss, after all.


food with style said...

contgrats to your new award, you have a great blog and deserve it!

thank you for thinking of me too, very sweet~ jain@oneceinabluemoon

Maggie B said...

Hi Kate,
Enjoyed finding out a little bit more about you, honestly I'm just nosy.
I was honored to receive this award from Sam too and I wear it with pride on my sidebar.
Stop biting your nails!

Hungry Dog said...

Hi Kate,

Thanks for choosing me! I love your blog too. I really enjoyed reading your 10 honest how am I going to think of 10 honest and INTERESTING things? Hmm...

Hungry Dog

Barbara said...

Kate: Thanks for the award! You were so sweet to give it to me.

I am ashamed to say I was supposed to do something similar for another award I got and just haven't gotten around to it. I will post your award and try, try, try to follow the instructions in the next couple weeks. Promise!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Kate! It is well-deserved. :) I've enjoyed several recipes I've cooked from your blog already!

I feel the same way about fall - I was thinking just that today as I was walking in the cloudy, windy, 60F weather with the sweet hint of fallen leaves swirling around me. Lovely and calming!

By the way, I'll take a photo of the Fiestaware and post it on my blog ... you're a fan also??

2 Stews said...

Kate...Congrats...a few things about a person paint a picture...I like my Mac, too. And I know that sweet scent of fall.


The Gypsy Chef said...

Hi Kate, Your reward is well deserved. I love reading about your travels, food and memories. I too was born in the fall, have an Irish passport and long to live in Europe. You are living my dream ....sigh. Thanks for choosing me! I feel honored. Now I have to think of ten things.....might take some doing.
Oh yeah, I just might deliver that book in January.

Lynnboerin said...

Great Stuff Kate!! Congrats on this award!!
Have been waiting for the right occassion to do your Orange Cardamom Upside-Down Cake!!
Hugs from Frogland

marla (Family Fresh Cooking) said...

I love Fall too.....especially because it is a gateway to winter and my favorite sport: skiing!! Love your honesty and wit. My first read over my morning cup of coffee :)

Grace said...

i don't know why, but i find baths icky. in my mind, it's like sitting in a pool of your own filth. also, i'm inept with chopsticks. worthless. :)

Jill said...

Hi Kate!
Congratulations on your award and THANK YOU for passing it on to me! :)

I loved reading your list and getting to know you better.

I'll be passing this award to others later this month. :)