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Thank you to the Kat & The Falling Leaves for nominating me for the Wonderful Team Readership Award. Her site, full of mouth-watering Ukrainian dishes combined with her lust for life is a true pleasure to read.

The Beginning

When I created this website as a labor of love toward cooking, learning and creativity, I had no idea about the channels it would open up for me. I discovered other cooking websites, each distinct in writing style, personality, cooking style and photography. I discovered a community rich in insight, encouragement and culinary tips. I also learned how to see beauty differently. There is such beauty in simplicity and every day things like a fruit or a fish or a half eaten burger, or precious natural light. I’ve been pushing my culinary boundaries beyond my comfort zone and across cultural borders. I never expected that in writing, I’d be reading so much and that in reading I’d become engulfed in a sea of knowledge and begin to see and engage with the world through so many different lenses.

Scenes from Spain

Courage and Results

Whenever you put yourself out there in a meaningful way and present a version of yourself that people may not know, it is an act of courage. If you’re doing something that motivates you, displays persistent intellectual curiosity and compassion without expectation you may actually be amazed at the ways in which your efforts will be dignified and rewarded.

My dishes

My dishes: All photos for Ser Cocinera, Spanish for “To be a cook”

The Rules for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award:

  1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.
  3. Nominate 14 blogs for the award, a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
  4. Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.
  5. Finish the sentence “A Great Reader is”

A Great Reader

A great reader is someone who approaches everything he or she reads with curiosity, intelligent feedback and interacts with the material with a longing to know more. A great reader has the ability to be critical, open, intimate and suspend disbelief for the sake of being moved.

I’m going to bend the rules a bit here. I will simply list and link for you some of the sites I’ve been reading and leave out the big ones that no longer need accolades, but I will not bother them with the obligations and the rules, just the honor.

My Nominees Are:

  1. Ridha’s Kitchen
  2. he needs food
  3. FrugalFeeding
  4. Food & Fitness
  5. Bebe’s Kitchen
  6. local kitchen
  7. Scribble
  8. The Squeaky Robot
  9. 5 kinds of Rice
  10. Life is Short. Eat hard!
  11. Cooking Across the Globe
  12. Picture Real Food
  13. chef mimi blog
  14. Culinary Adventures of The Twisted Chef T