Christiane (aka The Mom Chef) from the blog Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time nominated me to participate in the 7 Links blog thing that's been going around the blogosphere. Have you visited her blog? I clip and save magazine recipes... lots of recipes... never seem to do anything with them, but The Mom Chef actually manages to make the recipes and blog about them with a unique style and whit that I love. Wonderful blog - and I so enjoy reading about her 5 year old spitfire "Dudette".
Okay, back to the 7 links assignment. I'm supposed to share 7 links to posts on my blog that best fit the criteria given, then nominate 7 additional bloggers to do the same - both aspects of the assignment will be hard for me... how do you pick only one post for each subject??? That's like being asked to pick a favorite kid - Sigh. Also, which bloggers do I choose to pass this task on to - they'll either love me or hate me for doing so. Please try to find it in your heart to forgive me if you fall into the later group ;). Okay, here we go.
Most Beautiful Post
Mixed Berries with Double Vanilla Creme Anglaise - ButterYum
Most Popular Post
To Die For Banana Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting - well deserved for such a fantastically easy, yet madly delicious cake. It was featured on The Pioneer Woman's Tasty Kitchen website, so that might have helped propel it's popularity a bit - ya think? (My Vanilla Nut Bars get an honorable mention - tons of comments on them)
Most Controversial Post
Tres Leches Cake - controversial not because of the post's content, but because of the internal conflict I felt after baking, tasting, and rating the recipe in the post. You see, I've been a huge fan of the recipe's author for decades, and her recipes never failed me - until this cake. It looks great, but that's really the only good thing I can say about it.
Tres Leches Cake - ButterYum
Most Helpful Post
10 Secrets to Making Pizzeria Quality Pizza at Home - after more than 20 years of tweaking, I've got amazing homemade pizza down to a science.
Post Whose Success Most Surprised You
How To Make Candied Lemon Slices - this post has always hovered in my sidebar's Top 10 list. I totally don't get it, but okay, whatever. By the way, I broke one of food photography's cardinal rules when shooting this lemon slice - I used the flash on my camera!
How to Make Candied Lemon Slices - ButterYum
Post You Feel Didn't Get The Attention It Deserved
Mini Pecan Tarts with Mascarpone Frosting and Glazed Pecans - this is a recipe I created for a guest blogging gig on a wildly popular blog (like over 9,000 blogger followers and over 15,000 facebook fans popular - okay, it wasn't quite that popular in 2009, but it was still huge). Anyway, there was some miscommunication of some sort and my post was never published. An apology was offered and a second invitation was extended for me to share a cookie post, but that one was never published either. I don't know what happened, but life goes on.
Post You Are Most Proud Of
Homemade Italian Chicken Noodle Soup - I know this is a weird one to choose as the post I'm most proud of, especially since I like to make wedding cakes, but this soup is something my family requests whenever they're feeling a bit under the weather. It warms my heart to know how much they enjoy and find comfort in a steamy hot bowl, and the fact that it helps them feel better... well, for me, it's the icing on the cake.
Homemade Italian Chicken Noodle Soup - ButterYum
Now for the list of wonderful bloggers I'd like to pass this assignment on to. Have fun visiting their wonderful blogs.
Jamie from Jamie Cooks it Up, Tina from Mom's Crazy Cooking, Hilary from Let Her Bake Cake, Sarah from Sugar Cooking, Sasha from The Procrastobaker, Cindy from Hun...What's for Dinner, and Nikki from Chef-N-Training.