Friday, September 2, 2011

Awards & 7 Links Challenge

No food today.  This will be 2 Topics 1 Post.  Kind of like that family video 2 Girls...

Moving on.

LC was nominated for some awards.  Many thanks to Kymberlee from Free Spirit Eater for thinking of me and passing along two blogger awards...

I think we can all agree on the Cute Chef one, right?!  With that said, I really am not "little."

Kymberlee is a culinary school grad with a bright future in the food industry.  She's a freelance food writer and food photographer.  Please stop by her site and make a new friend.

Who wants to play a game?

I was tagged by 3 friends...

To play the 7 Links Challenge.  Sounds like a golf tournament.  It is basically 7 theme questions.  7 of your old "links" or blog posts.  Easy enough.

1. Most Beautiful:

Well obviously all of them.  I don't post the ugly ones!  This was from our 5 Star Makeover Cooking group's April '11 theme which was: White Asparagus.

White Asparagus Potage, Wild Rice, Prosciutto & Edible Garden

2. Most Popular: 

By far and not even close.  Not just for the traffic on LC but I submitted it to two other food sites and the reception was pretty amazing.

BLT: Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Caviar

3. Most Controversial:

Most people in the blog world cannot wrap their heads around eating raw beef.  Enough said!

Bison Tartare with Shiraz Caviar

4. Most Helpful: 

I try and try to spread the word about the importance of supporting sustainable fish.  Most of the time I feel like I am farting into the wind but...This particular dish did turn out lovely and the post is loaded with useful links to educate yourself on Sustainable Seafood.

Caponata con Pan-Roasted Pacific Halibut

5. Surprisingly Successful: 

This recipe won a Magic Bullet on Natasha's blog, and was very very popular on LC.  A good dish, no doubt, but not one of my best.

Cuban Clam Fritters with Cilantro Mayo

6. Did Not Garner the Attention it Deserved: 

My most challenging dish to execute. Broth over Custard.  This was for our first 5 Star Makeover, theme was Bacon & Eggs.  Bacon & Eggs people. Bacon Dashi over White Truffle Egg Custard.  This course would be a hit in a fine dining establishment.  But clearly not in the blog world. 

White Truffle Egg Custard, Bacon Dashi, Soft Scrambled Egg, Roasted Pork Belly

7. Most Proud Of: 

The photo sucks.  The post is incredibly long-winded.  Does not sound anything like me. Actually sounds like someone doing something for the first time.  Which I was.  My first ever post on LC.  What a steaming pile of elephant crap!  That said, it was my maiden voyage in what has become a labor of love!

A Thigh Man: I Am

The game is 7 links, yes.  C'mon now, you know I play by my own rules.

8. Best Deconstruction or Reimagining: 

Something I do quite a bit in my cuisine.  Here is my Cuban spin on a British Pub Classic.  This dish won The 5 Star Makeover Summer '10.  Which was the precursor to our current cooking group.  I guess it was rigged.

Cuban Fish & Chips

I am supposed to tag 7 bloggers.  But, I am all inclusive.

Truly a man of the people.

So, I am nominating 12 talented bloggers who have fantastic content.

Friends absolutely NO OBLIGATION.  Take the awards and play the game.  Or not.  Fine by me!
That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!


  1. First, I am so excited that you will be contributing to Honest Cooking, nothing like great company :)
    Next congratulations on your awards, well deserved of course!
    Now for the 7 or excuse me 8 links, all amazing and beautiful! I will have to go check out your first post, I don't remember that one. But I do remember all of these other stunning dishes :)
    P.S. "Veggie Queen" I like it :)
    Wishing you a fantastic weekend!

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post! I love your White Asparagus Potage...that has to be one of the most whimsical conceptions I've come across.
    All of these dishes are head turners. And now, I must read LC's very first post! :)
    Thank you for tagging's quite exciting! I'll try and get it up as soon as I can.

    Have a great weekend,

  3. Congrats on contributing to Honest Cooking and congrats on awards. It all looks wonderful. Great post!

  4. I always smile when I read your posts!

    You crack me up, but your food always gets my attention. I want some of ALL of it!

    Have fun you guys!

  5. Thank you for including me, Lazaro! A very beautiful and interesting selection...everything looks wonderful!
    Have a safe and blessed weekend~

  6. Loved the first time I saw them. Love seeing them again!

  7. WOW, this might take some time! I do like the game and will have to wrap my brain around some of this.. :) Love the post Laz, and thank you.

  8. Oh I love this game :) Its a great way to see posts that we may not have seen before if wej ust started looking!

  9. Well, it's going to take me a little brain work to come up with those answers. Just thinking about it makes me realize how many posts I've done (arghhh!).

    Thanks for the shout out Laz... loved looking at your hits and that first photo... I know mine were real dogs at first. Slowly but surely I developed a style for better or worse... a poor thing but mine own, as they say.

    I for one love the way you play with shapes and colors and flavors... your playfulness is infectious and inspiring.

    Keep up the good work... love the way you cheer everyone on to aspire to bigger and better things... ethically, environmentally and creatively.

  10. This is the perfect post for new followers like've made some amazing dishes! Your BLT is beautiful and I will be off to visit the recipe once I hit Post Comment! Congrats on your awards...and thanks for entertaining me this AM with phrases like elephant crap :)

  11. Loved #7. Sometimes I just cringe when I look back. Ye Gods. Will I feel the same 4 years from now?

    (And I remember the most beautiful garden. Perfect choice.)

  12. Thanks for tagging me Lazaro! I finally got off my duff and did it. I know what you mean about being proud of your first post, though I didn't choose mine - looking back, it took some nerve to start putting our food and our thoughts out there ... and when I look at some of my old photos, I cannot believe I posted them!! We've come a long way, baby ; )

  13. Thanks for tagging me Laz! Wow "a thigh man. I am" was your first post!? I need to go back and look at mine as I don't remember what I posted haha. All our dishes are excellent as usual and so creative! Hope you had a relaxing Labor Day's weekend, Laz!

  14. Congrats on your awards and great having you as an Honest Cooking contributor (which reminds me that I need to do one). Hard to believe that the food blog world couldn't warm up to raw meat ;) Wonderful to see your beautiful creations again (my most helpful was also a sustainable seafood post) and you always make me laugh!

  15. Oh gosh Laz, I can never get enough of your straight forward no bull pooping honesty. Gave me a bit of a giggle to read, "Most of the time I feel I am farting into the wind.". You're not, Laz. There ARE people who learn a lot from your posts (me for one). So I guess, take back those farts? Stop polluting my air. Haha. Great 7 links, my friend! Congrats on your awards, much well deserved. And it must've been hard for you to pick a most beautiful post huh? All your dishes I've seen are gorgeous! You know I always mean what I say ;). Keep up the great blogging!

  16. Great post, Laz! And thank you for the nomination! I loved your bacon and eggs. I agree that if you were to open a restaurant one day, this has to be a classic! You inspire all of us everytime, with your posts, photos, and creativity! Can't wait to read more!

  17. I have become an ardent fan of all you do, my dear Laz.

  18. I just read this post sorry for the late comment. Thanks so much for your kind words, and thanks for tagging me in the game, can't wait to play it! =]

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