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Paying It Forward

First, I want to give credit where credit is due. A week or so ago, I saw this tweet: 

Rachel Stephens@rsteph211 {New Post} paying it forward to other

I clicked on the link and saw that Rachel had written a blog post featuring some of the other food bloggers that she admires and enjoys reading. I quickly realized that like Rachel, I have been influence by so many others in my oh so brief blogging career. I started typing these sometimes coherent ramblings back in early November 2011 and, although I know I've made progress in both form and function, I realize I will continue to learn much from those of you that are much more experienced. So, thanks Rachel for inspiring me to do the same -- highlight some of those that have helped me get from there to here.

  • Alecia at Mangia, Gioia writes that she comes from a Sicilian-Cuban family. I can't imagine a better mixed ethnicity for a foodie! Although I am not a vegan, or even a vegetarian, her recipes are interesting, and the food looks amazing . Here is one of my favorites Creamy Open Face Stuffed Peppers.
  • Anneli is a private chef living in Southwest France. Her blog covers a very broad spectrum of foods and always makes me want to try what she is cooking. This post about Patatas Bravas with Spicy Chorizo made me very hungry. 
  • Sivestro over at Silvestro's Salento is writing from southeast Italy. His posts focus on fresh local ingredients, and they are beautifully presented. On top of that, he runs a cooking school! So if you have ever thought of going to Italy to learn more about cooking, he may be your guy. Here is one my favorite posts from Silvestro. Warning: if you read this post, you might as well plan on booking your trip to Italy. Gli scampi: langoustines  
    • Melissa Clark is one of the big names in the food blogging world (yes, there are many others). I like reading her blog because it seems so personal -- like you're reading a note from someone you know well. Her blog, cleverly titled Melissa Clark - Food Writer, is well worth reading. She recently posted about spaghetti with garlic and chiles (and a few anchovies). In it she talks about garlic smuggled in from France and Calabrian Chilies. You want to know more, don't you?
    • Jen writes a blog called Three Little Piglets.  You gotta love that right? Maybe it was the name, maybe it was the pasta e fagioli post. Whatever it was, I try to read all her posts. Check her out.

    This is where I get in trouble because I'm going to call it quits here. I realize I've failed to mention a lot of bloggers that I read either regularly or occasionally. For that, I apologize. There are so many of you that are doing really great work out there and inspiring "rookies" like me to forge ahead.

    To all of you -- thanks and keep paying it forward.


    1. Thanks so much for the mention here! What a lovely idea to talk about bloggers that have inspired you. I am honoured and humbled to be included. xxx

      1. You're quite welcome Anneli. Keep posting those wonderful dishes.

    2. Great post! I love reading who inspires different people, and will for sure be checking out the blogs you mentioned.

      Thanks :)

    3. I finally got the chance to get on Twitter today and just got your message! I am so honored to be mentioned in your blog!! Thanks so much and I love that even though we all eat differently we are all supporting each other :) LOVED your Kimchi blog post btw. The food photography was so beautiful and how lucky are you to dine at a Cajun-Korean restaurant. Great combo! And yes, I have to say, everything goes good with Kimchi (even with the beef you ordered lol) Take care and ttyl xoxo --A

    4. I finally got the chance to go on Twitter today and just read your message. Thank you so much for mentioning me in your blog!! I am so honored and grateful :) I like that even though we all eat differently, we all support each other. ALSO I read your Kimchi blog posting and loved it. The food photography was so beautiful and how lucky are you to be able to dine at a Cajun-Korean restaurant! Sounds delish! And yes, I must say, everything goes great with Kimchi (even the beef but I'll take your word for it lol) Take care and talk soon! xo--A

    5. Wow! Nice to be included in a list next to Melissa Clark! Thank you so much for your kind words!

    6. This is lovely! I think I will work on a similar post myself :)

      1. Great, thanks Toni. I think the blogger community is a great one and this was my small way of saying thanks to some of the others.

    7. Thank you for the links to such wonderful blogs. It's nice to have some new ones to read on a Saturday morning x

      1. Glad you are enjoying them, I know I do.

    8. Great idea, everyone should do the same, I know I will:)


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