Roundups!

I’ve been slow around these parts, the year end¬†has blasted through and left me completely depleted. I apologize for the lapses, but it is becoming increasingly obvious that I need to take some time to show myself some TLC. I will keep you posted, though.

Let me share some good news with you, though. A few months ago, Thas over at Cooking with Thasneen invited me to share one of my favorite recipes for the year. Chacko’s Kitchen, a blog by Susan and Abraham, was putting together a list of the 30 Best Recipes of 2010. So I sent them my Asparagus Roll and my little recipe was selected! You should definitely check out the other 29 recipes, there’s a lot of yummy food on there.

The other fun thing happened with your input. Thanks for helping me pick another great recipe for the year. The results were close, but in the end you voted for those scrumptious Tamarind Ribs and that shall be the recipe I submit to Nancy’s blog for her countdown. That list will be up in a few days and I’ll give you the heads up when it is.

Speaking of best of roundups, stay tuned for some more.

Enjoy your holidays!

The Adventures of Chefoodie in Marxland

Foreword: You have to read this using voices for the different characters and narrator. Trust me. You just do.

Once upon a time in a land called Foodietown, there was a foodie called Chefoodie, she was looking for love, I mean, inspiration in all the wrong places. Chefoodie wandered through the world, also known as the world-wide web, searching for the love of a lifetime: new and exciting ingredients.

One day Chefoodie’s messenger (i.e. Inbox) came bearing grand news. She had been selected to join the Foodie Fairy¬†and participate in¬†a great adventure in a far away land known as Marxland¬†(that’s on the interweb¬†again). Chefoodie was happy as a clam, or a Mangalitsa ham, to hear of this great honor. To add to her merriment, the Foodie Fairy had also sent a magic wand that would grant the same honor to two deserving¬†citizens of Foodietown.

Overjoyed, Chefoodie¬†pranced around Foodietown¬†sharing the amazing news and all her¬†fellow foodies joined in the prancing about. Then¬†Curiousoodie¬†asked ‘who will you choose?’. Chefoodie¬†was troubled, because she knew she couldn’t pick just two. Then Wiseoodie¬†said,¬†‘let¬†the¬†Wizard Random.org do the picking.’¬†Chefoodie¬†thanked Wiseoodie¬†and was merry again. And a few days later Chefoodie and two foodies¬†chosen by the¬†wizard went on to the great adventure¬†in Marxland and lived happily ever after. At least until the next contest.
The End.

Not quite the end. I got a bit goofy, but hey, I’m super excited! So, here’s the whats. The awesome Marx people are having a party or contest and they’re inviting us. There are stockings being filled, goodies being shipped and recipes being imagined. And, as luck would have it, I get to hand out 2 stockings to one of you.

My friends at Marx Foods have their own set of participation rules, I’m going to mix it up a bit. However, you will still have to participate¬†in the recipe challenge planned for January and submit¬†a recipe according to their rules (tbd).

What do you need to do now?

Leave a comment here telling us:

  1. Which one of the ingredients listed below you’d like to see in your stocking; and
  2. What naughty things you plan to do with said ingredient.

aged balsamic vinegar, natural truffle oil, fennel pollen, bourbon vanilla beans or saffron threads

Answer the questions by noon (CST) on Wednesday, December 15th. You may submit several comments, but they must be for different ingredients each time. I will then visit the wizard and announce 2 lucky foodies who will then receive the selected ingredient and stocking from Marx Foods.

PS: Sorry, you must reside within the contiguous United States.

Fairy Godmotherly yours,
Anamaris

Asparagus, for the love of a contest!

I think I messed up, but I’m going with the better late than never philosophy. About a week ago I submitted one of my recipes for consideration to the 30 Best Recipes of 2010 contest. This one is being hosted by 4 fabulous bloggers, Thasneen, Alka, Chacko and Smita. When I received the invitation, I had to participate, you know me.

The idea is to submit¬†a recipe that I, the blogger, consider to be a good one AND one that you, my bloggies, might’ve enjoyed as well. How would I know you enjoyed it, you ask? Well, based purely and scientifically on comment love.

This one landed me on Foodbuzz as one of the 9 featured publishers for the day, so, yeah, it got a lot of comment love. Which recipe you ask? Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus Rolls. Yep. Bacon and veggies. What’s not to love.¬† If you missed this post, click on the photo for the details. Believe me, you want to.

Now I have to wait in anguish to find out if I made the cut or not… It’s a good thing I’m not a nail-biter.

Stay tuned.

Keep it on the side

Well, all the ghouls and goblins have moved on. The weather is finally cooling down here in Houston, so it must mean Thanksgiving is around the corner. It’s Turkey Time! I plan to bring have a few recipes for you to get your turkey and side dishes on, but first a poll. Because we all know that’s how good turkey starts. Maybe not, but you know how you like to have a say.

What I’d like to do is recreate the traditional Thanksgiving¬†side dishes, but add¬†a Latin-Caribbean flair. Sounds good already, doesn’t it? I’ll leave this poll open until November 7th. The side dish chosen will be recreated and posted a few days later. Don’t be shy, though, let me know what sides you like to serve and how you prepare them. Go to the bottom of the post for the poll.

In other news, one of my blog buddies, Nancy over at SpicieFoodie, is hosting a monthly recipe roundup and I will be participating for October’s roundup. The event is called Your Best Recipe and depicts bloggers favorite recipe posted for that month. Do check out SpicieFoodie¬†and all the other delicious recipes in the roundup. Click on the photo or the link to go directly to the YBR page.

And for my final announcement. This is my Blogiverssary month, so stay tuned for some exciting things to come in the next few days.

Now make your vote count!

Cookingly yours,
Anamaris

Holy algorithms, Batman!

WOW! I’m all ’15 minutes of fame’ today. I was minding my own business, working on content for a later day when I noticed that my traffic had skyrocketed. I went to my usual referral sites only to realize it wasn’t coming from any of those usual suspects.

Then I checked my stats and WOWZA! I made WordPress‘ highly coveted ‘Fresh Press’ list. All I could think was: Holy smokes, Batman! and I do love me some algorithms, whatever they are!

To those of you visiting for the first time: Hola y bienvenidos a mi casa! To those of you who have regularly welcomed me into your computer screens and, hopefully, kitchens: This is because of you, babes!

As they say, the proof is in the picture. Check out the other blogs on this page, there’s something for everyone.

Don’t be a stranger! There’s a nifty little button on the top right that ensures you don’t miss any of the deliciosa¬†comida¬†¬†featured here.

Cookingly yours,
Anamaris