Monday, November 15, 2010


Stylish? Me?  I was just passed on the Stylish Blogger Award.  Thank you! I've never thought of myself as particularly stylish, but now the pressure is on to live up to the name.

Rules for accepting this award are:

1.  Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this.

Thanks to Valerie of Living Out of The Box for passing on this award. Val left a stellar IT career, packed a suitcase, and moved to Italy to study wine and the Italian language.  And she is about to do the same in France.  I love following her adventures as she follows her bliss, laughing all the way.

2.  Share seven things about yourself.

I am a private person who is not fond of sharing myself with people I don't know. So here goes.

The day after my wedding, almost 39 years ago, I left everyone I had ever known to start a life with my husband in Guadalajara, Mexico. We lived there for four years.  It was quite the culture shock for a 22-year old Jersey girl who had never even been on a plane!

My husband thinks I swear too much.  What the f---?  Seriously?

I started my career as an assistant buyer for the now defunct department store, Gimbels, in New York City. In budget lingerie and foundations I worked for two old broads from Brooklyn with the ever- present cigarette hanging from their lips.  Priceless!

I had a Personal Chef business.

I love books and films, especially foreign films.

My favorite place to be is on the beach in St.Thomas.

3.  Pass along this award to 15 stylish bloggers.

I think 15 is a bit excessive, but I would like to pass on the Stylish Blog Award to some of my favorite bloggers:

Amuse-Bouche for Two is where Tracy chronicles her kitchen life with Roberto while they e-mail each other to plan what's for dinner--punctuated with her fabulous photos.

Chez Danisse is where Denise paints beautiful pictures with her words as well as her camera.

Crumpets and Cakes is Monika's edible photography project with her beautiful stylized photos.

Good Food Matters Nancy is an ex-caterer, cooking teacher, food writer and an artist. Quite an accomplished woman.

In Search of the Finer Things I love sharing in Stacy's travels and her cooking and dining experiences.

Rachel Eats is written by a Brit who fled to Italy, met a Sicilian and lives and eats with him in Rome.
Her food is delicious and her exploits are hilarious.

The Ordinary Cook Kath is another Brit who will have you wishing you could cook all of your puddings in an Aga.

Thank you all for your delicious words and beautiful pictures and the glimpses you give us into your lives.  It continues to be a pleasure getting to know you and being inspired by you.


  1. A picture at last. How lovely. I really like this post, especially the bit about swearing too much. My husband used to say that about me, then I had the children and had to clean up my act, well at least in front of them anyway. Thank you for putting me on your list, I am very proud.

  2. I had to giggle at your husband saying "you swear too much." We have more in common than I thought. I've been a huge foreign film junkie lately. Fun post, Michele! And yes, stylish :)

  3. Wow! I feel like I actually met the real Michele now! You have had an extraordinary life! I'm so glad to get to know you better. Congrats, and thank you so much for mentioning me! :-)

  4. Woo hoo! A photo :) Your mention was very sweet. Can't wait to see what you cook up next.

  5. VALERIE--I love finding out how much we bloggers have in common. I'm sure that's what attracts us to one another's blogs ; )

    KATH, STACY, TRACY--A photo at last. Oh boy--that was John's idea. I hope now to learn seven things about all of you : )

  6. Hi Michele-you are a sweetheart-I am honored to be included in such an esteemed circle!! And, very impressed with your bold move to Guadalajara so long ago---what an adventure that four years must have been. thanks for sharing "your 7" and the nice photo.
    to all our good food connections-
    looking forward!!

  7. NANCY--Thanks for the nice comments. It was a pleasure to pass on the award to you : )

  8. congrats and thanks for sharing Michele, so nice of you

  9. Michele, You are so very kind. Many of your favorite bloggers are my favorites as well. I loved reading that your husband thinks you swear too much. So funny! A complete surprise. I too am a fairly private person. So what's this blogging all about? ; )

    I hope you continue to share little bits and pieces of your life and the luscious food you prepare here on Cooking at Home.

  10. DENISE--It was my pleasure to pass on this award to you. Your writing brings me much enjoyment.