01 February 2011

Imitation As the Sincerest Form of Flattery ...


This food blogging thing has become such a far-reaching project that I am sometimes overwhelmed with the scope and levels of cooking ability that are out there in the culinary world! I come away from each day  of surfing the blogs with a few recipes that I really want to make for my family, a few that inspire me to adapt to my food tastes, and more than a few that astound me in their beauty and intricacy ... like the latest Daring Bakers' challenge. I can't even wrap my brain around the process of making Mousse Entremets with all its intricacies! I loved reading about the process and the thought that various bloggers put into the creative process and I loved oogling their food photography, but I set those posts aside as 'works of art' - not necessarily anything to aspire to, but posts to admire and honor.

When all is said and done, I always move back toward the more homey and simple foods - the ones toward which Silent Bob and I gravitate. Those are the foods that inspired me to begin blogging. We love rustic stews and spicy treatments for vegetables, crunchy cookies and sweet muffins, classic cakes and homey breads ... I have shared many of the recipes from our family cookbook and many that I've come across in my collection of cookbooks. Of late, I have begun going through my on-line list of  'must try recipes'. I hope folks on blogs don't get offended if I post their link and recipe with my take on it ... I mean these posts as a compliment to them. Those of you reading this post who know me and get frequent comments from me, be forewarned - my imitation of your recipe is my most sincere form of flattery. Thanks for posting such wonderful dishes!

'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.'  - Charles Caleb Colton

6 comments:

  1. Yes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I also think keeping food simple and comforting is the way to go.

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  2. should we be worried?... i say go ahead and steal what you like... that's the point of cooking... for me it's about passing on what i love... from generation to generation, from friend to friend... changed and tweaked slightly along the way to suit your tastes... that's what it's all about!

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  3. I agree with Dom. If you need to make a few tweaks to suit your taste. All the better. That's why cooking is so much fun.

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  4. Homey recipes are the best kind! And taking a recipe and making it your own is what it's all about! I know when I make something, I always look around to see what other people have done to change it up and make it even better ;-)

    P.S. Obstwasser is proving to be darned near impossible to come by in Holland, at least in mini bottles. I could only find a large bottle in one store and they told me that it wasn't common here. I can find German Kirschwasser and French Calvados in mini bottles though. Would either of those interest you?

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  5. Part of the fun of blogging for me is to see how recipes vary and morph from one blogger to another. I hope as you make some of those recipes, you will come over and link up to my Monday "your recipe, my kitchen" party.

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  6. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you will return.you also have some yummy things i am interested in :)

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