My first blog award!

Thank you to Mrs. Dull’s Nourishing Kitchen for choosing me for the Liebster Award!

“Liebster” is a German word meaning dearestbeloved or favorite, and the Liebster Award is sort of a chain letter among bloggers that’s intended to showcase exceptional up-and-coming blogs (typically, those with 200 or fewer followers). Now, there’s no evaluation committee or formal award process for the Liebster, but in a way it’s even nicer – it’s recognition that a peer has noticed and appreciated your hard work.

I’ve never paid attention to other blogs’ number of follower’s before, so going through the blogs I normally read (they are legion) was an interesting exercise in social media awareness and design.

Here are my five nominees to receive the Liebster Award:

1. Fox Grape Farm

I’m a total sucker for farm blogs and her honest and funny record of her farm experiments won me over years ago. I love that she and her husband both grew up in Gainesville and they both stayed here to farm and raise their children.

2. Offaly Tasty

This blog is a recent find for me after the author and I connected on Facebook. Any overlap between interesting/uncommon recipes, Weston A Price/Nourishing Traditions-led cooking, and Florida bloggers is going to catch my attention, and her take on cooking is fresh and unique.

3. I Believe I Can Fry

How often do you find a combination of unpretentious Japanese and Southern home cooking? Tuna casserole next to Korokke? Awesome. Also, she has a great recipe for Gumbo Z’Herbes, which I was convinced no one outside of Louisiana had ever heard of, much less cooked and ate.

4. Cocktail Remedy

“But Andi…” you say, “You don’t *drink* cocktails.” Well, that’s mostly true. I’m much more a beer (and newly, red wine!) person than a cocktail person at home and at a bar. However, I do love interesting flavors and adore experimenting in the kitchen, and this blog has plenty of both. Plus, the photography is gorgeous.

5. Urban Foodfare

This is the blogging side of Urban Jax Farm, an urban permaculture farm in Jacksonville. I read many, many permaculture blogs, budding permaculture geek I am, but there are relatively few compared to cooking blogs so they tend to have huge followings. This one is local (Jacksonville is just over an hour from me) so it’s immediately relevant to my own gardening research, and I like their uncommon farm projects (Geese! Turkeys!) and their unflinching treatment of omnivorism and raising farm animals.

Go check out these great blogs!

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