Does Claude Have Spring Fever?

I want to thank Claude for the wonderful interview he did. He really helped me a lot with those award nominations!

In case you don’t know who Claude is, here’s a picture of him relaxing at home.

It is me, Claude.

It is me, Claude.

And now it seems Claude has been inspired to speak up after almost a year. (I suspect he may be inspired by his latest crush, Flat Kathy!) I’m so glad he’s back! Since you all seemed to like Claude’s interview so much I thought I’d share the  short fiction he wrote for the WordPress Daily Prompt today.

It Is Me, Claude, Your Award Show Host for Today

Bonjour! Eet eez me, Claude Mouse.

Eet eez award season très certainement! Grammys, Screen Actors Guild, zee People’s Choice, and of course zee Oscars–Academy Awards–coming up. J’adore awards ever seence I was honored weeth zee LIfetime Achievement Kitchen Inspiration Award last February. Squeek! Squeek!

Zeez eez me weeth my award!

Zeez eez me weeth my award!

And, mes amis, eet eez award season here in zee blogosphere as well eet seems. So many of our blogging friends are honored weeth so many wonderful awards! Mycookinglifebypatty aussi! Pattee shee eez also bestowed weeth such awards thees year. Eeen fact, she eez feeling un peu timide–umm–“shy” eez zee word–about all zeez attention.

But I tell her, Pattee, “Vous méritez, zeez awards!” Alors, I deecide to help her weeth thees post. I eenterview her.

Me: Pattee, what eez zee award you just receive?

Patty:  It was the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award,” Claude.

Me:  And who geeve theez award to you?

Patty:  I received this honor from Kenton Lewis, published author and writer of The Jittery Goat which is an entertaining blog that I recently discovered and have been following. Thank you, Kenton! This is what the award looks like:

Very inspiring blogger award

Claude:  Eet eez tres chic! Now, Pattee, every blogging award comes weeth zee, how you say, rules of zee game, no? What are zee rules for zeez award?

Patty:  Well Claude, there are four things. 1. Display the award logo on your blog; 2. Link back to the person who nominated you; 3. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and link to them; and 4. State 7 things about yourself.

Claude:  Okay Pattee. You have done zee first two theengs. Let’s move on. Who are you going to nomeenate for zee Very Eeenspiring Blogger Award?

Patty: I picked the blogs that inspire me especially on the subject of cooking, Claude.

  1. Fig and Quince. This blog features Persian recipes and cooking which is something I didn’t know much about.
  2. Homemade Delish. Roberta from Philly writes this and she’s become a celebrity chef in her area. Go Roberta!
  3. Foodimentary. John-Bryant Hopkins coined this term himself. Probably lots of us know him. I’m inspired by his seemingly endless knowledge of food trivia and history.
  4. Plant Based Diet Adventures. She does a great job changing omnivore recipes into vegan.
  5. Afternoon Popcorn Snack. The name alone is inspiring. I think of Amy around 3 p.m. every afternoon–wishing I had popcorn. And a snack. Maybe one of her cookies.
  6. Sybaritica. C. John Thompson is a lawyer way up in Northern Canada who is very sybaritic when it comes to food and ambience. (I had to look it up too. It means devoted to or marked by pleasure and luxury.)
  7. Florastable. Authentic Italian meets Traditional American. Anyone who thinks giving us a great scallops recipe is a good Valentine’s Day gift is A-Okay in my book!
  8. Cook Up a Story. It’s the name of a blog and the name of a book both featuring Vinny Grette. No, not kidding you! It’s delightful.
  9. Mama Miyuki Easy Pantsy. This mama is all about Indonesian cooking and showing us how easy it is to make very tasty and exotic foods from her part of the world.
  10. Chef Mimi Blog. Pumpkin Pancakes? Wild Rice Pancakes? Yes! That is definitely inspiring!
  11. 1227 Foster. Danny is a very creative and inspired chef plus he’s a designer. I read just about every post he writes.
  12. My Sister’s Pantry Healthy, vegan, easy and great advice and cooking tips. Also excellent and timely use of chocolate!
  13. The House By the Sea. Gorgeously aesthetic blog by Soffia who is an Icelandic photographer, cook and artist. The pictures alone are worth the visit!
  14. David Lebovitz Living the Sweet Life in Paris. Yes he is a professional. But why not give him the shout out he deserves? I have learned a lot from reading David’s blog. He goes into great detail and it’s always interesting!
  15. She Cooks Macro. Been lurking here and now following! Most recipes shown with a gallery of very professional-looking photos

Claude: Merci beaucoup pour toutes ces merveilleuses adresses! I can’t wait to take a look at theeze.  Now, Meez Pattee, can you tell us seven theengs about yourself?

Patty:  Hmmm.  I’ll try Claude.

  1. I prefer cooking with gas.
  2. I do not like microwave ovens at all and try to avoid them.
  3. I would like to live in Italy.
  4. I’m an east-coast girl at heart.
  5. I like to stay busy. Half a day off is about all I can take unless there is something really fascinating to do.
  6. I’m a great cook but not such a great housekeeper.
  7. I love anything pickled.

Claude: Bon. Félicitations à vous, Pattee, et à tous vos candidats!

My Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool!

My mother was never reticent about accepting a compliment or a gift. She set an excellent example of how one can be sincerely gracious when receiving a compliment and enjoy the acknowledgement fully. And I’m the same way.

If you tell me I done good, I’m not going to say, “Oh! No no no, really it was nothing.” And I’m not going to pump for more, saying “Do you really think  so? I was trying but I didn’t know if I really accomplished anything.”

I’m going to say “Thank you so much!”

And I’m going to enjoy the hell out of the compliment given! Do not confuse this attitude with one of ‘doing something with the hope and intention of getting someone to acknowledge.’ Not the same at all.

All of which is a long introduction to saying thank you to my blogging friend, Debra, for acknowledging me and my blogging.  Debra recently awarded me the “Versatile Blogger Award” and yesterday she also conferred upon me the “Shine On Award.”

I recently found Debra’s blog, Mauldinfamily1, and we have been mutually admiring each other’s posts on a regular basis. And honestly, Debra, I have read some of your short fictional tidbits and some of your poetry and you have the ability to draw me right in to whatever you are creating!

I have also found some awesome bloggers to follow via Debra and she has a knack for finding fine, interesting bloggers.

So on to the business at hand! It is my turn to do the nominatin’ and awarding.

The Shine On Award

The Shine On Award

Let’s start with the Shine on Award.  This award asks for seven things about myself and 5-10 nominations.  And of course you also link to the blogger who awarded you, just as I’ve done.  Here we go:

  1. I’m an east coast girl at heart.
  2. I’d like to live in Italy.
  3. I’d also like to live in Maine.
  4. My favorite color is red and always has been.
  5. I’m lazy as all get out.
  6. I recently learned metric measurements for cooking.
  7. I fancy myself to have a Scottish ancestry. True there is some Scottish but it’s not the primary heritage–just the one I relate to the strongest.

(Now pretend we’re at the Oscars) Ahem! And the nominations are . . .

  1. Human Rights Warrior
  2. British Food: A History
  3. The Fantastical Voyages of Flat Kathy
  4. Cindyknoke
  5. Afroculinaria

Actually the “nominations” are all winners because I said so!

Now, let’s take a look at the Versatile Blogger Award. Hmmmm. What does “versatile” mean?

Ver-sa-tile – Adjective

1. Able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities: “a versatile saw”.

2. Changeable; inconstant.

Okay, so the first definition seems complimentary.  The second is not necessarily if you’re saying something or someone is “inconstant.” But I am going to take the first definition here and see if I can nominate some bloggers who have demonstrated variety and ability to adapt their basic blog theme or purpose broadly.

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award

Yikes! Another seven things about meeeee?  (Plus 15 nominations and of course a link to the blogger–Mauldinfamily1–who nominated me.) Okay then here goes:

  1. In the past four years I lost 97 pounds.
  2. I am confident I can handle anything life throws at me and come out on top.
  3. My nickname used to be “Peaches” but now I don’t seem to have any nickname and I really don’t want one either.
  4. I am 100% against psychiatry and also psychiatric drugging.
  5. I think everyone should know their thirty human rights as laid out in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  6. I have at least three Christmas decorations that remain on display in my home all year.
  7. I have three of the most wonderful sons any mother could ask for.

And (drumroll please) the first five nominees are:

  1. Cook Up a Story
  2. Domestic Diva
  3. Fig and Quince
  4. Mama Miyuki Easy Pantsy
  5. Displaced Beachbums

When I find the next five nominees I will announce them.  For now, these are my choices and I hope you’ll visit them soon! Congratulations to all and again, thank you Debra for nominating me.

(Stay tuned – I am very close to starting my own idea of an excellent award to acknowledge favorite bloggers!)

Acorn Squash with Ground Beef, Apples and Raisins

Acorn Squash fresh from the oven.  Brian Pinkowski

Acorn Squash fresh from the oven. Brian Pinkowski

Please welcome my very first guest author, Brian Pinkowski! Brian is a friend and fellow blogger and I invited him to share a recipe on Mycooklinglifebypatty.

Brian has a wonderful blog of his own, Timor-Leste Images which I invite you to visit.  Just click on the name on my blog roll to the right!


Its Winter and a great time for squash.

I ran across this recipe and thought it was just the right answer for a hot dinner on a cold night in the Rocky Mountains.  Not many written instructions needed.  Photo story will do the trick.

Halved Acorn Squash in 1/4 inch of water.  Brian Pinkowski

Halved Acorn Squash in 1/4 inch of water. Brian Pinkowski

Ground Beef.   Brian Pinkowski

Ground Beef. Brian Pinkowski

Diced Apples.  Brian Pinkowski

Diced Apples. Brian Pinkowski

Apples, Raisins, Cinnamon.  Brian Pinkowski

Apples, Raisins, Cinnamon. Brian Pinkowski

Acorn Squash in the oven for 35 minutes.  Brian Pinkowski

Acorn Squash in the oven for 35 minutes. Brian Pinkowski

At 400 degrees.

At 400 degrees.

Ground beef mixed with the raisins, apples, cinnamon and a bit of salt.  Brian Pinkowski

Ground beef mixed with the raisins, apples, cinnamon and a bit of salt. Brian Pinkowski

Scoop out the Squash.  Brian Pinkowski

Scoop out the Squash. Brian Pinkowski

Mix the cooked squash with the ground beef, apples, raisins.  Brian Pinkowski

Mix the cooked squash with the ground beef, apples, raisins. Brian Pinkowski

Place mixture in the squash shells, drizzle with a little melted butter, and a sprinkle of brown sugar.  Brian Pinkowski

Place mixture in the squash shells, drizzle with a little melted butter, and a sprinkle of brown sugar. Brian Pinkowski

Dinner Time.  Brian Pinkowski

Dinner Time. Brian Pinkowski

This is such an aesthetic and pleasing look at the subject of edible flowers. Far more so than the one I wrote a while back ( I just had to re-blog . And man! I wish I could draw and paint all my graphics. I tried it once when I wrote about the super hero, Coffee Man, (

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