My Sunshine Blog Awards

Monday, June 21, 2010

The vegan blog community is an amazing community and a tremendous resource.  When I first went vegetarian, and started considering veganism, I relied heavily on some incredible cooks who knew their kitchen and were willing to dedicate their time and energy to write about it and, in many cases, enjoying a few thoroughly photographed, but cold meals.

I've recently been given a Sunshine Blog Award from kmouse .  The Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspires others in the blog world. I'm happy to pass it on to a few of my favorite bloggers.

The Vegan Mouse - In a word, Kmouse is inspiring. She updates her blog several times a week, which is a stunning commitment.  She shares my love for Indian, Thai and Mediterranean cooking and her pictures are beautiful.  Whenever I'm at a loss for ideas, I head over and stroll through her archives.  Her blog always wets my apatite.

Vegan Food; More Than Tofu and Sprouts! - Tofu Mom blogs about her life, her kids and her food.  She's down-to-earth, very 'real,' and one of truly good people in this world.  Hers is the first vegan blog I found and I've followed it ever since.  She's got good experience, good recipes and her blog is always fun.

Manjula's Kitchen - Manjula's site is perfect for anyone interested in Indian Cuisine.  She has instructional videos for each of her recipes that help unravel the techniques of parathas, dosas, etc.  I've made many of her recipes and they're always tasty and her videos make Indian cooking less intimidating.  It's not all vegan, but easy to veganize.

Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes - My other favorite Indian blog.  Vaishali's blog is another blog that I browse for inspiration.  I enjoy her writing and her wealth of eclectic recipes.  When I was working on to make dosas, for instance, I started with her half a dozen posts and half a day's worth of diversions.

Stumptown Vegans - If you're ever visiting Portland, Oregon, this site is a must.  They review much of the great food that Portland has to offer and keep up a Google map of locations.  I live 100 miles south of Portland and, thanks to this site, can look forward to great food whenever I visit.

One Frugal Foodie -  Alisa runs the site Go Dairy Free, along with her blog.  She's dedicated to healthy, dairy free eating.  Although her blog isn't vegetarian, but usually very vegan friendly, especially her baking.  She's posted a few gems that have made it into my 'regulars' circuit.

Soundly Vegan - I just started following Soundly Vegan.  I was initially attracted to her photography.  She's made an art of capturing stunning close ups.  Their food creative and inviting.  I'm especially intrigued by the prospect of homemade tofu, and the idea of introducing flavor into the process to make things like this and this.

Vegan Appetite -My favorite food porn in the world.  Tami's food always looks perfect; perfectly plated, perfectly prepared; perfectly delicious.  And she's got a cookbook out now.  I wonder how long I'll be able to live without that!

Vegan Dietitian - Not really a cooking blog, but definitely a food blog.  Virginia posts on topics ranging from new studies, dietary issues & information, to a quest for vegan lemon meringue pie, to debunking issues on both sides of the aisle.  She's a great resource for anyone interested in a vegan (or healthy) lifestyle.

Mitten Machen - Mary's blog is another that I've been following for a long while.  It's got plenty of good food and good photos and its always an enjoyable read.  And when I review my 'things to try' bookmarks folder, I notice that its littered with her work.

Lazy Smurf's Guide to Life - Lazysmurf's blog is a constant reminder that, some day, I need to visit Austin.  So much good food.  She blogs about the food of Austin and in her kitchen.  She's got great pictures and her recipes litter my bookmark folders.

Vegan Awakening / Full of Beans: Until recently, Kiersten was Full of Beans.  But she's changed blogs and now does Vegan Awakening.  It looks like she' off to a good start.  The new layout looks great and she's linked some of her old posts on her recipe page too.


For those of you that I named, the rules for accepting this award are:
1. Copy and paste these rules on your blog so your award winners could follow.
2. Put the logo flower on your blog or within your post.
3. Pass the award onto twelve bloggers of your choice.
4. Link the nominees within your post.
5. Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting about it on their blog.
6. On your blog post share the love and blog link of the person from whom you received this award.



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  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. you are so sweet! I have tons of your recipes bookmarked, I just shared your one for jalapeno poppers... mmm.

  3. Vaishali Says:
  4. Thanks, Matt, for sharing the award with me and for your kind words. :)

  5. Thanks for posting these sites. I love yours and value your opinion. I'm looking forward to checking out some of the ones you listed. I am already a big fan of Vegan Appetite.

  6. Anonymous Says:
  7. Thank you!

  8. Mary Says:
  9. Thanks, Matt! I really enjoy your blog, too. I'm always amazed at how consistently you come up with new, delicious things for your family to eat.

  10. Alisa Says:
  11. Thank you so much Matt! You are too kind :)

    I can't wait to check out the other new-to-me blogs too!

  12. jess Says:
  13. Thank You!


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