• Rutabaga, Celery, Dill, & Smoked Chicken Soup
  • Matcha Whoopie Pies with Sakura Buttercream Filling
  • Chicken with Oyster Mushrooms, Portobellos, & Napa Cabbage
  • Mushroom Chicken Pie
  • Pistachio Wasabi Beets
  • Sichuan Chili Oil, and variety of cold-chicken-based lunches
  • Lemony Pea and Radish Salad with Mint
  • The Fort Greene
  • East African Sweet Pea Soup
  • Lazy, Rustic, Haphazard, and Amazing Sour Cherry Pies
  • Malaysian Chicken Satay
  • The Wildman’s iPhone App
  • Welsh Cakes with Dried Apricots and Candied Ginger
  • Farmhouse Pork with Black Beans and Green Peppers (and Trotter Gear)
  • Black Pepper Tofu with Pork
  • Peposo
  • Toasted Hazelnut Chai
  • Kentucky Coffee Spread
  • Banana Guacamole
  • Spicy Shrimp with Wine Rice
  • Double Ginger Chocolate Chunk Scones
  • Artichoke and Blood Orange Salad (with frisee, parsley, and cardamom)
  • Chevre Truffles
  • Clementine Sassafras Ice Cream
  • Jack is Closed (but you can vote for our pie on Sunday)
  • Our Wedding
  • Pecan Mole
  • Son-in-Law Eggs
  • Saffron Turmeric Cake with Meyer Lemon Sorbet, Argan Oil Whipped Cream, Almond Brittle, and Thyme
  • My Triumphant Return, with a Book Giveaway!

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Blogging by Mail

This post isn’t about cooking, or photography (see how I failed to make a still life out of all that stuff?). It’s about the sheer fun of sending presents to strangers, and receiving massive boxes of goodies in return. That’s what Blogging by Mail is all about.

Last time I tried Blogging by Mail, the package I sent to Singapore never arrived, and the package I received from England was integrated into our pantry before I could photograph it and post. This time, I decided to stay within the country so I could send some homemade treats to Enthusiastically Human. Little did I know that as I was baking for her, she was plotting to send me a holiday gift of her own.

Apparently the package I received was actually the second one my kind benefactor had put together for me. The first was destroyed in a car accident. Somehow Enthusiastically Human, whose blog name fits her perfectly, threw together a second package and sent it out.

What did I get? Well, there was coffee, and honey, and Arthur Bryants’ barbecue sauce, and Monin gingerbread syrup. There were homemade jellies, hot pepper and pomegranate. There was a book of cooking quotes, a food magazine, and a paper menorah. There were even a few horrifying yet fascinating candies thrown in (and I am sure she’ll understand that I use those words with great delight): a Cherry Mash, a Russel Stover, and a pair of Valomilks. I’ve never even heard of Valomilk before.

The only thing that didn’t make it was a jar of rosemary sugar, which broke in transit. It sure made everything smell nice, though.

I am so grateful for this gift, and I had so much fun putting together my package for her. Dave has been making gingerbread soda, and I’m all excited about the jellies.

This really lifted my spirits. Thank you.

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6 Responses to “Blogging by Mail”

  1. Tanna says:

    Nothing beats a package and yours is super!

  2. Enthusia says:

    You are most welcome–glad you’re enjoying them! I appreciated the lift in Holiday Spirits, as well. If you decide to NOT eat the candies, but instead, petrify on some mantel or other, I completely understand. They are somewhat museum-quality in their strangeness. Remember the vintage Twinkie story? If only they could aspire to such greatness.

    Oh no! Rosemary didn’t make it. At least she’s an easy enough of an herb to find, wink-wink. Enjoy your holiday!

  3. Yvo says:

    That sounds totally awesome :) It’s been a hard holiday season personally. Hope yours is going much better~ it sounds bright!

  4. Nicole says:

    I think that Blogging by Mail sounds like so much fun! I would love to join in during the next round!

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  6. Great blog. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

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