When the depravity of humankind seems too much to bear, when we don’t want to try to bring our minds to accept the in comprehensible tragedies we never even knew possible, it seems a cold bleak world indeed.
I cannot offer up much to alter one’s impression of our world or the atrocities that occur therein, nor have I anything to give beyond kind thoughts and prayers to console those who suffer pain and grief, especially from such unspeakable events. But as we draw nearer to this Christmas day what I can do is offer some joy and light to this space, and some happy thoughts, be they trivial or integral to my very being – to make the world a little brighter, even if only a tiny bit.
Welcome to this month’s winners of DMBLGIT! Thank you so much to everyone who participated, it really was a lovely set of submissions. We received a grand total of fifty-six entries! And a huge thank you goes out to each of our amazing judges Tim, Ilva, Vanessa, and Alessio, who were all so wonderful willing to donate their time and thoughts critiquing and scoring each of the images.
Not sure what DMBLGIT is? Read my announcement post from earlier this month detailing the event. You can also read about and meet the judges for this month’s event.
You can also check out the Google+ album to see all the 56 submissions.
Images are judged on three categories – aesthetics, originality, and edibility and the winning images are decided based on the scores of each of the judges. So let’s check out the winners!
As you may or may not know, last month over Halloween a superstorm hurricane named Sandy ravaged the northeast coast of the United States. My friend Barb and I held an event earlier in the month to call for donations to the Red Cross and other organizations that would help out the victims, asking you all to post about comfort food and ways to help donate. I was humbled beyond words as I read each of your stories (yes, all 100 of them!) outpouring your emotions and experiences, seeing the generosity of spirit and heart of so many who were willing to help out the victims of this storm.
So for this month’s naturally gluten free links, I wanted to continue the theme of comfort food – whether it be posting comforting recipes from the Support for Sandy event, tasty holiday dishes or ways to use your Thanksgiving leftovers, this month is about comfort, dedicated to all those who have suffered/are suffering from that deadly storm. While the news stations may have moved on to tales of Black Friday and holiday trimmings, there are many still suffering who lost literally everything they own in the flood. I’ll be leaving up the donation badge to the Red Cross in the sidebar of my blog for a while, please consider donating to help out over the holiday season. I want to thank each and every one of you who participated in some way, whether that be making a post to encourage donations, making a donation towards Sandy relief efforts yourself, or even simply sending thoughts and prayers out to those in need.
If you are new to my monthly links event, at the end of each month I make a post highlighting my favorite naturally gluten free recipes that I find from across the blogosphere. The blogs may not all be gluten free, but these particular recipes are. So on to the great looking food!
Thanks so much to everyone who participated this month and sent in their entries for November’s edition of DMBLGIT (Does my blog look good in this)! We received a total of fifty-six (56!!) entries, which is just fantastic. If you haven’t heard, DMBLGIT is the web’s oldest running food blog photography event, starting back in 2005 by Andrew of Spittoon Extra. All the details, past events, and hosting guidelines can be found on Andrew’s site – the event needs future hosts for the 2013 year, so if you are interested in hosting, please contact Andrew.
But enough about administrative issues, let’s meet our judges! An extremely talented and passionate group of photographers, I hope you enjoy learning more about this month’s judges
Tim Clinch has been a photographer all his working life. He spent five years assisting in London, then ran his own studio in Clerkenwell. In the early 90′s he moved to Spain, where he lived and worked for eight years, five years in Madrid and three in the province of Cadiz followed by many years in South West France. These days, he’s still a nomad, dividing his time between England, France and Bulgaria. Tim says: “It doesn’t really matter where I ‘live’ as I’m always travelling.” His latest passion is discovering Eastern Europe, especially the fascinating country of Ukraine.
Tim works for a wide variety of magazines all over Europe and America, including CN Traveller, Forbes Life, Town & Country, Food Illustrated and House & Garden, and has had many books published, the latest being ‘England’s Hideaways’, a guide to the best secret hotels and castles in the UK (pub. Rizzoli). Tim is currently working on a new publishing project with food writer Kate Hill about the food and food producers of South West France, called ‘Food Stories from Gascony‘ Tim was chosen as an exhibitor in the prestigious Food Photo Festival in Tarragona, Spain in 2011, and this year was an award winner at the Food Photographer of the Year awards in London.
Alongside his commercial work he runs food photography workshops in France.
Vanessa Rees is a commercial photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the owner/operator of V.K.Rees Photography. She loves to blog about her own recipes in her spare time. Vanessa lives in an apartment with her boyfriend and fat yellow cat above the best bagel shop in all of NYC.
Ilva Beretta is a Swedish food blogger, writer and professional photographer living in Tuscany. As well as creating food, travel and lifestyle photography for leading magazines and food brands, she is one of the co-founders of Plate to Page food photography and writing workshops. You can see her work in her website at www.ilvaberetta.com, follow her blog Lucullian Delights, follow her on Twitter @Luculliandelights and @ilvaberetta and like her on Facebook.
I was born in a sunny little town in Sicily back in the day. My life was happily divided between my scientific studies and practicing the decorative arts until I moved to Florence for my University studies. Here, for the first time ever, I was left free and responsible to cook for myself. Long story short, I soon was catering to all my housemates. Once I obtained my Master Degree in Physics I moved to Bonn, Germany, to follow up with a PhD. It wasn’t long until I realised what a tight fit a life of pure research was for me. In the period that followed, I started my blog “Recipe Taster” as a way to reach out into what was still a mysterious world to me.
Little by little though, what seemed at the beginning as a complete shift in career became more like a natural evolution of myself. My scientific studies have in fact empowered me with the knowledge and attitude that I find essential for developing new successful recipes that work. I now manage my activity as a freelance Gastronomical consultant, private chef and photographer, embracing both my artistic and scientific side with wholeheartedly passion.
I am happy to announce that I am hosting DMBLGIT (Does My Blog Look Good in This) this month! I hosted before back in January, but DMBLGIT is in need of hosts, and I’m so excited to announce it again this month and help to continue its awesomeness. It’s the longest running online food photography contest, dating back to 2005, each month showcasing a wealth of talent from food bloggers all over the web, conceived by Andrew of Spittoon Extra.
The rules are simple – enter your photo by the deadline, and an amazing lineup of judges that I have chosen (who will be revealed later this month) will judge the photos and choose the winners, who will receive pretty shiny badges to put on their site
It’s here – today is the event that Barbara and I created in hopes to help raise awareness of the plight of Hurricane Sandy victims in the northeastern U.S. We asked you all to share your dishes of comfort and more importantly, we ask you all to donate to your favorite organizations that can help out those who are suffering. Even though the elections have become the main news headlines this week, we still need to remember that there are still people without power, people looking for food, and waiting hours for gasoline in order to run their generators. And now some have had to be evacuated again for the Nor’easter that came through this week, and are again without power in the cold. And there will be people who need assistance for quite some time. Every dollar we can send to organizations that will aid victims can only do good.
This list is by far from exhaustive, but some of the larger organizations accepting donations include:
Red Cross is providing food, shelter, and other forms of support to hurricane victims. You can donate directly to the Red Cross, you can also text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Salvation Army is also focused on providing food, shelter, and support to victims, and takes donations to storm relief.
Feeding America is providing food, water and supplies to those who need it as part of their disaster relief program.
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