Thursday, November 25th, 2010



While everyone is asleep, baking, grilling, setting up their dinner table for guests, and letting just-out-of-the-oven pies cool near the window, I would like to share how thankful I am this year.

My family never sat around the dinner table sharing what we were thankful for, but this year, I invite you all to our virtual dinner table. Right before we all dig in, let’s all share our long lists of thanks. Don’t worry- the turkey and the biscuits will not get cold- around our virtual table, everything stays warm.

I’ll go first.

• Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone who has supported this blog from day one. On day one, I met these two amazing and inspiring people: Rachael & Alice – you both rock! I am thankful for having known you both this long!

• I am thankful for my friends and family members who have been my guineapigs since before I began this blog. Your opinions on all of those baked goods have always been helpful. Thank you!

• I am thankful to everyone who currently supports this blog, people who try the recipes, regular readers, regular commenters, and many more. Your emails and comments about recipes turning out well have constantly made my days wonderful. Thank you!

• I am thankful for having blogging friends that live close by-

Olga – your kindness still warms my heart. Thank you for everything!

Jennie & Alejandra– thank you for being my substitute moms in January

Carol & Kim – thank you both for making me almost pee my pants from laughing so much at BlogHer. You both rock!

Lisa – it was great meeting you at the get-together that Ree, Elise, and Jaden organized. I owe you some homemade saag and roti!

Maggy – I know, I know- I owe you that chocolate peanut butter cup recipe. Soon!

Gail – your responses to my silly tweets and the posts on your new blog always make me smile! And your cookies and cakes are by far the best I have seen. Ever.

Joanne – meeting you at BlogHer was awesome; I admire your honesty and how cool you are!

Erika – if I would have known that you lived nearby, we could have baked and shared several cups of tea together. It was such a pleasure meeting you at BlogHer!

Lauren – “the secret code is chocolate cake!” remember? It was absolutely wonderful hanging out with you, Joanne, and Eliana during BlogHer! From the crappy mashed potatoes to the nasty “mousse stuff” I had a great time!

Deb, we may not know each other well (we’ve only met twice; and the second time was very brief), but you are very kind and that little dude is definitely going to be as smart as his mama! I just know it. BTW, we should totally bake together one of these days!

Everyone that I have missed- you all rock my socks. Seriously. Thank you for everything! We should all totally do brunch / lunch / dinner one of these days. Seriously, let’s organize something!

• I am thankful for these great people who live around country, but always seem to make my stomach grumble and put a smile on my face with their tweets and emails.

Jaden – you kick butt. The end. No, I should say more- your kindness from choosing a random 17 year-old to pick a winner for a major contest, and then defending me when people were hating. You kick major bootay! Keep being a rock star!

Shauna, Danny and Lu – I cannot express how great it was to finally meet all three of you this summer. Hanging out, laughing, taking photos, meeting new people, and sharing food with others was simply amazing. And that little lu- what a cutie pie. She’s going to be an amazing baker and writer just like her mama.

Monica– your kindness warms my heart and your writing puts me in a world that I wish I could always stay in.

Elissa, Hannah, Lauren, and Tessa – I am thankful that all of us are friends. I swear, the first time we all talked on skype for almost six-hours, it was the best time I ever had. It’s like we’ve all known each other for years! Thank you for all of the advice and for the laughs that we have shared thus far.

Elise – now that we are cousins, I have to tell you- you are probably the coolest cousin I have! No joke. I really look up to you; your kindness, your honesty, and your dance moves are rockin’. Stay cool. When I finally make my trip out west, I owe you an Indian meal.

Heidi – whenever I click onto your site, I always forget that you are a vegetarian. Every single one of your recipes makes me drool, and your photos are truly inspirational. From the few conversations that we’ve had on twitter- I can truly say that you are truly kind! P.S. When I cook that Indian meal for Elise; you’re invited :)

Karen– do you know how kind you are? Well, you are. And that mac and cheese recipe- phenomenal! I still make it, by the way! You’re totally invited to dinner with Elise, Heidi, and I!

Kristen – from cyber terrorist hackers to breakdowns- we’ve shared tons of laughs. And boy has it been awesome! If I am traveling out west- I think I will have to stop at just about every state to say “Hi!” to everyone. This time, we are going to spend an entire day talking and cooking and baking ‘cause that get-together wasn’t long enough for me to talk with ya. Sooo many people.

Amy– Hola, friend! When I head down south, I expect a full course southern meal. Ya hear me? Just teasing. But honestly- you and Kristen totally rock my socks. Can we move closer to each other?

Ree– REE! Where’d you go? Ree, forget the turkey. Thirty seconds more in the oven won’t hurt it. I’ve got something to say. . . . What was I going to say? . . .Oh. It was such a pleasure to meet you at BlogHer. And to hear that you read my posts and that you liked my boring ‘ol sneakers made my night. And for giving me the gold medal for be a champion of our drinking game at the get-together– just kidding. I swear, I only drank ginger ale, everyone. Cross my heart! Well, Ree- your tweets and emails and DM’s are totally awesome. You’re awesome. We need to bake together one of these days! AND hide in your pantry and eat nutella out of the jar (I’ll bring the jars of nutella and the spoons- you provide the pantry), while your kids run around the house with Charlie and the kitty.

Todd & Diane – Where do I start? Thank you so much for everything- for your kind words, for including me in your presentation at BlogHer in 2009, and for believing in me. Oh, and if I get that headshot- you’re invited to dinner with Elise, Heidi, Karen, and I . I’ll make enough food (I’ll kidnap my grandma to cook with me!). I promise.

Niri – where can I start? Martha Stewart in January was an interesting experience. I am so glad that I sat next to you. Your kindness and friendship is pure and your heart is made of gold. Your kids are already as smart as their mama, but they’ll soon be as great as their mama is too. You have a wonderful family, Niri. Stay awesome, friend!

Bee, Lara, Kelly, Helene, Aran, TeaJaime, Lorna, David, Karen B., Ashley, Eleanor, Kalyn, Zoe, Jen S., Barb, Paula, Clare and everyone– I’ll try not to make this too long because I know everyone’s hungry and I talk way too much (like that’s anything new). So, right before we dig in, I’d like to thank all of you for being kind, inspiring, and absolutely awesome (I should just re-title my post to: “awesome.” I’ve used the word how many times in this post, already?). I apologize for leaving anyone out of the list, but Ree just brought the turkey to the table and Shauna put the dessert right near me and I’m starving.

Pass the ‘taters please!

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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  • White
    November 25th, 2010

    Quite a comprehensive list of distinguished food bloggers/friends! You are in good company.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, family, friends.

    From: North of the 49th.

  • Kamesh
    November 25th, 2010

    People & friends in our life are the ones we are most thankful.
    Great post!

  • Jennie
    November 25th, 2010

    Kamran, I’ll be your substitute mom any day, and consider us permanent friends. I hope my girls are lucky enough to grow up and discover there passion early on too, as you are most certainly on your path to something great. Stay true to who you are, always.

    Happy Thanksgiving my dear.

  • Lauren
    November 25th, 2010

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • Gail
    November 26th, 2010

    Kamran, you inspire me daily, in ways that I can’t even begin to put into words. Thank you, my friend.

  • Helene
    November 26th, 2010

    This is so nice of you to thank all of these wonderful people. Happy belated Thanksgiving!

  • Barbara | Vino Luci Style
    November 26th, 2010

    Thank you for including me in this AWESOME (there, feel better now that you’re not alone) list. So many bloggers and friends that we share and admire.

    My daughter makes fun of me for my ‘Twitter’ friends but I had an opportunity yesterday to actually show her my stream (she ghosted some tweets for me too!) and it didn’t take long; she now sees it’s not just random messages with random people as she thought, not at all. No, it’s real messages from real friends and I count you among them. Chin up, stay strong, work hard at school and of course, keep cooking!

  • Niri
    November 27th, 2010

    Kamran, you are kind, and add that to the list of amazing talents you have. You are so beyond your years and I have said it before but I know you will reach heights while the rest of us look on proudly. Proud to call you friend and humbled that you think so too!

  • Kristen
    November 28th, 2010

    Love you, Kam! I am so glad we met and will totally take you up on coming here!! Thanks for the kind words!

  • David
    November 29th, 2010

    …thanks, too, and hope you had a good T-day~!

  • hannah
    November 29th, 2010

    and i’m thankful for you! we need to have another 6 hour chat asap!

  • Alejandra
    November 30th, 2010

    What a sweet post! You are the best, Kamran. I was happy to be your substitute mom (it was so fun!) but am even more happy to be your blog friend. You’re an amazing and super talented guy; can’t wait to see what the coming year (and years) hold for you!


  • diane and todd
    November 30th, 2010

    you’re a lovely soul Kam, stay grounded and awesome like you always are. Keep up the great work and 2011 has great things coming your way! xoxo

  • Nisrine
    December 14th, 2010

    Kamran, I’m sure they appreciate your friendship as well. It’s important to be thankful in life.

  • Robin
    December 20th, 2010

    Hi Kam, I’ve been away from for months, and now that I’m back I’m so happy to see how much your (already wonderful) photography skills are growing. I love this shot, the juxtaposition of dark and light and the spot that you’ve focused on!

    Happy Holidays!

  • wasabi prime
    December 24th, 2010

    Happy holidays, Kamran — you’ve had one heck of a year and you deserve all good tidings and blessings to come in the new year. Enjoy the season with family!!

  • Ksenia
    December 25th, 2010

    Sometimes we focus too much on the bad things and forget about the good ones, so making list is a good idea. It’s amazing how supportive can the web community be, isn’t it? :)
    Oh, and the “nose job” looks AMAZING. It’s simple, clean and elegant. I can’t believe you do all that with a Notepad. You must be a genius or something.

    Merry Christmas and happy Holidays!

  • Elise
    December 25th, 2010

    You are the best, Kamran. Merry Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hope to see you out west sometime. The guest room has your name on it. :-)

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