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Honest Scrap Award

January 22nd, 2010 · 15 Comments

Honest Scrap Award imageIt is so nice to win awards especially when you least expect them and today I was given a blogger award known as the “Honest Scrap” award. I am not sure how or when this award got started, however, Doc from What’s Cookin’ with Doc’s Blog named me and nine others for the coveted moniker this morning (Friday, January 22, 2010). Please check out Doc’s blog when you get a chance, always good eating, and writing found on his pages. Thank you so much Doc for “nominating” me for the award today.

I have always wondered where these “awards” originate, and have seen some blogger’s create their own, and this great too! However, where did the “Honest Scrap” award originate? After some short Internet research it seems to go as far back as December 2008, however confirmation is not available, and the originator is unknown as far as I can tell. However, “Honest Scrap” was a brand of chewing tobacco or snuff, and somehow became the icon for this award. I also found that originally the award was passed on to seven blogger’s, so somewhere along the line it was moved up to ten bestowed awards.

I have to admit that several foodie blogger writers in the past year and a half have bestowed awards on my site and I have not given them the attention they deserved. Honestly, I can say that it is very hard for me to choose from the next iteration of blog’s and authors who I must bestow the next round of awards to, but now I feel it is time to take a stab at this awarding process. Having matured in my blogging since CCR was born in May 2008, almost two years old now, I feel ready to accept the challenge and make the selection. I will have to search my archives for the past awards and possibly create a new page for “Awards” and back track to make up for lost time. My heartfelt apologies go out for all of you who have given me awards in the past and I have not participated, however, I will make it up to you in the future.

“Honest Scrap” Award Rules

The Honest Scrap award rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person who “nominated” you and link back to that blog post.
  2. Tell 10 honest things about yourself—and make them interesting, even if you have to dig deep!
  3. Pass the award on to ten blogger’s who you feel embody the spirit of the Honest Scrap, and whose blog’s you find brilliant in design and/or content.

My “Honest Scrap”

Ten honest things about me, and in no particular order:

  1. I was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, in the heart of Cajun Country, and lived in New Orleans, LA most of my life.
  2. In 1987, I worked on the research vessel J. W. Powell while operating under the auspices of the National Undersea Research Program (NURP) as a Chief Steward while at sea in the North Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, and prepared three meals a day for a boat crew of 5 and up to 10 scientists. Learned how to scuba dive in between meals, and by the way, sharks can swim very fast….honest…they do!
  3. Hurricane Katrina was not the work of the devil, but my family and I survived riding out the storm and the aftermath. If you click the hyperlink to the interactive map, our old house was located in Algiers, we hunkered down to ride out the storm in the F. Q., or French Quarter at my father in-laws business the Biscuit Palace.
  4. I love to cook and have been doing so since I was 13 years old; I especially enjoy cooking with my dear wife, and love to write about it here on the CCR blog.
  5. I met and worked with Julia Child on several occasions and she is one of my top culinary idols.
  6. I worked for Emeril Lagasse at his home office known as Emeril’s Homebase in New Orleans, LA as an IT technician in support of his 13 restaurants for 3 years before Katrina hit. Became laid off after the storm, and was asked to return 8 months later, but already found new work.
  7. I was kidnapped in 1989 and survived 45 minutes of terror at gunpoint, and lived to tell about it.
  8. I love my family, adoring my dear wife and in awe of my amazing son.
  9. Obtained an associate degree in Culinary of Arts in 1986 as part of and American Culinary Federation (ACF) accredited apprenticeship program, and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Systems in 2000, from over two years of night schooling at University of Phoenix (UOP).
  10. Love to travel and hope to see the world someday, especially Europe, South America, and the South Pacific.

My “Honest Scrap” Nominations

Now on to the hardest part of selecting, the ten blog’s to “nominate” this award, as I just wish the rules did not limit it to ten recipients (used to be only seven you know), as there must be a few hundred that I would want to add to this list, however, and in no particular order:

  1. Drick’s Rambling Cafe
  2. Simply Scrumptious
  3. What’s Cookin’ Italian Style Cuisine
  4. Vegan Thyme
  5. Hugging the Coast
  6. 5 Star Foodie Culinary Adventures
  7. Sweets Foods Blog
  8. Cocina Savant
  9. Jeroxie (Addictive & Consuming)
  10. The Hungry Mouse

Again, my congratulations to all the blog’s that I have “nominated” with the “Honest Scrap” award upon, and my apologies to those who I wanted to nominate but could not choose.

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 pegasuslegend // Jan 22, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Well Chef Ryan and am very honored that you chose me. I am also very much blushing, as I don’t do well with praise, but love to give it lol…Thank you very much for this honorable award and being the very much honest blogger that you are as well. I am horrified that happened to you in 1989 and very glad you survived to tell us about it…. as well as impressed by your talents as working as IT with Emeril and the 13 restaurants wow quite a autobiography…..enjoyed the journey to learn more about you other than being a fabulous artist and Chef! thanks again

  • 2 The Hungry Mouse // Jan 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Oh my goodness, thank you so much! 😀 You know I’m such a huge fan of yours, so it means a lot to me.


  • 3 Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog // Jan 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I’m delighted with all your culinary experience and I see you worked with Julia Child, this is magnificent!

    Congrats to you for this award and Ryan is a truly honor to receive this award from you also!
    I’ll be passing it to other deserved bloggers in next posts.

    Have a great weekend!


  • 4 Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog // Jan 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Ohh I’ve omitted something important: thanks so much! 🙂

  • 5 Vegan Thyme // Jan 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    OMG!!! I am so humbled and honored by this Chef, you have no idea–you have made my day, perhaps my month! I have been inspired by your cooking for some time now, but now am even more so given your culinary exposure–the queen herself: Julia? And Emeril? Not to be “star struck” or anything (uh, I AM!). . . but honestly, that is some career you’ve had and continue to have–and survived both a kidnapping and Katrina, plus lived to tell: amazing is all I can say! I am so truly grateful–from the bottom of my heart–my blog has brought me so much joy–this nomination adding to it! Now to the matter at hand: my nominations and my ten honest things about myself–this could get ugly! Many, many thanks!

  • 6 doggybloggy // Jan 22, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    nice info – the kidnapping thing – a little terrifying to say the least – and getting to meet and work with Juila Child and Emeril Lagasse are experiences to top all.

  • 7 penny aka jeroxie // Jan 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you! You have so many experiences in your life – good and bad. You have to tell us more stories.
    Please come and visit Australia. 🙂

  • 8 Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes // Jan 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm


  • 9 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie // Jan 22, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Enjoyed learning more about you and honored that you shared this lovely award with me – thank you so much!!!

  • 10 Drick // Jan 22, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    well Ryan, you did it again …every post from you is always a treat, a learning experience and a great read – now you go and do something like this…….what am I going to do with this? – display it proudly knowing that it came from you – a loyal friend, a respected chef and a gracious southerner who inspires me to a level you will never know. Thank you for including me in your list and I will certainly wear the badge with pride.

  • 11 Jessie // Jan 22, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    oh gosh thank you so much Ryan! I love reading your delicious posts and learning new things from an awesome chef like you 🙂

  • 12 Divina // Jan 23, 2010 at 6:01 am

    It’s really nice to get to know you better. I led an interesting and exciting life but glad you that you where you are right now. 😀

  • 13 Dawn@CocinaSavant // Jan 23, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Wow! Thank you so much! We love reading your blog and it was nice to read a little more about you, you’ve had quite an amazing and exciting life :).

    Thank you again for the award and the plethora of recipes that make us miss everything wonderful about living on the Gulf Coast.

  • 14 Doc // Jan 23, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Well deserved Chef! My, you have certainly had some interesting experiences. Love your blog & recipes. Hope we can catch up sometime on my next vist to NO. We always stay in the FQ.
    Thanks for the nod as well.
    Maning prep for tomorrow-Who Dat!!!

  • 15 ninni // Jan 24, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Well i just back home from a long and not so pleasant trip ,only can say i missed You and Your posts so much!I am a big fun of You and Your work !This Award is in the best hands ,yours,of course!
    I am so happy for you!
    Dont need to say that i am proud to know YOU!!!