I have some good news! Bon Appetempt has been nominated under the "Best Culinary Essay" category in Saveur's Best Food Blog Awards! So, first off: I want to say thank you for those who nominated the essay! Thank you very very much! Secondly, I'd like to report that Grandma has read the essay, which I printed out and mailed to her, and she has since written me a letter in which the topic comes up, eventually. Three paragraphs in, she finally says: "I enjoyed the Blog [sic]. I would be interested in the response the readers had." Awwwwwww. Those are high praises from my grandma!
And so before I ask for your vote, I thought now would be as perfect a time as any to post what I find to be a fairly hilarious video of the Kitchen Visit with Grandma in progress. Allow me to set the clip up for you: We are making pizzelles. My mom and I begin pressing the dough in the duo of pizzelle presses set up in the dining room—Mom has brought her press over today to help, but as you will see, it's a little rusty and needs a bit of, well, tweaking. Meanwhile, I am chasing the perfect pizzelle, which to me means one that is the exact size of the mold, but on my path to this perfect pizzelledom, I’m losing some dough that’s popping out of the sides of the press. Grandma disagrees with this method as it is "wasting" dough. Well, you'll see:
Anyway, if you feel so inclined: Vote for the essay here! You have to sign up, but it's painless and easy(!). Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!