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Firstly, some non-football business: What are your favorite baking/cooking blogs or websites? I've recently started attempting to delve into the kitchen, and I've found that food blogs are generally a lot safer a bet than cookbooks, since you can learn from others' mistakes. I'd love to know some of your favorite sites.

Now back to football. I think the first round games have proven something pretty clearly: speak German, win awesome games. Okay, I realize Swiss German is barely recognizable as a form of German BUT STILL. If Austria were in this World Cup they'd probably have beaten Brazil. I'm not even gonna pretend I didn't clap gleefully when that game was over. I am not that nice of a person. I hardly think Spain's dreams are over, but they have made it quite difficult on themselves, especially as I heard that Chile were pretty good although I did not watch them. I can't say I was incredibly blown away by Brazil either. A few moments of brilliance mostly overshadowed by mediocrity. In my of course totally unbiased opinion, I still think Germany put out the best performance in the first round by far.

Day 05 — Your favorite domestic league

I'm more emotionally invested in Liverpool than I am in Stuttgart, but the Bundesliga is a much more interesting, dynamic, well-run league. Although Bayern have won vastly more trophies than any other German team, the title race in recent years has always been incredibly close and could go to any of three or four teams up until the last one or two games. And teams can fall to the bottom and rocket to the top all in one season. Stuttgart were at one point dead last in the table but came back to finish the season 6th. Watching the Bundesliga is certainly more interesting than watching Barca and Real Madrid swap the La Liga title back and forth and Chelsea and Man U do the same thing in England.

Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy


Day 01 — Your favorite active footballer
Day 02 — Your favorite retired footballer
Day 03 — Your favorite national team
Day 04 — Your favorite club team
Day 05 — Your favorite domestic league
Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy

Day 07 — Your favorite football kit
Day 08 — A video of a great goal
Day 09 — A football-related photo that makes you happy
Day 10 — Your favorite football rivalry
Day 11 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 12 — A football-related photo that you took
Day 13 — Transfer that made you the saddest
Day 14 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 15 — Your favorite manager
Day 16 — A football-related comedy skit/joke/whatever
Day 17 — A picture of the footballer you think is the hottest
Day 18 — Match that made you the saddest
Day 19 — Match that made you the happiest
Day 20 — Your favorite football-related piece of fiction (movie, book, fanfic, whatever)
Day 21 — A football-related photo that makes you sad
Day 22 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 23 — A football-related song
Day 24 — A football-related photo that makes you laugh
Day 25 — A football-related .gif
Day 26 — A football-related item you've bought
Day 27 — A picture of your favorite bromance/ship
Day 28 — Your favorite team of all time (i.e., specific players at a certain point in time)
Day 29 — Your favorite football-related quote
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy

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Date: 2010-06-16 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My two favorite cooking blogs:

Pioneer Woman's cooking blog ( actually, all of her blogs (life, cooking, photography, homeschooling, etc...) are fabulous but her cooking one in particular because it's a mix of recipies submitted by others, recipies tested by her, and generally awesome giveaways. And when Pioneer Woman does a recipe, she posts photographs of each and every step of the process, which is helpful for new techniques or products.

Another, newly found blog is TasteSpotting ( which is recipies submitted by any and everyone. I like that it's user created content, makes me feel like even the complicated can't be THAT complicated if it's done by non-professional cooks! (also, lots of yummy pictures to go with the recipies!)

Random football admission: would you be upset to hear that the only reason why I followed Liverpool (with great gusto) when living in the UK was because they had the most attractive players? I probably shouldn't admit that, but I was young and killer abs were my downfall impressionable at the time. It's nice to hear from someone who enjoys them for their skills!

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Date: 2010-06-18 04:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]

Seconding the TasteSpotting ( recommendation, though its format is exactly the same as FoodGawker (, which I prefer the look of, and which actually keeps me logged in when I check the "keep me logged in" checkbox. It's user-submitted content in the sense that food bloggers will submit their favorite entries with photos (not necessarily their own), and the sites act as a kind of recipe box and photo album for gorgeous dishes. You can mark your favorites and tag them to your liking to put together your own deck of recipe cards. Total mouthwatering time-sink.

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Date: 2010-06-16 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I like Budget Bytes (

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Date: 2010-06-16 07:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aurora
Stéphane Lambiel's Switzerland won, I rejoiced!

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Date: 2010-06-16 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Switzerland defeating Spain really was a huge surprise, but it wasn't totally undeserved. Both teams played on a higher level than many of the previous ones, that alone made this match much more interesting. But of course I agree with you on Germany putting out the best performance so far! :D

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Date: 2010-06-16 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I like Baking Bites for cookies, cupcakes and sweet stuff! (</a)

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Date: 2010-06-16 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Smitten kitchen ( is my go-to cooking blog. She does more baking than cooking, at least in recent posts, but generally, I've found that ALL of her recipes (most of them taken from cookbooks) are a good bet. It's also beautifully organized, which is always a plus. Recs for recipes off the top of my head from her site are the grapefruit yogurt loaf ( (so simple and light), beef barley soup (, and leek bread pudding ( (from one of my favorite cookbooks, Ad Hoc At Home).

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Date: 2010-06-17 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ochocinco has been tweeting about the World Cup, and I thought of you when he was gushing about Germany.

#GERMANY stands for (G)reat (E)nergized (R)esilent (M)otivated (A)mbitious a(N)d (Y)oung #dominatedtoday

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Date: 2010-06-17 09:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love Lovin' From the Oven ("). Great baked goods recipes.

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Date: 2010-06-17 10:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh and Manjula's Kitchen ( if you're into vegetarian/vegan Indian food. All of her recipes have videos to go with them.

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Date: 2010-06-17 10:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My sister and I watched the Spain v Switzerland game in shock. I think maybe Spain was a bit overconfident going into it. Watching Germany trounce Australia was just kind of painful, honestly. Ouch. I was happy that Mexico won today, even though I'm a little sad that France hasn't scored yet. Hopefully that will change when they face South Africa. LOL I'm way too nice to watch competitive sports. I'm like, "But they're all trying so hard."

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Date: 2010-06-24 04:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I enjoy the baking blog by Joy The Baker ( I have yet to make a single recipe, but i get her posts emailed anyway, just so I can save particularly delicious sounding recipes in my email for later possible use. Cause one never knows when one might be struck by the urge to start baking.


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