Very dear readers of Orangette:

The year draws to a close with good news. My little blog is one of five finalists for the “Best Food Blog—Writing” section of the 2004 Food Blog Awards! To those who nominated me in the first round, a breathless, slobbery “Thank yoooooou!” I owe you kitchenfuls of baked goods filled with expensive chocolate and fancy-pants butter. And to the myriad friends and family who’ve contributed to, appeared in, inspired, and/or put up with this endeavor, know that Orangette would be nothing—or at least very shrimpy and malnourished—without you.

That said, there’s this final-round business to attend to.

If you feel so moved—and I hope you will—please go to the Accidental Hedonist website and cast your vote. And rally your friends and neighbors to do the same! I’m honored to be up against stiff competition and winning isn’t really so important, but the exposure is very, very valuable to this aspiring food writer.

A few specifics: the voting ballot appears in the right-hand column of the AH homepage, and my category will be the seventh or eighth of a sequence of sixteen to appear. Or, for convenience, click here to go directly to the “Best Writing” ballot. If you want to get a glimpse of other finalist blogs, they are listed—along with a link to each—in the center column of the AH homepage. Voting closes at midnight PST on December 31, 2004.

Thanks so much for your tireless support. This blog has been—and continues to be—an absolute blast. I’m blushing wildly, plotting my next food-centric adventure, and rearing to go.

Happy holidays, everyone.