October 6, 2009
Poor Girl blogs well, earns cyber foodie world recognition

morales.jpgHere's the $1 million question: what will Poor Girl eat to celebrate?

Local food blogger Kimberly Morales' blog, Poor Girl Eats Well, has been nominated by the blogger readers would most like to see have their own show on the Food Network in the 2009 Foodbuzz Blog Awards. (left: Morales in her Sacramento kitchen. Bee photo by Randall Benton.)

Morales' blog chronicles her quest to eat gourmet (or at least close) on the cheap. Click here to read my story on Morales from earlier this year.

Take her most recent recipe, a roasted beet and farro salad with feta and caramelized onions. Cost per serving is about $1.70 and the dish serves three to four people. A healthy dinner for $7? Count us in.

Morales said she didn't know about the nomination until she saw the page views on her blog jump today. Morales had voted for her own blog once for the category and posted messages on Facebook and Twitter about the Foodbuzz awards.

"I wasn't expecting it," she said of the nod. "There were so many bloggers on there worthy of the nomination. I didn't actually expect to get a nomination."

Other bloggers nominated for the category are A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa, Eat, Live, Run, Oh She Glows, and Spinach Tiger.

More than 3,500 nominations in 24 categories poured in for the awards. Voting is taking place through Oct. 29 at and winners will be announced on Nov. 7 at the Foodbuzz Blogger Festival in San Francisco, according to the Foodbuzz Web site.

Morales said she'd be honored if Food Network came calling, although she probably wouldn't quite know how to respond.

"I'd probably stutter," she said. "But I'd work with them."

Morales said she hasn't figured out how to celebrate the nomination yet, but she plans to dish on her blog.

"There will definitely be a celebratory recipe," she said.

Another local, Elise Bauer, of Carmichael, also was nominated in the awards for "Best Recipe Blog." Her blog, Simply Recipes, is one of several the former Internet software executive maintains.

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