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Post on various competitions I’ve entered, as well as awards I’ve been given from my fellow peers.

Dish With Clarissa 2014 Year In Review


Hey Everyone,

I wanted to take a quick moment and thank everyone who stops by to read my blog. 2014 wasn’t the best year for me and my family personally, nor was I able to blog up any new dishes, as I did previously and my biggest fear was losing you, my readers, my audience, so I reblogged a lot…

I engaged when I could on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

And I didn’t lose any of you in my long absence….

I was able to hold onto you, my readers, my audience and I am grateful for that.

In 2014 there was many lows and a few highs with a silver lining, one of those shiny moments came from an independent PBS program Curiosity Quest that now features me as an ongoing contributor. So please check out their WordPress blog you can find my dishes under “Healthy Recipes” I will also be featured over at
towards the end of the month.

Thank you again for always being there…



Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 53,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 20 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Dishing It Out With Clarissa 2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog, but without my faithful friends, readers, and a couple of fans these numbers would not exist! Thank you for helping my blog DishingItOutWithClarissa be a success in 2013!  Lots of changes a head so let’s blow 2014 out of the water!!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

I can explain

I’m fairly sure some may have noticed that I really have not been as active as i normally am. Well I can explain what I’ve been up to. My one year birthday is approaching so I have worked on making changes to my blog.   For one I am not moving away from my family here on Word Press, though I have burned through the retina in my eyes from the endless and tiresome “theme searching”. You all know what I mean, or perhaps I’m too picky or anal on how I’d like my page to look, and I’ve never been happy with it.

I also have done some heavy thinking, soul-searching the last few weeks, as I see how much my site has grown in the last year, and where I’d like to see myself a year from now. I believe setting goals are important as they can prevent one from falling into a mundane routine. My original goal a year ago was to have 500 followers in a year, and I surpassed that goal by 700. What started out as a blog of sharing recipes has evolved into much more as when i got sick for the first time in my life, my inner awareness of being healthy came to light. Last November I auditioned in Los Angeles for Master Chef, season four. I got the opportunity to meet and shake hands with Chef Ramsey and I passed the first phase with my “Southern Stuffed Pie” and salted bourbon caramel dipping sauce. Myself and others who had also passed were in another waiting area for the next phase. It was there that I tanked and blew serious chunks in “The Tank Room”. In this phase small groups of 7-9 people get interviewed as a group by the producers/casting agents. From here only one or two would be asked to return for an on-camera interview getting one closer to the final 100.

They say things happen for a reason. I’ll admit I felt bitter about what took place a year ago and I really did not elaborate on what exactly took place, nor will I now. But by the time your done reading this post you should have a general idea of what went down. I can honestly reflect back and see that I clearly was not ready mentally, and was all over the place with my answers in the tank room, which left me vulnerable and open prey. There is no one to blame as this a competition and my moment of weakness did me in. My family and I were still grieving from losing two family members a mere three weeks apart, just a few months before. And a dear friend of mine from high school was battling terminal brain cancer, which today I am happy to say she is a miracle and in remission.

I am a strong person by nature mentally and very competitive. I’ve worked in Auto finance, specifically loan servicing. I’ll be even more specific, Mid stage collections, legal, BK’s and repossession. Not an easy job as one needs to have “thick skin”. Well last year I lacked not only my thick skin but my passion, fire and inner bitch that would have gotten me through this phase.

Having an illness and getting sick has been for me a life altering experience. As hard as its been at times, I wouldn’t change a thing. I am stable, sixty pounds lighter, healthier and chock full of energy at 47.

But as I stated earlier, things happen for a reason, as I am mentally stronger than I’ve ever been in my entire life.My outlook on everything has changed, my fire, passion and fight to go straight for “the jugular” is back. I have never been the type to throw another person under the bus, but this time I am ready to dodge that bus, and get my apron. So mark your calendars!!

November 9th, 2013 Los Angeles, California


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Sunshine Award

Sunshine Award

Sunshine Award


I was nominated for the Sunshine Award by two very sweet bloggers who are always bright, cheery, and complimentary on my blog. Their comments always bring a smile to my face. First was Robin’s and her blog is titled

For those of us who are well into our 40’s and above all know too well the highs and lows of dating/relationships/love and the occasional pitfalls. Robin puts it all out there which is very gutsy, with a splash of wit and humor her blog is a delight to read, and i am happy to get to know her more each time.

Next is Rich whose blog is titled Rich is a motivational speaker, who’s blogs are so well written it hits home every time. When ever I start to head down the road of self-pity, I go to his page, he’s my go to guy for not just inspiration, but that lil push I need.

So please take a peek at their pages, they have so much passion, and kindness to offer, and i glad to have gotten to know then both a little.

I have a list of questions that were given to me:

1. Favorite fairy tale… Sleeping Beauty

2. Favorite exercise… Running

3. Favorite smell… Sexy Mens Cologne

4. Favorite dessert… Tiramisu

5. Favorite vacation spot… Oahu

6. Favorite sound… a classic V-8 engine and children laughing

7. Most unexpected visitor… I keep waiting for Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson to show up at my front door.

8. Dream for the world… Peace & Harmony

9. Closest dance with death… Feb 2013-DVT

10. Favorite lake… I prefer my backyard. (pacific ocean)



Now, the blogs I found to have the characteristics of the Sunshine Award,

Positive, Inspire Others Creatively or Make You Smile!


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Inner Peace Award

Inner Peace Award

Inner Peace Award


I was given the ” Inner Peace Award” from my fellow blogger, and one of the amazingly inspirational bloggers I have known in the blogosphere
Summer and her blog is titled

Peace is many things to each of us, a way of living, state of mind, a choice to choose or move, and its free.

I’ve learned a lot about myself these past six months, living a peaceful life and being healthier and happy is one. Being grateful that I am still here is another. Sometimes it takes a massive “wake up call” to realize that changes were needed, and that’s pretty much what happened to me. I wish everyone especially in war-torn countries would realize the same thing. We are not promised “tomorrow” we are only given one life to live and that it is up to each person to want to live in peace. Can you imagine how wonderful it would be for people affected by war to wake up without fear, to wake up with a smile.

But it is not up to me to start telling others how to live their life or what they should do in make peace. I believe everyone needs to figure out what they can do for them self, as I did. However if everyone did a nice deed for a stranger at least once a day, and start a “pay it forward” so many would be affected in a positive way.

There is just one thing I like to say to all of you.. Everyone has it inside of them to treat other people with respect, that’s a nice start.

We are all born innocent and free of hate, and those two things never leave our souls. No matter what life throws at you remember that and be happy, grateful.

Peace, Love, and respect all living beings, including yourself.

Be Inner Peace and share it on your own special way..


I am passing this gift of Inner Peace Award..

Thank you for your friendly comments, the follows, your kind words and the wonderful things you shared with the world on your blog..

Add this to your blog. There is just 1 rule, when you past the award on, please share some kind words with that person.

There are no rules actually for this. But how could I not spread this to all I can. Place it on your page and feel the peace when you see it.


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Blog of the Year 2012

Blog of the year award   Several weeks ago I addressed a few awards that I was given as far back as this past February.  After I posted those late awards, it occurred that if I really want to make it right to my fellow peers, then I need to take a few minutes to thank the following […]

Best Moment Award.

Best Moment Award.

This award is way, way overdue….

I was given this award several months ago from James/Supernova 

Awarding the people who live in the moment, The noble who write and capture the best in life, The bold who reminded us what really mattered – savouring the experience of quality time. (Please check out

RULES: Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video recorded. Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees  The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners tell them the great news.


What makes a good acceptance speech?
Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way

Humor. Keep us entertained and smiling
Inspiration. Make your story touch our lives
Get an idea from the great acceptance speeches, compiled in
Display the award’s badge on your blog/website, downloadable in



I’ve sat in front of my computer for the last week trying to figure out how to write an acceptance speech as this is the first for me. I’ve won a scholarship, and a few other awards when I was in school some years back, but I never had to give a speech before. I do want to thank James for nominating me, its humbling to be acknowledge among ones peers. That is how I see all of you, as my fellow peers and not followers. We are all different, in many ways and very supportive. This has been an experience for me, when I started out I’d post a basic recipe and now I can see a huge difference in my posts. Those little changes made a huge difference, and I learned those from all of you. My best moment has been right here growing and its been awesome and you are all who I need to thank too.

For me personally, I regard the best moments as the ones shared with other people! Live in the Moment and remember –

Were not promised tomorrow, so live for today, laugh as much as you can, love with all your heart, and Eat!!!!!

It is my pleasure to present this award to a group of talented and amazing friends who live in the Moment, congratulations to you all!


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