Tributo: La Mia Cucina #tributetolis #daringbakers

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by Chris on November 15, 2013

bei ricordi/beautiful memories

We do not remember days; we remember moments.  ~Cesare Pavese, The Burning Brand

This was a difficult post to write.  Losses are always a bit surreal. And, the news of Lis’ untimely passing isn’t any different. Where do I start?  What do I write to convey what is in my head and heart?

I began blogging in 2007.  Blogging was not what it is today; it was organic and honest. It was that genuineness that drew me toward the Daring Bakers. From what I could tell at that first introduction, the DBers were a small group of bloggers who baked.  Period.  It was a group for the love of food. Simple, right?  Who knew the simple, yet genuine, idea Lis and Ivonne presented would grow into thousands of participants and world wide recognition.

Receiving the “you’re in” email from Lis was a moment I distinctly remember.  To my best recollection, less than 50 bloggers participated in the group back then and I was part of something.  I also remember thinking, Holy crap this is a tough month to fit this challenge in! Even so, I was “hanging” with Lis, albeit virtually.  Her blog was one of the originals I began reading and I was beyond excited.

After learning of  her passing this week, like others, I was shocked and lost my footing a bit.  As with all who are posting today, I thought highly of Lis and who she was as a person.  Characteristics that come to mind when thinking about her are are humble, authentic and comical.  Although we never met in person, her side-splitting commentaries, humor, and opinions were so amazingly relateable.  Plus, she was always around for a chat.

Lis also had a great knack of bringing us together outside the DB realm.  There were off the cuff bakes.   One moment that stays with me includes me in my kitchen, computer on, and Yahoo IM putting my lack of techno-no-how to work. Lis, Marce, Helene, Sara, Kelly, Laura Rebecca, and Marygot together”  to make Cinnabon™ rolls after the previous cinnamon rolls and sticky buns DB challenge. Whether through cinnamon rolls, or Cassata alia Siciliana, those were the moments that float to the top…always.

Her death was sudden. From what I know of Lis, she lived life wonderfully. Because of who she was, Lis was well-loved and leaves us with her laugh, anecdotes, and colorful vocabulary.   I know she is looking down on us as saying “Stop all this fuss and get in the fakkin’ kitchen and bake!”

Okay Lis!  Here are some cinnamon rolls we enjoyed as a challenge, the ones that stirred up so many more memories thereafter.  Thank you for all you’ve done for me and for so many.


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Andrea Meyers November 15, 2013 at 11:34 PM

She’s probably laughing at all the fuss we’re making. I had forgotten about the bagels; those were the month before I started. That was a tough one! So many good memories of all of us.

Lisa November 15, 2013 at 11:49 PM

A beautiful post and you described Lis so perfectly. I remember she used to bring you up once in a while in conversations, talking about how talented you and some of her other friends from those early days were. You also hit the nail on the head about what blogging used to be like prior to about 2010. I was just telling Kelly I’d give up a lot to have that back again.

bellini November 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM

The blogging community has lost a very special lady. We all learned so much with a sense of style, humility and humour,and ALWAYS laughter and fun. We may no longer be Daring Bakers but we are still those fledgling bloggers in spirit who rose to every challenge. Thank you Lis.

kellypea November 16, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Ah, the bagels. My mother came over to make that challenge with me. But man, they were ugly things. Smiles. Lots and lots of smiles. Lovely tribute, Chris. I had so much fun that day. It was my first cyber bake fest, I think and I remember Lis trying to explain to me how it all worked. Amazing.

Joanne T Ferguson November 18, 2013 at 10:24 PM

G’day! Even when we all want to cry, there is always something to laugh about, true!
Lovely tribute!
It is bittersweet to read all of these wonderful tributes to Lis, shared one and feel glad and sad through each one!
Cheers! Joanne

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