Happy 4th Birthday to Seashells and Sunflowers!

Birthday Cupcake by Joe Shlabotnik, on Flickr [used under Creative Commons license]Seashells and Sunflowers, my little corner of the Internet devoted to all things Argentine, turned four last week!

If you've been keeping up with the blog via feed reader or email subscription and you haven't visited the actual site in a while, please stop on by, kick the tires a bit, and check out the archives. Who knows what you might discover!

You can also follow the blog through the Seashells and Sunflowers Facebook fan page. In addition to blog updates, I post comments and links to interesting stories related to Argentina or the Spanish language. Please show your support and "like" Seashells and Sunflowers, if you haven't already.

I'd like to say thank you to everyone who takes the time to read, comment, share and email. This blog is a true labor of love, and your comments and emails keep me motivated to write about life here in Argentina. So, if you've never posted a comment on Seashells and Sunflowers, I invite you to take a few moments to say hello.

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And now for the moment you've all been waiting for… Last month, I invited readers to submit their favorite Argentine recipes for the 2012 Seashells and Sunflowers Argentine Recipe Contest. Thank you to everyone who took the time to send in a recipe. I was pleasantly surprised at the number of entries I received, and admittedly, a bit overwhelmed at the thought of narrowing things down to just three finalists. So in the end, I decided to choose four finalists in honor of my four-year blogiversary. What the hell…it's my blog. I'm allowed to bend the rules a bit.

And so ladies and gentlemen, I now present, in no particular order, your three four finalists for the coveted title of Best Argentine Recipe 2012:

Ana Astri-O'Reilly [Dallas, Texas, USA] of Ana Travels
Recipe: Pollo relleno de Inés // Inés' Stuffed Chicken

Daniel Tunnard [Buenos Aires, Argentina] of Colectivaizeishon
Recipe: Estofado de carne // Beef Ragu

Vivi Rathbon [Buenos Aires, Argentina] of My Beautiful Air
Recipe: Tarta de dulce de membrillo con mascarpone // Quince Paste and Mascarpone Tart

Norma Torres [New York, New York, USA] of Platanos, Mangoes and Me!
Recipe: La famosa tarta pascualina de mi amiga Marta // Marta's Famous Tarta Pascualina

Beginning on Wednesday, August 1st, I will feature each of these four recipes on Seashells and Sunflowers, along with a brief description and photos. At that point, it will be up to you, the readers, to vote for your favorite Argentine recipe!

[Photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik]

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