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Blog Aid for Haiti
Julie Van Rosendaal is a miracle worker. In what must be the fastest turn-around in cookbook publishing history, she conceived, organized and helped deliver Blog Aid: Recipes for Haiti.  In less than three weeks she got 27 food bloggers to donate 72 recipes complete with photos, one very tired designer (Cathryn Ironwood) to give the book a cohesive look, and two corporate sponsors (West Canadian Graphics in Calgary and Blurb in San Fransisco) to match proceeds. The results? The book's been on sale all of 24 hours and we've raised more than $20,000. Proceeds of book sales will go toward Haitian relief via the Red Cross and Doctors without Borders. And the proceeds are potentially big. Here's how Julie explained it to me in a recent email [emphasis mine]:
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Seeds, Plants and Thoughts of Spring

January nearly broke me. Lots of bills. Little sun. And weather that fluctuated between skin-shrivelling rain and nostril-frosting cold. But I think I'm going to make it after all. Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces by Gayla Trail (Clarskson/Potter, 2010) arrived the other day....

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Chocolate Winner

Oh, so close. One number lower and I could have launched this post with a really cool reference to Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. You know. What's the secret of the universe? 42! Oh, I could have had fun proving chocolate was at...

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My New Year’s Resolutions for 2010

It's that time of year again, when I post my resolutions online in the earnest hope that when my willpower fades, the fear of public humiliation will keep me going. Despite being on my list for two consecutive years, I still haven't brought myself to embrace...

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BetterBaking.com Winners and Happy Holidays

Earlier this week I selected a recipe from The New Best of Better Baking.com by Marcy Goldman. To enter the contest, you were to guess which page this recipe was on. The two closest guesses, without going over, would get a free subscription to BetterBaking.com...

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Giving and Receiving

This plateful of Crayola-coloured cookies, arrived unannounced in a holiday-green tin with a handmade tag. My 16-year-old, non-baking niece made them. Not only were the sugar cookies her idea, she helped shop for the ingredients (hunting down every sprinkle option in the store) baked them, iced...

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BetterBaking.com Giveaway

[caption id="attachment_2182" align="alignleft" width="188" caption="Kreskin at The River Run Centre, photo courtesy of Collen Clack"][/caption] Yesterday afternoon,  I sat in the River Run Centre's Main Stage theatre and witnessed  The Amazing Kreskin in action. Yes, he found his cheque. Yes, he knew a volunteer had cut...

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Reader Question: How to Carve Poultry

Last week, after I posted a no-carve recipe for Apple Roast Chicken, I learned I'm not the only one who dreads slicing up a bird in front of guests. With Christmas racing towards us, I thought I should cover this issue sooner rather than later. However,...

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Winner of Modern Spice

Cheryl Wilson called it when she wrote, "What a pregnant woman wants, a pregnant woman gets." Her saffron story won over Monica Bhide, the author of Modern Spice and judge for this giveaway. Monica says, "While I loved Amy's response, I think the winner is the...

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Cookie Cutters — Holiday Gift Idea

My mother is a saint. Either that or insane. The letters are similar and the outcome's the same, so I'm going with saint. What did she do? When I was a child, my mother not only allowed but outright encouraged an annual cookie decorating party. We'd come...

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