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17 December 2007

sweet menu for hope

a bounty of gluten-free baked goods

It's the season of giving, of sweet baked goods and reunions with family. Too many people try to make this into the season of stress and frantic, last-minute gifts. But really, it's all about sharing food and stories.

This year, I am once again honored to be participating in Menu for Hope. I'm a little late to join this year -- due to unforseen circumstances — but I'm so honored to be part of this effort of food bloggers across the world.

The incredible Pim has organized this extravaganza of compassion for the past few years, beginning with efforts to raise money for the devastating tsunami in South Asia and continuing with jaw-dropping amounts of money for the UN World Food program. For the past two years, I have been a small part of this, and I cannot miss the opportunity this year.

This year, the monies raised for Menu for Hope will go through the UN World Food Program to the school lunch program in Lesotho, Africa.

I'm particularly moved by this idea. All of us who have food blogs and write about food? We're trying to help the world in the way we know how. But there are times that I (and all of us) have to stop and think, "My goodness, I am blessed. Does it really matter what I ate for dinner?" There are innumerable, far-too-many, dizzying-to-the-mind-to-try-and-comprehend children going hungry in this world. If we can help ensure that some kids can have lunch, so they have the energy to stay in school? Heaven knows what those beings will grow up to do, how they will help the world in their small ways?

Look at these faces. How can you resist?

Please donate, as much as you can, by December 21st. If you would like more details about how all this works, please click here.

menu for hope

Of course, it's not just about giving money away. There are also prizes!

Really, it's dizzying and incredible how many prizes have been offered. There are cooking classes in Umbria, a personal tour of the EBulli kitchen laboratory in Spain, a Paris market tour and lunch for two, a KitchenAid mixer, an eating tour of Bankgok, a bag of the world's hottest chiles, meals at some of the best restaurants in the world, and books galore. Truly, you can find something for everyone in your family this way.

(I can't possibly list all the prizes. Click here to see everything available.)

And what are we offering?

The Chef and I would like to bake for you.

If you donate money to our prize, which is UW39, we will send you a tin full of gluten-free baked goods. You can tell us what you want. Lemon olive oil cookies? Blueberry muffins? Peanut butter cookies? We can provide. We can also work with any other food allergies you might have, to ensure that you can eat to your delight.

(Or perhaps you would like to bid on the prize for someone you love.)

As well, we'll throw in an autographed copy of my book. After reading it, if you have been feeling trepidation about gluten-free baking, you will want to start, and soon.

If you would like to give, and you would like to eat great gluten-free baked goods, then please place your bid for UW39.

(And since I am late on this, there are only four days in which to participate. The bidding ends on December 21st. Move fast. And tell everyone you know to help out too.)

To Donate and Enter the Menu for Hope Raffle

Here's what you need to do (according to Pim):

1. Choose a prize or prizes of your choice from the Menu for Hope page.

2. Go to the donation site at Firstgiving and make a donation.

3. Please specify which prize you'd like in the 'Personal Message' section in the donation form when confirming your donation. You must write-in how many tickets per prize, and please use the prize code.

Each $10 you donate will give you one raffle ticket toward a prize of your choice. For example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for EU01 and 3 tickets for EU02 - 2xEU01, 3xEU02. (And you really want to donate to UW39!)

4. If your company matches your charity donation, please check the box and fill in the information so we could claim the corporate match.

5. Please check the box to allow us to see your email address so that we can contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.

That's it. See how easy it is?

Giving just feels good.


At 11:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful idea. However much I want to help hungry people aroud the world, I can't help pondering the fact that (alledgedly) more people die from diseases relating to over-consumption (diabetes, heart-diseases etc.) than malnutrition. Especially at this time of the year this is a sad reflection on the world we have created.

I'd also like to say Thank You! for a wonderful blog. I'm not celiac, nor is anybody in my family, but I think a lot about what I put on the table and how I feed my family, your writing has been very inspiring!!

At 3:06 AM, Blogger sweetpea said...

Hip Hip Horray for "Best Post", and I am in for bidding on that tin of goodies. If the photo is any indication of what is to come, I sure hope to get your prize. I am grateful to all the food bloggers who take part in this great event!

At 6:05 AM, Blogger Allergic Girl said...

great idea shauna! happy holidays!

At 12:01 PM, Blogger auroramae said...

I just wanted to say thank you for your wonderful blog!

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Allie said...

Hey Shauna -- Can i get the recipe for the maple pecan balls? Those look AMAZING!

Happy holidays!

At 1:01 AM, Blogger Ruby said...

Hey Shauna,
I have been reading your blog for quite a while.. Anyways! I meet up with my girlfriends today in Boston from CA (for me) and Jenny, one of the girl decided to give us our christmas present today.
She gave me your book!!
I was so excited to see it and hold it in my hands since I always see that book cover when I am on your site, and to be holding it is like a book come true!!
Anyways! Just thought I would let you know that!
Jenny started reading your blog a while back and she's been hearing me talk about your writings so when she saw the book she brought it for me!
Ah! I'm so exctied! Even though I'm not allergic to gluten, i'm looking foward to reading it!

Have a Merry Christmas, and God bless!
- Ruby

At 10:25 AM, Blogger DweezelJazz said...

Dear Shauna,

Thank you for your enthusiasm and brightness in doing all you can to improve the lives of others and for spreading your cheer. I love your blog and am hoping that maybe I've been given your book as a present for Christmas. If not, I'll be buying it myself soon! :)

Wishing you and all your loved ones a very special Christmas and that 2008 brings you even more beautiful surprises and joy.

At 9:20 PM, Blogger theater simpleton said...


Long time lurker who want to know if those are sugarplums in the center of the cookie picture? I got the recipe from a friend last year, (who had gotten it out of the NEw Yorker, of all places) and am making them again for my celiac pals this year - they are QUITE popular! (My in-laws all but tackled me for them last year. Wuite the reception.)

Thanks so much for all your work and passion, ma'am. I KNOW Santa is going to be bringing you many wonders for your stocking... you've just been too good.

I've been touting your blog and book to many of my massage clients, and they've been very grateful, and in return was pointed in the direction of Lorna Sass's Grains book, for those who aren't celiac, but trying to do less wheat... there are even a few celiac friendly recipes in that people might find interesting.

(Hey! my studio's up Queen Anne if you ever have time for tea of goodie swap!)

Happy Solstice -

At 5:00 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

We raised over $90,000 dollars together. Thank you to everyone who participated.

And to those of you left such lovely comments here.

At 9:57 PM, Anonymous The1 said...

mate that was an awesome read!
i'm new to this concept of blogging & your ideas're appreciated. i love it that someone realises a dream through a book & that's what i dream too.
keep posting.

At 11:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog.


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