This past Saturday, May 14, some colleagues and I participated in the Second Annual Food Blogger Bake Sale at The Poison Cup Wine & Art Boutique in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood to raise money for Share Our Strengthâ€˜s Great American Bake Sale, which helps the cause of childhood hunger. I came with baked goods, representing RecipeLion’s blog, along with Sarah, with our sister site’s MrFood blog, and Matt with our sister site’s FaveDiets blog. Together with online donations, we raised $1040.
I’m a sweets lover, and I have to say, I was in baked goods heaven! While the bakers/bloggers who attended were very talented and used impeccable techniques, the quaint bake sale still reminded me of school bake sales growing up–except this one was accompanied by a wine tasting! Matt with FaveDiets.com made and brought Vegan Banana Bread. It was so moist and delicious, I think I preferred it over regular, old-fashioned banana bread! Sarah with MrFood.com made Mr. Food’s recipe for PB&J Bars. I am of the belief that you can never go wrong with peanut butter, and these bars were absolutely fabulous!
I made this recipe for Almond Bars. My childhood friend who’s an unbelievable cook and baker gave me this recipe and it’s my go-to, every time I’m baking for a crowd.
Made with fresh sliced almonds, loads of sugar and almond extract, these bars are filled with almond flavor and are super moist! I am getting hungry just thinking about them and wish I had leftovers!
We, three, were among more than 20 bloggers who provided goods and sold at the bake sale, including Marvi Clemente, Kate Bernot, Anna Goldberg, Jackie Kolber, Richard Rocha, Caroline Supataraporn, Vanessa Druckman, Emily Paster, Kelly Alesso, and Kristin Hilleary.
Here’s a snapshot of our baked goods:
Why the cause is important:
- More than 17 million kids in America are at risk of hunger. That’s nearly 1 in 4.
- 15.5 million kids in America live in poverty.
- 20.1 million children benefit from SNAP (food stamps).
- 19 million kids get a free or reduced-price school lunch on an average school day.
- Only 9.4 million kids get a free or reduced-price school breakfast on an average school day.
- Just 1 in 6 eligible kids get free summer meals.
Every cookie sold and every dollar donated can make a huge impact. Here are some examples:
- $1 can help provide a hungry child with 10 healthy meals.
- $4 can help provide a child facing hunger with a backpack full of healthy food over a weekend when school meals are not available.
- $9 can help connect a child with healthy lunches during summer when school is out.
- $35 can help a child care center provide free afterschool snacks and suppers to at-risk children all year long.
- $65 can provide a grab-n-go breakfast cart to an elementary school so that every student starts every school day with a healthy meal.
The page for online donations will be open through the end of the national fund-raising season so if your family or friends would like to make a donation on our team’s behalf, follow this link. If you’d like to see the complete list of blogger bake sales throughout the country and donate to a team in your area, please visit In Good Taste, Chicago host Maris Callahan’s blog.