Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Baking a Difference: Caffe Nonna's Cookies, Share Our Strength Bake Sale

Posted By on Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 7:55 AM

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I have the utmost respect for bakers. As much as I was a science nerd in high school, the scientific kitchen rigor required to create baked goods manages to elude me. The Blogger Bake Sale organized after the 2010 flood and Cupcake-palooza are two excellent examples of when talented pastry pros have come together for charitable causes.

Chef Dan Maggipinto of Caffe Nonna has joined in these sort of efforts with a new product that he is selling to benefit the Zoe's Brain Tumor Research Fund, named in memoriam to his daughter. Chef Maggipinto has sold his excellent tomato sauces for years to raise money for the fund, which is a St. Jude's Research Hospital partner.

Now he is taking aim at your sweet tooth to help raise funds for cancer research with a new line of absolutely delicious Chianti Thumbprint Cookies. A simple sweetbread sort of cookie filled with Nonna's Chianti jelly, I can vouch that these things are addictive, but at least it's for a good cause. You can buy them at Produce Place, Caffe Nonna, Local Taco, The Turnip Truck, Cash n Carry and at nonnasgourmetfoods.com and feel good about busting your diet.

If you're interested in doing something yourself with your own baking talent, Share Our Strength is organizing what they call "The Great American Bake Sale." They are encouraging participants to help out with their efforts to end childhood hunger by selling baked goods and contributing proceeds to their organization.

For more info on hosting your own bake sale or becoming part of somebody else's, visit their site for instructions and even a how-to video. So preheat your oven to 350° and get to baking!

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