When I was a kid, I loved to get things in the mail. There was a wonderful book called Free Stuff for Kids that I checked out of the library countless times, just so I could ensure a constant stream of packages and envelopes to our house. Since then, partly due to the explosion of the internet (gee, I am getting old) the U.S. Postal Service has seen a downturn in people sending things other than bills and junk mail, and I think it's a damn shame.
So I try to make up for it by sending food in the mail. Some of you know this first hand ... and while I know there's no guarantee that everything arrives intact as it leaves my kitchen, at least I'm keeping the post office in business. I especially like to send food to people when they're feeling under the weather, or when there's a crisis that leaves them less able to cope in the kitchen. Now there's an important cause that requires our attention.
A fellow blogger at The Tomato Tart came up with a cool idea to raise a little “dough” for a good cause through a virtual online bake sale. All of the proceeds will go to Second Harvest Japan, which is an organization that makes sure perfectly good food that can’t be sold through mainstream stores in Japan make it to the people who need it. (Take a look at this little video from CNN if you’d like to learn more about the organization.) I am one of the many food bloggers participating in the bake sale, and I'll be sending the lucky winner 9x13 inches of my amazingly buttery, nutty (only if you want them that way), chocolatey blondies! Bidding will go live on March 30th for one day only. There's a little article in SF weekly about the sale ... I hope you'll check it out and bid on some amazing baked goods, for a good cause! Go to The Tomato Tart now!