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Thursday, June 23, 2011


One of the most rewarding things about blogging is all the wonderful friends I've made.  I never knew there were so many other folks out there who were equally passionate about great food.  They've taught me a great deal about techniques and pairings.  They've tried recipes I've been eyeing and have either encouraged me to go ahead and make the recipe or dissuaded me from one that wasn't so good.  And, they've given me some great recipes to try.  But, more than that, a lot of them have become friends.  One of those friends, Monet, has had an unbelievably difficult year.  Mid-March a Facebook post came asking all of her friends to pray for her family.  Then, the news came that her sister Pam, brother-in-law Mike and two nephews had been in a horrific auto accident.  One of the nephews was killed instantly, another walked away with bumps and bruises and Pam and Mike were on life support.  They made the very difficult decision to remove Pam from life support on March 30.  What could we do to show our support for our dear Monet?  Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake came up with the perfect idea - RECIPES.  She gathered names and email addresses from other bloggers who'd commented on Monet's posts.  And, the recipes began to appear.  A veritable onslaught of recipes.  And, notes.  Wonderful notes of love and support.  We gathered them into a scrapbook and off they went to Monet.  Today, Monet is going to post about her scrapbook.  Liz and I thought it appropriate to thank all of the bloggers who were so kind to participate.  Here's a list of the bloggers, their blogs and their recipes.  There are a lot of very talented folks in this list.  Please wander over and check out their blogs.  And, please stop in and leave a note for Monet.  She's at Apple Cores and Anecdotes.  Here's to you, Monet.  Love, Kate

Brian – A Thought for Food – European Hot Chocolate

Nancy - Spicie Foodie - Heavenly Nutella Banana Bread

Lynne - - Banana Date Nut Bread

Amber – Sprinkled with Flour – Cinnamon Rolls

Becky– Baking and Cooking, A Tale of Two Loves, Cinnamon Walnut Loaf

Lynn -The Actor’s Diet ( - Breakfast “Soup”

Liz – That Skinny Chick Can Bake – Cinnamon Roll Danish

Ameena - - Date Muffins

Jeanne, Simple Math Bakery - Double Chocolate Muffins

Jaime – Mangiabella – – Lavendar Pear Muffins

Susan – – My Mother’s Pumpkin Spice Bread

Kara – Happy When Not Hungry – Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Wendy Irene – Give Love Create Happiness – Soulful Banana Bread

Roxanna – GreenGirl – Tea Muffins

Lana – – Focaccia

Akheela - Torviewtoronto - Rustic Italian bread

Lisa - - Neiman Marcus Popovers

Joanne – Apple Crumbles – Pull Apart Bread

Priscilla – Swiss Chard with Raisins

Kristen - Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker - White Sandwich Bread

Kate – Kate’s Kitchen – – Casa D’Angelo Salad

Wendy – The Weekend Gourmet – – Chicken and Dumpling Soup

Patty - Zomppa - Nostalgia, 1989: Creamy Navy Bean Soup

Lisa - Lisa’s Foods on the Move - Easy Blender Gazpacho

Gwen – – Roasted Tomato Soup

Vianney – Sweet Life – Sopa de Fideo

Jessie – http://the – Alfredo with Roasted Asparagus

Gina – SPCookieQueen – Baked Mostaccioli in a Skillet

Bonnie Banters - - Bonnie’s Spaghetti Sauce

Christina Masters/ The Rowdy Chowgirl - Buttered Noodles with Parmesan

Wendy – the weekend gourmet – Cheddar Shallot Risotto

Christina – – Chicken and Parmesan Penne

Noelle – An Opera Singer in the Kitchen – Creamy Broccoli and Mushroom Bake

Angie - Angie’s Recipes-Taste of Home - Pinotage Spaghetti with Arugula

Jennifer – Much to My Delight – (much to my - Skillet Macaroni with Broccoli

Christiane - The Mom Chef: Taking On Magazines One Recipe At a Time - Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Kita - - Curried Turkey Pot Pie

Ethan Adeland - Tastes Better With Friends - My Grandmother’s Sweet and Sour Meat Balls

Peggy – My Fiance Likes It So It Must Be Good – Mushroom and Squash Enchiladas

Fiona – Nuts About Food – Ossobuco alla Milanese

Kate – Diethood - Na Zdravje! (To Your Health!) - Pastrmajlija – Macedonian Pizza


Lizzy said...

Kate, it was a pleasure to work on this project with you. You've put it so well...this blogging community is so wonderful and supportive. It was an honor to be a part of this project to support our friend, Monet.

The Mom Chef said...

I agree with Liz. We could have done nothing but be there for Monet and show her our love in some way. Thank you to both of you for spearheading this and allowing us to show her how much we care.

BonnieBanters said...

I want to thank you and Liz for all your time and effort in compiling this very thoughtful dedication to Monet. She's not only beautiful inside, as evidenced by the wonderful photo you share of her and Ryan, but also beautiful inside. If readers have not found her site yet, they are truly missing out on incredible writing and wonderful, basic, yet unusual recipes for breads and pastries! Thanks again for this lovely gesture!

spcookiequeen said...

Kate, I just wanted to say a special Thank You to you and Lizzy for all your hard work, getting this gift to Monet. I can't imagine how hard it's been for her, but hoping this really brightened her spirits. Hope you aren't working too hard either.

Wendy Irene said...

Thank you for this opportunity Kate to be part of this project of heart <3

mangiabella said...

thank you truly for organizing this special project, I am filled with gratitude to have been able to are a treasure!

Becky said...

I was honored to be a part of such a wonderful, giving project for Monet.
Thank you to you and Kate for all of your hard work and determination.
I'm sure that Monet was very touched with scrapbook.

Jeanne said...

Thank you for helping to organize this gift for Monet! I know that she appreciated it wholeheartedly, and it brought a smile to her face.

Kate said...

Thank you so much to all of you for your kind words. It was truly a labor of love.

Tammy said...

Hi Kate,
I just wanted to thank you and Lizzy for including me in this wonderful project! This was a beautiful idea and I was so honored to be a part of it. My thoughts and prayers are with Monet and her family.

God bless,

Lynne said...

I came to your site by way of Monet's. She is so truly blessed to have such wonderful friends in her life. The picture of her and her husband is beautiful and is evidence of her beauty both inside and out.
I love your collection of recipes and can't wait to try some of them.
And, just wanted to let you know that I like you even more knowing that you're a Red Sox fan!