Notes from the Kitchen

Cooking Matters San Francisco: Teaching Kids to Cook Real Food

As this year winds down for another year to commence, out come the goals that might get recycled each year with the regularity of abandoned pine trees on curbs the last week in December. Let’s face it, we look forward to new beginnings. When the clock completes the circle toward midnight on New Year’s Eve, a page is filled and turned so we may begin jotting on a new one.

Cooking matters. In 2013, I had the privilege of teaching 12 San Francisco children some cooking skills in the kitchen with 18 Reasons and am already conspiring when I will get to do it again in 2014. Jamie Oliver has become synonymous with taking the real food revolution to new levels, especially with getting children in the U.S. excited about real food. I am sending them a gigantic thank you for the work he and his team are doing to create a groundswell in the real food movement and also for the opportunity to  share on his blog why cooking matters in San Francisco. Please pop over there to read about the experience and share a comment about why real food and cooking matters to you.


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Sharing our Strength Spirit

SF Food Bloggers Bake Sale- this weekend!

SF Food Bloggers Bake Sale Badge

On a recent trip to Dallas, Texas, I was driving down the street when I saw a sight that made me smile. Two girls stood on a corner holding a handmade sign on poster board. They yelled at my passing car the words hand-written on that sign: “BAKE SALE!” Their sign indicated their bake sale was for a charitable cause. Getting involved at a young age to help make a difference in the world around them- these girls were getting a head start on what it means to live lives of generosity and with eyes wide open.

So consider this my handmade sign, though the lettering is done with pixels instead of marker. This Saturday, head on over to the Food Bloggers Bake Sale, taking place at 18 Reasons in the Mission and at Kiehls in Pacific Heights.

I have been organizing the Bake Sale with Anita, Irvin, and Shauna. We have enjoyed planning and putting together details to make this year’s Bake Sale a success! For a full list of the fabulous bakers participating, visit the Food Bloggers Bake Sale website.

All proceeds go to Share Our Strength, a national non-profit I’ve written about before with a mission for “no kid hungry.” Through them I have learned that last year 17 million children found themselves in food unstable households. This is an indicator to me that the recession has done much to touch the smallest members of families as well as those Americans who have lost their jobs.

Stop by the Bake Sale and see the mélange of baked goods, meet the food bloggers who baked them and pick up some goodies to share with your friends and families: brownies, cookies and cakes for a truly sweet cause!

Food Bloggers Bake Sale benefiting Share Our Strength

WHEN:            Saturday, May 14, 2011

WHERE:             18 Reasons at 593 Guerrero Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m  or Kiehls at 2360 Fillmore Street from noon to 6 p.m.