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July 13, 2009

Dolled Up Dill on TV

When we hear of near and dear ones fighting cancer- the emotions we got through typically is that of fear, sadness and mostly a helpless feeling- wondering what we can do to ease their pain and fears.

We have been experiencing this a lot in the last two years. Close family members, friends and blogger friends trying to fight this disease. We take food over,call them, email jokes to them to put a smile on their face, but still go through this turmoil of what we can do more. I know for a fact that I do NOT have the brains to find a cure for cancer..darn, wish I had paid more attention in class, but what can I do about it now.

So how can I help? Do what I love doing - (drum roll please)- Cooking!! And if that can help me win a contest, God Bless you Daregal Gourmet. I came up with a simple recipe, posted it and all of you kindly voted and ta dah! I won the contest and the money goes to Susan G Komen, Race for the Cure. Thanks to all of you who voted for me. I won $500 and Daregal Gourmet was kind enough to match my donation. So I presented a check of $1000 to the Executive Director of Susan G Komen, Donna Sanderson today.

Giving is not just about money, as John D Rockefeller Jr said "Think of giving not as a duty, but as a privilege"

It could be a hug, or a meal, or an offer to baby sit, a ride to the hospital. If you are not sure ask them. What might seem tiny or insignificant might make a big difference.

At the end of the segment, Mark was giving away preview tickets to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Thank you Mark Allen!

On another note, again related to cooking, here are a few of my upcoming classes.

Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op
July 25th 2009, 10am-12:30pm
Seasonal Indian Recipes
  • channa dal with green mango salad—split chick pea, bell peppers and green mango with a hint of spice;
  • Grilled paneer—paneer marinated in spices and grilled
  • Grilled corn with spicy butter
  • Pea soup with ginger,
  • Fresh squash with ginger.
Tuesday, July 28th@ WholeFoods, Sacramento.

Indian Summer Faire,6:00 p.m. $45

Learn to make memorable side dishes that will delight your palate and dazzle your guests. Includes a discussion of Indian spices. Menu: Spiced Chick Pea and Spinach Salad, Eggplant grilled and sautéed with Indian spices - a perfect dip with naan or pita chips, Green Beans sautéed with garlic and a dash of heat, Grilled Corn with spicy butter, and Cracked Wheat Kheer- a chilled healthy dessert with cardamom and ground almonds.

July 30th - 6:00pm - 8:30pm ,Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op

Explore the exotic flavors of African cuisine with Shankari! You’ll learn simple and delicious recipes from various and diverse countries in this vast continent.

Ethiopian Flavors class

  • Savory spiced chicken
  • Ethiopian couscous
  • Spicy lentil stew.
  • Ethiopian spiced butter
  • Berbere, traditional Ethiopian spice mixture.

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