Kooler than Kool Aid: it’s Blog Aid


Can you find me in this picture?

Have I told you lately that I love you? I mean, wow. How lucky can a girl be to have friends like you? You guys are just too awesome for words. Truly. I don’t even know what to say. Can I have you all over for dinner? (Actually, I have a plan for that. But I’ll tell you tomorrow.)

I couldn’t keep myself from popping to A) say thanks, you made me feel exactly like this photo, only more teary, B) I can’t believe how many F-bombs have been dropped here in the past 12 hours – it’s kind of like hearing your mom swear for the first time, and getting all giggly over it. Also, C) I want to share the news of a new project that has evolved since this morning into something real and exciting, thanks to you: you’ve inspired me to get over my damn self and go do something positive, to (at the risk of sounding syrupy and cliché) spread the love you’ve spread all over this blog like a thick layer of Nutella. (As someone put it via email: don’t let the poobumbottoms get you down! Mike and I have been walking around saying that all night. It may just be my new mantra.)

I stepped back and shuffled things into perspective, and channeled my energies toward doing something to help those in need in Haiti.

The alarm went off at 7 this morning, just in time for the world news. I lay there, puffy-eyed from the night before, listening to the latest on what’s going on. It’s one of those awful situations made even more frustrating by the helplessness of it all – to be so far away, unable to just go and dig through the rubble. The options seem limited to financial support via various organizations, which is fine, but I want to do more. Do something. It occurred to me that I should what I know, and draw on the resources I know. (I always remember Scott Thompson from Kids in the Hall dressed as the Queen, advising some other character in whatever sketch it was to write what you know! And so when I think of this advice it’s always in a high-pitched Scott Thompson voice with a bad British accent.) I know food, and recipes, and cookbooks. I know fantastic food writers and bloggers all over the world, I know food media, and I have a wonderful, supportive, uplifting audience. I could act as a sort of catalyst and mobilize a larger group, drawing on their talents to make a bigger impact. I could do that. And I know how many people out there are as frustrated as I am, wanting to do something but not knowing what.

So remember Band Aid? I’m launching Blog Aid. By 7:30 this morning I had registered the domain www.blogaid.org, and here’s my plan: I’m connecting with my favorite food writers and bloggers to gather recipes and photos to compile in a cookbook to actually publish and sell, with 100% of proceeds going to Haitian relief.

I have graphic designer and editor friends who have volunteered their time and are standing by to get to work, and I’ll be hunting down a printer or printers to donate (or at least slash prices on) their services. (Know anyone?) I emailed Chef Michael Smith right away with a rambling note summing up the above, and (not surprisingly) before noon he called me back and left a long message saying yes, absolutely, he’s one-hundred-percent on board with this in any way I need him to be, despite the fact that he’s already doing a Haitian fundraising dinner this Monday before he leaves for Whistler to prep for the Olympics. What a guy.

Since then I’ve had equally earnest replies from Shauna and Danny of Gluten-free Girl and the Chef, Matt of Matt Bites, Helen of Tartelette, Melissa of The Travelers’ Lunchbox, Catharine of Weelicious, Tara of Seven Spoons, Tea of Tea & Cookies, Jess of Sweet Amandine, Brooke of Tongue-n-Cheeky, Pierre of Kitchen Scraps and Aimée of Under the High Chair among others, all saying the same: absolutely! what can I do? Yet more evidence of how much good there is in people. So now I have to get moving on it. Fast.

Of course the Canadian government has promised to match all donations made by Canadians to the Red Cross and other relief efforts, so we’ll be able to double what we raise. Just think: if we together (not just here – don’t worry – but through our collective blogs, Twitter and Facebook) sold a thousand books at $25 each, that’s $25,000 – which would then be doubled to $50,000, all going to Haiti via the Red Cross. I wonder if Mike realizes he’s going to be shipping all these books?

My hope is that by next week we’ll all have buttons up on our blogs linked to a PayPal site where people can actually order the book, with the caveat that it will get shipped just as soon as they come off the printer.

So there you go. Thank you for fortifying me.

And sorry, I’ve derailed from delivering you any sort of food news and recipes, haven’t I? Just pull that frozen pizza out and pop it in the oven – go ahead, I give you a free pass.


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101 comments on “Kooler than Kool Aid: it’s Blog Aid

  1. heidileon
    January 14, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    congratulations! excellent idea.

  2. sue.d
    January 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    YEEEEAAAAAHHHHH! (with fist pump of course). Count me in!

  3. Lesley
    January 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Now, if that isn’t turning lemons into lemonade, right?

    My husband had surgery the same day of the earthquake. The surgery went well but his post-op recovery was very rocky. I was feeling shattered and vulnerable. Maybe even a wee bit of, “woe is us…”. Then I caught the news. Perspective wasn’t even something I thought I needed, until I got it.

    I’ll buy a cookbook.

  4. Tim
    January 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    brilliant! very good idea, julie.

  5. Erica B.
    January 14, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Wooooo you go girl! Glad to hear it’s all coming together!

  6. Christina
    January 14, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Love it! Love it! Love it!! Once again you ROCK!!

  7. Laurie
    January 15, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Nope, no frozen pizza – and old german way of cooking cabbage that my foster mother used to do for us on cold days. She used to start by crisping bacon, then lifting it out of the bacon grease and sauteing onions in the bacon grease, but I sauted the onions in olive oil, then added garlic and finely chopped celery. (She would never have used olive oil or celery.) then chopped apple, demerara sugar and apple cider vinegar, and finely sliced cabbage. Simmer on low heat until the cabbage is very soft and the sugar and vinegar have made a kind of caramelly sauce. Then I added sliced bavarian sausage until it was heated through, and served it in a bowl with a dollop of sour cream. My foster mother would have added the crispy bacon back on top as a garnish.

    As for blogaid – right on! Let us know what to do and when. I’m there. Living on the wet coast we know that could just as easily have been us.

  8. barbara
    January 15, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Yes!Blogaid!Love it! That’s not lemonade, that’s – limoncello!!! WTG Julie! (Enough !’s?)

  9. Amber
    January 15, 2010 at 1:01 am

    See, this is why so many people admire and love you. Yes, you are human and have bad days like the rest of us but you are also willing to stick your neck out to help those in need. You rock:)

    I’ll be buying a cookbook too!

  10. Donna
    January 15, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Great idea. I can’t resist a cookbook.
    count me in

  11. robyn
    January 15, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Love the picture! LOVE the idea!

  12. Carolyn
    January 15, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Great idea – can’t wait to buy a cookbook. Once again, you’re amazing!

  13. tara
    January 15, 2010 at 6:56 am

    You already know how I feel about this – but I’ll say it again, you rock.

  14. pauline
    January 15, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Wow Julie. What a great idea. Wish I lived in Calgary I could help with the shipping. Count me in for a cook book.

  15. Jessica
    January 15, 2010 at 7:21 am

    You DO rock – I’ll take several! Leave it to you to whip up an idea like this to help people several thousand miles away. I grew up in New Orleans (by the way, if you watch American football – GO SAINTS!!), and my family is still there. Seven feet of water stood in their house (and my entire neighborhood) due to the failing of the levees during Hurricane Katrina, and I so appreciate everyone who reached out then to help out. This tragedy in Haiti eerily similar, but even worse. As I heard a CNN reporter say, how can everything be taken away from people who have virtually nothing?

  16. bellini valli
    January 15, 2010 at 7:21 am

    You will find that food bloggers will band behind you and get the job done Julie. They are a caring bunch.

  17. Brigitte
    January 15, 2010 at 7:25 am

    I’m buying a book too…

  18. rea
    January 15, 2010 at 7:27 am

    julie, your mama and papa raised you up all right. they must be very proud of you.

  19. Kathleen Ralph
    January 15, 2010 at 7:30 am

    I would love to help. I’m an OK – but I am (I think) pretty good artist… maybe I could donate a piece of art for the cover of the cook book?

    http://www.calliopesmusing.com. Feel free to let me know if this would help!


  20. Kathleen Ralph
    January 15, 2010 at 7:32 am

    oops… got so excited I skipped a few words. I mean I’m an OK cook but a pretty good artist… LOL Hope I can participate. Meanwhile off to rally my tweeps and Facebook Fans.

  21. Morgan
    January 15, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Brilliant! I will be buying one and I will be blogging about it!

  22. Lana in South Mountain (ON)
    January 15, 2010 at 7:59 am

    ..I wonder what the criticizing assholes are doing to help the people in Haiti?…
    You are so much better than any of them..proven once again by today’s entry.
    Looking forward to buying my cookbook when it’s ready to sell!

  23. Johanna
    January 15, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Wow! Talk about having your heart in the right place. Way to go Julie, I have been reading your blog for almost a year and I think I love you just a little bit more every day. Can’t wait to get my hands on this cookbook, and gift it to all my foodie friends.

  24. Aimee
    January 15, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Honored and thrilled to be a part.

    My time is 100% at your disposal, just let me know what to do.

  25. Carrie
    January 15, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Fabulous idea! I’d be willing to help if you need. I’m an experienced editor so just drop me a line!

  26. Sarah (Calgary)
    January 15, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Julie – fantastic idea. Count me in for purchases and whatever else I can do. I’m known at my company for being a hawk when it comes to editting, so if you need an extra set of eyes for proofreading, count me in. Also willing to help on the shipping side or anything else you can use me for. I knew you would pick yourself up, dust off the tracks and get back to being the Julie we love. This is what you do and who you are. Nothing more authentic than that. Well done!

  27. Tina
    January 15, 2010 at 8:29 am

    She’s baa-aaack!! Great idea, wonderful photo. I live near Calgary and am a SAHM and longtime fan of yours. I would be honoured to help with formatting, proofing, shipping, whatever. Just say the word.

  28. Corine
    January 15, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Fantastic idea. You get a free pass on the non-food post.
    Can’t wait to hear that the book is on sale.

  29. Dahlia
    January 15, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Wow! Such swift action! If there’s still room for another recipe, I would love to contribute.

    A Foodie’s Quest

  30. Terri
    January 15, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Great idea Julie! You already know what I can help with so just say the word.

  31. Dianne
    January 15, 2010 at 8:56 am

    You are amazing! I think you needed that little meltdown to purge all of the good/bad excitement of what’s been happening this last little while. Glad you dusted yourself off.
    I’d love to help. I can drive around and pick things up, I can taste, I can organize, office work etc. I can do most anything except stand in front of a crowd of 2000 and delightfully introduce AB.

  32. Kelley
    January 15, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Wonderful idea Julie! So happy that you are feeling better and putting all your energy into something so positive! Count me in for a few copies.

    I work as an editor from my home in Calgary. If I can help, please contact me. I’m happy to do whatever else you might need too (shipping etc.).

  33. Kathryn
    January 15, 2010 at 9:05 am

    What a wonderful idea. Kudos to you for not only thinking it up, but taking action.

    Again, you rock.

  34. giz
    January 15, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Bravo!!! We at BloggerAid-Changing the Face of Famine would be happy to cooperate with you (http://www.bloggeraidmarketing.ning.com). With our cookbook (The BloggerAid Cook Book) we’ve been raising money for the World Food Programme and are also promoting aid for Haiti as well.

    Let us know how we can help.


  35. Buddiegirl
    January 15, 2010 at 9:13 am

    My heart breaks for the people of Haiti and the devastation they are suffering.

    Although my family has already made a contribution to the relief fund through my husband’s work, (where the company is offering matching donations) I will definitely be buying a book (or two) when they are available. Like many others, I would also like to offer my help in any way you need.

  36. Vivian
    January 15, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Bless you my child (cutest photo) for you have “grinned”…as in “grin and bear it”! And you’ve come out on top of it all like a shiny penny. Brilliant idea. I’m in line for a few of those forthcoming books hot off the (hopefully donated) press.

  37. Mmac
    January 15, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Atta girl. Sign me up for volunteer editing, proofing or promotion (but I don’t think the latter will be a problem).

  38. Mmac
    January 15, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Oh, and for a few copies too.

  39. Vivian
    January 15, 2010 at 9:28 am

    One more thought…Kathleen Ralph’s comment about art got me thinking, as I too am a professional artist. Could we get maybe 10 or 12 artists to donate a small piece (perhaps 6″ x 6″ and food related) to show and then auction off on your site? I don’t know how that would work as I am not very computer/blog savvy but it is an idea. Any other artists out there interested?

  40. Rachael
    January 15, 2010 at 9:31 am

    This is brilliant. I’m in – I’ll buy a book!
    Thanks for your inspiration and generous heart.

  41. JulieVR
    January 15, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Vivian and Kathleen – LOVE this idea!! I have a graphic designer friend (who spends much of her time in Africa helping out where she can) coming over this afternoon to sit down at the table and go over the layout and design, so I’ll suggest the painting cover option, but I love the idea of auctioning off artwork! If enough are up for it, I’ll set up a slideshow and let’s do it! Why not??

  42. clea
    January 15, 2010 at 9:41 am

    yay Julie. you have one more editing/designer friend in me if everyone else needs assistance.

  43. Jeanne @ Cooksister!
    January 15, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Hi Julie

    I would be happy to help out – either with a recipe or with editing or proofreading (which I did on the BloggerAid Cookbook – so still fresh in my mind!). Please drop me an e-mail if you want to discuss.

  44. JulieVR
    January 15, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Wow, YOU guys rock! Once all the copy trickles in we may have to have an editing party of sorts – all sit around my dining room table and proofread? or something? how much fun does that sound?

  45. Kathleen Ralph
    January 15, 2010 at 9:57 am

    re: Vivian’s idea, how about a “Square Feet for Haiti” or “Square Meals for Haiti” art show? encourage artists to donate a 12×12 painting that can be auctioned….

  46. JulieVR
    January 15, 2010 at 10:00 am

    GREAT idea, although I’m hesitant to put too many restrictions on art donations – but I do like the square format! And the square meals concept. You guys are brilliant! I’ll see if I can round up some artists…
    Vivian – I emailed you but it bounced back. Email me!

  47. LisaGee
    January 15, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Fantastic, heart-warming idea, Julie – count me in! I also have editing and copywriting experience, and I’m would be happy to help with shipping or anything else that needs doing, too. Let me know where to sign up!

  48. Kathy
    January 15, 2010 at 10:22 am

    This has got to stop 🙂 Once again I find myself wiping my eyes and blowing my nose but this time in a good way–at the generosity of everyone here. You got my email Julie so you know I’m on board for whatever help you need. And an editing party sounds fab to me!

  49. yasmin
    January 15, 2010 at 10:35 am

    julie, great idea. i MIGHT be able to put you in contact with a printer (in canada). do you have a email or something that i can send them? how can we chat quickly?

  50. Colleen
    January 15, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Great idea. Other than buy a cookbook, I can only offer to assist you if you need actual physical help. I live in Calgary and work full time but have oodles of evening time and weekends. So if you need help with this or any other thing = count me in.

  51. Rebecca
    January 15, 2010 at 10:45 am

    What an awesome idea! I feel so sad about the Haiti situation and while it seems like donating money is the best thing that I could do to help, assisting with the book is an even better idea. While I have no formal training in proofing, I too am known around my office for keen attention to detail – I’m happy to help with any aspect, be it proofing or packing boxes. I’m at home on mat leave for another few months and am more than happy to use this time for all sorts of greater good (as long as my daughter can join the proofing/packing party!)

  52. Colleen
    January 15, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Wow. Holy wow!
    You rock (as it’s been said many times before).
    I’ll definitely be getting a book or four, would love to help – if you need anything done/picked up/sent in/from Edmonton.

  53. Lauren
    January 15, 2010 at 11:17 am

    This is wonderful Julie.

  54. Natalie
    January 15, 2010 at 11:42 am

    GREAT IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. Lindsay
    January 15, 2010 at 11:43 am

    This is truly wonderful. It is inspiring to see how everyone is banding together the help those in need. God bless.

  56. jean
    January 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Julie, I’m a quilting foodie and have been trying to think of how I could help the Haitian relief beyond my limited financial ability. I’d love to create something for an art auction. I can do a 12″ x12″ textile art piece, but will happily donate a couch/cuddle quilt made with food-theme fabrics too. Just say the word!

  57. Brigitte
    January 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I live in Edmonton…I could maybe do deliveries for you..might help cut down the shipping cost.
    Let me know if this could help you.

  58. Dahlia
    January 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Hi Julie,
    It’s Dahlia again. My email is super long: dahliajadephoenix@hotmail.com
    Would love to help!


  59. Barb
    January 15, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I’m in.

  60. erin
    January 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm


    I’m in Edmonton too, and it sounds like you have lots of help here already – but I’d be willing to help out too if you need anything.

  61. Lana in South Mountain (ON)
    January 15, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    btw..LOVE that photo of you..such JOY!

  62. Rose
    January 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Julie

    Love the idea of book and art auction. I would be bidding on original art for sure and so happy to know it’d be helping your fundraising efforts!

    A day or two ago you mentioned you had an idea percolating about a big get-together/potluck dinner of your readers. Even though I’m in Vancouver, I thought that’s something I’d go to! If it ever happens it might be my chance to see the city of Calgary you have made me so interested in….


  63. Rose
    January 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    but of course the main event would be getting to meet YOU and all the great people who love your blog and what you do….

  64. Marisa
    January 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    What a brilliant idea! I’d love to contribute a recipe, if you need another (and of course, I’ll be buying a copy when it’s ready).

  65. Dinah's Kitchen
    January 15, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Great idea! I just started my food blog 3 weeks ago and I’ll contribute any way I can. I’m in Calgary too.

  66. brenda
    January 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Great idea, Julie. I will definitely buy one.

  67. Beverley M
    January 15, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Wow, what a roller coaster of emotions on the past two posts that I just read all at once!

    As soon as that website is live I’ll post it on my facebook to help spread the word. Not sure if there’s anything else I can do to help from here, other than buy one of course. (I just got OSC for Christmas, by the way!)

  68. Kathy
    January 15, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    If any one is interested, here is another way to help, I just received this via email.

    Center Street Church will be hosting a FREE benefit concert to raise funds and awareness for the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

    Come out this coming Wednesday (January 20th) at 7:00 pm to Center Street’s main campus in Calgary, to hear artists Carolyn Arends, Steve Bell, Jon Bauer, Corey Doak, Kelsey Plowman and more! A freewill offering will be taken. All proceeds will go to Samaritan’s purse to aid the relief for Haiti. Come and help us make difference!

  69. ilovealbertabeets
    January 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Way to turn that blurp of jealousy and negativity from the internets into something good. I composed an outraged/supportive comment yesterday but figured you had gotten the general idea 🙂
    As could have easily been predicted, no amount of petty snark could stop the Julie awesome train.

  70. Pat from Ontario
    January 15, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Great idea, Julie. I can help proof read. I’d be willing to help in any way, including flying to Calgary when you need extra hands. I definitely will be telling people here about the book. I know people are at a loss on how to help, and you have provided a win-win chance!
    P.S. I remember you at that age!

  71. sharon in oregon
    January 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    We’ve been praying, we sent a donation and now I will buy your cookbook. I just hope and pray this does not go by way of the forgotten in a week or two because we wont for everything new. This is major, like Hurricane Katrina. Let us not forget this time what these people need and what we need to do to help them. THANK YOU FOR BEING A PROGRESSIVE.

  72. Katharine
    January 15, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I’M IN!! Let me know if there’s anything I can do! You are amazing!

  73. Karen
    January 15, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Awesome – I’m so in!!!! See I told ya you were creative! What an amazing idea.

  74. Shobha
    January 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I’m in!

  75. Reith
    January 15, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Seriously Jules, I doubt the hater has hundreds of people telling them how much of an inspiration they are. Sign me up for a few cookbooks, and let me know if you do a ‘proof party.’ With a bit of luck and a seat sale, I might be able to make it and I’d really love to. xo

  76. Bonnie
    January 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    What a brilliant nay genius idea. I’m going to buy one for myself and maybe I’ll just be doing some early xmas shopping too. Julie, I can’t tell you how often I make something from your blog — you always inspire me. And I have to tell you too, my significant other loves me cooking up yummy stuff I’ve copied from your blog too. He certainly couldn’t begrudge me a cookbook with your recipes in it (although I may have to get him to reinforce my cookbook shelf) 😉

  77. Andrea
    January 15, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    I’m in – how can I help? We’ve just moved back to the West Coast so I haven’t kept up my blog lately – but it’s not for lack of ideas, just lack of spare time to post!

  78. Bonnie
    January 15, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Julie – just a thought but you should contact CBC on this — it’s a great story and the more attention you can get the more cookbooks you can sell. I can definitely see this as a news story — please don’t be modest girlfriend — sell it!

  79. margo
    January 16, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Julie, that photo is so YOU! I can see your smile! Sweet!! And a perfect accompanying photo for your wonderful inspiration. Much better / healthier way to expend your energy than on people who can only offer shallow and cruel words.
    For those in Calgary, let me say that concert will not only be an opportunity to contribute to the relief effort, but if you’re not familiar with the likes of Steve Bell and Carolyn Arends… just go. You will be so blessed by their music. I guarantee it will be a balm to our souls as we try to reach out and help the people of Haiti.

  80. Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks
    January 16, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Julie. I came to you via Seven Spoons where I heard about the cookbook idea. Would love to help in some respect. Will provide a recipe, help edit, write a press release or just do a post about the book. Wonderful idea. Let me know.

  81. Kathy
    January 16, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Margo thanks for the plug re Steve Bell/Carolyn Arends, yes they are both really good.

    Julie my sister in law is a potter. She hasn’t been able to throw pots recently b/c of a health issue, but if you want I can contact her to see if she has some existing bigger pieces she’d be willing to donate. She’s in Prince George.

  82. Dana
    January 16, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Great idea. I will buy one when the button shows up on your blog (or wherever). It sounds like you’re out of your funk but I’ll pass this on anyway. I was listening to CKUA yesterday in the late afternoon and Shelley Youngblut was talking about you and this idea. She and the host were talking about how great you are and said they thought you were someone “we should all aspire to be more like.” I agree!

  83. Donna
    January 16, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Hey Julie,
    My sister in law is a local artist and is interested in your “squares for Haiti” project. I told her that donations should have a food related theme. Just need more details as they are worked out.
    Haiti needs so much help – and the need will go on for years.

  84. Maureen
    January 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Count me in as one who will buy the book as soon as it is available.
    I have already made a donation but want to do more. I also want our government to have to make a huge donation.
    Let’s go Canada let’s go! 🙂

  85. MaryBeth in Kelowna
    January 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    What an amazing idea! I’m already thinking this would be a perfect gift idea for all the foodies in our life with all the proceeds going to Haiti. Way to go Julie!

  86. korey
    January 17, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Do you need more recipes? assistance? let me know xo’kk

  87. ThatsSoYummy
    January 18, 2010 at 4:40 am


    Count me in for sure! I can contribute recipes or anything else that is needed. Thank you for your support and generosity. Having family living in Haiti has been rough and very sad due to still not being able to contact some as of yet. But what your doing really shows the compassion of others.

    Thank you!


  88. Raedell Coogler
    January 18, 2010 at 6:35 am

    What a wonderful idea. I would love to help and submit a recipe for the cookbook. We are doing a fundraiser at my school and sending the money to the Red Cross.

  89. Deanna
    January 18, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    the 365foods bloggers are happy to kick in a recipe or two. Just let us know how we can support your great idea!


  90. Hippo Flambe
    January 18, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Hi Julie, Just another blogger here to tell you what a great idea. If you still need contributors I would love to be a part of this. Thank you for doing this.


  91. Vincci
    January 18, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I know I’m a little late on the wagon but I would love to help out in any way that I can too, whether it’s submitting a recipe, helping out some way in person (yes, I’m in Calgary!) or even just buying a few books. What a great idea!

  92. Debbie
    January 19, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Hello Julie … if you are still in need of a recipe contribution, please advise! I can’t wait to purchase a cookbook! Debbie

  93. Winnie
    January 20, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Me too…let me know if you need any help in terms of recipe contribution or otherwise!

  94. Feeding the Saints (A. C. Parker)
    January 21, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Hi. I would LOVE to contribute a recipe. You can find some on my new blog: http://www.feedingthesaints.com/ but of course there are others. I found you through BloggerAid, but also follow many of the other bloggers you mention as being involved. I am a professional copy editor also, btw, in case you need those kinds of services. Great idea. I’ll be watching.

  95. bbatw
    January 21, 2010 at 6:21 pm


    great painting, i’ll buy it, $$$$$ to Haiti fund?


  96. ourexam
    January 23, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Of course the Canadian government has promised to match all donations made by Canadians to the Red Cross and other relief efforts, so we’ll be able to double what we raise. Just think: if we together (not just here – don’t worry – but through our collective blogs, Twitter and Facebook) sold a thousand books at $25 each, that’s $25,000 – which would then be doubled to $50,000, all going to Haiti via the Red Cross. I wonder if Mike realizes he’s going to be shipping all these books?

    I don’t know the book where to buy? But the certification book is in Ourexam

  97. Jennifer S.
    March 12, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Any chance you are willing to open the sale of the first book to benefit Japan???? I missed the first one by, like, a day! Would love a copy and this is a good opportunity!

  98. Anamnrosette
    December 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    for and get big save for less

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