Pass the Plate

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When Sharon and Denise at BeBetsy.com asked me if I would help them Pass the Plate I eagerly accepted.

If you aren’t familiar with Pass the Plate, then please let me fill you in.  Pass the Plate is a fundraiser to support the Susan G. Komen for the cure 2012, and is an offspring of  Cook for the Cure.

The concept behind Pass the Plate is simple. 

1.) Anyone can purchase the beautifully designed and specially marked plate. The plate was created by Chef Jacques Pepin; a celebrity cooking show host, and was manufactured by the Villeroy & Boch; the makers of extremely gorgeous porcelain dinnerware.

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2.) The purchaser of the plate then makes food to put on the plate.  We are passing homemade cookies. 

3.) Once the food is plated, it is then passed onto a friend, neighbor, or in our case, another food blogger.  Each time the plate changes hands it gets properly documented, and Kitchen Aid, the makers of some of the most awesome kitchen products in the world, makes a  $5.00 donation to help the fight against breast cancer.

4.) The more the plate continues to change hands, the more money it raises.

Pretty awesome…

So now,  let me bring you up to speed on what’s happened with the plate so far.  The plate was loaded with homemade Snickerscotti cookies by Sharon and Denise.  It left Nevada last week and arrived at my house here in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State on Saturday, October 6th.  A toot of the horn on the rural mail carriers truck announced the plate’s arrival. 

As luck would have it, I had just made a fresh cup of coffee.  Perfect timing Sharon and Denise.  Of course I had to have a (couple) Snickerscotti’s.  These cookies are the most delicious biscotti type cookie that I have ever had – seriously.  I cannot stay out of them.  In fact, my husband warned me that I had better take pictures of them before I ate them all – can you imagine?  I’m sure the recipe will be available on BeBetsy in the very near future.

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The first thing I thought of when Sharon and Denise contacted me about this fund-raising campaign were the people I’ve know that have been affected by breast cancer. 

The second thing I thought about was the person I wanted to send my plateful of cookies to –  Sandra of Sweet Sensations.  Sandra has been a true foodie friend.  She is the queen of table decorating and party throwing,  makes the most sinful looking cakes ever, and sounds like one of the best grandmas in the world.  If you’re not familiar with Sandra then it’s time you go over to her blog and acquaint yourself with her.

Since she eagerly accepted my invitation to participate in Pass the Plate she will now receive a plateful of cookies that I made especially for her and her family.

I decided send Sandra a plate of  Chocolate Cookies decorated with pink sprinkles.  These cookies should travel well from to New York to Michigan. Unless of course, some hungry postal employee realizes what’s in the box.  Do you suppose that ever happens?

I will share the recipe for these cookies  in a future post.  In the meantime, here’s sneak peak. 

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Please follow the plate as it makes it’s way from one foodie to the next throughout the country.

Sandra, keep your eye out.  They are enroute!

Another Great Finger Lakes Cork & Fork

The 2011 Finger Lakes Cork & Fork wrapped up this year leaving patrons with an unprecedented taste of what Finger Lakes local food and wine truly is – an unbelievable gastronomic delight.  No stone was left unturned.

Those fortunate enough to have made it to this years showcase & sales event on Saturday got a front row taste of some of the areas best artisan specialty oils, sauces, balsamic vinegars, fruit juices, chocolates, jams and jellies, fruits and vegetables, salsas, cheeses, custom blended teas, herbs, maple syrup, honey. and fresh dairy butter.  And of course, wines galore.

Area caterers, restaurateurs and bakers also dished out bites of some of their delicious epicurean creativity and shared their recipes as well.

Cooking demonstrations were offered throughout the day, giving spectators a birds eye view of preparation techniques, and educational seminars were on-going and covered topics such as proper wine tasting, trends in chocolate, and eating & cooking raw foods.

The proceeds earned from this event help support the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and the House of Concern.

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Thank you Seneca County Chamber of Commerce for another successful, fun, and tasty Finger Lakes Cork & Fork!