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Go Postal Tomorrow and Donate Food

Here’s a no-brainer: While brewing coffee tomorrow (Saturday) morning, open the cabinets and take a look at what you’ve been meaning to eat down. Pull the stuff from the shelves and fill a shopping bag. Walk outside and place your bag of non-perishables by the front door or wherever your postal carrier drops off the mail. And that’s it -- you’ve done your good deed for the day. It’s all part of the 17th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Drive, hosted by The National Association of Letter Carriers and the US Postal Service. While delivering your mail tomorrow, those postal elves will also pick up your donations, which will be distributed to various food banks and pantries in your area. More than 73 million pounds of food were collected during last year’s food drive, and the elves are hoping to do even better this year, when the number of hungry Americans...


By Kim ODonnel | May 8, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (10)

The Comfort of Cooking With Strangers

While I'm on vacation, I've got a handful of helpful and savvy kitchen elves pitching in to keep the blog engine running. Today's treat comes from Shannon Henry, a former Post technology writer, who has transferred her talents to the kitchen. When I move to a new town (twice now in the past three years), there is one constant: I make lasagna with new friends. (Shannon Henry) It may seem like a funny thing to do, but cooking with someone you hardly know, while you mix sauce and layer noodles, can be a profound experience. After what seemed like a lifetime in Washington (including seven years of writing for The Washington Post), my husband and I moved to Denver, where I started a cooking group. For more than two years, we were a dozen women strong, who gathered in smaller groups to make soups, sauces, breads, appetizers -- you name...


By Kim ODonnel | December 16, 2008; 08:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Call for Helping One-Pot-Dish Hands

An e-mail from "Newton Mom," the Newton, Mass.-based sister of longtime reader "Bethesda Mom," arrived in my inbox last week, and I've been thinking about it ever since. Here's her kitchen scenario: A friend has organized a very large effort at my daughter's now former elementary school where once a month families make a tuna noodle casserole, using the identical recipe, and then she delivers them to a woman and children's homeless shelter in Boston called Rosies Place where they are served for dinner to the community. We have all been making these for some years. Apparently, it has been so successful that we have "graduated" to a different night of the month and are now free to change the menu and recipe. The new recipe does not need to be a casserole, must be able to be standardized, frozen and reheated and be easy enough that people will be...


By Kim ODonnel | April 2, 2008; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (32)


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