Home for the Holidays: WhyHunger

It is an honour to share with you a charitable cause that is near and dear to my heart, as today across SLM, we spotlight six nonprofits that we think are special. (I hope you’ll take a moment to check them out!)

WhyHunger is a nonprofit organization finding practical answers to the problems of hunger and poverty by connecting people to food and by supporting grassroots organizations. Feeding the hungry? I can’t think of a better cause to embrace here on Simple Bites.

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Home for the Holidays: Bloggers without Borders

Christmas isn’t just about giving and getting (although we’re so excited to bring your our annual giveaway week) which is why for this year’s Home for the Holidays, we wanted to highlight some great organizations doing amazing things. Specifically, five organizations that are near and dear to our hearts. I hope that after reading this post, you’ll take a minute to browse the other SLM sites and learn a bit about our favorite charities.

I’m so excited to spotlight Bloggers without Borders today as it is an organization that occupies part of my time, much of my thoughts, and all of my heart.

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Introducing…Bloggers without Borders (and a giveaway)

My parents raised me to give generously of my time, my abundance, my life; yet it’s all too easy to get caught up in the Busy. There are many instances when I have longed to do more, be more. But how to do so from my own home, my little corner of things?

I can’t abandon my own family to go volunteer in a famine-stricken country. I am not a political figure, nor am I independently wealthy. I am just a mom, doing what I can for those close to me. And so, I continue to write my food blog, encourage others to give their kids a nourishing breakfast, support their partner in the kitchen, and cook from scratch, among other topics.

Writing Simple Bites is incredibly rewarding, but for some time I have wanted to do more, to touch others, to do good. It is with a full heart that I am blessed beyond belief to share with you today about Bloggers without Borders.

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Bloggers without Borders: A Beginning



UPDATE: I now have a BwoB fundraiser of my own! Head over to Simple Bites for a chance to win some gorgeous items from Le Creuset and help a good cause.


After months of dreaming, weeks of planning, days of coordinating, and hours upon hours of work, the vision of a non-profit organization for bloggers, by bloggers has become a reality for Bloggers without Borders founders, Maggy Keet and Erika Pineda-Ghanny.



You have to see it for yourself; go visit the beautiful new website, read about how the non-profit was started, and find out how you can help.

It is an honour to be working with Maggy and Erika in their endeavors to harness the good will of the blogging community for charity. You’ll see the words ‘Social Media Manager’ next to my photo on the About Us page, which I think means — I like to talk? Or something.

It also means I’m the voice behind our Twitter and Facebook accounts, so please, go give us some love and spread the word!

Now, our kick-off project is near and dear to my heart. You remember my post on A Pie for Mikey? Well, spearheaded by Shauna and supported by Bloggers without Borders, A Fund for Jennie has been launched.

Please take a moment to read about the project, and then either donate by clicking the button below, or from the options on the BwoB website.

Donate to Bloggers Without Borders

Thank you! Don’t forget to subscribe to the BwoB blog feed for regular updates!

Roasted Shiitake Parmesan Pops

OK, I have to admit, I lured you in with that title. While this addicting new appetizer recipe has indeed been developed, tested, and photographed by yours truly, I will not be posting the recipe. Call me a tease, but you’ll have to buy Peko Peko to get it.

Wait, Peko-what?Peko Peko: Family Friendly Japanese Recipes is a collection of nearly 60 Japanese and Japanese-inspired recipes published by Blurb, 100% of the profits of which will be donated to charity relief in Japan. I was fortunate to be one of the food bloggers who contributed a recipe to the cookbook.Peko Peko: Family Friendly Japanese Recipes offers 120 full-color pages packed with gorgeous photography and 59 Japanese-inspired recipes contributed by 56 food writers, bloggers and photographers.Peko Peko also includes an indispensable guide to over 50 Japanese ingredients, including suitable substitutions for the North American home cook. If you’ve never cooked Japanese food, don’t worry, the detailed pantry section in the book that will give you the information you need to use those new ingredients with confidence.It’s been a amazing honour to be a small part of this project, spearheaded by three talented curators.You can read more about Peko Peko (and see some photos from the book) over on Simple Bites and yesterday the Montreal Gazette was also kind enough to give it a mention in the Applause section. The word is spreading!Of course, you can also go directly to Blurb to purchase the book, where all of the proceeds will go to the GlobalGiving Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. Nobody involved in making the book will profit from Peko Peko, including Blurb. As a Peko Peko sponsor, the good folks at Blurb have agreed to waive their usual cut of book sales. Thanks in advance for supporting our cause and happy cooking!