table scape

This probably seems like something that doesn’t need to be said, but summer is so much better than winter. Every since 11th grade, the summers just keep getting better and better, whether it’s a “summer of yes”, or a fun vacation to Greece, or weekends spent at the cottage, things are good. I love that there is more time than ever to devote to things I want to spend time on. Gone are the days of to-do lists featuring hundreds of pages of reading or even worse, storyboarding. My weekends are free with no exams or papers to stress about. I’ve been able to spend lots of time in the kitchen and visiting with friends who are back in the city.

plum and blueberry tarts

When I heard about the 1,000 Cooks for the Cure campaign run by KitchenAid in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, I knew it was something I wanted to do. Breast cancer is something that is very close to my heart.

seafood salad served in glasses

So, I hosted a party and asked a bunch of poor university students to donate whatever they could. Sounds kind of insane right? Well, if you can see the photos, you can tell that it went pretty well – for my first time entertaining, let alone on a crazy busy weekend, I’m pretty happy.

sausage, pepper and zucchini skewers

Here’s what I served:

Raspberry Lemonade (recipe coming soon!)
Avocado Feta Dip
Black Bean Dip (recipe coming soon!)
Quinoa Salad
Seafood Salad
Sausage, pepper and zucchini skewers
Chocolate Pavlova with Strawberries and Blueberries
Plum and Blueberry Tarts

If you would like to participate, you can do so by hosting your own dinner party, BBQ or just a gathering of friends from July 19th – 28th 2013 and raise money for the campaign. If you would like to donate to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the 1,000 Cooks for the Cure campaign, you can find the information on the KitchenAid website.

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