Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bake Sales, Crack Pies, Butter Mochi, and Pretzel M&M Bars

Dear Japan,

I would gladly bake for you,

if that could ease your burden.

Here’s my blogger version of a bake sale. Just for you. And made with love.

I spent all weekend coming up with the recipes for Little Foodie Originals.

Li Hing Mui Mango Butter Mochi bars

(Chewy, with a crust, and dusted lightly with that salty, licorice-y sweet of Li Hing Mui)IMG_4518IMG_4495

and Pretzel and PB M&M chewy, fudgy, cookie bars. Salty and sweet. My favorite. Almost as good as eating cookie dough. There’s a layer of cookie, topped with a layer of fudgy chocolate—not brownie chocolate, but chewy chocolate.


If you donate $5 or more here, I will e-mail you the recipes. I want to just mail the food to you, but by the time it gets to you, off the island… well, who knows how long it will take. Stale bars are no good.

IMG_7100If you donate $40 or more here, I’ll send you a jar of homemade salt, boiled down from water in our very own Hawaiian bay.

jakepottery2If you donate $100 or more here, I’ll send you a piece of Jacob Jackson original pottery, a small serving bowl or cup or whatever comes out of the kiln today. My husband is the hero. He offered this up when I was brainstorming. Just for you.jakepottery

100% of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross’ relief efforts in Japan.

You don’t need a paypal account, you just need a credit card. Just click the “continue” link on the left lower side under the “Don’t have a pay pay account” heading. (Thank you Rieko, for telling me it was NOT WORKING! What would I do without my readers???)

Bloggers everywhere are gearing up for events to aid Japan.  I wish there was more we could do but until then… My dad told me he wishes he was independently wealthy and could just go over there and help. What would we do? I don’t know. Something to make us feel like we’re not just sitting around waiting. For good news.

I am so impressed with the generosity and concern I have seen already with this disaster. It is refreshing.

badge_largeAlso, coming up, The Tomato Tart is going to hold an on-line auction bake-sale. I’m offering a Crack Pie. The Momofuku variety. Sent directly to your house, and I guarantee it won’t be stale.

IMG_4673Why do you need this pie?

Oh, friend, you need this pie. I know, it’s not pretty, but trust me.

It may become a unhealthy addiction. I made two this weekend. Guess what I ate for breakfast this week? Breakfast of champions. This has an oatmeal cookie crumble buttery crust, and the sweetest, gooey-est, best reason to eat butter and sugar together filling.

The suggestion is to eat it cold, straight from the pan, with a fork, and with someone you love.

Or maybe you just want it for yourself. The auction starts on the 30th. I’ll remind you when it happens. With all the bloggers involved, I’m sure you’ll find an offering that suits you. IMG_4677



sophia said...

It's amazing to see this worldwide effort to help the people of Japan.

And haha, there's a reason why it's called a crack pie...

Where's the recipe for the mochi bar? :-(

Masayuki said...

Oh man, if we weren't so poor I would donate just to get some of Jake's work. Great idea. Everything looks awesome.

Mariko said...

Oh, you definitely want it. But it'll cost ya. :)

Mariko said...

It was just your birthday. Why didn'tcha ask?

Laurie said...

What a great idea. Crack pie and butter mochi are great sellers too!

marla said...

Your virtual bake sale is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing all these goodies with us. I am involved in some fundraising efforts too. Every little bit helps, I hope :) xo

Smiths said...

Genius. I was totally going to ask for recipes (my thoughts these days are with the cookie bar/pretzels almost as much as with those in Japan) and now I realize it's going to cost me. So worth it. Soooooo worth it.

Anonymous said...

I've never heard of crack pie before, what is it? Tell me more?

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

What a great way to raise more money!

sienna said...

ok. thanks for motivating me to donate! now send me that mochi recipe. it looks so good.

Maria B said...

What a wonderful idea, Mariko.
I was so thrilled about the big bake sale and then so bummed, because I figured most of the food would go stale by the time it reached me here in Germany. And also shipping fees would be ridiculous and I didn't want to do that to anyone.
But this way you gave me a chance to participate :)Thank you

Nippon Nin said...

Sorry, I missed that deadline. I hope your fund raising event was successful. This looks wonderful.

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