Despite the hardships in my life - losing my mother to cancer, jumping off my career path in academia unexpectedly and being unsure of my next move, being laid off and spending four months unemployed in one of the most expensive cities in the country - I have always had a roof over my head and food on my table. I truly believe that experiencing those hardships and living to tell about them has made me appreciate life's basic necessities even more, and I will never take them for granted.
With this in mind, I have signed up with several other bloggers in order to Blog Away Hunger, an initiative started by Marc Matsumoto of No Recipes. We have all committed to donating all of the ad revenue earned by our blogs in January 2010 to aid the relief efforts in Haiti, which was crippled by a major earthquake and strong aftershock earlier this month. Our donations will help feed the 3 million people who were displaced by this natural disaster.
How Can You Help?
The ad revenue earned by Taste As You Go is based on the number of pages viewed. You can help increase the amount of my donation by going back through the archives and reading older posts. To help you get started, I've compiled a list of the "Best of 2009," something I didn't get around to doing after the New Year. Please click through and read the most popular blog posts of 2009, arranged by month. It doesn't take much effort or time to click through, and you can rest assured knowing that you are helping to increase my donation every time you do.
If you would like to donate directly, you can do so here. Be sure you select "Haiti Disaster" under Donor Designations. Help us help Haiti on the road to recovery.
Taste As You Go's "Best of 2009"
January 2009 - Bittman Tells Us What's "Out" and "In" for 2009
(Photo courtesy of Omnivoracious' Amazon Blog)
February 2009 - Beef Stew with Sweet Potatoes
April 2009 - Fiery Pomegranate Sauce
May 2009 - Asparagus with Honey and Curry Butter
June 2009 - Baked Stuffed Chicken Caprese with Balsamic Reduction
July 2009 - Quick and Easy White Sangria
August 2009 - Tequila Lime Guacamole
September 2009 - Montana Whoppers
October 2009 - Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
November 2009 - Stuffed Bell Peppers with Ground Turkey and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
December 2009 - Panko-Crusted Honey Ginger Shrimp