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Tasty Tuesday – A Baked Pop Up

Cooking Canuck - Caramelized Onion & Spinach Olive Oil Quick Bread

I’m really excited to be a part of the Baked Pop-Up (a bake sale in an unexpected place) that is taking place in Rockland next Saturday where all the proceeds will be donated to the Good Shepherd Food Bank in southern Maine. My friend Sharon (check out her blog Delicious Musings) came up with the idea to do a pop up here in Maine – I love it. Below is the press release with all the details.

When I was thinking about what I could make to contribute I went to my current favorite place for inspiration, Pinterest. It’s a wonderful source of inspiration for everything from tasty treats (my YUM board) to DIY projects (my CRAFTY board). I even have one for ideas for ‘My (one day) Forever Home’, one for ‘Manly’,  and even one for ‘I Love Shoes’! Anyway I remembered a recipe I had posted to  my Yum board for Caramelized Onion & Spinach Olive Oil Quick Bread. I thought since most bakes sales consist of sweets (not that there is anything wrong with that) that I would do something savory. A perfect fit. The recipe (and photo) is from Dara Michalski, the Cooking Canuck.

If you find yourself  in the Rockland area on Saturday, January 28th or in Portland Maine on Saturday, February 4th be sure to stop in and pick up some tasty goodies and support a great food bank.


Coming to Rockland and Portland

Mainers with a penchant for sweets are invited to attend the first annual Baked Pop-Ups on Saturday, January 28 at Rheal Day Spa on Main Street in Rockland and Saturday, February 4 at Akari on Middle Street in Portland. Both pop-ups will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  All proceeds from these delicious events will be donated to Good Shepherd Food Bank and help raise a greater awareness for those looking to help Maine’s children in need.


Some of the tempting baked goods graciously being donated include cookies from Atlantic Baking Company, cupcakes from East End Cupcakes, brownies from Scratch Baking Co., chocolate caramels from Black Dinah Chocolatiers, Rice Crispy Squares filled with Cajeta from El Rayo Taqueria, and a variety of baked goods from Sweets & Meats Market.  Loyal Biscuit and Planet Dog are making sure tail wagging friends don’t have to go without by donating dog biscuits.

“In New England, Maine ranks the highest for food insecurity among children. At El Rayo we feed people every day and have access to an abundance of food raised right here in our state.  It’s hard to imagine that there are children who don’t,” El Rayo Taqueria Executive Chef Cheryl Lewis said. “I hope that our support, in some small way helps to change what some Maine children face in their daily lives.”

“Child hunger is a huge problem in Maine today and will have a significant impact on our future unless we do more to fight it,” says Christine Force, VP of Development at Good Shepherd Food Bank. “When children don’t get enough nutritious food, they have difficulty learning in school and face physical and emotional challenges. We need to set our children up for success by ensuring they get the healthy foods they need.”

Among the nearly 49 million Americans facing hunger more than 16 million are children. In Maine 200,000 residents are living at risk of hunger, including 1 in every 4 children.

Despite the good efforts of governments, private-sector institutions and everyday Americans, these children still don’t have daily access to the nutritious meals they need to live active, healthy lives.

About Good Shepherd Food Bank:

The largest hunger relief organization in Maine, Good Shepherd Food Bank provides for those at risk of hunger by soliciting and distributing surplus food to more than 600 partner agencies.  Since 1981, the Food Bank has partnered with individuals, businesses and farmers to alleviate hunger and build community relationships.  In 2011, the Food Bank distributed 12.5 million pounds of food to families and individuals throughout Maine. More information on Good Shepherd Food Bank can be found at

Media Contact: Sharon Kitchens (organizer)   207.542.3723

Good Shepherd Food Bank (beneficiary)   207.782.3554