O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awarness Month Contest

Some of you may remember last year’s Dolce Italiano contest to spread the word about the wonderful cookbook by the 2008 Bon Appetit award-winner for best Pastry Chef Gina DePalma.

Well a few months ago, I found out from Diana, a lovely blogger and B & B owner in northern Italy, that Gina was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and was undergoing a whirlwind of treatment. I wrote Gina a quick email, sending my best thoughts and wishes, and Gina, recovering from surgery and about to undergo chemotherapy, immediately wrote back a message full of courageous spirit, humor, and love–vintage Gina.

You see, Gina was already thinking about what she could do to raise ovarian cancer awareness and money to fight the disease. So a few of us from the Dolce Italiano contest got together and we proudly announce:

O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of Gina DePalma, author of Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen and Executive Pastry Chef of Babbo Ristorante in NYC, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy, Jenn of The Leftover Queen, and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso are asking you to donate to the:

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (via FirstGiving.org)

and then, out of the goodness of your hearts and to be eligible for the O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Contest, please do the following:

1. Post a recipe to your blog using a food that starts or ends with the letter O (e.g., oatmeal, orange, okra, octopus, olive, onion, potato, tomato) and include this entire text box in the post;


2. If you’re not into the recipe thing, simply post this entire text box in a post on your blog to help spread the word about the event and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.


3. Then send your post url [along with a photo (100 x 100) if you’ve made a recipe] to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on September 30, 2008.

We will post a roundup and announce prize winners on October 3.


  • 1 Recipe Prize for best “O food” concoction: $50 gift certificate to Amazon;
  • 1 Awareness Prize for only publicizing event: Copy of Dolce Italiano cookbook.


From the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund:

  • Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women; a woman’s lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1 in 67.
  • The American Cancer Society estimates that 21,650 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the U.S. in 2008 and about 15,520 women will die from the disease.
  • The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose. There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer but there are tests which can detect ovarian cancer when patients are at high risk or have early symptoms.
  • In spite of this patients are usually diagnosed in advanced stages and only 45% survive longer than five years. Only 19% of cases are caught before the cancer has spread beyond the ovary to the pelvic region.
  • When ovarian cancer is detected and treated early on, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92%.

Please donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
and help spread the word!

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42 Beans of Wisdom to “O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awarness Month Contest”
  1. Michelle thank you for all this info on ovarian cancer.

    I think about Gina often. Everything happened so quickly. So strange how one’s life can change in an instant.

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..What’s playing in Rome now…Adele

    *So* true. I was just saying to Gina, at this time last year we were all just waiting, fingers tapping, annoyance growing for Poste Italiane to deliver the Dolce Italiano cookbooks…could’ve never imagined this just a year later.

  2. 09.16.2008

    This is such a cool idea. Thank you Michelle, Sara and Jenn for thinking of it. I will be working to spread the word through my blog, and hope that other bloggers help spread the word as well! My vision is that Gina will be laughing and cooking and dancing in my kitchen next season. Why don’t we make that a group event? HA!!!! πŸ™‚

    Diana’s last blog post..O FOODS CONTEST!!!

    I love it Diana! Would give me a *great* excuse to finally come up there too πŸ™‚

  3. yay! Let’s spread awareness πŸ™‚ I’ve already got a few O foods up my sleeve.

    Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy’s last blog post..O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Contest

    Woohoo! I’ll be posting my first O Food tomorrow πŸ™‚

  4. We can always count on you, Sara and Jenn to cook up something fun. Way to go, girls!

    Cherrye at My Bella Vita’s last blog post..Travel Tip Tuesday: Travel Guide Books Decoded Part II

    Hope you’ll be whipping up on O food or two Cherrye πŸ™‚

  5. 09.16.2008

    just did an o torta at breakfast… hehehehe let the games begin….

    Diana’s last blog post..O FOODS CONTEST!!!

    Woohoo! Be sure to send your entry to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com to be entered in the contest πŸ™‚

  6. 09.16.2008

    Good for you on raising awareness of this.

    running42k’s last blog post..Time to panic?

    Spread the word!

  7. 09.16.2008

    So sad to hear about Gina. Hope she is doing well.

    Great gig/contest you have going for a great cause Michelle!!!

    My MΓ©lange’s last blog post..Travel Tip Tuesday : Traveler Pitfalls

    Thank you for your thoughts for Gina; I know she appreciates them. Can’t wait to see what you come up with for the contest, Robin. No pressure πŸ˜‰

  8. Mary

    This is a great cause. I’ll be whipping up some O food soon but for now I’ve posted the info on my blog.

    Perfect Mary! Grazie πŸ™‚

  9. 09.16.2008

    What a great idea! I will be thinking of an O food too (of course, the overachiever in me wants to do something like orrechiete with onions and tomato LOL – or orange mango something, but that would photograph very orange) but in the meantime I will post the info on my blog this week. My recipe may not be until later in the month though.

    City Girl’s last blog post..Tour del Gelato (and Indie Spotlight) — il laboratorio del gelato

    I love your ideas! Can’t wait to see what you make…and don’t worry, you have plenty of time!

  10. 09.16.2008

    Life is so unpredictable *SIGH*; do hope Gina feels better soon. It’s a great idea – ‘O’ foods. I’ve thinkingO!! Take care girls…you are wonderful!


    Look Deeba, you were reading our minds…you just posted an O food recipe πŸ™‚

  11. 09.16.2008

    Great idea! Ill be thinking of one too…hmmm


    Ciao Alisa! Looking forward to your recipe πŸ™‚

  12. 09.16.2008

    I know I don’t know Gina, but Michelle I love your blog, and if you are hosting this contest than by all means I will spread the word! And add something for all our taste buds. Love and Prayers to Gina, and really glad all of you are running this contest.

    NewWrldYankee’s last blog post..Top 10 Sites to Watch American TV online, part II

    Thanks Yankee! Looking forward to your O food πŸ™‚

  13. 09.16.2008

    What a great cause! I’ll be thinking of O foods now too :))

    Jane’s last blog post..Leaving the shore

    Woohoo! Can’t wait to see your fabulous recipe Jane!

  14. 09.16.2008

    Michelle, I have been absent from the blogging world for a couple months, but I am back. I will be posting to raise awareness, great idea. You embody what a great blogger is, thanks for the continuous inspiration.

    Beatriz’s last blog post..Where does coffee grow anyway?

    Great to “see” you Beatriz! Thank you so much for your kind words…now I’m coming over to see about that coffee….

  15. This is great Michelle! πŸ™‚ I am so excigted to be a part of it! THANKS! It is true what you guys are saying how things can just change in an instant. Life is really so precious.

    JennDZ_The Leftover Queen’s last blog post..O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Contest!

  16. Chel

    What a super idea! I’m going to have to think of a recipe. I’m always a fan of anything that tries to help all of us together. I think if we’d all team together more often to work toward a goal for the greater good, we’d all be better off.

    Couldn’t agree more Chel; thanks for the support!

  17. You guys are great for getting together and doing something.
    I am so sorry to hear about this and I pray that Gina will beat this ugly cancer and go on to live a full, healthy life and continue making her fabulous creations.

    collette~all over the map’s last blog post..It Pays To Be Nice

    Thanks so much for sharing those lovely sentiments Collette πŸ™‚

  18. 09.17.2008

    I’m in! It really is getting to be oatmeal season, anyway.

    Judith in Umbria’s last blog post..21 tomato salute

    Indeed, and I found oats in a nearby supermarket just in time!

  19. Michelle

    This is a great cause and a fun way to raise awareness. Thank you

    Thank *you* Michelle!

  20. 09.17.2008

    That’s very sad news, but I am glad that she is positive about it. I will be glad to add this to my sidebar!

    Best of luck to all those who will submit recipes!

    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

    Wanderlust Scarlett’s last blog post..The Little Black Box

    Gina has the best attitude, Scarlett; thanks for your support!

  21. 09.18.2008

    one of my friend recently had just died of cancer. i was still skiing at a mountain when this message came through. it took me a while to remember where i was because i knew her as a healthy woman. i am just hoping there should be a cure for this illness. count me in michelle.

    arfi’s last blog post..Peter’s Greek Meatballs and Baozi

    So sorry to hear about your friend Arfi πŸ™ Looking forward to your participation here, though; every little bit helps!

  22. 09.21.2008

    Hi, Just sent my entry. Hope you recieved it. Thanks for organising such an event.

    Siri’s last blog post..O Foods: Madras Tomato Chutney

    Thank you for the fabulous recipe and donation Siri πŸ™‚

  23. 09.21.2008

    What a great way to raise awareness about a cause.

    Shan’s last blog post..friday flasback – the award winning edition

    Hope you’ll cook along Shan πŸ™‚

  24. 09.22.2008

    I’m finally going through all my emails and saw your message about the O foods initiative. It’s a wonderfully thoughtful idea and I’m going to post about it right now. Thanks for the inspiration, Michelle.

    Linda’s last blog post..Forza Pirlo!!

    Great Linda! Grazie mille πŸ™‚

  25. 09.30.2008

    hi Michele,
    I’ve just sent you my entry

    Hope Gina will do well.

    Sefa Firdaus’s last blog post..Onion Gravy – O Foods For Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

    Thanks Sefa!

  26. Mesothelioma Awareness

    Thanks for information. Disease awareness is very important in protecting people from diseases.

    Thanks for coming by! I once worked on a case about mesothelioma…very sad πŸ™

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