2nd Annual O Foods Contest for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month ContestIt’s finally time for the 2nd Annual O Foods Contest for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month here and at Sara’s Ms Adventures in Italy!

We were so pleased with the response to last year’s contest, which raised $425 for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and rounded up 45 outstanding (ottimo!) “O Food” recipes.

And we need your help to top that this year!

We started the O Foods tradition in honor of our friend, award-winning pastry chef Gina DePalma, author of Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen; Gina has been fighting ovarian cancer for the past year and a half, and in addition to physically battling the disease, she has also started the Cowgirl Cure Foundation to raise awareness and money for research as well.

As a special treat, this year Gina will also be picking the grand prize winner of the O Foods Contest! And speaking of prizes, check them out–signed copies of Gina’s book, Mario Batali’s Molto Italiano, and Joseph Bastianich’s Vino Italiano.

Molto cool, no?

Speaking of the contest, just like last year, you can participate either by submitting a recipe or by simply posting the announcement below. Our goal is to spread information about ovarian cancer and its symptoms to as many people as possible, so feel free to tweet, post on Facebook, or whatever you have to do to help us make enough noise to stop this silent killer.


O Foods Contest for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and for the second year in a row, Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso are hosting the O Foods Contest to raise awareness of this important health issue.

There are TWO WAYS to take part in the O Foods Contest:

ONE: 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); include this entire text box in the post; and send your post url along with a photo (100 x 100) to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on Monday, September 28, 2009.

PRIZES for recipe posts:

  • 1st: Signed copy of Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen by Gina DePalma, Executive Pastry Chef of Babbo Ristorante in NYC, who is currently battling ovarian cancer, inspired this event, and will be choosing her favorite recipe for this prize;

TWO: 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 and send your post url to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on Monday, September 28, 2009.

Awareness posts PRIZE:

  • One winner chosen at random will receive a Teal Toes tote bag filled with ovarian cancer awareness goodies that you can spread around amongst your friends and family.


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 symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose, but include bloating, pelvic and/or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly; and urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency).
  • 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%.

And remember, you can also always donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at our page through FirstGiving!

Please help spread the word about ovarian cancer.
Together we can make enough noise to kill this silent killer.
30 Beans of Wisdom to “2nd Annual O Foods Contest for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month”
  1. Carole Resnick

    I am a breast cancer survivor. Lost my left breast which did not bother me in the least. I was a teacher and me job discription never said ” firm, perky breasts”. Besides, at the age of 60 firm and perky was a memory from the distant past.

    I will do anything to wipe out cancer but I am most committed to those cancers which affect women.

    I am posting on my blog and will make a donation.

    Carole, you’re amazing and an inspiration to all 😀

    .-= Carole Resnick´s last blog ..AND THE WINNER IS =-.

  2. Leesie

    I don’t blog so I cannot share a recipe…but I will donate and share this post and giveaway on my Facebook page!!

    That’s plenty Leesie! Thanks so much 🙂

  3. 09.14.2009

    O, Oi think Oi can dooo Olright.

    Oh that’s what I like to hear 😉

    .-= Judith in Umbria´s last blog ..When autumn comes =-.

  4. 09.15.2009

    Oll Oi can think Of is Olives and Olive Oil. Oi shall pOOOnder.

    Hmmm well there’s also pollO if you want to get meaty….

  5. 09.16.2009

    Yeah…really true…very good topic…well written

  6. I will post the text box.

    Mom is a cancer survivor.

    I didn’t know that. Thank you 🙂

    .-= nyc/caribbean ragazza´s last blog ..I sold a script in Hollywood…FINALLY! =-.

  7. 09.16.2009

    My mom is a breast cancer survivor. I would be glad to participate and help raise awareness.

    …an ingredient that starts with “o” huh? How about vegetable Oil?

    I suppose that would work 🙂 Thanks for participating!

    .-= Nate´s last blog ..Kuching Food Blogger Meetup @ My Restaurant (Sama Jaya) =-.

  8. Gil

    Did you move the chicken piece into that shape? I need to get my butt in gear and make my donations.

    No, Gil. The wings just kind of go in the shape (with that last bit cut off of course), and P brought the plate as is. He’s well-trained in the heart departement 😉

    Oh, and plenty of time for donations…the page is always open! Thanks 🙂

  9. 09.24.2009

    Dear Michelle, thanks for asking me at my blog. I’ve been thinking about it, but I haven’t come up with an O recipe yet. For sure I will try to participate and spread the word 😀

    Thanks and hugs!

    Oh I hope you come up with something Núria! You *know* I loved your recipe last year 🙂

    .-= Núria´s last blog ..allioli [Flickr] =-.

  10. 09.24.2009

    I wil be habppy to send the brazillian night for the event.

    Thanks! If you could send the photo and link to ofoods(at)gmail(dot)com that would be a huge help!

    .-= Happy Cook´s last blog ..Brazillian Night =-.

  11. 09.24.2009

    Just posted Michelle. Thank you for cohosting this beautiful contest!

    Yay! Thanks Deeba! LOVE those muffins!

    .-= deeba´s last blog ..CAPPUCCINO BUTTERMILK MUFFINS…Virtual Connect & O Food Contest =-.

  12. 09.24.2009

    I’m bit late this year but I’m participating! Just posted the contest rules on the blog and made my donation. I made my recipe last night and will be posting it Monday morning when I come back in town. We’re heading to the Arizona high country to cool off a bit.

    Wow Maria, thanks! Enjoy your weekend 🙂

  13. 09.25.2009

    Just posted Michelle, Thanks so much for co hosting this important event!

    Thank so much Marie! Looks delicious 🙂

    .-= Marie´s last blog ..Ziti with Caramelized Onions and Portobellos “O Foods” =-.

  14. 09.25.2009

    I am glad I found your site. My MIL is a BC survivor. I have posted this to Facebook too!

    Thanks so much Noelle! Great to “meet” you 🙂

  15. 09.26.2009

    Great – I was wondering if you were going to do this again this year. I’m in!

    Thanks for the reminder.

    Awesome Jerry, thanks!

    .-= Jerry´s last blog ..Photo Hunt – Twisted =-.

  16. 09.27.2009

    Fun way to make a difference. Thanks for what you’re doing.
    My entry blog post is up.
    Tomorrow, Sun. 27th, I’ll be working at St. Louis’ FamiliesROC 5K run for Ovarian Cancer Research.
    We’ve got 600 participants and 70 volunteers. I’m in charge of the volunteers. (Because I’m so good at being bossy, they say.)

    Haha, that’s awesome Deborah! Hope you have nicer weather than we’re having!
    .-= Deborah´s last blog ..SSB – Week 4 – Whipped Avocado in Spicy Polenta Cups =-.

  17. 09.29.2009

    Such a great cause – count me in! I cannot wait to read all the other recipes.
    Have posted my avocado, goats cheese & quinoa salad recipe 🙂

    Thanks Erika! Looks great 🙂

  18. 09.29.2009

    hi Michelle..

    I’ve sent you my entry last night, hope you get it.


    Got it Sefa! It’s in the roundup at Sara’s site; thanks!

    .-= sefa´s last blog ..Oatmeal Banana Almond Cookies – 2nd Annual O Foods Contest for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month =-.

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