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O Food for Ovarian Cancer Awareness


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!

I'm a little late for the contest, as I've been down all week with the flu, but here is my late "O recipe".

Last night I made Risotto with Sweet Basil Pesto Chicken Sausage, pesto, and fresh basilico.
It was a hit!


!/2 yellow onion, chopped
2 T butter
4 1/2 c. chicken stock
4 basil pesto chicken sausages (from Trader Joe's)
1 heaping tablespoon of your favorite pesto
1/4 c. grated parmigiano
fresh chopped basil

Saute onion in butter. Add 1 1/2 c. arborio rice, and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add chicken broth, one cup at a time, letting rice absorb the liquid. Do not over-stir! just give it a quick turn with each addition of broth.

In a skillet, brown sausage, and cut into bite-size pieces. When risotto is done, remove from heat, and stir in pesto, parmigiano, and cooked sausage. Sprinkle with fresh chopped basil, and enjoy!

Comments (4)

Barb Cabot:

Such a worthwhile post Palma. Sorry you are not feeling well. Feel better soon.


Nice recipe! I am sure Gina will be very pleased. Thank you for doing this---and boy, are there a great collection of recipes coming together!! Ciao bella!

PS sorry to hear you were down with the flu!! Hope you are feeling stronger.

Looks fabulous Palma! I'll have an extra helping per piacere ;)

Thanks so much for participating!

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