Baked Ziti


I’ve been so consumed by our breast cancer baking campaign, Bake it Happen, that I was on the verge of pulling my hair out when trying to figure out what to make for dinner last night.

Then, I had an aha moment.

I usually never make pasta for dinner,  partly because I feel like my children already have an intense relationship with carbs on a daily basis. Yet, as I scanned the pantry and fridge, I realized I had all the fixings for a Baked Ziti dish and I had never made the dish!

I felt so relieved and quite surprised that, out of all of the meals I have challenged myself to cook in the past 3 years, none of them had been Baked Ziti! BONUS.

I had the pasta and the sauce and surprisingly, I had just purchased a fresh 1b of mozzarella cheese that I planned to use for a nice refreshing Caprese salad– that never got made.

The more time I spend in the kitchen, the more I am constantly amazed at how simple, slight variations on celebrated meals can help to diversify dinner time and to decrease the stress involved.

Within minutes of my averted breakdown,  I was boiling the pasta and my son was helping me carve away at the mozzarella ball. We were a team and a Baked Ziti our mission.


We got a little creative and decided to cut up some Italian sausage because, why not? It could only enhance the overall flavor of the dish, right?  And we weren’t using a traditional meat sauce that’s often used.

So, what happened a mere forty minutes later? I pulled out a beautiful, bubbling, 9×13″ pyrex dish bursting with pasta, tomato sauce, cheese and sausage.


And, lucky for me, dinner for tonight is a no-brainer: LEFTOVERS!

I know you will enjoy.








Happy Birthday- Let’s Bake it Happen


Happy birthday MOM.

Six years ago this month, my mom Judy  passed away from Metastatic Breast Cancer.

How ironic that not only is October her birthday month and the month she died but, it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

While Judy is no longer physically here with us, she’s been filling our kitchen’s and our hearts with her cherished recipes.

Together, let’s try to give back using some of her most celebrated recipes.

I’m sure you’ve been hit over the head with PINK-washing.  Everyone’s wearing pink–even football players are wearing pink socks.

But, how much of that awareness actually translates into hard dollars dedicated to breast cancer research?

My sister and I are so proud of the campaign we launched last year and are beyond eager to see it take off again this year.

Please join us in our Bake it Happen™ campaign to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.

WPIXbihBake it Happen featured on the morning news in New York!

All YOU have to do is bake. 

BIHpumpkinJudy’s Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies – as baked by my 12 -year old

Each time Judy’s baked good is shared, we will DONATE to the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation where 100% of the monies raised will get donated to breast cancer research!

bakeithappensteffiJudy’s Black Bottom Cupcakes baked by a participant

And, by participating, YOU can WIN an iPAD!

Really, is there any sweeter way to raise money?

Let’s DO THIS….for Judy and everyone else has been affected or has lost their battle with this insidious disease.



Go to Bake it Happen for more details.

Bake it Happen™ Official Kick Off

BIH 2014 blast edited

Today is the official start to the Bake it Happen™ 2014 campaign!  We hope you’ll join us all month long and BAKE to help raise money and awareness for breast cancer research as I’m sure each and every one of us has somehow been impacted by this disease.

I’ve already starting baking some of the Bake it Happen recipes.  Mom’s Pumpkin Brownies will be shared at my daughter’s field hockey game tomorrow:



I’m also planning to celebrate the end of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur by eating tons mom’s Earthquake cookies.

Come join the movement.  It’s fun, easy, and you can win too.

For more information about the campaign and to get the recipes, click here!  And please help spread the word.

Enjoy our latest press release too: Trade Release PPPF and Bake It Happen Final


Bake it Happen™ 2014

October is always a tough month for me.

Not only is it my mom’s birthday month but, it was also the month she died.  In two weeks, it’ll be six years since her death.

How coincidental that National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is also October.

This year, I’m beyond proud to announce the 2nd annual breast cancer cause-marketing campaign my sister and I created called: BAKE IT HAPPEN™.

The premise (like last year) is as simple as it is tasty and fun:


Just head over to Bake it Happen and sign up to receive Judy’s celebrated recipes for her Pumpkin Brownies, Earthquake Cookies and Black Bottoms. Then, all we want you to do is to bake them, put one of our logos on your packaging, and then share your tasty baked goods with everyone, everywhere:

  • at your son’s soccer game
  • at your board meeting
  • at church, at synagogue
  • at the gym
  • with your neighbors

Don’t forget to snap a photo of your Bake it Happen experience. It could be a picture of you baking, your kids baking, a picture of your baked goods, a picture of people enjoying your goods.

When you upload your picture to @Bake it Happen (our Facebook fan page) –or if you’re not on Facebook, you can email your picture to–you’re automatically entered in to win a brand new IPAD and a 3-months mini-of-the-month membership from Baked by Melissa.

But, it gets even better than that.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation!   The PPPF works with America’s pumpkin growers who have committed to giving a percentage of proceeds from every pink pumpkin sold this year to organizations involved in breast cancer research.

100% of the monies raised from Bake it Happen™ 2014 will get funneled directly to the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation who will then award one grant to an organization dedicated solely to breast cancer research.

We hope you’re inspired to help us Bake it Happen and spread the baking  love throughout the month.

Let’s  kick-off a viral movement to create awareness and to raise money for breast cancer research.  We promise it will be fun, tasty and rewarding at the same time. So, what are you waiting for?

To get the recipes and more information, please visit our site: Bake it Happen!

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