Sunday, July 12, 2009


because you just might find your next blank canvas in there. You know I've been alluding to a fundraiser BONNI BAKES will be sponsoring in conjunction with Strides Against Breast Cancer. Here's the skinny. BONNI BAKES will be hosting an Art Show during the month of October in the Village of the Arts, and you can be one of the featured artists. The show, "MAKING STRIDES WITH ARTSY UNDIES", will be a collection of uniquely decorated bras and panties. This is an opportunity to make your own personal statement, fight back against Breast Cancer and fund research.

No rules to get in the way of your creativity. Enter as many pieces as you like, all entries will be displayed. It's only $5 per entry for kids under age 18...$15 per entry for adults over age 18. 100% of all entry fees will be donated via my team, Oinking For A Cure, during the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Walk October 24th. If you'd like to walk with our team, just let me know. I don't think there is a person out there who doesn't know someone whose life has been impacted by cancer. New treatments, based on funded research, continue to allow people like myself to become SURVIVORS...for me it's 11 years and counting! We all know people who are in the fight right now, so let's do this for them.

Start thinking about what you'd like to do...glitter, paint, feathers, spangles, crochet, leather, shells, needlepoint, chains, clay...whatever. Any siZe, any color, any material...from training bras to my Grandma's woolen gotkas! The show will be hung on clotheslines in the lush back gardens of BONNI BAKES, with the opening reception Friday October 2 from 6 - 9:30pm during the Village's October ArtWalk. Of course, as one of the artists, we'd love for you to join us at the reception to discuss your work...or not. Entries must be delivered to BONNI BAKES by 3pm Saturday September 26 and can be reclaimed by the artist during the first week of November. For more information, call me at 941-746-6647. Out-of-town submissions welcome.

Ah yes...wondering about food? Stephanie is offering 2 wonderful ethnic dinners this month:

Saturday July 18, nibble your way through her 4-course MEZE DINNER. "Mezes" are small ornate dishes of tasty Middle Eastern foods. The menu will consist of Hummus, Baba Ganough, Marinated Olives, Basil Tomato, Marinated Cucumber, Feta Cheese, Olive Paste Tarts, Spinach Feta Triangles, Walnut Stuffed Grape Leaves, White Cheese Marinated in Garlic Olive Oil, Roasted Red Peppers, Assorted Pita Triangles, Falafel with Harissa, Zucchini Patties with Yogurt Garlic Sauce, Vegetable Kebabs with Tabouleh, Moroccan Chicken Triangles, Kefta Kebabs with Sesame Garlic Sauce, Spiced Lamb Diamonds, Baklava and Stuffed Dates. Vegetarian options! Beverages will include Orange Blossom Lemonade, Iced Mint Tea, Assorted Sodas and Turkish Coffee. Come share with friends and family. Bring your own wine, beer, and ouzo. No corkage fee. $20+tax/per person.

Tuesday July 21, enjoy a Traditional Ethiopian Dinner.
A large platter platter is served, covered with injera (sourdough sponge like bread) with the following: doro we't (spicy chicken); yeshiro (chickpea sauce); yeabesha gomen (collard greens); zigni alicha (mild beef stew); yeataket alicha (mixed vegetable stew); yemisir kek wet (red lentils spicy) and injera on the side to scoop the food up with. Coffee, tea, sodas served. Bring your own wine or beer, no corkage fee! $15+tax/per person.

The dinners take place at
BONNI BAKES in the Village of the Arts at 930 12th Street West (just south of 9th Ave/MLK), Bradenton. Reservations required. Cash only. Two seatings: 5:30 or 7:30. Call 941-746-6647.
You've been very patient reading through all of this, so here's some yummy lunch options to fantasize about. Then before you drool on the keyboard, call in for a pick-up order. Or join us in person in the cozy little cottage so we can catch up. These are the last two weeks before BONNI BAKES closes for vacation (July 26-Aug 7), re-opening for the evening ArtWalk and lunch on Sat Aug 8).
Tues JULY 14 Steph’s TURKISH Menu served 11-2

Chick Pea Soup V A hearty soup of chick peas with lemon, parsley and onions, served with Farmer’s bread. $4

Turkish Salad: V Mixed salad greens from my organic garden, red beans, tomato, mint, parsley, with lemon-mustard-olive oil dressing served with homemade Pita bread. $4 Add chicken $2

Baba Ghanoush: V Roasted eggplant pureed with tahini. lemon and garlic served with a dollop of roasted red pepper sauce and Pita bread. $4

Falafel: V Spicy chickpea croquettes stuffed into homemade Pita bread with organic home grown lettuce, tomato, and topped with cucumber sauce. $4

Chicken Pita:
Spicy yogurt marinated shredded chicken breast stuffed into Pita bread with home grown organic lettuce, tomato and topped with cucumber sauce. $4

Choose two: pick 2 items from above. $7.50

Handmade Pita bread $.50/each

V indicates vegetarian
Coffee or Hot Tea $1.50
Iced Tea $1.50
Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, Bottled Water $1.00
Carrot cake with Cream Cheese Frosting $3.50
Rum Cake $3.50
Double Chocolate Brownie $2.50
Baklava $2.50
WED JULY 15 Steph’s GREEK LUNCH served 11-2

Chick Pea Soup V
A hearty soup of chick peas with lemon, parsley and onions, served with Farmer’s bread. $4

Greek Salad V
Tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, red onion, Kalamata olives, feta cheese with my own Greek dressing; served with Farmer’s bread. $4

Spinach Pie V
Fillo dough filled strudel style with spinach, onions, parsley, eggs, feta cheese baked to a golden brown. $4

Bread & Cheese V
Slices of Farmer’s bread served with Feta cheese and Kalamata olives. $4

Choose two: pick 2 items from above. $7.50

Farmer’s BreadV
A rustic, crusty bread baked right here. Take some home! $3.50/loaf

Coffee $1.50
Iced Tea $1.50
Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, bottled water $1
Carrot cake with Cream Cheese Frosting $3.50
Rum Cake $3.50
Double Chocolate Brownie $2.50
Baklava $2.50
Thurs JULY 16 Steph’s IRISH Menu served 11-2

Cheddar Potato Soup: V
Potatoes, cheddar cheese and onions, in smooth hearty soup served with Brown Bread. $4

Cabbage Salad: V
Mixed salad greens from my organic garden, cabbage, tomato and green onions tossed with a honey mustard vinaigrette served with home made Brown bread. $4
Cheddar and Hot Mustard Sandwich: V
Shredded Cheddar cheese mixed with hot mustard, onion and mayo spread between two slices of Brown bread. $4

Egg Salad Sandwich: V
Free range organic eggs, mayo, mustard, celery and seasonings on top of two slices of Brown bread. $4

Beef Pasties:
Beef, potatoes and my own home grown organic Florida sweet onions encased in a pastry turnover. $4
Choose Two: pick 2 items from above, served with Brown bread. $7.50

Brown bread: V Whole wheat, oats hearty bread. $3.50/loaf Take some home!
V indicates vegetarian
Coffee or Hot Tea $1.50
Iced Tea $1.50
Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, Bottled Water $1.00

Carrot cake with Cream Cheese Frosting $3.50
Rum Cake $3.50
Double Chocolate Brownie $2.50
Baklava $2.50
Fri & Sat July 17 & 18 Bonni’s NYC & Chinese LUNCH served 11-2

The first exotic food I ever had was Chinese. NYC’s Chinatown was a magical place filled with red lanterns, mysterious egg rolls, sizzling rice and ginger perfuming the air. Fumbling with chopsticks made me want to embrace it all.

Chinese Hot & Sour Soup
Look in this flavorful clear soup for the Cloud’s Ears and Lily Buds that allow you to float off to another world. Served with homemade Fried Noodles. $4

Chicken Lo Mein
Thin noodles enveloped in a delicate Asian sauce with bok choy & white meat chicken, plus my handmade crisp little pork egg rolls & dipping sauce, served on the side. $7.50

Ses Salinas Salad (V)
Mixed organic greens, cucumber, tomato, red onion, Spanish olives & Feta cheese, served with Bonni’s Honey Dijon Vinaigrette $4

Grilled Chicken added to your salad $2

Pick Two (V) Bowl of Soup, House Salad OR A Stromboli* $7.50
*choose either Florentine (spinach/tomato) (V) or Roasted Veggie (V)

HANDMADE 8” THIN-CRUST PIZZA (vegan available on request)
Naked Cheese - mozzarella, red sauce, Parmesan, fresh oregano (V) $6
New York - mozzarella, pepperoni, red sauce, Parmesan, fresh oregano(V) $6
Mahon - mozzarella, spinach, tomato, red onion, red sauce, oregano (V) $7
Margherita - mozzarella, red sauce, tomato, Parmesan, basil, olive oil (V) $7
Chinese Chicken - hoisin, garlic, chicken, broccoli, mozzarella, scallions $7

(V) = Vegetarian

Individual 4” Frozen Key Lime Pie w/whipped cream (V) $4
James (Chocolate Brownie) OR Marilyn (Fruit & Chocolate Stacked Blondie) $2
Chocolate Orgasm Cookies (V) $4.50/pkg of 4
Large crunchy cookie (assorted flavors) (V) $1.25
Chinese Almond Cookie (V) $1.50

Bottled Spring Water, cans of soda $1
Brewed Raspberry Iced Tea or Hot Tea (assorted bags) $1.50
Our House Blend of Half-Caff/Half-DeCaff Flavored Coffee $1.50
The JULY 2009 Bonni Bakes Menu List (in PDF form) is now available for download. For a copy, email your request to

Remember, we love you but we don't take debit/credit cards or your first born.

Hugs from the kitchen,

in the Village of the Arts
930 12th Street West
Bradenton, FL
(941) 746-6647

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