Gilda's Club and Ronald McDonald House were the only agencies to respond to my email, I personally couldn't be happier with the outlet they've provided me and for obvious reasons also have a strong afinity for the services they provide and the people they serve. I think if those on the recieving end are enjoying this whole venture even half as much as I am, then it'll be a 'win' all the way around and I'll be 2 for 2 so far.
The last thing I thought about was having the opportunity to research recipes, maybe tweaking them or lightening them up and to try my hand at some new techniques. I'll confess that the 'research' piece of this has taken on a life of it's own with me. Along with emails and suggestions from others on what to make I've also spent more hours than I care to admit reading cookbooks and magazines, stalking and talking to pastry chefs and checking out any and all bakerys I may happen upon. In this regard, I'm happy to report that I've only 'eaten' with my eyes - as I'm saving any and all extra 'points' ;) for my own taste testing. While it has been a little time consuming, it's also winter in Buffalo and I don't have a lot else I'd rather be doing, so no complaints from me - it's been super fun and very interesting. I've happened upon some great recipe sites and awesome blogs - to which you'll surely be introduced to in the coming weeks - and am constantly amazed at the quality of the 'food photography' and how that's an industry unto itself.