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“Being from Philly, I remember when Alex’s Lemonade Stand was an actual lemonade stand. It received an enormous amount of attention, rightfully so, and has evolved to be one of the most important fundraisers of our time. Fighting to end pediatric cancer is not just noble, it is necessary for the future of the human race. Whenever and wherever I am, I will be ready, willing and able to join the fight," Joey Campanaro, chef and contributor to Alex’s Table. 

No one ever imagined that a front yard lemonade stand would grow into a global movement to cure childhood cancer. No one, that is, except for Alex, who believed if we worked together cures would be found.

Alex’s Table—the first ever cookbook from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation packed with over 55 recipes from culinary greats, celebrities and hero families—has it roots in our founder’s legacy. Alexandra Scott was just four years old when she held her first lemonade stand. Four years later, when she was just eight years old, Alex boldly declared she would raise a million dollars, if everyone held lemonade stands and worked together.

Alex reached her million and then some. 

Alex invited everyone to the table to share in the hope and in the action that would make childhood cancer cures a reality.  After Alex’s death, her legacy grew and grew. There were lemonade stands everywhere and supporters creatively fundraising and raising awareness in Alex’s honor for her lemonade stand. 

The culinary world was quick to believe and quick to support the ALSF mission. Much like Alex and her lemonade stand, culinary events benefiting ALSF have grown in a grassroots way, with chefs and restaurateurs sharing Alex’s legacy and story with their networks and inspiring their friends to do more each year.  

The partnership between ALSF and the culinary world began in 2006 with The First Annual Great Chefs Event hosted by Chef Marc Vetri and his Vetri Family of Restaurants partner, Jeff Benjamin. That first event brought together eight local Philadelphia chefs and 100 guests. The event raised $50,000 and planted a seed in the culinary world. Chefs that attended The Great Chefs Event were inspired by the energy, the cause and the need for cures for childhood cancer. These chefs brought ALSF culinary events home to their own cities. There are four unique culinary events benefitting ALSF: The Great Chefs Event, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, Lemon: NYC and Lemon: Chicago

And now, there is Alex’s Table, filled with recipes for everyone at your table. Chefs shared their signature recipes and hero families shared their favorite dishes (like Liz Scott’s famous $1,000 lemon cookies). There are several kid-friendly designated recipes in the book as well as culinary masterpieces for the experienced home chef.  

Alex’s Table is also a cookbook that is more than just recipes.  Filled with stories from the chefs and heroes that donate their time, talents and name to Alex’s legacy, Alex’s Table is an invitation to us all to join the fight against childhood cancer, one recipe at a time. 

Keep reading for a sample recipe from Alex's Table!

Alex’s Table is available for purchase ($29.95) through the ALSF Shop!  Look for the special icon that shows which dishes are kid-friendly and easy for them to help make! Photography by Jason Varney.  Foreword by Marc Summers. 

Order by 12/20 with expedited shipping for delivery by 12/24. 

Jumbo Dinosaur Eggs Filled With Nutella

Chef Hedy Goldsmith

SERVES 12 KIDS

4 egg whites, at room temperature
1 cup extra-fine sugar
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp white vinegar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract (or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste)
Nutella or prepared pudding, for the filling


Heat the oven to 250 degrees. Line two sheet pans with parchment or silicone backing
mats.
In a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment, beat the egg whites on low to mediumlow
speed until they form soft peaks, 2 to 3 minutes. Increase the speed and very slowly
add the sugar, 1 tsp. at a time. Beat until the mixture is glossy and thick; it will resemble
marshmallow cream.
Remove the bowl from the mixer and scrape the whip. Sift the cornstarch over the
meringue, add the vinegar and vanilla and gently fold until everything is incorporated.
(Cocoa nibs, chia seeds, flax or even basil seeds can also be folded into the meringue.)
With a very large spoon, dip the spoon, into warm water, drain and scoop into the
meringue. The shape of the spoon is oval, so when you place the meringue on the sheet pan,
it resembles a jumbo egg. Continue scooping, rinsing the spoon after every scoop (which
helps the eggs keep their proper shape and makes for much neater, smooth meringue).

Put the eggs in the oven (if you have a convection oven, set it to 225 degrees). Keep it in
the oven for at least 90 minutes. If they start to slightly change color, lower the oven by at
least 25 degrees. Don’t rush meringue. It takes time to dry out enough so they can be easily
lifted off the pan. When in doubt, leave them in longer. When properly baked, they will be
very light and lift off the pan very easily. Turn off the oven; don’t open the door. Let them
cool slowly in the oven for about 30 to 40 minutes. Remove the pans from the cool oven.
They’re ready to be filled when totally cool inside.
Flip each egg over and, with a melon baller, make a hole just large enough for the tip
of a piping bag to fit. Fill a piping bag with Nutella or chocolate pudding (or vanilla or
butterscotch pudding; any flavor that your kids will like). For adults, fill the eggs with
rich lemon curd, salted caramel or pastry cream. Squeeze the filling into the egg just
until you can see that it’s starting to come out. Flip the egg onto a serving platter.

 

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In 2006, at the age of 11, Taylor was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. After 9 months of chemotherapy and surgery on her right arm, Taylor was declared cancer-free. Unfortunately, she relapsed 18 months later when a spot was found on her lung. After her third relapse, the family was desperate for a cure. Thanks to a clinical trial, made possible by an infrastructure grant from Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, Taylor and her family finally had hope and her cancer disappeared. Today, she is a college student at University of North Alabama studying to become a pediatric oncology nurse. 

There's no better feeling than knowing that the research we fund is saving children's lives! With your support, we can spark more breakthroughs and find better treatments and more cures.

This holiday season, you can provide more kids like Taylor with real hope and cutting edge treatments. Please share Taylor’s story on social media and donate today!  

About Monthly Shareables:
You can help Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation raise awareness of the need for childhood cancer research and cures for all children! Each month, we will share a new "shareable," an image for you to share with your social media network. Every time we start a conversation about childhood cancer, we bring ourselves closer to cures.

How To Share:
Sharing is easy! Links to the shareable on Facebook and Twitter are on the tabs below. Simply click on each tab and share, like and favorite! Thank you for helping ALSF fund innovative, cutting-edge childhood cancer research. 

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’Tis the season for holiday shopping! We’ve got something for everyone on your list. When you shop with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, your gifts help fund childhood cancer research and raise invaluable awareness of the need for cures! 

And trust us, this stuff is so great, that you’ll want to toss in a few gifts for yourself too! 

Don’t delay, order by December 21st at noon, for next day or 2-day shipping. 

 

 

 

1. Give hope for the holidays: 2016 Midwest Lemonade Days Ornament $20
Deck the halls year-round with the 2016 ALSF ornament. Based on the best-decorated stand featured at the Hy-Vee store in Overland Park, Kansas for the 2015 Midwest Lemonade Days. Local Hy-Vee groceries have supported ALSF during the first weekend in June since 2004. Similar to Alex’s story, what started as one store helping a local family has blossomed into a community effort throughout Kansas and Missouri, raising over $1.15 million.

2. For year-round comfort and style:  ALSF Zip Up Hoodie $40
Our organic cotton zip-up hoodie is both lightweight and warm, perfect for chilly days on the run or just cuddling up with a warm cup of tea. Our hoodie is unisex and available in sizes small through 2XL.

3. Indispensable for days when you are on the go: ALSF Canvas Boat Tote $25
The ALSF canvas boat tote is the indispensable big bag that everyone needs at the ready! Pack it for the plane, the beach, a road trip, work days or simply for running errands. The zipper closure keeps everything safe and in the bag. 

4. Keeps drinks hot and cold for hours: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Insulated Bottle $22
The Alex’s Lemonade Stand insulated bottle is a must have for everyone on your list. Able to hold 17 oz of hot or cold liquid, the insulated bottle keeps beverages hot or cold for up to 7 hours. Fill it with coffee or tea, water or wine. 

5. Brighten up the winter blues: ALSF Beanie Hat $20
The ALSF Beanie Hat has endless uses: brighten up the winter blues, look stylin’ on the ski slopes, keep your head cozy on the walk to the bus stop or step up your winter running gear! At just $20, this is the perfect stocking stuffer, co-worker present and gift for heads of all ages! 

6. For fitness enthusiasts: ALSF Lemon Athletic Shirts $25
Get a jumpstart on a new year of fitness with our full line of ALSF Lemon Athletic Shirts. Available in youth, womens, mens and unisex sizes, our athletic shirts are made of performance fabric to wick away sweat and keep you cool as a cucumber as you race across the finish line! 

7. The everyday carry-all:  Lemon Shopping Tote $12
The perfect everyday carry-all and shopping bag that has endless uses! Gift it on its own or use it as a very festive and reusable gift bag.

8. Make a statement--ALSF style: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Crazy Socks $15
Whether you wear these out or keep your flair hidden under a pant leg, our crazy socks are a fun, unique way to wear your ALSF pride. Available in two designs and two sizes, the ALSF crazy socks are 8 inches tall and made of coolmax acrylic. Tuck a couple in our Lemon Shopping Tote for a complete gift! 

9. For weekend errands or summer lemonade stands: ALSF Distressed Baseball Hat $20
For weekend errands, summertime lemonade stands and even to remedy a questionable-hair day, the ALSF distressed baseball hat is the perfect solution!  The light distressing makes this hat unique and totally on-trend for that laid-back casual look. Perfect to gift to all baseball hat-lovers on your list! 

10. Great gift for a child, teacher or school library: Alex & the Amazing Lemonade Stand $15.95
Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand is the true story of Alexandra “Alex” Scott and her courageous, inspiring battle against childhood cancer – using a lemonade stand. Written by Alex’s parents (with help from Alex) and illustrated by Pam Howard for caring people of all ages, Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand shows how one person can make a difference and change the world. Makes a great gift for a child, a family, a teacher and anyone you know needs a little lemonade magic in their lives! 

11. Bringing happiness and hope to all: Hero, the ALSF puppy $12
Aptly named, “Hero,” our sweet ALSF puppy stuffed animal is just the right size for stocking stuffing and cuddling. Hero will brighten the day of all those on your shopping list (and be sure to snag one for yourself! After all, everyone loves a puppy!). 

12. Fight childhood cancer, one recipe at a time: Alex’s Table Cookbook $29.95
Our brand-new, first edition cookbook, Alex’s Table, is sure to be a bestseller this holiday season. Packed with recipes from celebrity chefs, hero families, Hollywood celebrities and sports stars, Alex’s Table is the perfect gift for the food lovers in your life. The recipes and stories throughout the book are inspiring and remind us that our founder Alex invited everyone to the table to fight childhood cancer. 

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping! Thank you for helping us find cures, one gift at a time.
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