Tarrytown’s Tara Chillemi is saving lives one loaf at a time.
This self-proclaimed triathlon addict is fundraising for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society again, this time by way of Irish soda bread loaves she’s selling at the Sleepy Hollow St. Patrick’s Day parade.
She’ll have about 30 fresh-baked loaves there to sell on the parade route on Sunday, March 10 and is taking pre-orders (write to her at email@example.com). Loaves are $10 each, all proceeds of which go to the LLS. Payments can be made through her Team in Training fundraising page at pages.teamintraining.org/wch/sleephol13/tarachillemi.
I am raising funds for the Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon through LLS's Team in Training program, an endurance training program that helps prepare individuals for marathons, century bike rides, triathlons, swims, and hikes while raising funds for blood cancer research, patient care, and awareness. This year I am part of a community team called "Ladies and the Tramp." The team consists of Allison Marks, Erica Lofaso, Christina Delfino, Joanna Kelly, and Al Ruiz (the lone male). We started training together last year for the Sprint Tri and bonded throughout the experience. We continued to train together and training then turned into friendships.
I was just joking when I asked if it was Grandma’s recipe she was using, but sure enough…
The recipe I use is my Grandma's family recipe from County Clare. I learned how to make soda breads from my Grandma when I was little. My Grandma lived with us and she would call me down to her apartment once March came to start making soda breads. At first, she would sit next to me and my sisters and show us each set of the recipe. As the years went on, we took over the process of making the breads and my Grandma would watch. I continue to make soda breads the way she taught me as a way to remember her (she passed away in July of 2007).
The ingredients are simple and assembled with love:
- cream of tartar
- baking soda
No machines are used to create the loaves, she notes.