|Many swap items had a Valentine's Day theme.|
|Roast your own coffee beans? Why not? Swappers Mike and Maddie do.|
Because the bad weather made many people late, we did not start swapping until forty-five minutes after the swap started, which gave the people extra time to mingle, sample and talk. I always get a little thrill when I overhear snippets of conversations about recipes, cooking techniques and ingredients. These moments of shared knowledge and passion are the heart of this dynamic, diverse community. And I do mean diverse: there were swappers there from all over the Chicago area, ranging in age from fifteen to seventy, vegans and carnivores, all brought together by a shared love of homemade food.
|Buckeyes are a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate-peanut confection|
|Fougasse from Colin: a French version of foccacia|
|Fabulous varieties of handmade pasta|
When coming to a swap, it is always a good idea to look for some shelf-stable or pantry items to bring home in addition to all the delicious treats that need to be consumed in a day or two. Among the shelf-stable offerings were flavored salts and sugars, plenty of jams, marmalade and pickles, mustard, and roasted coffee beans from swapping couple Mike and Maddie.. You could also stock your refrigerator with drink syrups, compound butter and for the adults, distilled whiskey and Meyer limoncello (from me). And swapper Serena really thought outside the box with her organic moisturizing body spray - just the thing to get us through this winter.
|Drink syrups are one of my favorite swap items|
Tickets for the March 9 swap went on sale today and are already going fast. Our host for the March swap is Free Range Office, a cool co-working space in the heart of Wicker Park. This will be a smaller event due to space constraints so do not wait to register! There will be a small fee of $5 to register for the March swap. This fee is intended to discourage last-minute cancellations and no-shows and will help defray some of the swap's costs, such as printing and supplies. If you have questions or feedback about the fee, please contact Emily. Hope to see many of you there!