I am really glad that I didn't miss this one as it was the first time it was held in a new location. Open Arms, a local non-profit organization with a building that is just about a year old, opened their space to us. And, what a great space it is! Not only that, but I have a feeling their mission hits home for a lot of us at the swap. Open Arms provides free meals to people who are living with life-threatening diseases such as AIDS, cancer, ALS and MS. Their meals are made by volunteers in their amazing kitchen with special attention to the specific nutritional needs of their clients. This organization recognizes how important good food is and is making efforts to increase the number of local and organic ingredients in their meals. They have even expanded their operation to include a farm site called Open Farms. What a phenomenal organization!
The new location is spacious, air conditioned, well lit and provided plenty of tables. I hope they let us stay!
So...on to a few pictures of the many, many wonderful swap items. I think we filled 5 long tables and 1 long countertop with all of the offerings!
Lavender Infused Vodka
Bourbon Orange Coriander Barbeque Sauce
Garlic Dill Pickles (Jamie is swapping again! Yay!)
I also brought kefir cheese. I really need to write a post about kefir as it is ubiquitous in my cooking and baking lately. I'll get that posted soon.
And, since Paul was busy recovering from his birthday party, I brought his bread to swap. He baked chili cheddar cheese bread. It has spicy, cheesy swirls inside. Unfortunately for me, the recipe included rendered bacon fat, so I can't tell you if it tasted good or not. Other people seemed to like it.
- Grapefruit Cupcakes
- Gingery Gingersnap Granola
- Bulgar Wheat Patties
- Eggplant Tomato Spread
- White Bean Dip
- Lemon Curd with Candied Ginger
- Caramelized Red Onion Relish
- Savory Mango Chutney
- Plum Apple Preserves (I couldn't leave without at least one jar of jam!)
- Rosemary Onion Roasted Garlic Tartlet
- Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce