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Monday, October 20, 2014

SAVE THE DATE! - The 4th Annual Cookie Swap for a Cause is on 12/21!


We're gearing up for the 4th Annual Cookie Swap for a Cause and we're hoping that 2014 will be the best yet!  The invitation will be up in the next week or two but we want you to save Sunday December 21st on your calendar now so your schedule is free when the invite goes live!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BFS Presses Cider!

Another Saturday, another adventure with your neighborhood food swappers!
This past weekend, we hung out in Granby Massachusetts to press apple cider and roll with our buddies at Red Fire Farm at their annual cider fest.
The day was cloudy and rainy and we arrived at the farm to their autumn-fabulous decor!

We reserved our apples ahead of time and got to pick out which we thought were most juicy!

The best part is finding the hilarious freak fruits that make us laugh all day!

We brought our own huge jugs.

We got to grind our apples in a goofy, automated grinding machine.


Once we ground the apples, they went in to the press.  This is the ultimate example of teamwork!

After our efforts, brown apple pulp was all that was left.

The final result was 3.5 gallon jugs of apple cider, which looked big until we saw them next to the GARGANTUAN pumpkins at the farm!

After picking raspberries in the PYO fields, our day ended with the farm's ploughman's lunch with local artisan products. Every piece was beyond delicious.

What do you do to enjoy the autumn season?  Have you gone cider pressing?  Tell us in the comments!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Thai Peanut Sauce Recipe: Lauren's Key to Winning Big at September's Swap

Lauren's sauce at the September swap
Though I have been participating in Boston Food Swaps since 2012, I
have never felt so satisfied with "my performance" than after
September's swap, which was held at WeWork near South Station; so
plentiful was my bounty – jar after jar filled with apple butter, wild
grape jelly, cherry apricot mostarda, pickled onions, beet and apple
salad, as well as homemade challah and six perfect little eggs brought
to the swap by a farmer – and yet so simple was my swap item
that I felt like a little local food pirate.

I am a sauce girl. My favorite foods would not be so if it weren't for
the sauce that comes with them: soy sauce with wasabi that I bathe my
sushi in before eating, garlic white wine sauce that I savor just as
happily as I do the mussels cooked in it, pure maple syrup that I
drizzle lovingly atop banana walnut pancakes.

Accordingly, I brought a delicious, yet easy-to-make Thai peanut sauce
gleaned from SheSimmers to September's swap. This peanuty goodness
helps transform kitchen staples like rice, barley, pasta, tofu, and
iceberg lettuce into mouth-watering meals, and with just seven
ingredients is a cinch to stir together:

SheSimmers' Thai Peanut Sauce

        • 13.5 oz. (a standard can) full-fat coconut milk
        • 1/4 cup red or Massaman curry paste
        • 3/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
        • 3/4 cup sugar
        • 1/2 cup water
        • 2 tbsp. apple cider or white vinegar
        • 1/2 tbsp. salt

  1. Put above ingredients into a medium pot and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat, whisking constantly.
  2.  Let the mixture simmer for 3-5 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching.
  3. Take the pot off the heat, and either serve sauce immediately or let cool and refrigerate.
  4. For swapping purposes, put in to 2-3 portion individual containers and enjoy the swap fun!

- Thanks!  Lauren

Monday, September 22, 2014

1000 Words: Boston Local Food Fest 2014

Last Sunday was a beautiful autumn day to spend on the Greenway-- made all he better by the 5th Annual Boston Local Food Festival. Here's what we saw that day:

Red Fire Farm

Matcha soda


Food Fest shirts
A garbage disposal that creates renewable energy

Allendale Farm

A beautiful day on the Greenway

Husk cherries

It's apple season!
Boston Food Swap is a community organization funded entirely by donation. Support us through Paypal or BFS merchandise, and by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook. If you enjoyed this blog post, please share it!  Also, you can join us at our next swap by checking out our Eventbrite page.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Boston Food Swap Changes and a Birthday Surprise!

In case you haven't heard, the Boston Food Swap went through a few major changes in 2014.  1/3 of our co-founding team moved out of the country (Susan is gearing up for her first Victoria, BC Food Swap soon!) and 40 Berkeley St was sold and Collaboratory 4.0 was displaced in March!

In honor of our 3rd Swapiversary, we are reaching out for help from our fabulous community.  If you know of a space that would be willing to host Sunday swaps in the area, please let us know.  Also, if you are interested in helping organize swap business, email us at bostonfoodswap (at) gmail (dot) com.  Some skills we need to fill in are blog content providers, on-site event management, and administrative help.

In the meantime, we've taken our lack of permanent home as a sign that we should celebrate another year of swapping by spreading the word across the state and hosting a swap in Worcester!  We're working with #swaplove maven Amy Chase, owner of the Crompton Collective to host out of town.  The store is FANTASTIC, so this is a great opportunity for a little road trip and some retail therapy on top of regular swapping.  We understand that the location is a bit far for our regular urban swappers so, please let us know if you would like to schedule ride sharing to Worcester.

To another great year!
Your Friendly Neighborhood Food Swappers

Boston Food Swap is a community organization funded entirely by donation. Support us through Paypal or BFS merchandise, and by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook. If you enjoyed this blog post, please share it!  Also, you can join us at our next swap by checking out our Eventbrite page.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Candid Camera: Boston Food Swap Reaction Video

Yesterday was our first food swap of 2014. There were also a few other firsts: we had a class of high school freshman join us, some of our new swappers made dehydrated carrots and chocolate hummus, and we were filmed eating chocolates.

Filmmaker Anthony Flor joined us for his first Boston Food Swap experience, and recorded it all in the process. He takes us from making his chocolate truffles, to showing reaction shots of people sampling them. Check it out:

Thanks to Anthony for this unique perspective on swapping!

Boston Food Swap is a community organization funded entirely by donation. Support us through Paypal or BFS merchandise, and by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook. If you enjoyed this blog post, please share it!  Also, you can join us at our next swap by checking out our Eventbrite page.

Friday, December 13, 2013

8 Awesome Gluten Free Cookies for Holiday Swapping

In anticipation of the 3rd Annual Cookie Swap for a Cause on Sunday, we asked some friends to share their favorite cookie recipes. This roundup comes from Melissa Massello of Shoestring Magazine.

Holidays can be hard if you're gluten free. Thankfully, our pal Melissa has had a year to practice and perfect the wheat-free life and has come up with 8 awesome alternatives to conventional cookie recipes:

 1. GF, Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies from Eat2Run
Still have leftover cans of pumpkin sitting around in your pantry post-Thanksgiving? Put them to work in these yummy cinnamon-spiced, chocolate-infused, gluten-free pumpkin drop cookies. Apparently they're also good for you!

2. GF, Vegan Cranberry Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from La Casa de Sweets on The Pretty Bee
If you follow Tara and I on DIY Boston, then you know how obsessed I am with cranberries this year, but they're also a New England holiday classic.  While this recipe calls for oat flour, I find that Bob's Red Mill gluten-free all purpose flour works pretty well in almost any recipe needing 2 cups or less of flour.

3. GF Quinoa Coconut Cookies from GMO Free Girl
Drooling…right, writing. These soft drop cookies combine shredded coconut and soft cooked quinoa with drizzles of dark chocolate, sort of like a macaroon but lower in sugar and gluten free. YUMMO.

4. Paleo Snickerdoodle Cookies (Egg, Grain, Gluten & Dairy Free) from The Urban Poser
St. Nick came early this year with this recipe for a classic Christmas favorite that really can meet ALL of the dietary restrictions. Gluten free, vegan, and dairy free, perfect for Paleo friends or those of us just lucky enough to get multiple food allergies.

5. Gluten Free Thin Mints from Gluten Free on a Shoestring
Oh yes, you will win prizes and many, many new friends if you make these gluten-free alternatives to everyone's favorite Girl Scout Cookie. They're a little more involved than other cookies (baking + dipping in chocolate), so take note if you're planning on making 8+ dozen, but definitely will be a total crowd pleaser.

6. Dark Chocolate Trail Mix Bites from Undressed Skeleton
Who says Christmas cookies have to be cookies? I love how the green of the pepitas (or pistachios) and the reds of the dried fruits make these gluten-free dark chocolate drops seasonal, timeless AND healthy, yet super yummy.

7. Gluten-Free Lemon Chia Cookies from My Darling Lemon Thyme
Chia is the new healthy culinary hotness, and I love how this recipe uses them like you would in a traditional lemon poppyseed baked good. Again, this recipe calls for brown rice flour, but you could easily swap out for Bob's Red Mill all-purpose gluten-free flour (it's only 1/3 of a cup), and the almond meal is easy to make from scratch using whole almonds and your food processor. Bonus: these cookies are also dairy free!

8. Gluten-Free Peanut Butter & Nutella Sugar Cookies from Shoestring
Last, but IMHO not least, these super easy, super quick, and super cheap drop sugar cookies take the classic peanut butter cookie, remove the flour, and add Nutella. I've now made them at least two dozen times to nothing but rave reviews from even my non-glutarded friends and family.

Thanks, Melissa!

(Images: as credited above)