Saturday, November 26, 2011
On Sunday, we got together for our 6th swap!! Time sure does fly when you're having fun! 6 months in and we are STILL amazed and excited by the creativity of our swappers.
We had some different and delicious items to taste and trade, including pandan coconut custard, habanero jelly, and banana rum jam!
Apparently we still got it, because we are drawing more and more media attention to the swap.
We were thrilled to welcome Edible Boston, Foodies of New England, and Boston Neighborhood Network on Sunday. Thanks for joining us! We'll let everyone know when our pieces hit the airwaves/newsstands!
Speaking of airwaves, our CBS Sunday Morning segment did not air this week as scheduled (we'll share the new date when we have it!), but that didn't stop Lyn from swapping the apple butter we made! Ahh, the sweet, spiced taste of fame.
You can check out more photos from the event on our Facebook page.
We'll see you in December for Boston Cookie Swap for a Cause! Sign up & spread the word!!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
On Monday, the Boston University Seminars in Food, Wine, & The Arts hosted Judith Jones to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Julia Child's famous tome, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It was a celebration of a masterpiece, a legend, and most of all, memories.
I was so thrilled to be attending. Not only am a I huge Julia fan (I have a DVR series recording set for The French Chef), getting to be in the same space as the woman who edited not only Julia's books, but also Madhur Jaffrey, Lidia Bastianich, Marion Cunningham, James Beard, etc. is actually making me hyperventilate in hindsight. From reading her memoir, The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food and Sara Kate's visit to her kitchen, I still had no idea that she would be so engaging and down-to-earth.
Judith shared stories of working with Julia on Mastering, including how they really picked the title (Not exactly like they show in that "silly movie" about it). Julia was in Oslo at the time, so they wrote back and forth, and when Judith had sent Julia what was to be the title, Julia responded with, "Hurrah! I love the gerund!" And that was that.
She also touched on her personal cooking journey, and how after her husband, Evan, passed, how she wasn't sure she would want to cook for herself. Yet, food calls up memories, and she told how she found herself remembering dishes they shared together, and she would prepare them, light a candle, and it was as if he was with her. And The Pleasures of Cooking for One, Judith's book on solo dining, is just wonderful. She declares that cooking for one is an opportunity to experiment and enjoy, to use the precious gems (Judith's term for leftovers) in the refrigerator to create something new and exciting.
Because what would a cookbook event be without food, students from BU's culinary program prepared some tasty tidbits from some of Judith's books and Mastering. Since Julia founded BU's Gastronomy program, it truly was a full-circle evening.
What I said to Judith as she was signing my copy, I have no idea, but let's hope it was coherent! What can I say, she's a legend in her own right.
Have you met one of your heroes, literary, culinary, or otherwise?
Monday, November 14, 2011
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Monday, November 7, 2011
UPDATE: Congrats to Nicole on winning The Parchment Cookbook! For those who didn't win, Brette let us know that the Kindle edition of A Parchment Paper Thanksgiving is available for $.99 now through 11/19/11.
Editor's Note: The Parchment Paper Cookbook goes on sale today, so author Brette Sember has graciously offered to share one of her deliciously simple recipes below. We're giving away copy of the cookbook to one lucky reader, and readers, this is one giveaway you won't want to miss.
I have the book sitting on my coffee table awaiting the winner, and there are at least dozen recipes inside that I'm dying to try. (I'll just have to buy my own copy ... or perhaps Santa will buy me a copy this Christmas.) Hope you enjoy the recipe, and read to the bottom for details on the cookbook giveaway.
By Brette Sember
I love fall – the colors, the smells, and the feeling of being oh-so-frugal by using every single thing in the last CSA bags. Squash is one of my favorite late harvest items and I’ve fallen in love with acorn squash which I find much easier to process than butternut or larger squashes.
I also love cooking in parchment paper. Everything cooks together in one attractive packet and there are absolutely no pots or pans to scrub. Parchment is also environmentally friendly since it is recyclable and compostable, and when you cook with this method you can cook your entire meal by turning only one oven on (no burners needed) and you don’t need much water for clean up. Parchment cooking is also healthy, since the foods cook in their own juices, do not lose nutrients to cooking water, and don’t need much fat for cooking.
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1 chicken breast
1/2 cup peeled, roughly chopped acorn squash
1/2 of an apple, cored and roughly chopped (skin on)
1 teaspoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon apple juice or cider
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Pinch of dry mustard
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the rice on the parchment and lay the chicken breast on top. Place the squash and apple on top. Drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle on the cinnamon, thyme and dried mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the juice or cider and vinegar. Fold and bake for about 22 minutes until the chicken is done (you can test by poking an instant read thermometer through the paper). Allow to rest about 3 minutes before opening.Brette Sember is the author of The Parchment Paper Cookbook, published by Adams Media. She blogs about parchment paper cooking at www.NoPotCooking.com. She also writes the popular food blog www.MarthaAndMe.net. She is also the author of the upcoming titles The Organized Kitchen and The Muffin Tin Cook Book from Adams Media.
Here's how to enter (one chance for each of these activities for a total of four possible chances):
- Click over to No Pot Cooking, choose which recipe looks most appealing, and leave a comment here on the Boston Food Swap blog with your favorite(s).
- Sign up for our newsletter and leave a comment on this post letting us know you want to be entered in the giveaway.
- Like us on Facebook and leave a comment on this post letting us know you want to be entered in the giveaway.
- Tweet about the giveaway, including the hashtag #notpotgiveaway and this link: http://dld.bz/axKWB. Example: Win a free copy of The Parchment Paper Cookbook from @Brettesember & @BOSswappers http://dld.bz/axKWB #nopotgiveaway
- Only those in the United States and Canada are eligible to win (sorry, but we're shipping the book ourselves and learned this the hard way).
- When commenting, please include a way to contact you for your mailing address. For instance, link your comment a website that contains your email address or include your email in your comment.
- All tweets, likes, newsletter subscriptions, and comments must be received by Sunday, November 13 at 11:59 EST. After that, we will use Random.org to chose the winner.
- If the winner does not respond to email requests for their address within one week, we reserve the right to choose another winner.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Last night, Lyn, Tara, and I had the pleasure of attending Boston After Six and Whickit's Pastry Rendezvous. As one of our partners, they'd graciously offered tickets to us and the three winners of our Community Sourced Potluck, so we ran into Elizabeth (winner of best story) while we were there.