Friday Foodstuffs 12.4.09: Here-a-Swap, There-a-Swap, Everywhere a Cookie Swap

Grandma went to the cookie swap
E-i-e-i-oh!

And at the swap they had some chocolate chip, gingerbread men, pfeffernuesse, pitzelles, macaroons, shortbread, snickerdoodles, biscotti, linzer, cranberry hootycreeks, Mexican wedding, ginger snaps, pignoli, oatmeal, snowballs, florentines, melomakarona, tassies, spritz, mostaccioli, cinnamon pinwheel, Berner haselnusslebkuchen, and red-and-green-colored-and-shaped-to-spell-out-N-O-E-L sugar cookies

E-i-e-i-oh!

Not that cookies can’t be eaten the rest of the year, but it seems like munching on those sweet treats at THIS time of year is almost a requirement for enjoying the holidays. And we’re not talking about your typical store-bought box o’ cookies – for ’tis the season to deck th’ halls with sugar and flour. Bake until you can’t bakes no more.

For most of us, we bake enough for our immediate (and in some cases, not so immediate) family; for others, they go the extra mile and bake enough to satisfy a small army. For those folks, we have a type of event that perfectly suits them.

The cookie swap.

The concept is simple: bring your cookies and your cookie recipes (if you’re willing to share tightly-held secrets) and share said cookies and recipes with other like-minded folks. A room full of homemade cookies baked with love…I don’t see a problem here.

If you have the inkling, then we have a bunch of cookie swaps, exchanges and walks to bring to your attention. Tomorrow, you have a Cookie Walk at Price Hall in Cold Spring from 9AM to 1PM, a Holiday Cookie Swap at the library in Mays Landing from 2PM to 4PM, and a Homemade Cookie Exchange at Bethesda Church in Swedesboro from 2PM to 4PM as well. Could you make all three? That’s just crazy talk. Doable, but crazy. I can’t advise you to do such a thing…BUT, if you do, make sure you let us know how it goes, ‘kay?

If you miss the swaps tomorrow, fear not: you have another chance on Monday at the Great Cookie Exchange in Cape May at the Cape May Elementary School.

Anything non-cookie going on this weekend? Well, of course! You like oysters? Check out the Annual Oyster Dinner in Lavallette on Saturday. You like Scandinavia? Who doesn’t? The annual Lucia and Scandivanian Fest will be happening at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Wildwood on Sunday.

If you’re looking to dine out, High Street Grill in Mount Holly is having a special Christmas Ales Celebration tomorrow. On Monday, the Epicurean Society of Southern New Jersey is having its monthly dining event at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro in Somers Point.

For cooking classes this weekend, Saturday will be the day. Chef Mark Kalla will be doing a Cape Cuisine cooking demo at the Cape May Court House Library in the afternoon, and Kitchen Kapers will have its Cooking for Couples class at night. The theme for the couples class will be Thai-French Fusion.


Blogging Out Hunger

Oasis Kitchen in Salem will be serving again to the poor after a two-year hiatus.

A food pantry in Mt. Ephraim is looking for a new home.

And in the news this week…

Restaurants in Cherry Hill are beginning a new composting program.

From the Cape Cuisine blog, The Curious Case of Gourmet Italian Kitchen in West Cape May.

Belly Busters in Browns Mills served something a little different last Tuesday: a $189,443 lottery ticket.

Playing with your food at the Garden State Discovery Museum was perfectly OK last Sunday.

A group of immigrant workers, recently fired from a clam processing plant in Millville, are filing a complaint citing labor violations.

Brick Cranberry Farm in Medford will be preserved thanks to the township council.

Enjoy your weekend!

– John

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