September 25, 2011

From Scratch Club Swap

So the From Scratch Club is pretty much my new favorite thing ever. It's so awesome when you meet people who have similar interests, right? The premise of the From Scratch Club is that duh, you make everything from scratch. And it's awesome. I had no idea it existed until someone (specifically, Ms. Renee McAllister of Almost Foodies) posted about it. At that moment I immediately jumped on their band wagon (just like in the Oregon Trail, where you make everything from scratch and then die of dysentery!).

 My Cake Jars ready to be swapped

I couldn't make it to the Albany swap (where I'd probably know a lot of people), so I went to the Saratoga swap (which is fine, because honestly I like Saratoga a lot better than Albany). After getting lost for a while I finally found the swap location, which was *gasp* in a yarn store. Seriously, are these people trying to kill me?

Here's Christina (who runs The From Scratch Club and blog) explaining the rules

All the pretty yarn!

These people are freaking serious about their swaps! I was SO out classed. And I make a mean cake, so that is really saying something. The most insane and delicious foods were there (thankfully there was a tasting portion to the evening!). People brought raw honey, hard cider, infused vodkas, vanilla extract, pumpkin spice pop overs, pizza dough and sauce, a hundred different kinds of jam, breads, spreads, granola, cupcakes, a pie or two and the list goes on and on!

Christina's gluten free Rhubarb Vodka, Vanilla Extract, and Peach Mint Vodka

Homemade (obviously!) Irish Cream, Kahlua, Apple Tarts, and Pizza Dough and Sauce

 Peach Jam and Baguettes

People were even fancy pants about their display. Check this waterfall of granola and deer antlers! Apparently it's all about making your food look sexy sexy.

That is some serious Anthropologie Window Display Shit right there


And here is the best part - my booty! I brought home some amazingly delicious granola with pecans and home made yogurt covered raisins, an awesome baguette (which I have been enjoying with my most favorite pepper Boursin cheese), apple butter, cheddar cheese biscuits, Kahlua, rhubarb jam and a kombucha tea starter. 

Lux approves

Seriously, so good.

Seriously, my cake was not up to par. I'm already brain storming as to what to bring to the next swap in October. I'm hoping to learn to can by then - I saw/tasted some pickled green tomatoes that were totally awesome that I'd love to make. I'm thinking I can bring some fried apples, a coconut pumpkin pie, and....I just don't know! Suggestions? What snazzy shit can I come up with?

3 comments:

  1. Ooo yum. Your cakes are adorable! And this swap sounds so awesome! I've never heard of it but definitely want to check it out - Saratoga is pretty close by!

    As for next time...hmmm. Coconut pumpkin pie sounds amazing. You can't go wrong with fall-themed food, I think :)

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  2. such a cool idea! wish there was something like this nearby. stumbled onto your blog and it's adorable!

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  3. You never know, there might be one near by - this Club has been meeting for quite sometime and I just found out about it (thanks to facebook!) :)

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