Meal Exchanges

An article on Lifehacker (link) yesterday discusses an article on The Simple Dollar about creating meal exchanges.

On a certain day, everyone in the exchange meets for coffee and brings along a laundry basket full of frozen meals, one for each family, along with any needed instructions taped to the lid. The members of the club just swap the meals so that everyone takes home one of each meal that they didn’t prepare.

As someone who likes to experiment with new foods, I find this concept very interesting but as a vegetarian I wonder if it’s possible for someone like me to participate. I larger cities you might be able to create a vegetarian food swap but cutting out and handling the varieties would be a pain to handle. You would still have to deal with the different varieties of vegetarianism which could be overcome by creating a meal exchange for just ovo-lactos or vegans (although a raw vegetarian food swap seems counter productive). This would continue to decrease the potential members but might be beneficial to everyone. Still it’s a good idea. 🙂

The Cake Isn’t A Lie

One of the things that I have really found interesting while watching Top Chef is that they know how to make cakes from scratch. When I was young the only cakes we had came out of a box or were purchased in plastic container from the store. When I was young I never really thought that people would actually make a cake from scratch.

Amanda’s brother had his birthday two weekends ago and we were responsible for the desert. I thought that this would be a good time for me to try and make a cake. I won’t share the pictures but I ended up running out of frosting (also made from scratch) and I was a little disappointed. So this weekend I wanted to try and make a better one. Unfortunately, I didn’t actually get around to it but last night I finally made it.


As you can see it turned out really good and was only a small mess. I think that in the future I will make more cakes. It might even be a good skill for the future…

A New Season of Top Chef and a New Challenge For Me

The new season of Top Chef started on Bravo last night and it really made me think.  For their first quick fire challenge they had to make a unique deep dish pizza that would then get judged.  A lot of the contestants made horrible looking pizzas but I wondered if I was the one making the pizza would it look any better?  I realized that I have never made a deep dish pizza either and I decided that I’m going to use Top Chef as a way to try new recipes.

From last night I already want to try making a deep dish pizza and a soufflé.  These were two of the basic dishes that were made last night that I haven’t tried making.  I also want to try making Eggs Benedict and flan but I will have to wait on those because I don’t know if I will have time to make them.