A few months ago a friend told me about a magical place where you can go and swap food items right here in Chicago. Of course we’re self proclaimed foodies over here, and were naturally ecstatic to finally find the time to participate in the Chicago Food Swap. If your idea of a good time involves cooking up a batch of your favorite recipe and then trading your creations with other people who have whipped up a batch of their favorite recipe then you should definitely sign up for an upcoming swap! We had so much fun, we can’t even tell you all of the exciting things we came home with.
Since it was our first time, we prepared a few things we love. Apple cider donuts, green tea whoopie pies and cheese broth. Cheese broth? Yep. Cheese. Bon Apetit had a great idea for using up left over cheese rinds. We keep them around to toss into soups and stews, so there was a small stock pile. I think it was our most popular swap item. We swapped all of jars we brought!
I had wanted to make these amazing green tea cupcakes I saw on this adorable blog called Pass the Sushi. In the end, I had no idea how I was going to package those individually and keep them pretty all at the same time. I knew I had wanted to try Challenge Butter in both a baked item, and a frosting. I was curious to see how I would like it for each. I ended up tweaking the plan and making whoopie pies filled with the green tea frosting. I think everything came out pretty lovely, and if you want to try Challenge Butter as well, you should be able to find it at Jewel and Walmart in the Chicago area.