Vintage Christmas cookie swap 2011 was a success!

A huge thanks to everyone who made it out for our first annual vintage Christmas cookie swap. We had 11 different kinds of cookies represented, one of which was made without modern technology – no Kitchenaid ! Here’s what the kitchen looked like pre-party:

And here’s what people brought:

Ninjabread, the most creatively named cookie of the evening

From left to right, we have chocolate Reese's peanut butter cup madness, molasses cookies, sweet rolls and chocolate croissants, Lemon Drops (with real lemon curd!), more delicious molasses cookies, and some gingerbread

Coconut macaroons and more gingerbread. Not pictured here: award-winning salty peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

It was great to chat with people about how they found and approached their vintage recipes (some needed some serious modern translation). It was also wonderful to meet Susan Johnston, one of the founders of Boston Food Swap! If you missed our vintage Christmas cookie swap, be sure to mark your calendar for their Cookie Swap for a Cause (benefitting kids with cancer) on December 18th at 2:00 p.m. in Fort Point. Find more information here.

Did you hold a cookie swap of your own? Have any vintage Christmas cookies you’d like to share? Email and we’ll be sure to post them! 

Published in: on 13 December, 2011 at 17:19  Leave a Comment  

Reminder: our vintage Christmas cookie swap is in little over 1 week!

Hey there and happy holidays to our community far and wide! This is just a reminder that we’ll be holding our first event – a vintage Christmas cookie swap – from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the chocolate tarte, 199c Highland Ave, Somerville, MA. A big thanks to our friend, Author Jane Alessandrini Ward, for the announcement via her blog.

If you’re participating in our event in Somerville, please bake at least dozen cookies (or three – we spoke to a friend last week who said, who bakes a dozen cookies?) and bring them with you to the party. Take a tin along to collect a sampling of cookies that others have brought. Don’t forget to RSVP to to let us know you’re coming!

If you’re Boston-based and want to make a day of holiday foodie goodness, visit Eat Boutique’s Holiday Market before you head over. We won’t be mad at all if you swap THOSE cookies at our get-together ;-)

Lastly, if you are swapping vintage Christmas cookies in your neck of the woods, or even if you’re just baking according to Grandma’s treasured recipe, send us photos! We’ll post them in our Facebook album here.

And if you’re short on inspiration, stay tuned – next week we’ll run a few recipes from our own vintage sources that you can use. For our next post, we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming (menu-building on a budget).

Published in: on 30 November, 2011 at 10:18  Comments (2)  

A vintage Christmas cookie swap! Join us in Boston on December 10 or host your own

Sometime in the month of December, join The Vintage Eats Project in hosting a vintage Christmas cookie swap! Here’s how you do it:

– Pick a date and time and invite people.

– Find a vintage recipe (ask your family members, consult an old cookbook, visit and encourage your guests to do the same.

– Ask each invitee to bake a dozen cookies and bring them to your house on the day of the party.

– Lay them out, and, if you’re feeling ambitious, indicate which ones contain nuts or make signs with cookie names.

– Have everybody bring a tin to store swapped cookies. Form a line and start sampling.

– Break out the egg nog and your most festive holiday apron and have fun!

– Don’t forget to send us recipes and photos from your party so we can post them here.

– Any questions? Want to say YES to throwing a party? Let us know in the comments section below.

We’ll be hosting our vintage Christmas cookie swap on December 10th at The Chocolate Tarte, 199C Highland Ave, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. If you are Boston-based and would like to come, drop Jen a line at and let her know what you’re baking! Please plan to make at least a dozen to share.

Published in: on 17 November, 2011 at 11:50  Comments (3)  

5 ways to build a community around food

Food is an inherently social thing that creates and sustains tighter bonds than just about any material thing. It’s also a great lens through which to talk about history, the environment, social justice, health and other issues. What better way to get to know the people around you, where your food comes from, and how to eat well than to plan activities around it? Here are five suggestions on how to build your own community around food:

1) Resolve to eat dinner around a table with other people twice a week. Or three times. Or one time. More than you do now.

2) Resurrect the potluck. At work, at family gatherings, with friends. I, for one, plan to bring to the table the most audacious 1950s-style aspics I can find for my co-workers’ dining pleasure.

3) Cook with people. Bring the little ones in to pick basil, get the older ones to peel garlic and stir. Hand an apron to your significant other or friend and tell them to get chopping.

4) Visit your local farmers market and talk to three vendors. The next week, talk to them again.

5) Create a food event. Invite your friends over to bake pies before Thanksgiving. Throw a Mad Men-style cocktail party. Have a cookbook swap.

Speaking of a food event, we’ve been thinking about throwing one in Boston and giving you the recipe to do the same in your neck of the woods. Look for more details in our next post!

Published in: on 15 November, 2011 at 12:04  Comments (6)