Upcoming Event: Holiday Cookie Swap at Seesaw

We can’t wait for the upcoming Holiday Cookie Swap we are co-hosting with Seesaw.  Bake your favorite holiday treats and join us at Seesaw in Hayes Valley for a super fun time that will definitely get you in the holiday mood.

When: Friday, December 14,
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm. Swapping starts at around 5.15/5.30 pm
Location:  Seesaw, 600a Octavia Street
Cost: $5 per person (kids or adults) to participate and get you a hot chocolate or coffee/tea for grown-ups and you get to have tons of fun exchanging cookies.
Don’t forget: Bring your own containers/bags to take your goodies home…
Ria and I are thinking of making our delicious chocolate truffles.  I am sure Stacie and her little guys are going to bring something spectacular.  Here are some cookie recipes that we have posted in the past that could inspire you:

Cookie Swap @Seesaw

Cookie swaps are the best, “funnest” thing ever, especially since you can make just a couple of types (or even one type) of cookies and still end up with an amazing platter.  If you are a baker, it is a wonderful opportunity to show off your cookie making skills and enjoy the compliments that come your way.  If you are baking-impaired you end up with a bounty of cookies you would not end up with otherwise.  Win-win.  Stacie and I are great match – I can make just a few types of cookies and she is an extraordinary baker.  I am not sure what she got out of swapping with me, but it sure was beneficial for me.  I’ll have to get her back with some curry.

Our cookie swap at Seesaw definitely got us in the holiday mood and it was amusing to watch the kids try to get as many cookies to take home as possible.  The looks on their faces were priceless – “You mean I can take any of these? Really?”  I wasn’t too far behind the kids – I ate a bunch while I was there and my “loot” looked pretty good.  We hosted our annual holiday party shortly after the cookie swap and I presented a beautiful platter of cookies much to everyone’s delight.

This swapping thing is really gaining traction with me.  You don’t even have to attend a “formal” event like the one we co-hosted with Seesaw.  Get together with your friends and neighbors and organize a swap or just send each other stuff from time to time.  It’s good old fashioned bartering and it works wonderfully well.  Make what you are good at and send it to someone.  Hopefully, they will send you some of their special treats back.

We will be hosting more cookie swaps at Seesaw in the upcoming months, so do lookout for them.  We hope to see you there with your sweet creations.

Upcoming Kiddie and Family Foodie Events

It that time of the year when food is almost on everyone’s mind.  We’ll all regret it in January and make resolutions to work out, eat better, eat less and the list goes on (at least for me it does).  However, while we are at it – the “over-indulging” that is – might as well check out some of the fun family-friendly foodie events coming up in San Francisco.

Holiday Cookie Swap at Seesaw
Thurs 12/9 – 4 to 5 pm
more details at: http://seesawsf.com/

Make cookies with your little ones and build your own fabulous holiday cookie plate. A sweet tooth soirée! Cookies of all shapes, sizes, and origins will be exchanged.  Join us (we are co-hosting with Seesaw) with 2-4 dozen of your favorite holiday cookies to swap with your fellow parents and kiddos and leave with a beautiful and delicious cookie assortment! I am saving my tray for our annual holiday party! Do RSVP to seesawsf@gmail.com

I am a bit nervous about this one since I am not really a cookie baker.  Ria is all fired up about this event and I am frantically looking for a simple cookie recipe.  Do send us one and help me out :).

18 Reasons Events – for more details and ticket prices where applicable check out http://www.18Reasons.org

SWAP: Homemade Family Dinner
When: Sun, December 12, 4:30pm – 5:00pm
Where: 18 Reasons

This is awesome event and we did a little food swap with our friends a few months back and have been hooked since.  Stacie and I have attended the past two family food swaps at 18 Reasons and ended up with some delicious dishes for the whole week.  I love the idea of cooking a big batch on a Sunday and swapping it with other families and having an easy, relaxing week where I can pursue my other interests (aside from cooking?).  Last time we had dishes like chicken with saffron rice with zucchini pancakes, tofu and vegetable curry, pumpkin ravioli, Moroccan chicken and beef stew with salad.  Definitely an event that is worth checking out and a good time to have an easy cooking week before the holiday “craziness” kicks in.

Non-disposable Wrapping and Gift Family Workshop
When: Sun, December 12, 1pm – 3pm
Where: 18 Reasons

At this this hands-on demonstration Molly de Vries will teach you and your little ones how to wrap gifts in eco-friendly and beautiful cloth that the recipient can use over and over in different ways! The cloth Molly uses is called Furoshiki which is traditionally known in Japan as gift wrapping and can be used a napkin, a grocery bag, or carrying cloth to name a few. The best combo is to use Furoshiki to wrap a homemade present. So bring a jar of homemade preserves, a fresh loaf of bread, or your favorite holiday cookies in a recycled tin and learn how to make them look stunning wrapped in Furoshiki.  Suitable for children ages 7 and older

Healthy Holiday Treats with Zoe and Deb
When: Sat, December 11, 2pm – 4pm
Where: 18 Reasons

Cooking with your kids is fun and gets them more interested in food.  Join personal chef and mom Zoe Philips and certified nutritionist Deb Zambetti for a 2 hour hands-on cooking class for grown-ups and kids, and walk away with the tools needed to fuel your celebrations with some healthy treats.  Suitable for children ages 5-12.  It is tough to find a cooking class with kids and parents together and this will be great bonding experience!