One of the best parts of meeting new people is learning what their favorite recipes are and trying to make those concoctions yourself. If you’re like me, you may adapt that recipe a bit to better suit your family’s taste or just to take it up a notch or two. Some of my favorite recipes have come from gatherings and simply ask people how to make that dish so I can experiment a bit.
One of my favorite ways to start a recipe exchange club is to gather a group of friends, family and neighbors together. Simply set one day a month for everyone to meet.
- Each person brings a batch of the recipe for people to sample and enough copies of the recipe for everyone to take one home.
- Sample the dishes and take a recipe.
- Spend some time socializing and sharing tips.
You can also have some themed meetings, such as Christmas desserts in December, main course meals, side dishes, chicken, crock pot meals, soups, and so on.
If your family and friends are scattered, you can also form an email recipe exchange. There are a couple of different ways you can do this.
- Set up a list and allow people to post recipes at will.
- Ask one person to post a new recipe each week, rotating who posts the recipe.
- Have everyone share recipes once a month.
- Set up a loop, ask everyone to send the recipes to a central person and distribute in one document once a month.
Social Media Groups
Social media groups are becoming more and more popular. My favorite is Facebook for things like this, but you can certainly set up a group somewhere like Pinterest as well and allow others to post to it.
- Make the group private to limit who has access.
- Invite those you want in the group.
- Start sharing recipes and tips.
It’s really quite simple to set up a recipe sharing group and will help you discover ideas for things to take to the next pitch-in or make for an upcoming get together.