I started doing these meals in earnest and soliciting friends for their excess groceries and pantry items, starting with recipes and pairings that were refreshing yet nourishing at the same time.
The Thanksgiving meal of chicken dumplings soup and cake was the first time I set up a table at the Bushwick Free Store. Within minutes, the 40-person meals were gone!
Right before Christmas, I invited a friend to create meals with me that utilized a swirl. I made chocolate rolled cake and a spiced cider, and she made kimbap.
I was missing Chinese stewed beef noodles, and so prepared a lot for myself, and a few to distribute in Lower Manhattan.
Eager to make a dent in my 20lb bags of brown rice, I made a few meals that used it as a base.