Food swaps have become increasingly popular among people willing to barter — and it's a great idea for anyone on a limited budget. Cooks can get goodies they would never make for themselves, and if they get lucky, can glean tips and tricks from cooks with years of kitchen experience. Want to attend a food swap and come out ahead? The challenge is to hit the sweet spot between tastiness and thriftiness, creating a dish that others will covet. People like snacks and a story, so be ready to provide samples and answers to questions about what you've made and how you went about it.
Try these five tried-and-true recipe ideas will excite your fellow swappers' taste buds without breaking the bank. (Text: Enrique Gili)