Links: Pickles, Tomatoes, and a Mrs. Wages Winner

He just made his first jar of pickles! I am kvelling.

I’ve spent a lovely few days down in Fayetteville, AR at the Fayetteville Roots Festival. I rolled in on Thursday evening, just a bit later than anticipated, but intact and with my luggage in tow. Friday, I did a bit of work, hung out with my sister, nephew, and my brother-in-law’s parents, and got to shop for pickling supplies with Natalie (who is entirely delightful and maintains a gorgeous website).

On Saturday morning, I teamed up with Appleseeds to help farmers market shoppers make more than 75 pints of quick pickles (the picture above is my nephew Emmett, with the jar of pickles he made with just a little help). This morning, I taught a very fun class at the Williams-Sonoma in Rogers. And then tonight, I got to watch my sister play music with Rebecca Loebe and Smokey and the Mirror. Good times, all of it. Now, links!

A few things from my neck of the woods.

  • When I was out in Portland back in June, I made some canning videos with Rebecca from Cooking up a Story. The first one is live and you can watch it here.
  • While in Maine, I stopped by the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension to teach a class (they have an amazing space). Kate put together a little recap of the night, which was fun to read.
  • You may know that my sister is a folk singer, but you might not know that my dad writes and performs as well. He’s currently in the midst of an Indiegogo campaign and I’d love it if you’d check out his video and, if you are so moved, consider supporting his efforts.

berry prize pack

The winner in last week’s Mrs. Wages berry basket giveaway is #109/Karen Carsley. So many thanks to everyone who entered! And stay tuned, I’ll have another fun giveaway up this week!

Rosle Giveaway from Mighty Nest

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Hey friends! Here’s a fun weekend treat for you! Mighty Nest is hosting a holiday weekend giveaway. The lucky winner will get a trio of sturdy, stainless steel kitchen utensils from Rosle (they make seriously high quality gear).

Just plug your info into the pledge form below to enter! The giveaway closes its doors on Monday, so get your entry in now!

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Preserves in Action: Egg Sandwich with Spinach and Tomato Jam

finished breakfast sandwich

I realize that there is already one egg sandwich with tomato jam in the archives of this site, but I can’t resist sharing my current favorite incarnation.

eggs and greens

It starts with a pat of butter melted in a very well seasoned cast iron skillet. I bought this square one on eBay many years ago and it’s one of my very favorite pieces of cookeware. Once the butter is just melted, I pour in two beaten eggs and tilt the pan to get an even coating.

While the eggs cook, I line the top of the eggs with spinach leaves. You want to get them in there while the eggs are still quite loose, as then they cook into the eggs and will stay in place when you flip.

adding cheese

Then you ease a spatula under the eggs (taking care to work all around so that you know nothing is sticking) and flip. This takes some practice, but as long as the skillet is well seasoned and you used butter (coconut oil also works), you should be able to do it.

Once the eggs are flipped, I turn off the burner and let the residual heat in the pan do the rest of the cooking. This is also the point at which you add some cheese. Cheddar is nice, but dill havarti or creamy goat cheese are also favorites.

folding eggs with tomato jam

I make one fold and add a goodly dollop of tomato jam. Another good option is a caramelized onion jam (there’s a recipe I like a lot in Preserving by the Pint). Fold again and place between two slices of toasted bread. You can also roll it up into a tortilla if you’re feeling more like a wrap than a sandwich.

bitten sandwich

Then, you wait until the sandwich cools ever so slightly (molten hot cheese burns are no good) and then you dig in. The sandwich makes enough that you could cut it in half and share it with a friend if you’re feeling generous.

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Upcoming Events: Fayetteville Roots Festival & Williams-Sonoma in Rogers, AR

Maine blueberries

Friends, this summer has worn me down to the nubbin. I want to be posting more recipes and canning tutorials, but it seems that I can only summon the energy for giveaways and event reminders. Thank you for being patient with me. And remember, even though I’m not producing as many recipes as is my norm right now, there is a very deep archive of recipes appropriate for this time of year. I suggest the Lazy Peach Preserves and the Honey Sweetened Tomato Jam.

Now, for some event reminders. I’m on my way to Fayetteville, Arkansas right at the moment (I’m sitting in the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport as I type) and I’m doing a pair of events that are very much worth your time if you’re in the area.

Saturday, August 30
On Saturday morning, I’ll be at the Fayetteville Town Center from11 am – 1 pm, leading a massive pickle making workshop. No registration is required and the materials fee is just $5 per person. Show up and I’ll walk you through the steps of making your very own batch of refrigerator cucumber pickles. I’ll also have books for sale and signature, if you’re interested. Details here.

Sunday, August 31
I will be demonstrating my small batch jam making technique at the Williams-Sonoma in Pinnacle Hills. There is no fee for this event and it runs from 11 am – 1 pm. I hope to see some of you there!

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Giveaway: Mrs. Wages Berry and Pie Mix Basket

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Okay canners, time for our second Mrs. Wages giveaway for the summer. Last month, I got to show off a basket of their pickle mixes. This month, it’s all about pie filling and fruit mixes! This basket contains four packages of Spiced Apple Mix, three packages of Fruit Pie Filling, two packages of Forest Berry Pie Filling, and two shakers of Fresh Fruit Preserver.

Here’s how to enter!

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me about something that’s still on your preserving list for this summer. In my world, I need to get some tomatoes in jar pronto.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, August 31, 2014.
  3. Giveaway open to United States residents only.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: Mrs. Wages is providing the basket for the giveaway. They are also a Food in Jars sponsor and so do help contribute to the running of this site. 

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Sponsored Post: Craftsy’s Free Class Creative Ways with Whole Grains

quinoa and kale salad

This post is the next installment in my sponsored content partnership with Craftsy. This time, I took Anna Bullett’s Creative Ways with Whole Grains. It was an entertaining and highly useful class that reminded me of how wonderful and easy whole grain cooking can be. Read on for more!

I believe that every home cook should have at least one hearty grain salad in his or her culinary repertoire. They keep well, are customizable to nearly every food allergy and preference, travel well, and they make really excellent leftovers.

barley, cucumber and feta salad

Back in the days when I was working in an office full time, I would often make a big batch of barley, cucumber, red onion, parsley, and feta salad, and eat it for lunch all week. In addition to being a tasty and simple way to eat a good lunch, those bowls of grain salad really helped keep my grocery budget in check.

The only trouble I have with my beloved grain salads and side dishes is that I easily fall into a rut and make the same three dishes on repeat. To combat my tendency to combine the same flavors over and over again, my eyes are always peeled for fresh grain inspiration.

brown jasmine rice

A few days ago, while on the road and far away from my kitchen, I took Craftsy’s free class, Creative Ways with Whole Grains. It offered up a wealth of fresh ideas and had me itching to get back home and into the kitchen to try some of Anna Bullett’s recipes.

She starts the class with an introduction to a variety of whole grains, offers tips on how to cook them, and then makes a wheatberry salad with goat cheese that looks positively delicious. Later, she shows how to make a wild rice pilaf that would work wonderfully on a potluck or holiday table, cooks up quinoa porridge for breakfast, and turns onions, mushrooms, and farro into a creamy risotto.

quinoa in a jar

As we head into autumn (deny it all you want, it is coming), consider adding a couple of warm grain dishes to your regular rotation to help keep bellies full and satisfied.

If you want to take the Creative Ways with Whole Grains class, click here to register!

For more on my year-long partnership with Craftsy, head over to the first post in the series, all about my experience taking their free Knife Skills course.

Official disclosure statement: This post was sponsored by Craftsy. I was compensated for my time. However, all opinions remain entirely my own.

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