New Classes and a Cookbook Giveaway

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After a couple of months off from teaching, I’ve got two classes coming up, both that will focus on cranberries (just in time for Thanksgiving!).

The first is a cranberry jelly class at Philly Kitchen Share on Sunday, November 15th. I started making my own cranberry jelly last year after realizing that the canned stuff contains high fructose corn syrup (I can’t believe I never read the ingredients before last year). Homemade cranberry jelly is delicious, easy to prepare and makes a wonderful hostess gift if you’ve been invited out for the holiday this year. Here’s the class description (click here to register):

Planning your Thanksgiving spread? Consider adding a glowing jar of homemade cranberry jelly to the menu this year!

In this class, you’ll learn to make cranberry jelly that won’t retain the shape of the jar when decanted, but will complement your turkey and trimmings beautifully. The class includes instruction on the basics of hot water bath canning, an easy-to-follow recipe for cranberry jelly and one pint jar of jelly for every student. The class will be taught by local food writer and canning teacher Marisa McClellan.

Sunday, November 15, 2009
3 – 4:30 p.m.

The second class is one focused on cranberry chutney, at the new Foster’s Homewares (33 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA). We’ll make cranberry chutney and walk through the steps of hot water bath canning. At the end of the class, each student will take home a half pint of chutney (it is amazing as part of a Thanksgiving relish tray). To register, click here.

Saturday, November 21, 2009
11 – 12:30 p.m.

And before I sign off, I’ve got one more treat for you. I’ve been trying to slim down my stack of cookbooks* and so have  pulled out a few to give away (sadly, none are canning related). Tonight, I’ve got Chocolate for Breakfast by Barbara Passino to pass along to some lucky cacao lover. Just leave a comment by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 2nd for a chance to win.

*Yes, this is a book I received as a free review copy.

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41 Responses to New Classes and a Cookbook Giveaway

  1. 1
    Chelsea says:

    Ooh! I just starting working for a chocolatier and I absolutely love it so far. Here’s hoping I’ll be that lucky cacao lover 🙂

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    Dani says:

    I so wish I was close enough to come to one of your classes! I’d love Chocolate for Breakfast. (And lunch, dinner & a snack!) Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

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    Aaron says:


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    Maria says:

    Oooh, your classes sound wonderful! I wish I lived closer!
    And Chocolate for Breakfast???!!! Fabulous!! I’d love a copy!

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    daisy mae says:

    I started making my own cranberry sauce a few years back. The ex Secretary of the Air Force taught me how! Whenever I make it to bring somewhere, I call it “The Official Cranberry Sauce of the USAF”.

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    AppleTree says:

    That book sounds awesome…Also, my husband recently started canning and your site has been a great help — thanks!

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    Mona says:

    Love love love chocolate!

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    Jaime Lenet says:

    Is there anything better than chocolate for breakfast? Except maybe canned chocolate sauce for breakfast…

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    Heck yes! That cookbook is right up my alley, being the chocolate fiend that I am.

    Will you be posting a recipe for either cranberry recipe? I’d love to try and make the jelly for Thanksgiving.

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    Jill says:

    Chocolate for breakfast sounds great. Cranberry chutney sounds even better.

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    Rcakewalk says:

    Will you post the recipe for your cranberry jelly after the class? I’m much too far away to take it! After reading this post, I’m now strangely curious if I’d like chocolate & cranberry together…

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    Marisa says:

    Daisy Mae, I love that! How fun!

    Apple Tree, I’m so glad to hear that my site and I have been helpful in your husband’s canning pursuit.

    Chloe and RCakewalk, I will definitely be posting both the cranberry jelly and chutney recipes in time for you to make them for Thanksgiving. Look for them in the next week or two.

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    Laura says:

    I’d love a chance to win!

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    Castal says:

    I sure wish that I could get up to some of your classes… but being in New Mexico sort of makes that unlikely. On the other hand, a pre-loved chocolate cookbook would sure be nice!

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    michelle says:

    mmmm….the chutney sounds interesting….please post the recipe for those of us who can’t make the class…

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    anduin says:

    I would be interested in the cookbook! Also, I just saw a pomegranate-raspberry jam that I’m interested in making, now that pomegranates are in season and I still have some frozen raspberries. Do you have any suggestions or ideas for this jam?

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    Charlotte says:

    Mom always made fresh cranberry sauce. She’d add a package of strawberry or cherry jello to it to get it to “shape up.” Sometimes she also added crushed pineapple but then it stayed more like a sauce and not a firm jell.

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    Aubrey says:

    ooooooooh – I collect chocolate cookbooks…. And this one looks great!! I’m hoping for the cranberry jelly recipe, as well! Thanks so much!

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    Betsy says:


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    Big John says:

    Chocolate for Breakfast? Can I say yes?

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    Doris says:

    After reading your blog, I’m really interested in trying canning – wish I lived alot closer! Chocolate for Breakfast – yes!

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    Jane says:

    Your classes sound fabulous and the book sounds great also.

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    dogear6 says:

    Chocolate for breakfast sounds like a great way to start the day! Here’s a Chocolate Crunch Granola recipe for you to try that makes for a great yogurt parfait.

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    Angie says:

    I always make my own cranberry sauce, but I’m curious – what’s the difference between sauce and chutney? Is it that sauce is sweeter than chutney? I look forward to seeing the recipes.

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    Jean says:

    Chocolate for Breakfast??? My kind of meal. Wish I was close enough to attend one of your classes.

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    Jackie says:

    Gotta love the chance to get a new cookbook!

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    Love chocolate for breakfast — I often have cocoa for mine and my daughter always wants a few chocolate chips in her oats with the milk and raisins!
    I’ve also been contemplating making some cranberry sauce or chutney. Actually thinking of trying first a recipe I saw at <a href=""Put Up or Shut Up for a apple/quince/cranberry jelly since they’ve got quince at our local coop at the moment.

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    pete says:

    Chocolate and breakfast. Two of my favorite things! Yummmmm.

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    Kristin says:

    Cranberries…yum Chocolate…..yum

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    Zoe Van Dijk says:

    Is it wrong that I absolutely love canned cranberry sauce? I mean I like the real stuff too…but something about that solid cylinder of red gelatin sliding out of the can and retaining it’s form in defiance of god and gravity — YUM. !! Also, chocolate. YUM. !!

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    Megan says:

    Hard to go wrong with Chocolate for Breakfast. Thanks for the informative website – it has gotten me interested in trying canning again.

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    Stephanie says:

    mmm. You really can’t go wrong with chocolate for breakfast 🙂

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    Sally K says:

    Nothing could be finer – chocolate for breakfast!

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    Mary says:

    Chocolate gravy is the best for breakfast!

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    kim says:

    glad to see you back! congrats to both of you on your marriage. i am a fresh cranberry convert also.

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    kim says:

    sorry for the second post but do you have craisin raisinettes in the philly area? decadence!

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    Kimberly says:

    I grew up in a fresh cranberry sauce home, and have never understood the attraction of canned. We often make several varieties for the holidays, because we love trying new spices or other additions.

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    Hettar7 says:

    I’m not big on cranberries, but your description almost makes me want to try my hand at canning/preserving them. Hope your classes go well.

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    Caroline says:

    I just found your blog yesterday while looking for a tomatillo salsa recipe, and have added it to my list of food blogs. Good stuff!

    I’m also interested in the chocolate cookbook!

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    daisy mae says:

    @Caroline – that’s too funny – the exact same way I found this blog – looking fora tomatilo salsa recipe! And FYI – her recipe for roasted tomatilo salsa is simply divine!

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