Classes, Folk Music + Giveaway

strawberry table

All over the country, farmers’ markets are opening, gardens are growing and edible abundance is pouring forth. Preserving season is here and what better way to get yourself on board to capture some of the summer season than to take a class with me! Classes will be held at Indy Hall, which is located at 20 N. 3rd Street, 2nd floor (sadly, Foster’s Homewares has shuttered, leaving a giant hole in the Philadelphia retail scene).

My classes are good both for people just starting out canning as well as those who have been doing it for awhile. I always hit the fundamentals of boiling water canning and also share the many tricks I’ve developed while standing over a steamy stove. Each class offers multiple opportunities to ask questions, so that each student can get the information they need from the experience.

For the complete schedule of classes, click here. There are still five spots available in my Rhubarb Chutney class this Saturday, May 15th. Each student who attends that class will receive a print-out of the recipe and a jar of the chutney we make in class. I still have a jar of this chutney that I made last year (I’ve been saving it just for this occasion), so we’ll also have a little snack of goat cheese, baguette and chutney to nibble while we work. Classes cost $39. Please email me at if you’d like to sign up.

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lovely raina

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have picked up the fact that my sister Raina is a musician. She’s been playing guitar since she was 9 years old and has been making her living (such as it is) as a performer for more than five years. Music is all she’s ever wanted to do.

She is currently a top contender in a contest held by The Recording Conservatory of Austin, but desperately needs more votes. Winning this contest would be an enormous boon to her career, so much so that I’m interrupting my endless stream of food chatter to ask you all to consider supporting her. It’s just what big sisters do.

Voting is easy.  CLICK HERE and vote for the Raina Rose Trio, which is Raina and her backup band. Right now she has a good chance of winning but it is competitive and every vote is important. Only one vote from each email address is allowed. There is nothing to join and you won’t be subscribed to a new mailing list.

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Now the giveaway. My birthday is Friday (wow, 31. How did that happen?) and I am hip deep in celebrations. Last night, my husband took me out for the most elegant (and expensive) meal of my life. Tomorrow, I’m having a cluster of friends and family over for a potluck (because I like nothing more than honoring a special moment over delicious food that has been made with love).

In order to share some of the joy with you, I’m giving away two copies of my very favorite canning book. Called So Easy to Preserve, this is the most referenced book on this site. It’s not a glossy book filled with pictures, it actually looks more like a community cookbook than anything else. However, whenever I want to try something new, this is the book that I look to first. The instructions are easy to follow and the explanations are written in a way that inspires confidence in the reader. If you are someone who takes your canning seriously, you must have a copy of this book on your shelf.

To enter yourself in this giveaway, leave a comment on this post and tell me what you’re most looking forward to about  summer foods. Whether it’s making your annual batch of peach butter, eating fresh raw peas or attending your neighborhood’s annual tomato festival, I want to read about it. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 16th. The winners will be posted Monday morning (I promise).

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186 Responses to Classes, Folk Music + Giveaway

  1. 151
    Neena says:

    As a resident of the South, I am craving garden fresh tomato sandwiches with just a sprinkling of coarse salt, Duke’s mayo (has to be Duke’s!), on white bread. Nothing tastes more like summer to me. And if I’m feeling fancy, maybe a few torn basil leaves. Even better!

  2. 152

    Rhubarb. Rhubarb with ginger, rhubarb cake, rhubarb pie, and finally, when summer’s just beginning to really show it’s yumminess, rhubarb and strawberry everything. Peaches, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries (preferably right from the backyard), and all smushed together with a whole lot of sugar to make jam. Yum. Summer.

  3. 153
    Rachel says:

    Raspberries! These are one of my favorite tastes of the summer. I generally eat them straight from the bush because they are just so good, but I do try to make a batch of triple berry jam every year (strawberries, blueberries and raspberries with white grape juice.)

  4. 154
    Sara says:

    Happy Birthday! Please enter me–I am most looking forward to berries–as I do every year.

  5. 155
    Jen says:

    Happy birthday! I saw corn at Whole Foods today–it’s way to early and who knows where it came from, but it did get me watered up for sweet corn with butter and salt in July and August. Yum.

  6. 156
    Dana says:

    I am so looking forward to seeing how my first garden works out and then learning how to can so I can preserve some of the harvest for some delicious meals for friends and family in the cooler months!

  7. 157
    pete says:

    Happy Birthday!

    Can always use another book,of course. And am looking most forward to peaches. They would be the one thing I’d ask for if we could get nothing else. Tomatoes would probably be more practical, but peaches are what I love the most.

  8. 158
    Carrie says:

    I am looking forward to cooking foods from the CSA we joined; to eat healthier (except for when we get our sweet corn, slathed with salt and butter)!

  9. 159
    Julie Gomez says:

    I am looking forward to my vegetable garden, raspberries, blueberries, rhubarb, and Concord grapes. I want to make flavored vinegars, buckles, and preserves, salads, and meals based on veggies.

    My gardens take me back to my grandparents and remind me of all the love that goes into a well nourished family.

  10. 160
    Nicole says:

    Joyeux anniversaire! Having recently relocated to Anchorage, Alaska from the San Francisco Bay Area, I vow to make the most of the short summer season here at the local farmers market and am looking forward to discovering different varieties of produce and other foods grown and raised here in Alaska. Rhubarb is native to Alaska, so I hope to eat plenty of it. Can you eat too much?!!

  11. 161
    Annie says:

    Happy Birthday, Marisa! Fingers crossed for the giveaway! 🙂

  12. 162
    Katrina says:

    Cherry tomatoes. *sighs happily* And fresh fruit, omg. I am craving blueberries for muffins like there’s no tomorrow.

  13. 163
    Jed says:

    Happy Birthday, Marisa!

    I’ve been racking my brain thinking of the one thing I’m most looking forward to, but really it’s eating whatever just got the dirt washed off from Earthkeeper Farm, our friends and CSA in Kent City, MI….

  14. 164
    Anna says:

    Happy Birthday! Its still a bit early for lots of fresh foods in maine, but I am dreaming of and ready for strawberries, snap peas, new potatoes, canning salsa later in the season when tomatoes are ready and maybe planting a garden for my mom.

  15. 165
    Debbie says:

    I’m looking forward to the intoxicating smell of fresh peaches and their fuzzy skin rubbing on my nose as I take a giant whiff of heaven. Happy Birthday Marisa!

  16. 166
    kimberly says:

    I’m looking forward to making jalapeno jelly from the jalapenos grown in my backyard. Last year was a first attempt. The jelly has been a huge hit with family and neighbors.

  17. 167
    Tammy B. says:

    I always so-look-foward to this time of year–picking wild blackberries (dewberries) with my Hun Bun along the roadsides where we live. We’ve sort-of made a tradition of it and we certainly do compete to see who picks the most!!! No matter what is going on, we pick every day we can for 2-3 weeks. Even when I went back to school in 2008 at age 43, we picked almost every day. I found it relaxing after working/studying all day to get out and pick. The result of our labors are soon turned into deliciously rich, almost seedless, wild dewberry jelly. It took me years of practice to perfect the recipe I use. Happy birthday!!! I would *love* to win the book!!! : )

  18. 168
    Stephanie says:

    Farmer’s Market! I love everything about it…the music, the veggies, the birdhouses…the flowers…it’s all good 🙂

  19. 169
    michelle in colorado says:

    I am looking forward to fresh peaches from Palisade and fresh corn.

  20. 170
    sharon says:

    – “looking forward to anything GREEN ,its been a long winter, can’t wait to get out there!

  21. 171
    Lyn says:

    This is my second year learning to garden on a large scale, and I am so excited about every element of the process! I live in Vermont, which means I’ve had seedlings on my windowsill for a few months now. (Can’t plant ’em for a while yet, as the weather keeps surprising us and snowing in May. Gak.) Watching the hundreds of plants grow day by day – and try to take over the apartment – has been investing me in the process like never before. I can’t wait to get down into the earth and start our massive garden plan! I am SO looking forward to tomatoes; almost the entire state was hit with late blight last year and we lost our whole crop.

  22. 172
    Courtney P. says:

    I’m looking forward most to snapping the ends off of fresh green beans! As a child that was my job when my grandmother was getting ready to can green beans. I would step up on a stool, hover over the sink, and snap! snap! snap! until all the beans were ready to go. To this day there is still sentimental value and something so gratifying about the process! I have just recently found your blog and I am picking up all kinds of new ideas! Thank you for your posts!

  23. 173
    Heather Baumbach says:

    This is the first year that I am trying my hand at gardening AND canning and I can’t be more excited! I’ve been hunting through second-hand stores for jars and researching for good canning books. My first item I will be canning is pickled green beans fresh from the garden. I can’t wait.

  24. 174
    Leisha says:

    Blueberries and berry-picking… and rhubarb, it takes a bit to get going out here in Newfoundland!!

  25. 175
    anduin says:

    I hope you had a happy birthday. My birthday was Saturday, so we are almost twins. My birthday present was help planting the garden. This summer I am looking forward to getting what I can out of the garden before we have to move in September.

  26. 176
    Sarah J says:

    I am most looking forward to visiting local u-pick farms and meeting the farmers and seeing first-hand the products of their immense labor (and love)! I will eat fresh what I am able, but I mostly like the process of ‘putting up’ my harvests. Winter months are long in Wisconsin, and there are few things that bring as much pleasure as popping open jars of summer produce! I’m down to the last few jars of a not-so-yummy chutney, and am anxious to try again with a different recipe!

  27. 177

    i am looking forward to our texas peaches. i have it in mind to pickle some for thanksgiving!

  28. 178
    kaela says:

    Tomato, cucumber and feta salad. I could live on it!

  29. 179
    Lindsay says:

    I’m looking forward to actually making my grandmother’s canned spaghetti sauce recipe with local veggies. 🙂 And hopefully peaches off the trees in our backyard (if the bugs don’t eat them first).

  30. 180
    Kat says:

    I’m looking forward to cherries and tomatoes – especially the tomatoes that will hopefully be growing in my garden!

  31. 181
    Leah says:

    I am really looking forward to tomatoes! And this year I want to can salsa and tomato sauce, and maybe gazpacho (if that can be canned?). Yum!

  32. 182
    ephrat says:

    super ripe peaches at the farmers market!

  33. 183
    Hettar7 says:

    Well, for the past several years I’ve been fortunate enough to have a large garden. Not so this year. I only have a few tomatos, some peppers, and two eggplants. So what I’m looking forward to most are those first ripe tomatoes. I’ll be making bacon and tomato sandwiches baby, hold the lettuce and bring on the mayo!

    Your sister is a good singer, btw. You were a good sister by posting, I voted for her and her band. Hope they win.

  34. 184
    Stephanie Joseph says:

    I am looking forward to the fresh food out of my garden! Right now it is full of tiny plants, but I know in a short time, I’ll be eating yummy veggies! And maybe canning a few!

  35. 185
    Jennifer Horon says:

    Fresh garden tomatoes and herbs…lovely herbs.

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