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!
- Slow roasted tomato bacon jam. Sounds pretty darn divine.
- Oven roasted garden tomato sauce for the freezer. I need some of this.
- Making pickles, with pretty pictures.
- Processing pickles the low temperature pasteurization way.
- Jam as steak sauce (or dipping sauce!). Such a good way to use it up.
- Rose hip jam. I spotted so many of these in Maine last week and desperately wanted to harvest them. Sadly, they were all on private property.
- The new guidelines for canning jar lids. I have some things to say about this, but I’m still pulling my thoughts together.
- Prepping and preserving hatch chiles.
- Elderberry liqueur (posted on an excellent new blog called Imprecise Mixology. It’s about interesting cocktails, with a little preserving and infusing mixed in).
- Prickly pears – how to harvest them and what to do with them once you’ve got them!
- Some thoughts on ketchup.
- Tips on how to harvest blackberries.
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.