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Upcoming Events: Cornwall and Hudson, NY!

Eight jars of pressure canned beets from a workshop at the Omega Institute.

The canning workshop at Omega this past weekend was so good. I had eight participants who were curious, engaged, and excited about cooking, making, and canning. We made a dozen different preserves (and some semi-dehydrated fruit – there was a little snafu with the dehydrator) in just 12 active hours. I left feeling so invigorated and inspired to do more weekend-long, hands-on workshops.

I’ll be up in the Hudson Valley through July 4 and I have two more in the region if you happened to be based up here. Details are below. I hope some of you can make it!

(PS – I didn’t manage to write a link round-up post this weekend, but the winner of the Opinel giveaway last week is #279/Maura. Congratulations!)

Tuesday, June 28 (Cornwall, NY)
I’ll be at the Cornwall Public Library in Cornwall, NY for a canning demo and book signing. The demo starts at 6:30 pm and the program will last about an hour. Afterwards, I’ll have copies of all three of my books available for sale and, as always, I’ll be delighted to sign them.

Wednesday, June 29 (Hudson, NY)
Two years ago I taught a workshop at Valley Variety in Hudson, and I liked it so much that we’re doing it again! This time, we’ll be making two recipes from Naturally Sweet Food in Jars (Vanilla Peach Jam and Tomato Chutney) and digging in the details of preserving with natural sweeteners. I’m also bringing an assortment of preserves from my pantry, that shop owner Chuck will pair with cheese and wine. The class is from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and costs $50 per person. Register here.

For my complete calendar, click here.

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Upcoming Events: Omega Institute! Cornwall Public Library! Valley Variety!

farmers market cabbages

Happy summer, friends! I hope you all had good weekends, bursting with good food and father’s day celebrations. I’m dropping in this morning with a quick reminder of some of my upcoming events. I head to the Hudson Valley on Friday morning and I’ll be in the area through the holiday weekend for a family wedding. As is my habit, I’m combining vacation with a workshop, a library event, and a hands-on class.

Tuesday, June 21 (Maywood, NJ)
I’m headed up to the Maywood Public Library in Maywood, NJ for a free canning demo and book signing. I’ll be making a small batch of Strawberry Cocoa Jam and will answer all your burning canning questions. The demo starts at 7 pm and will last about an hour. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26 (Rhinebeck, NY)
This is my weekend-long canning workshop at the Omega Institute. We’ll make 10-12 preserves and will dive deep into the minutia of food preservation. There are actually a few spots still available in the workshop and we welcome last-minute registrations. Details and registration information here.

Tuesday, June 28 (Cornwall, NY)
I’ll be at the Cornwall Public Library in Cornwall, NY for a canning demo and book signing. The demo starts at 6:30 pm and the program will last about an hour. Afterwards, I’ll have copies of all three of my books available for sale and, as always, I’ll be delighted to sign them.

Wednesday, June 29 (Hudson, NY)
Two years ago I taught a workshop at Valley Variety in Hudson, and I liked it so much that we’re doing it again! This time, we’ll be making two recipes from Naturally Sweet Food in Jars (Vanilla Peach Jam and Tomato Chutney) and digging in the details of preserving with natural sweeteners. I’m also bringing an assortment of preserves from my pantry, that shop owner Chuck will pair with cheese and wine. The class is from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and costs $50 per person. Register here.

For my complete calendar, click here. 

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Cookbook Fair at Headhouse Square Farmers Market

Food in Jars and Preserving by the Pint at Headhouse Square

Quick note, Philly-area friends! This Sunday, June 19, I will be at the Headhouse Square Farmers Market from 10 am until 2 pm with a few other local cookbook authors for a small book fair.

The other authors scheduled to appear are Amanda Feifer (Ferment Your Vegetables), Jax Peters Lowell (The Gluten-Free Revolution), and Michael Solomonov (Zahav). Jill Ross from The Cookbook Stall at Reading Terminal Market will be on hand to sell books. Come out and say hi!

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Free Canning Class at the Easton Public Market

strawberries in a pot

Attention Lehigh Valley area readers! I need your help! This Monday, June 13, I am going to be recording a canning video in the demo kitchen at the Easton Public Market. At 3 pm that day, we want to film a canning class in action, and for that, we need a live audience.

We need 5-8 people who are willing to hang out for an hour, watch as I demonstrate how to make jam, and who are okay with the possibility of briefly being on camera (the hour we film will probably get edited down to just a couple of minutes). In return for your help, I will bring an assortment of preserves and send each participant home with a jar of something delicious.

If you’re able to come and join us on Monday, use the form below to sign up. Thank you!

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Last Call for Food Preservation Workshop at the Omega Institute

Field at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY.

Friends, consider this a workshop last call. In a little over two weeks, I’m teaching a weekend-long food preservation workshop at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. It starts on Friday, June 24 and runs through Sunday, June 26. We’ll make between 10 and 12 different products and will dig into a variety of skills, including jam making, pickling, fermenting, drying, pressure canning, hot packed fruit pieces, natural sweeteners, and more.

Currently, there are just four people signed up for this workshop, so it’s going to be an intimate session. It’s a particularly great opportunity for anyone who needs to learn through doing. You’ll have the chance to get your hands on everything we make, and I will share everything I know.

In addition to being a really fun weekend of food preservation knowledge, the Omega Institute is also a truly gorgeous, restorative place (as you can see from the photo above). In between our canning sessions, you can walk around the grounds, get a massage, treat yourself to locally made ice cream, meditate, or sit peacefully by a lake. If you’re in need of a escape from your regular life and want to spend some of taking a relaxing, deep dive into canning and preserving, this weekend is for you.

For information, or to register for the workshop, click here.

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Upcoming Events: A Week in the Chicago Area

jars at chicago food swap

Hello Chicago area readers! I am headed your way very, very soon and want to make sure that you know about all the various events, demos, and book signings I’m going to be doing while in your fine region. Please mark your calendars, tell your friends, and come say hi while I’m in town.

Oh, and books will be available for sale at all these events, so no need to get a copy ahead of time. That said, I am also always entirely happy to sign copies you already own, so make sure to bring those too!

Sunday, June 5
Chicago Botanic Garden! Canning demo and book signing in the Garden Kitchen Amphitheater. 10:30 a.m. Admission is free but seating is limited, so get there early!

Monday, June 6
Mundelein, IL! Canning demo and book signing at the Fremont Public Library. 6:30 pm. Free.

Tuesday, June 7
Gurnee, IL! Canning demo and book signing at the Warren-Newport Public Library. 6:30 pm. Free. Register here.

Wednesday, June 8
Lake Zurich, IL! Canning demo and book signing at the Ela Public Library. 6:30 pm. Free.

Thursday, June 9
Northfield, IL! I’ll be speaking at a luncheon starting at 11:30 am to benefit Canning for Kids and The Ferrer Foundation. More details here. Buy your ticket here!
Chicago, IL! Later that evening, I’m teaming up with Local Foods and Read It and Eat from 6-7:30 pm for canning demo and book signing. This event is free, but we ask that you sign up in advance.

Friday, June 10
Chicago, IL! Canning demo and book signing at The Chopping Block’s Merchandise Mart location. 5:30-6:30 pm. Free.

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