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Upcoming Events, Food Swaps, and the new Food in Jars FB Community

Upcoming classes, pickling demos, food swaps, and news about an online Food in Jars community! A tasty assortment for a gloomy Tuesday afternoon!

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I always feel a little bit of a let down in the days after Thanksgiving. There’s so much excitement and anticipation in advance (particularly when you work in the world of food writing) and then it’s over and all you’ve got left is a pot of soup (if you’re lucky).

In order to bring a little pep back into my step, I thought it would be nice to share a few fun things with you all.

Next Thursday, December 8, I’ll be teaching my final class of the year at the Easton Public Market. We’ll make Maple Sweetened Cranberry Apple Jam and everyone will go home with a small jar of the preserves made in class. 6 to 8 pm. $30. Sign up here.

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On Sunday, December 11, I’ll be at the Hazon Food Festival. I’ll be there to moderate the opening panel (10:45 to 11:30 am), sign books in the marketplace (12:45 to 1:15 pm), and teach a pickling workshop (2:30 to 3:15 pm). The event runs from 10 am to 6:30 and the full day registration costs $25 for adults, $15 for students, and $10 for kids (they also have family packages on offer). Click for more information and registration details.

This Sunday, December 4 I’ll be at the 5th anniversary party for the Philly Food Swap group out the Weavers Way Garage in Mt. Airy. It’s both a food swap and potluck and goes from 3-6 pm (we’ll swap first and then dig into the potluck spread). It’s a free event and everyone is welcome, whether you’re a regular food swapper or this is your very first time. Details and sign-up for here.

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Recently, I started a Facebook group for readers of this site. Simply called the Food in Jars Community, I’m hoping that it will become a place where you all can go to have conversations with one another about canning, preserving, and home cooking. Years ago, we had a lot of good give and take on the main Food in Jars FB page, but they’ve changed the functionality of those pages so that they’re no longer useful as a place for discourse.

Currently the group is listed as closed, but I will happily approve any requests for membership. I’ll be keeping a careful eye on the conversations and will jump in on a daily basis to answer questions and join in the discussion. Please consider joining!

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Upcoming Events: Exeter Community Library, Cherry Grove Farm, Urban Farmer, and more!

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This is it. My final six events of 2016. I do so hope that you folks will mark your calendar and make a point of coming out to taste, dine, and cook with me!

Thursday, November 3 (Exeter, PA)
I’m returning to the Reading area for a autumn-themed canning demonstration at the Exeter Community Library. I’ll be making honey-sweetened Cranberry Apple Jam and will have books available for sale and signature. 6-8 pm. Free.

Saturday, November 5 (Lawrence Township, NJ)
Fellow food writer Tenaya Darlington and I will be at Cherry Grove Farm for their annual Cow Parade Festival. I’ll do a short canning demo, and Tenaya will pair some of my preserves with the cheeses they make at Cherry Grove. We’ll both also have books on hand for sale and signature. 3 pm.

Tuesday, November 15 (Philadelphia)
I’m teaming up with modern steakhouse Urban Farmer for a night designed to showcase Naturally Sweet Food in Jars. From 6-9 pm, you’ll be able to order a special three-course menu inspired by the book. The full menu is available for $50 or a la carte. It will include Salmon Crudo with parsley-fennel relish ($16), Pork Tenderloin glazed with apricot-gochujang barbecue sauce and served with daikon-carrot pickle ($32), Poached Pear Shortbread with cardamom-pear jam and vanilla ice cream ($9)

I’ll also be on hand with books available for sale and signature. It will be a really fun night of eating and I do hope that some of you come out!

Wednesday, November 16 (Glassboro, NJ)
My last library demo of the year is at the Glassboro branch of the Gloucester County Library. I’ll show you how to make a naturally sweetened autumn-themed preserve and will have books on hand for sale and signature. 7 to 8:30 pm. Free.

Thursday, December 1 (Easton, PA)
My final class of the year is at the Easton Public Market. We’ll make Maple-sweetened Cranberry Apple Jam and everyone will go home with a small jar of the preserves made in class. 7 to 9 pm. $30. Sign up here.

Sunday, December 11 (Philadelphia)
And, for my final event of the year, I’ll be doing a canning demo at the Hazon Food Festival. I’ll be there signing books in the marketplace and to offer a pickling workshop. The event runs from 10 am to 6:30 and the full day registration costs $25 for adults, $15 for students, and $10 for kids (they also have family packages on offer). Click for more information and registration details.

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Upcoming Events: Fante’s! Terrain! Morris Arboretum!

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Friends! It’s hard to believe, but I have just nine events left in 2016. Help me make this final handful of classes, demos, and gatherings fun and successful! Mark your calendars, tell your friends, and come out and say hi!

Saturday, October 8 (South Philadelphia)
You’ll find me at Fante’s in the Italian Market from 11 am to 3 pm. I’ll be demonstrating how to make pear vanilla jam (a fresh demo starts every hour on the hour) and will have samples for tasting. I’ll also be signing books and answering canning questions. If you’ve never been to Fante’s, it is an independently owned kitchenwares store that is very much worth a visit.

Saturday, October 15 (Glen Mills, PA)
I’m teaching a canning class at Terrain at Styer’s. This gorgeous shop and garden center is a fabulous place to visit during the fall (so many gourds and pumpkins). In this class, we’ll collaboratively make a large batch of Pear Jam with Cinnamon and Vanilla and everyone will go home with a small jar. $25. Sign up here.

Sunday, October 16 (Chestnut Hill, PA)
The Bloomfield Farm at the Morris Arboretum is having their Fall Farm Day and I will be there from 12 noon to 4 pm demonstrating how to make honey sweetened jams and signing books.

Saturday, October 29 (Chestnut Hill, PA)
I’ll be back at the Morris Arboretum, this time for a canning class! In this morning workshop, I’ll show you how to make honey sweetened jams that are set with Pomona’s Pectin. Everyone who takes this class will go home with a small jar of the jam we made in class, along with a packet of information so that they can go home and do it themselves! 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. $40-45. Sign up here.

Thursday, November 3 (Exeter, PA)
I’m returning to the Reading area for a autumn-themed canning demonstration at the Exeter Community Library. I’ll be making honey-sweetened Cranberry Apple Jam and will have books available for sale and signature. 6-8 pm. Free.

Saturday, November 5 (Lawrence Township, NJ)
Fellow food writer Tenaya Darlington and I will be at Cherry Grove Farm for their annual Cow Parade Festival. I’ll do a short canning demo, and Tenaya will pair some of my preserves with the cheeses they make at Cherry Grove. We’ll both also have books on hand for sale and signature. Time TBD.

Tuesday, November 15 (Philadelphia)
I’m teaming up with the crew from Urban Farmer for a night of preserve-inspired menu items. More details to come! 6-9 pm.

Wednesday, November 16 (Glassboro, NJ)
My last library demo of the year is at the Glassboro branch of the Gloucester County Library. I’ll show you how to make a naturally sweetened autumn-themed preserve and will have books on hand for sale and signature. 7 to 8:30 pm. Free.

Thursday, December 1 (Easton, PA)
My final class of the year is at the Easton Public Market. We’ll make apple preserves and everyone will go home with a small jar of the preserves made in class. 7 to 9 pm. $30. Sign up here.

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Upcoming California Events: Pacific Grove! Healdsburg! San Francisco! Oakland!

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Hello canners! On Wednesday, I’m hitting the road for the final big push of my Naturally Sweet Food in Jars book tour! This last flurry of events is taking place in California. If you live in or around one of the towns or cities I’ll be visiting, please mark your calendars and tell your friends!

Thursday, September 15 (Pacific Grove)
I’m kicking this trip off with a demonstration-style canning class at Happy Girl Kitchen (173 Central Avenue). I’ll show you how to make my strawberry cocoa jam, which is sweetened with coconut sugar and is set with Pomona’s Pectin and will talk about using natural sweeteners in canning. The event is from 6:30-8:30 pm and costs $35 (that free includes a copy of my new book). Sign up here.

Saturday, September 17 (Healdsburg)
Next, you’ll find me up north in Somona County, offering a hands-on canning workshop at the Shed Grange in Healdsburg (25 North Street). This workshop is from 1-3 pm and costs $60. Students will go home with a jar of preserves and a coupon for 10% off of SHED purchases. Register here.

Sunday, September 18 (San Francisco)
I’ll be at the Fort Mason Farmers Market (2 Marina Boulevard) from 10 am to 1 pm. The plan is that I will do a jam making demonstration every hour, on the hour, starting at 10 am. I’ll also samples of jam on hand for tasting, as well as books for sale and signature. Free!

Monday, September 19 (Fremont)
You’ll find me at The Nursery at Dale Hardware (3700 Thornton Avenue) at 6:30 pm. I’ll make a batch of jam and will offer plenty of time for questions (so come prepared with your quandries). Sign up by calling 510-797-3700. Free!

Tuesday, September 20 (San Francisco)
I’ll be at the San Francisco Public Library (100 Larkin Street), in the Latino/Hispanic Rooms A&B from 6-7:30 pm. I’ll demonstrate how to make a small batch of naturally sweetened jam and will have books on hand for sale and signature.

Wednesday, September 21 (Oakland)
The last stop on my California tour is a demo-style class and book signing at Pollinate Farm & Garden (2727 Fruitvale Avenue) from 6:30-8:30 pm. $17.50. Sign up here.

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Upcoming Events: Fayetteville, Atlanta, and Nashville!

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Attention southern canners! I am headed your way this weekend! If you’re in (or near) Fayetteville (AR), Atlanta, or Nashville, please mark your calendars, sign up for classes, and come out to say hi!

Saturday, August 27 (Fayetteville, AR)
I’ll be offering a canning and preserving demo at the Fayetteville Roots Festival. I’ll be at the Festival Plaza at 2 pm and will have books for sale and signature.

Saturday, September 3 (Decatur and Atlanta, GA)
11:15 – 12 noon, you’ll find me at demonstrating at the Decatur Book Festival. After the demo is over, I’ll be signing books! Then, from 3 to 4:30, I’ll be at Atlanta Botanical Garden, teaching a demo-style class. Registration info here. So much fun in a single day!

Sunday, September 4 (Chattahoochee Hills, GA)
I’ll be at the Bosch Experience Center in Serenbe for a five course Prepared Pantry Dinner. Every course of the meal is based on a recipe from Naturally Sweet. Thanks go to Lyn Deardorff from Preserving Now for making this event happen! 4-7 pm. $75 (which includes a copy of my new book). Get your tickets here.

Tuesday, September 6 (Nashville, TN)
I’ll be teaching a demo-style class at Green Door Gourmet. The class is from 5-7 pm and is $35. We’ll have copies of my books on hand for sale and signature. Register here.

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Tomato Classes with Weaver’s Way and Greensgrow

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This post is for my Philly-area readers! I’ve been posted and tweeting about my upcoming events in large, round-up posts, but I wanted to take a minute to pull out two upcoming tomato-centric classes and make sure that you all don’t miss them.

On Wednesday, August 24, I’ll be out in Chestnut Hill with my friends from Weaver’s Way for a class focused on safely making and preserving homemade salsa. This class is from 7-9 pm and costs $30. You can register here.

Then, on Saturday, September 10, I’ll be up in Fishtown with the folks from Greensgrow for another tomato-focused class. In this one, we’ll make tomato jam. This one is from 12-2 pm and costs $35. The registration form is here.

In both of these classes, we’ll dig into the nuts and bolts of safe tomato preservation. We’ll talk about acidification, proper use of the boiling water bath, and I’ll talk you through how to preserve tomatoes in other styles. You’ll also go home with small jars of the preserves we make in class, along with a useful packet of tomato canning information.

I hope to see some of you at these classes!

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