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Giveaway: Wüsthof Clip Point Paring Knife

peach and paring knife

My grandma Bunny was an expert with a paring knife. She believed that fancy peelers and trimming tools were unnecessary if a paring knife would do instead. There were always one or two well-sharpened little blades on the magnetic strip near the stove and guests to her kitchen knew that future dinner invitations would be in peril should they mistreat her tools.

classic wusthof full knife

As an adult, I have also become attached to my collection of small, pointy-tipped, and serviceably sharp knives (though unlike Bunny, I often can’t resist picking up a new gadget or tool). As much as I love a good chef’s knife, I find that I reach for a paring knife far more throughout the day.

classic wusthof

Recently, I had the opportunity to add Wüsthof’s clip point paring knife to my magnetic strip and it’s become a favorite. The clipped tip gives it a bit of extra flexibility that helps with things like cutting the cores out of tomatoes and hulling strawberries.

Thanks to the nice folks at Wüsthof, I have one of these little paring knives to give away this week. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite kitchen tool is for handling summer produce.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, August 22, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, August 23, 2015.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents only (and is void where prohibited).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.

Disclosure: The folks from Wüsthof gave me my clip point paring knife at a press event I attended back in June as a review unit. They are also providing this giveaway unit. However, all the opinions I’ve expressed here are entirely true. 

Giveaway: Fante’s Fruit Ripener Bowl

ripener bowl with fruit

My grandma Bunny died more than 20 years ago, but my memory still holds a detailed image of her kitchen. The sink was under the windows on the left side of the room. The stove and wall oven were in the rear corner. And on the passthrough counter to the right of the entrance was where the covered plastic fruit bowl sat.

empty fruit ripener

In summer, the bowl would hold ripening peaches or apricots. In winter, persimmons would be tucked under the domed lid. Just about any time of year, a few Meyer lemons from her backyard would join the rest of the fruit. Often, there’s also be a honeydew melon perched nearby (they so rarely

bottom of fruit ripener

Recently, I got an email from the nice folks at Fante’s (a fabulous, family-owned kitchenwares store here in Philadelphia) asking if I might be interested in trying out their fruit ripening bowl. One look and I realized that it was just like the bowl that Bunny had used. I was sold before I even had a bowl in my hands.

angled fruit in bowl

The way it works is that the bowl helps retain and circulate the water vapor, ethylene gas, and carbon dioxide that the ripening fruit naturally release, helping improve and speed ripening. I’ve used it on several batches of fruit since having it in my kitchen and fine it particularly useful for softening rock hard avocados (tucking a banana in the bowl helps).

I have three of these handy bowls to give away this week. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share how you’d use the Fante’s Fruit Ripener.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, August 15, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, August 16, 2015.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents only (and is void where prohibited).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.

Disclosure: Fante’s provided the fruit ripening bowl you see pictured here at no cost to me and are also providing the giveaway units. No additional payment has been provided and all opinions expressed are my own. 

Monday Morning Odds and Ends

Maine blueberries

This weekend was an exercise in extremes for me. I spent all of Saturday engaged in the intensity of teaching. This activity took place in the classroom at the US Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., where I set up for two classes (wrangling 25 pounds of cooked beets and 50 pounds of raw carrots), taught for four hours, and then cleaned and packed up again.

Sunday, in comparison, was blessedly slow. We slept late, made pancakes, visited Scott’s mom, and took ourselves out for dinner. I also snuck away for an hour to take a walk with a dear friend. It was good.

I didn’t get a links and winners post up last night because somehow, I didn’t manage to collect any links last week (it’s rare, but does occasionally happen). So instead, I thought I’d drop in with a few updates and those Anolon Vesta braiser winners this morning. Here are the updates, in convenient list form.

  • I’m teaching a class in Carlisle, PA Tuesday evening. If you’re out that way, it’s still not too late to register. The class is from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and costs $15. Contact Deb Yorlets at 717-574-2217 to sign up.
  • There is still space in my Omega Institute (in Rhinebeck, NY) workshop at the end of the month. It’s August 28-30 and will be an immersive weekend of food preservation. If you want to join me, you can find all the details here.
  • My friend Joy and I launched a new podcast last week. Called Local Mouthful, it’s a half hour show devoted to food in Philadelphia and beyond. In the first episode, we talked about turkey burgers, Joy’s Dry July, and homemade pizza. You can listen here and subscribe here.
  • I’m going to be in Spokane August 20-23, hanging out with my husband as he attends Sasquan. I was thinking about trying to organize a canning meet-up while I’m in town. If you live in the Spokane region and would be interested in such a thing, leave a comment!

anolon braiser side

The winners of the Anolon Vesta 5-Quart Cast Iron Braiser are #79/Joy and #694/Alyson. Congratulations, ladies! To all of you who didn’t win, I will have another giveaway up later today, so stay tuned for that.

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Giveaway: Anolon Vesta Cast Iron 5 Quart Braiser

anolon braiser top

I have a minor cookware obsession. I shop thrift stores for old cast iron skillets. I scan yard sales for vintage Le Creuset or Cousances. And I pick up stainless steel skillets at discount stores, always in the hope of finding a piece that will eclipse all others.

anolon handle

Because of this preoccupation, I find that I’ve become something of a cookware attractor. One more than one occasion, strangers have walked up to me with gifts of grill pans and ancient canning kettles. And last spring at the IACP conference, I unwittingly chose a seat that had been marked as a winner in an Anolon Vesta 5-Quart Cast Iron Braiser giveaway.

anolon braiser side

I turned in the card that marked me as a winner (there were a number of us that day) along with my mailing information, and several weeks later, this lovely braiser arrived on my doorstep.

The outside is a shiny red and the interior sports a matte black enamel interior. The interior of the lid is studded with raised nubs that are designed to channel flavorful liquid back into the food as it cooks. It conducts heat beautifully, cleans up easily, and makes an excellent small batch jam pan.

anolon braiser lid tilted

Back in June, I ran into the ladies who help Anolon with their PR and gushed about how much I’ve enjoyed this piece of cookware. They were delighted to hear it and asked if I might like to give a couple of them away. I think I said yes before the question was even finished.

So that’s what I’m giving away this week. I have two of these Vesta Braisers for two of you. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me something about your cookware situation. Do you you have very pot and pan you’ve ever dreamed of? Are you a cast iron person, or do you prefer stainless steel? Or perhaps, you’re on a mission to find the perfect skillet to complete your batterie de cuisine.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, August 8, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, August 9, 2015.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents only (and is void where prohibited).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.

For more information about Anolon and their cookware, follow them on social media. Here’s where you can find them.

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube

Disclosure: Anolon is providing the two braisers I’m giving away at no cost to me. Additionally, the one you see photographed here was itself a giveaway prize, so I did not pay for it. However, no money has traded hands in order to bring this giveaway into being. This blog post exists simply because this is an excellent product and I’m happy to have an opportunity to share it with you guys. All opinions expresses are entirely my own. 

Links: Poached Tomatoes, Spicy Beans, and a Winner

marisa in a jar

For most of the year, my work is confined to my apartment, where I cook, take pictures, and write. Then summer comes and I spend vast swaths of time traveling to distance cities to teach, demonstrate, or collaborate. This last week was heavy on the traveling and collaborating.

I spent Wednesday and Thursday in San Francisco, filming a canning video with the crew from Brit + Co. From there, I flew a very indirect itinerary to Indiana, arriving on Friday morning for Saturday’s International Can-It-Forward day (which was totally delightful). I headed home on Sunday morning and was so happy to sleep in my own bed last night (blame the lateness of these links on my extreme weariness). Here are this week’s links!

Mrs. Wages mixes

The winner of the Mrs. Wages tomato mix giveaway is #275/Martha. I’ll be in touch shortly!

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Giveaway: Mrs. Wages Tomato Basket

Mrs. Wages mixes

Friends, the true start of tomato season is upon us. And what better way to get ready for tomato season than with a Mrs. Wages Tomato Mix giveaway.

You combine your fresh tomatoes with these mixes (they all have instructions on the back of the packet) and suddenly you’re a salsa, pasta sauce, and Bloody Mary mix master. I’ve used several of these mixes in the past to great success. They’re particularly helpful in that moment when you’re overwhelmed by tomatoes and need to do something that doesn’t require a great deal of thought.

The basket will contain an assortment of mixes, including pizza sauce, classic salsa, Bloody Mary, ketchup, and much more. If you’re interested in a chance to win this giant package of tomato canning goodness, here’s what you do.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me about your favorite way to preserve tomatoes. Are you a whole peeled person? Or perhaps all your tomatoes are dedicated to batches of tomato jam. There is no wrong answer.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, August 1, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, August 2, 2015.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents only (and is void where prohibited).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.

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Disclosure: Mrs. Wages is a Food in Jars sponsor and so kick in a bit of money to help support the work of this site. However, all opinions expressed are my own.