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Links: Berry Jams, Pickles, and Winners

It's apricot season! A half bushel is seconds is all mine!

Oh friends. Canning season is on so hard right now. I have 25 pounds of apricots spread out on baking sheets on my living room floor, and I have four pounds of super ripe peaches on my kitchen counter. There are dilly beans fermenting on the dining room table, and I put a finished half gallon of kosher dills into the fridge. I both love and am totally overwhelmed by this time of year. Now, links!

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I missed announcing winners in the Ball Blue Book giveaway from last week, so I’m going to double up and include those here as well as the winners in the Chalk Tops giveaway.

So, first the Ball Blue Book winners. They are #6/Rebecca, #75/Barbara Durkee, and #297/Eileen.

The Chalk Top winners are #37/Susie, #89/Deb, and #198/Sarah. Thanks to everyone who entered both these giveaways. I’ll have another fun one up tomorrow!

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Canning with Taste of Home Cooking School & Cooking Up a Story

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Friends! I have two fun video-centric things to share with you. The first is that back at the beginning of May, I spent a day in a video studio in Connecticut co-hosting a series of canning how-to videos with the folks from the Taste of Home Cooking School.

My co-host was the delightful Nicki Sizemore and we spent the day making strawberry jam, a mixed pickle, and other tasty things. The Canning and Preserving course we recorded that day is now available for purchase and costs just $15. If you learn best by seeing other people do and demonstrate, this is a good one for you.

The other video news is that there’s a new piece from Cooking up a Story that features me! Rebecca and I met up last summer when I was in Portland and she saved some of the canning goodness we recorded that day for this season.

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Links: Cherries, Chick Pea Crackers, and Winners

It's sour cherry day! Thanks for growing such great fruit, @3springsfruit!

I’m not sure when it started, but somewhere in the last few years, I started marking the passage of summer by seasonal fruit. And so by the fruit calendar, summer is flying by (despite the fact that it only officially started today). Rhubarb and strawberries are gone and the cherries are present but they last so briefly. I’m just grateful that there’s still so much more wonderful stuff to come. Now, links.

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Time to announce the winners in last week’s wildly popular Fillmore Container giveaway! They are #51/Marie and #802/Kristine. Thank you all for taking the time to enter!

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Links: Cherries, Pickles, and a Winner

oatmeal with roasted rhubarb

No matter what the calendar says, summer has arrived (at least in Philadelphia). Cherries are here and I spotted the very first apricots at the farmers market on Saturday. I bought my first watermelon on Thursday and I’ve been scooping up garlic scapes everywhere I see them. This time of year makes me so darn happy. Now, links!

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It was so fun to hear about all your favorite pickles this week! The winner of the Mrs. Wages Perfect Pickle Sampler is #222/Peggy P. Hope you have fun with all those pickle spices and mixes, Peggy!

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Links: Strawberries, Cauliflower Hummus, and a Winner

If you happened to see a woman carrying a flat of strawberries through Center City earlier today, chances are it was me. These beauties were from the fair food farmstand. #strawberries #localproduce

This last week was blissfully mellow. I played tourist with a dear friend who was visiting, managed to get to the bottom of my overflowing inbox, and took care of some necessary household tasks like laundry and car maintenance. I also finished a book for the first time in a couple weeks. It was good. Now, links!

Drift Away Coffee

The winner of the Driftaway Coffee giveaway is #47/Kari K. Thank you all for taking the time to enter!

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Links: Strawberries, Rhubarb, and Winners

Half of yesterday strawberries have become a big batch of low sugar strawberry vanilla jam. #foodinjars #strawberries #localproduce

This last weekend was a good one. On Saturday morning, I wandered my favorite farmers market and turned a flat of berries into batches of strawberry vanilla jam and strawberry butter. Annelies stayed with us on Saturday night and we went out for a unhurried brunch this morning. A few hours after she left, I picked my dear friend Andrea up at the train station. We met the very first day of college and have been close ever since. She lives in Southern California, so we don’t get to see each other often, but whenever we do, it’s as if no time has passed. Now, links!

The winners in last week’s Candy in a Jar giveaway are #33/Alicia, #86/Madeleine, and #104/Sandy. Thanks to all who shared their favorite sweet preserves!

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