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Links: Figs, Peaches, Tomatoes, and Winners

It's tomato week round these parts. I've got 75 pounds of seconds to work through!

This last week was something of a strange one for me. I got back from Fayetteville on Monday evening, planning to have an intensely productive week. But then, on Tuesday my computer took a glass of water to the logic board and all bets were off. My husband set me up on an old machine so that I could work some, but the whole thing threw me for a major loop.

I think there were some good lessons in there about slowing down (maybe that would have prevented the accident in the first place) and giving myself a break (I am notoriously bad at relaxing), but it was an uncomfortable way to learn. Happily, the computer is back from the Apple spa and I feel like I’m cooking with gas (technologically speaking, at least). Now, links!

blossom ucaps

The winners of last week’s Spice Ratchet Blossom uCap are…

Congratulations to all the winners! And for all of you who didn’t win, stay tuned. I’ll have another fun giveaway up tomorrow!

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Links: Pickles, Tomatoes, and a Mrs. Wages Winner

He just made his first jar of pickles! I am kvelling.

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!

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.

berry prize pack

The winner in last week’s Mrs. Wages berry basket giveaway is #109/Karen Carsley. So many thanks to everyone who entered! And stay tuned, I’ll have another fun giveaway up this week!

Links: Fermenters, Pickles, and a Winner

My food swap offering tonight? Salted butterscotch squares and Italian plum star anise jam.

I spent the weekend in Orlando at the Food and Wine Conference (it’s put on by the team behind Sunday Supper). I gave a short talk, but mostly spent my time catching up with Maggie and Merry Jennifer, and soaking up all the good knowledge and experience that the rest of the presenters and bloggers had to share. It was good and I’m so glad I went. Now, links!

felix doolittle labels

Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter the Felix Doolittle giveaway! The winner is #159/Erin. She said, “Oh what beautiful labels! I would choose the fox branch label.” Happily, you’ll be able to just that, Erin! Enjoy!

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Links: Pink Pickles, Cherry Rhubarb Jam, and a Winner

Honey sweetened peach jam! Freshly made and ready for tasting at the Ambler Farmers Market!

I hit the wall this weekend. In a single 48 hour period, I taught one class, did three farmers market demos, and had a book store signing. By the time I left my last event today, I was entirely spent. So much so that I accidentally left my soaking jam pan in the grass when I drove away. Thankfully, one of the nice market organizers noticed my error and they’re holding my equipment until I can get back out there and claim it. Such is life!

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A few nice mentions of Preserving by the Pint!

handmade gatherings cover

Thanks to everyone who took the time to share their stories of beloved parties and potlucks. The winner of the copy of Ashley English’s new book Homemade Gatherings is #151/Robin. She said, “I love potlucks – otherwise I worry about stuff during the whole event instead of just making sure there are enough plates and utensils and then enjoying my guests.” 

Robin, here’s hoping that this book helps you enjoy your guests even more!

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Links: Strawberries, Dill Pesto, and a Winner

Open faced sandwiches and my current cookbook obsession.

I landed in Portland on Thursday night and have spent the last few days hanging out with my parents and doing a handful of book events (here’s the segment I did on the local morning show, if you want to watch!). This week, I’m continuing my mad dash up and down the west coast. Eugene tomorrow, Seattle Wednesday and Thursday, and San Francisco Friday through Sunday. Now, links!

pint and a half products

Last week’s giveaway of goodies from The Pint and a Half was lots of fun and the winner is #124/Melissa. She said that her favorite way to cool down this summer is, “Iced jasmine tea, with a slice of lemon or lime!” Sounds like a lovely sip to me! 

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Links: Pickled Fruit, Book Reviews, and a Winner

Making honey sweetened strawberry jam at Farmers@Firehouse.

This trip to Columbus and Pittsburgh has been totally wonderful. In Columbus, I stayed with Faith (and got to see her amazing kitchen), taught in a beautiful space, and discovered that Columbus might possibly have the best thrift stores in all of the US. I think I’m a little bit in love with Columbus.

Here in PGH, I’ve gotten to know the wonderful folks from the Pittsburgh Canning Exchange, peeked into the preserves room at Legume Bistro (they had jar after jar of smoked rhubarb ketchup!), and got some quality time in with one of my dearest friends. All in all, not a bad stretch of travel.

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A few nice things about Preserving by the Pint!

Core Kitchen tools

The winner of the Core Kitchen giveaway is #416/e, who said, “I like my flat wooden spoon. Regular spoons don’t touch enough surface area in the pan, but I have one that is flat at the end and cut on an angle and it is perfect. I’m tempted to cut all my wooden spoons that way! But, I’d give the silicone variety a try.”

E, I think you’ll like these tools!

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