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Links: Rhubarb, Blueberries, and a Winner

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Last week’s trip to Chicago was so terrific. I did seven events in six days, caught up with friends, helped raise money for the Ferrer Foundation, and met so many of you lovely folks. I got home on Saturday morning, and have spent the last 36 hours doing laundry, catching up with work, and spending time with my husband (he’s such a good sport about my frequent travels). Now, links!

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The winner of last week’s Mrs. Wages giveaway is #161/Lily Walbridge.

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Hear Me Each Week on Local Mouthful

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Did you know that I make a podcast called Local Mouthful? Each week, my friend and co-host Joy Manning and I sit down at my dining room table or hers, and spend half an hour talking about a wildly broad range of food topics (including things like cookbooks, favorite seasonal ingredients, how to reclaim your kitchen routine, homemade pizza, and much more).

Part of what makes Local Mouthful unique is the fact that Joy and I have known one another for a very long time. We met back in 2003, when we worked together at a non-profit in the Philadelphia. We were both lowly assistants and ended up bonding over our shared misery. I left the job, we lost touch for awhile, and when we reconnected, we’d both stumbled into food writing jobs. We’ve been friends ever since.

Each episode of Local Mouthful is about half an hour long. You can listen directly on the website, or you can subscribe via iTunes or whichever other podcast app you most enjoy. It’s great company for walks, commutes, or any time you want some cheerful voices with you while you make dinner. Hopefully you’ll check it out!

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A Canning Tee-Shirt to Benefit Seed Life Skills

Green canning tee-shirt with an image of canning jars on the front

Do you want to get an awesome canning tee-shirt and do some good? Here’s how.

Yesterday, Liana Krissoff, author of Canning for a New Generation*, launched a campaign on Teespring to help raise money for Seed Life Skills by selling cool canning tee-shirts. They are a nonprofit organization that is working to develop a home ec curriculum that is useful and relevant for today’s students (you might even say that it’s Home Ec for a New Generation).

Seed Life Skills was founded by Hugh Acheson after his disappointment with what his daughter was learning in her home ec program. After complaining to school administration, they challenged him to do it better and so he did. The students will learn any array of practical skills, like how to cook with real, whole food, how to minimize waste, how to can and preserve, how to mend their clothes, and also how to manage minor financial tasks like picking the best cell phone contract.

The program is launching this year in Athens, Georgia and the hope is that it will roll out across the country over the next couple of years. There is more about Seed Life Skills here.

Wanting to help, Liana teamed up with designer Jake Genen and he created the canning tee-shirt you see above. There are several versions up on Teespring and if enough people place orders, they will go into production. All the proceeds (minus taxes) will be donated to Seed Life Skills. The shirts are available until Thursday, June 16 at 11 pm.

*A new edition of Canning for a New Generation will be published next month, so if you’re thinking of pulling the trigger on a copy, consider waiting for the new one!

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Links: Chicago Events, Strawberry Jam, and Winners

steamy strawberry jam

Yesterday morning, I hopped on a plane. Destination? Chicago! I’m in this lovely city for the next week, offering canning demos and signing books all around the city and surrounding suburbs. I was at the Botanic Garden this morning for a 10:30 am demo (after I was done, I had the good fortune to walk around the garden with a friend in the glorious weather). The rest of the schedule for my Illinois stay can be found here. Now, some links!

Broth & Stock cover - Food in Jars

I’ve got two giveaways to close up tonight! The first is the All-Clad D5 giveaway that launched two weeks ago. The winner there is #77/Sherri M.

The other is the Broth & Stock giveaway that ran last week. The winner there is #119/Joyce Almeida.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another giveaway, so stay tuned!

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Links: Small Batches, Granola, and Winners

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This past week was on the quieter side of things, filled with the mundane activities of life. I cooked food, taught classes, made jam, filled bags for donation, went to the gym, had dinner with friends, and still managed to get to bed before midnight more often than not. It was a satisfyingly mellow seven days. Now, links!

Whiskey cover - Food in Jars

I’ve got two giveaways to wrap up this week. First is the giveaway of Whiskey. The winner there is #76/Linda C. Second is the giveaway of three copies of my new book. The winners there are #3/Lauren, #38/Holly H., and #503/Karen C.

Congratulations, everyone!

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Links: Roasted Carrots, Rhubarb, and a Winner

Date Night In carrots

Friends, thank you all for the lovely birthday wishes. I had a fabulous weekend of celebration and I’m feeling decidedly cheerier about 37 than I was last week.

Now, let me tell you about some phenomenal carrots. When I was in Seattle last month, I had the good fortune to teach a class at The Pantry at Delancey. They’ve recently expanded their space and now have two classrooms. The night I was there, I taught in their newer kitchen, while the very talented Ashley Rodriguez led a class next door, featuring recipes from her book, Date Night In.

At the end of the evening, we swapped leftovers. I offered her team what remained of my spread of jams, pickles, and chutneys, while they made me a plate of roasted carrots with maple and coriander and butter lettuce salad. The salad was excellent, but the carrots were transcendent. The moment I got home, I ordered the book so I could recreate them and I’ve now made them twice in the last ten days.

The trick it to get carrots with their greens and leave an inch or so of the stems intact. They turn crisp in the oven, which just a hint of caramel from the maple syrup. In combination with the tender, slightly blistered carrots, they are my very favorite thing to eat right now. I highly encourage you to get your hands on a copy of this book so you can make them yourselves. They are worth it. Now, links!

Foolproof Preserving giveaway pack - Food in Jars

A couple weeks ago, I posted a giveaway featuring Foolproof Preserving from America’s Test Kitchen, but neglected to announce the winner. Well, without further delay, the winner is #28/Amber V. Congratulations Amber!

Also, don’t forget that I’m also currently giving away three copies of my new book, Naturally Sweet Food in Jars. If you haven’t entered yet, you have until Saturday!

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