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Links: Granola Bars, Roasted Cauliflower Leaves & a Winner

Almond butter toast, tea, a strawberry/banana/spinach smoothie, and a cookbook.

I’m now officially in the phase known as book crunch time. I spent most the weekend writing and plan to spend much of the next two weeks on a short tether, moving from stove to computer and back again. Please send all the creative thoughts you can spare in my general direction! Now, links!

electric canner

The winner of last week’s Ball FreshTECH Electric Water Bath Canner Giveaway is #866/Angie W.┬áI so loved reading all your stories of canning gear and how you process the bounty of the summer!

 

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Links: Quick Pickles, Nut Butters, and Winners

A solitary homemade waffle

This weekend was about family and book work. My extended family gathered at my cousin’s house on Friday night for our Seder. Saturday was devoted to hunkering down in my local coffee shop to work on the book draft. And on Sunday, my mother-in-law came over for a simple Easter brunch.

I like nothing more than food, family, and productivity, so I had a very lovely time. I hope your weekends were equally good and balanced! Now, links!

glass dharma end labels

I so enjoyed reading all your straw stories last week during the Glass Dharma giveaway. The three people who won the $25 gift certificates are #77/Julie Parker, #139/Rebecca, #168/Anita. If you didn’t win, make sure to check out their Earth Day straw giveaway (all you have to do is pay shipping)!

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Links: Turnips, Matzo Toffee, and Winners

yellow tomato sauce

I spent the last five days at my version of summer camp (the IACP conference). I saw so many of my favorite fellow food writers, got to meet several people I’ve long admired from afar, and and spent a happy few minutes playing peek-a-boo with my editor’s sweet baby girl. I also drank far too much (not hard for a lightweight like me), slept very little, and didn’t so much as glance at my in-progress book manuscript.

This week is all about getting back on track with work, doing some serious recipe testing, and making 10 pounds of brisket for my family’s Seder on Friday night. Now, links!

These two aren’t directly related to food, but are good reads nonetheless.

  • Julie ruminates on blogs, making a living, and finding a way to make a site pay without compromising one’s standards.
  • As someone who turned her side hustle into a career, I related to so much of this piece.

Mustache Coffee Club bag

Time for winners! #82/Jennifer will be receiving the Moustache Coffee and #51/Kristin will be getting the pushpins from Lulu The Pickle Queen. More soon!

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Links: Soups, Salads, and Winners

future tulips

I keep thinking about last year this time, when Preserving by the Pint was just coming out and I was preparing to fling myself out into the world. This year, I’m nearing a book deadline and so instead of heading out into the world, I’m spending April turning inward in order to get the work done. It’s interesting to have a job with two such defined and oppositional modes of being. Now, links!

purple ucap

The winners in last week’s Purple Blossom uCap from Spice Ratchet are #46/Alba, #98/Amy, and #263/Evelyn. Enjoy!

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Links: Repurposed Ferments, Pancakes, and Winners

kumquats

Despite the loss of the hour this morning, today was sort of glorious. The sun was shining, the temperature hovered well above freezing, I wrote a third post for a silly little side blog I’ve started, and I spent a couple hours in a coffee shop working on the new book (it’s finally starting to come together. Thank goodness). Now, links!

fresh herb keeper

The winners of the herb savers are #137/Laura H. and #264/Elin . Stay tuned, another fun giveaway coming tomorrow!

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Links: Cheese Boards, Hamantaschen, and Winners

February 28

What a good weekend it was! A dear friend from my early days in Philly came to town. We ate Indian food, shopped the Italian Market, and hit one of South Jersey’s best thrift stores. On Saturday evening, we put out the cheese and cured meats we’d bought earlier in the day, raided my fridge for pickles and preserves (and you better believe, there was a lot to choose from) and laid everything out on the coffee table. Another long-time friend came to join us and spent six hours catching up, drinking wine, and eating our spread. It was joyful.

iLid header

Time for the winners of last week’s iLid giveaway. Thanks to our friendly neighborhood randomizer, the two lucky folks are #192/Kathleen and #274/Corrie. I’ll be in touch with both the winners shortly to get your information.

For those of you that didn’t win but were tempted by the iLid design, make sure to look for them at your local co-op or order them online!

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