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Links: Pickles, Concord Grapes, and a Cypress Grove Winner

I've done 20 quarts of tomato purée in the last three days. #foodinjars

I made dinner five nights out of seven last week. I cannot even begin to imagine how long it has been since I managed to do that and it felt ridiculously wonderful. Being on the road with the book over the last six months has been a joy, but it’s so good to be home a little bit more. I do so love having a solid, well-established routine! Now, links.

Cypress Grove cheeses

The winner of last week’s Cypress Grove giveaway is #69/Kat. She said, “My husband makes a wonderful red pepper jelly, which we eat with Jarlsburg all the time!” Sounds like a delicious combination!

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Links: Plums, Tomatoes, Apples, and a Winner

What a lovely wall of pickles! I'm so impressed by Thomas Lavers!

Oops. I didn’t mean to drop out of sight last week, but I got home from Canada on Monday afternoon and just couldn’t find my way back to the blog. It happens sometimes.

That trip to Toronto though, it was pretty darn terrific. I met so many of my long-time internet canning friends, including Christine from Manning Canning (check out her just-launched commercial kitchen Kickstarter!), Sarah B. Hood (author of We Sure Can!), and Joel and Dana from Well Preserved. The Kitchen Party at the Harbourfront Centre was incredibly fun and I loved meeting all the dedicated food preservers who came out for it.

I also enjoyed getting to explore a little bit of Toronto and seeing the roof garden and bee hives at the Fairmont Royal York (as a Kitchen Party sponsor, they put me up in a gloriously comfy room).

This week, things will start to return to normal around these parts. Let’s get that started off with links!

assembled tomato strainer

When I fell off the grid last week, I failed to post the winner of the Roma Deluxe Electric Tomato Strainer Giveaway, sponsored by Blue Kitchen Canning. Oops. Now, without any further ado, the winner is #539/Rebekah Jones.

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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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