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Homemade Gifts on Saveur + Easton Winter Mart

Several months back, I got an email from an editor at Saveur, asking if I’d be interested in working on a holiday piece for their website. After several conference calls, dozens of emails, and lots of recipe testing in my tiny kitchen, the finished piece is now live.

It features eight preserves and treats that all make fantastic holiday gifts. Make sure to check out the ginger curry candied almonds and the dried fig compote (so good with cheese!).

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This Saturday, December 1, I’m going to be at the Easton Winter Mart in Easton, PA from 10 am to 2 pm. I’ll be doing a jam making demo at 11:30 am and will have plenty of books with me to sign and sell. If you’re in the greater Philadelphia and have been thinking of treating yourself to a book, please do come out and say hi!

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Upcoming Events: Upper Merion! King of Prussia! Phoenixville!

Food in Jars

I’ve taken the last couple weeks off from book events, in order to pull my apartment back together, get some writing projects off my plate and make sure that my own pantry is stocked for the winter (in my continued insanity, I’m picking up another 50 pounds of tomatoes today). However, I’ve got several events coming up in the next few weeks that I want to make sure you all know about.

September 15 – Canning demo and book signing at the Upper Merion Farmers’ Market, 9 am – 1 pm.
September 16 –  Canning demo and book signing at the King of Prussia Williams-Sonoma, 1 – 3 pm.
September 30 – Canning demo and book signing at the United States Botanical Garden in Washington, D.C. from 12 – 1 pm. Click here for more info.
November 4 – Canning demo and book signing at Greener Partners Farmer Showdown.

I also updated my class page today. Here’s what’s coming up over the next couple months.  If you want to sign up for any of the classes at Indy Hall, either email me at foodinjars{AT }gmail{dot}com or leave a comment on this post.

September 27 – Canning class at Cooking Spotlight in Phoenixville, PA. It’s a three-hour, three-recipe class from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Click here for more information or to sign up.
October 2 – Canning class with Pennypack Farm and Education Center in Horsham, PA. It’s a Pear Vanilla Jam class, runs from 7 – 9 pm and costs $40. Click here to sign up.
October 6 – Pear Vanilla Jam class at Indy Hall from 11 am – 1 pm. Email me to sign up.
October 11 – Canning class at the Glenside Free Library. Sign up link to come.
October 13 – Canning class at Greensgrow Farm. Click here for details and to sign up.
November 3 – Pear Cranberry Chutney class at Indy Hall from 11 am – 1 pm. Email me to sign up.
November 8 – Class and book signing at Brooklyn Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY. Details to come.
November 17 – Canning class at The Kitchen Potager. Details to come.
December 2 – Mulled Apple Cider Jelly class at Indy Hall from 11 am – 1 pm. Email me to sign up.

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Upcoming Events: Chicago!

mussels and clams

Though it’s hard to believe, I’m actually coming to the end of my book tour summer. I’ll still doing classes and hope to do a bit of travel down south come January or February, but the huge promotional push I’ve been tangled up in since May 22 is drawing to a close.

I’m wrapping things up with a four days of events in the Chicago area and I can’t think of a finer way to conclude. If you call that area of the country home, I do hope you’ll come out and say hi this weekend (there are still seats available in Sunday’s class. Sign up and make jam with me!).

Saturday, August 25:

  • 9:30 – 11 am, canning demo and book signing at the Batavia Farmers’ Market. This event is free!
  • 12:30 – 2:30 pm, book signing at Morton Arboretum in Lisle. The event is included in the price of admission to the arboretum.
  • 5 pm, Jennifer Downing of Nourish Cooking is hosting an informal reception for me at the Yellow House. It’s your chance to get a book signed and ask me canning questions, all while nibbling tasty bits and having a cocktail or two. This event costs $30 if you want to include a copy of the book, or $10 for the reception only. Click here to sign up.

Sunday, August 26:

  • 9:30 – 11 am, canning class at Green Home Experts in Oak Park. The class costs $40 and includes a small jar of the jam we made in the class. Click here to sign up.
  • 11 am – 2 pm, book signing at Green Home Experts. While there will be books for sale on site, copies may be limited, call ahead to reserve yours.
  • 3 – 5 pm, I’ll be participating in the Chicago Food Swap (also being hosted by Green Home Experts). I’m planning on squirreling away some granola in my luggage to swap. The swap is currently sold out, but you can click here to get on the waiting list.
Monday, August 27 (events coordinated by the Lake Forest Book Store)

Credit for the coordination this Chicago trip goes to Emily Paster from West of the Loop, Jennifer Downing from Nourish Cooking and Naomi McEneely from the Lake Forest Book Store. They plotted, planned and strategized in order to make it reality. All three of them have my unending gratitude and appreciation. 

Photo note: I realize that the image at the top of this post has nothing to do with canning or this trip to Chicago. I took the day off yesterday and spent a lovely eight hours at the Jersey shore with a couple cousins that I don’t see nearly enough. We capped off the day by cooking clams and mussels together on an outdoor propane burner. It was joyous and every time I look at that photo, I feel happy and so wanted to share a little bit of that. 

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Book Events: Philly! New Jersey! Bucks County!

Hi friends! I’m back home after a whirlwind four days in the Boston area. Thanks to all of you who came out, bought books, attended potlucks and took my classes. It was such a joy to meet so many of you. I was particularly delighted by how packed the audience was for my demo at TAGS in Porter Square.

I promise to have some honest-t0-god canning content up later this week, including a Canning 101 post on sugar, a recipe for apricot chutney, a book review and a post on five different ways to preserve summer squash. Until I finish doing that writing, I wanted to drop in with a quick events reminder.

Today at 5 pm, I’ll be at the Callowhill Whole Foods Market, demonstrating the Nectarine Lime jam from the cookbook (and offering samples, of course).

Tomorrow, I’m teaching a class at Pennypack Farm and Education Center in Horsham, PA. This three-hour class (6 – 9 pm) will be an introduction to boiling water canning and will feature dilly beans and peach chutney. The class costs $40 and there are still a couple spots left. You can sign up by clicking here.

At 2 pm on Wednesday, July 25, I’ll be talking about canning and signing books at the Mercer County, New Jersey’s Lawrence Headquarters Branch Library. Books will be available for purchase and I’ll be bringing a couple of treats from my pantry.

For those of you in Bucks County, I’ll be at the Ottsville Farmers’ Market on Friday, July 27 from 4 – 8 pm, signing books and answering canning questions.

On Sunday, July 29 from 12 noon – 2 pm, I’m teaching a canning class at the very elegantly appointed Cook in Center City Philadelphia. We’re making spiced peach jam, a gingery plum chutney and quick-pickled cucumber pickles. The class costs $85 and is kept small so that students have the opportunity to ask questions and really observe the process. There are just five seats left in that class, so make sure to click here and sign up.

I hope to see some of you in the next few days!

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Boston Events: TAGS! Eat Boutique! Create-a-Cook! Whole Foods!

Hey friends! I’m just dropping in with a reminder that I’m headed to the Boston area bright and early tomorrow morning. Here’s the scoop.

On Thursday, July 19 at 6 pm, I’m doing a blueberry jam canning demo at TAGS Hardware in conjunction with Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA. I’ve also packed a number of preserves from my pantry to serve up at this event, so make sure to come hungry. Click here for more information on that one.

On Friday, July 20, Maggie Battista from Eat Boutique and I are teaming up for a potluck. We’ll be gathering at her place to eat, drink, be merry and sign books from 7 – 9 pm (we’ll have them to sell if you don’t have one). The event is free and we just had a cancellation, so there’s still one spot. Click here to sign up.

I’m teaching two classes at Create-a-Cook on Saturday, July 21. Currently, they’re both sold out, but it never hurts to grab a spot on the waiting list.

Finally, there’s a last-minute addition to the Boston-area line-up. From 11 am – 1 pm on Sunday, July 22, I’m doing an apricot jam canning demonstration at the Woburn Whole Foods Market in Woburn, MA. They’ve got my book in stock, so if you’ve been meaning to pick up a copy, come on buy and get a signed one!

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Classes and Events: Philly! Horsham! New Jersey! Lancaster!

On Monday, I wrote about some of my upcoming events. In order to round out the balance of the month, here’s the rest of what’s coming up in July. I’m also throwing in a couple of events in early August, since time seems to be passing so quickly these days.

(Click here to see my events July 11 through July 22.)

On Monday, July 23, I’ll be at the Callowhill Whole Foods Market from 5 – 7 pm doing an apricot jam demo in the produce section. They’ll have books on hand for sale and I’ll have samples of fresh, hot apricot jam right around 6 pm.

Tuesday, July 24, I’m teaching a class at Pennypack Farm and Education Center in Horsham, PA. This three-hour class (6 – 9 pm) will be an introduction to boiling water canning and will feature dilly beans and peach chutney. The class costs $40 and you can sign up by clicking here.

At 2 pm on Wednesday, July 25, I’ll be talking about canning and signing books at the Mercer County, New Jersey’s Lawrence Headquarters Branch Library. Books will be available for purchase and I’ll be bringing a couple of treats from my pantry.

For those of you in Bucks County, I’ll be at the Ottsville Farmers’ Market on Friday, July 27 from 4 – 8 pm, signing books and answering canning questions.

On Sunday, July 29 from 12 noon – 2 pm, I’m teaching a canning class at the very elegantly appointed Cook in Center City Philadelphia. We’re making spiced peach jam, a gingery plum chutney and quick-pickled cucumber pickles. The class costs $85 and is kept small so that students have the opportunity to ask questions and really observe the process. Click here to sign up.

On Thursday, August 2, I’ll be at Greensgrow during their CSA pick-up and market hours, selling and signing books and answering canning questions. Stop by from 3 – 7 pm!

Friday, August 3, you’ll find me out in Lancaster, PA for an evening of events. Many thanks to Betsey Gerstein Sterenfeld, owner of Essen Cooking School for helping set up the following events.

  • 4 – 5 pm, I’ll be at DogStar Books (401 W. Lemon Street), signing books and saying hi.
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm, I’ll be teaching a canning class at Lemon Street Market (241 W. Lemon Street). That class costs $20 and you can sign up by clicking here.
  • 7 – 9 pm, I’ll be at the Essen Cookbook Club at Manheim Township Public Library. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share from (or inspired by) the Food in Jars cookbook. This event is free, but reservations are required. Click here or call 717-391-8270 to sign up.

On Saturday, August 4, I’m teaching a class at Indy Hall in Philly. This class runs from 11 am – 1 pm and will focus on low sugar canning. I’ll walk students through the steps of using Pomona’s Pectin and offer tips on making a satisfying jam without a lot of sugar. Click here for more information and details on how to sign up.

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