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Summer Class Spotlight – HGS Home Chef

I’ve taken a slightly different approach to my teaching schedule this summer than I have in past years. Instead of saying yes to everything and hustling to fill every moment of the canning season, my strategy is to teach fewer workshops in the hopes that I won’t feel entirely broken by the time the weather turns chilly.

So instead of having long lists of events appear here on the blog each week, I’m going to shine a spotlight on individual classes. First up is a pair of workshops at Hillsdale General Store Home Chef that I’m teaching on Sunday, June 11. This lovely cooking school is located on the main street of Hillsdale, NY, across the street from the General Store location. They carry cookware, cutlery, homewares, cookbooks, and offer a robust schedule of cooking classes.

I taught a single class at HGS Home Chef last summer and was delighted by the community that they attract. This year, I’m teaching two classes. From 11 am to 1:30 pm, I’m teaching a water bath-focused class in which we’ll make traditional strawberry preserves and sweet and savory strawberry chutney.

Then, from 2:30-4:30 pm, I’m teaching a pressure canning workshop. I’ll demonstrate how to make a tasty onion and rosemary jam as well as how to safely preserve it (and other low acid foods) in a pressure canner.

Participants will leave these classes with knowledge, useful handouts, and sample jars of the preserves made in the workshops (I’ve also heard rumors about peanut butter and jam sandwiches). For those of you within spitting distance of Hillsdale, I’d love to have you join me!

Hillsdale General Store Home Chef
2635 Route 23
Hillsdale NY 12529

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Upcoming Classes & Events: April, May, and June 2017

We are hurtling towards the true start of the canning season (at least up here in the mid-Atlantic region. I know lots of you down south have been canning for months) and so my teaching season is starting up as well. I’m not teaching nearly as much as I have in past years, so if you want to take a class with me, make sure to mark your calendars and sign up! As always, my full calendar can be found here.

Saturday, April 29 (Morris Arboretum, Chestnut Hill)
(THERE ARE JUST THREE SPOTS LEFT IN THIS CLASS) In this two-hour, hands-on workshop at the Morris Arboretum, you’ll learn the basics of pickling. I’ll walk you through the steps of pickling carrots in a vinegar brine and fermenting cucumbers in a salt water brine. Marisa will also show you how to safely preserve the vinegar pickles using the boiling water bath method. All students will go home with the recipes and canning details, as well as a jar of carrot pickles made in class that day. $40/45. Register here.

Sunday, May 7 (Headhouse Square, Philadelphia)
This is the final opening day for the Headhouse Square Farmers Market (they’ll now be doing year round!). I’ll be there from 10 am to 2 pm, along with fellow local authors Tenaya Darlington and Amanda Feifer, selling and signing books. If you don’t yet have a copy of Naturally Sweet Food in Jars, come and pick one up.

Monday, May 8 (Culinary Literacy Center, Free Library of Philadelphia)
Co-taught with Joy Manning, this Improvisational Grain Bowl class will teach you how to turn the contents of your CSA box, farmers market haul, or Instacart order into hearty and wholesome grain bowls. This class will focus on essential techniques, including different ways to cook grains, using the blender to make quick sauces, and how to combine flavors and textures for a satisfying spring meal. 6-8 pm. $15. Register here.

Thursday, May 11 (Haddon Township, NJ)
I’ll be at the Haddon Township branch of the Camden County Library system for a free jam making demo. I’ll show you how to make a batch Strawberry Vanilla Jam, sweetened with honey and set with Pomona’s Pectin. Bring your questions! 6:30-8 pm. Free.

Sunday, June 11 (Hillsdale, NY)
I’m teaching not one, but two classes at the Hillsdale General Store Home Chef. This is going to be a fun and satisfying day of canning. If you can swing it, I highly encourage the canning curious to join me for both classes.

11 am to 1:30 pm – An introductory canning class! We’ll make strawberry preserves and strawberry chutney and will dig into the details of boiling water bath canning. $55. Register here.
2:30-4:30 pm – Pressure canning! Join me for an in-depth pressure canning workshop. We’ll make onion jam with rosemary and balsamic vinegar and will safely can it in a pressure canner. $75. Register here.

Saturday, June 17 (Philadelphia)
In this hands on pickling workshop at Greensgrow in Kensington, we’ll make both shelf stable and fermented pickles. You’ll go home with a useful handout and the two jars of pickles you made in class. 12-2 pm. $35. Details and registration info here.

Tuesday, June 20 (Culinary Literacy Center, Free Library of Philadelphia)
Co-taught with Joy Manning, this Improvisational Salad class will teach you how to turn the bounty of your CSA box, farmers market haul, or Instacart order into delicious satisfying entree salads. This class will focus on essential techniques, including whipping up a quick homemade dressing and how to combine flavors and textures for the perfect summer meal. 6-8 pm. $15. Register here.

 

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Upcoming Events: Fante’s! Terrain! Morris Arboretum!

Apples for Butter - Food in Jars

Friends! It’s hard to believe, but I have just nine events left in 2016. Help me make this final handful of classes, demos, and gatherings fun and successful! Mark your calendars, tell your friends, and come out and say hi!

Saturday, October 8 (South Philadelphia)
You’ll find me at Fante’s in the Italian Market from 11 am to 3 pm. I’ll be demonstrating how to make pear vanilla jam (a fresh demo starts every hour on the hour) and will have samples for tasting. I’ll also be signing books and answering canning questions. If you’ve never been to Fante’s, it is an independently owned kitchenwares store that is very much worth a visit.

Saturday, October 15 (Glen Mills, PA)
I’m teaching a canning class at Terrain at Styer’s. This gorgeous shop and garden center is a fabulous place to visit during the fall (so many gourds and pumpkins). In this class, we’ll collaboratively make a large batch of Pear Jam with Cinnamon and Vanilla and everyone will go home with a small jar. $25. Sign up here.

Sunday, October 16 (Chestnut Hill, PA)
The Bloomfield Farm at the Morris Arboretum is having their Fall Farm Day and I will be there from 12 noon to 4 pm demonstrating how to make honey sweetened jams and signing books.

Saturday, October 29 (Chestnut Hill, PA)
I’ll be back at the Morris Arboretum, this time for a canning class! In this morning workshop, I’ll show you how to make honey sweetened jams that are set with Pomona’s Pectin. Everyone who takes this class will go home with a small jar of the jam we made in class, along with a packet of information so that they can go home and do it themselves! 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. $40-45. Sign up here.

Thursday, November 3 (Exeter, PA)
I’m returning to the Reading area for a autumn-themed canning demonstration at the Exeter Community Library. I’ll be making honey-sweetened Cranberry Apple Jam and will have books available for sale and signature. 6-8 pm. Free.

Saturday, November 5 (Lawrence Township, NJ)
Fellow food writer Tenaya Darlington and I will be at Cherry Grove Farm for their annual Cow Parade Festival. I’ll do a short canning demo, and Tenaya will pair some of my preserves with the cheeses they make at Cherry Grove. We’ll both also have books on hand for sale and signature. Time TBD.

Tuesday, November 15 (Philadelphia)
I’m teaming up with the crew from Urban Farmer for a night of preserve-inspired menu items. More details to come! 6-9 pm.

Wednesday, November 16 (Glassboro, NJ)
My last library demo of the year is at the Glassboro branch of the Gloucester County Library. I’ll show you how to make a naturally sweetened autumn-themed preserve and will have books on hand for sale and signature. 7 to 8:30 pm. Free.

Thursday, December 1 (Easton, PA)
My final class of the year is at the Easton Public Market. We’ll make apple preserves and everyone will go home with a small jar of the preserves made in class. 7 to 9 pm. $30. Sign up here.

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Upcoming Events: Fayetteville, Atlanta, and Nashville!

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Attention southern canners! I am headed your way this weekend! If you’re in (or near) Fayetteville (AR), Atlanta, or Nashville, please mark your calendars, sign up for classes, and come out to say hi!

Saturday, August 27 (Fayetteville, AR)
I’ll be offering a canning and preserving demo at the Fayetteville Roots Festival. I’ll be at the Festival Plaza at 2 pm and will have books for sale and signature.

Saturday, September 3 (Decatur and Atlanta, GA)
11:15 – 12 noon, you’ll find me at demonstrating at the Decatur Book Festival. After the demo is over, I’ll be signing books! Then, from 3 to 4:30, I’ll be at Atlanta Botanical Garden, teaching a demo-style class. Registration info here. So much fun in a single day!

Sunday, September 4 (Chattahoochee Hills, GA)
I’ll be at the Bosch Experience Center in Serenbe for a five course Prepared Pantry Dinner. Every course of the meal is based on a recipe from Naturally Sweet. Thanks go to Lyn Deardorff from Preserving Now for making this event happen! 4-7 pm. $75 (which includes a copy of my new book). Get your tickets here.

Tuesday, September 6 (Nashville, TN)
I’ll be teaching a demo-style class at Green Door Gourmet. The class is from 5-7 pm and is $35. We’ll have copies of my books on hand for sale and signature. Register here.

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Tomato Classes with Weaver’s Way and Greensgrow

Three trays of tomatoes for canning

This post is for my Philly-area readers! I’ve been posted and tweeting about my upcoming events in large, round-up posts, but I wanted to take a minute to pull out two upcoming tomato-centric classes and make sure that you all don’t miss them.

On Wednesday, August 24, I’ll be out in Chestnut Hill with my friends from Weaver’s Way for a class focused on safely making and preserving homemade salsa. This class is from 7-9 pm and costs $30. You can register here.

Then, on Saturday, September 10, I’ll be up in Fishtown with the folks from Greensgrow for another tomato-focused class. In this one, we’ll make tomato jam. This one is from 12-2 pm and costs $35. The registration form is here.

In both of these classes, we’ll dig into the nuts and bolts of safe tomato preservation. We’ll talk about acidification, proper use of the boiling water bath, and I’ll talk you through how to preserve tomatoes in other styles. You’ll also go home with small jars of the preserves we make in class, along with a useful packet of tomato canning information.

I hope to see some of you at these classes!

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Upcoming Events: July and August 2016

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In past years, I’ve made a critical error during my book tours and that is that I spent so much time on the road that I don’t leave myself enough time to do my own canning. This year, I’m trying to mend my ways and not commit my entire summer to travel.

So this month, I’m only doing a few events so that I can make sure I put up plenty of July produce. I’ll be back out on the road a bunch in August, though, so mark your calendars!

July 12 – Online! I’ll be streaming live from my kitchen on to the Food in Jars FB page, using Facebook Live. Festivities start at 9 pm eastern time.

July 13 – Chestnut Hill, PA! Jam Making with Natural Sweeteners, with the Weaver’s Way Co-op at the Henry Got Crops Farm in Roxborough. 7-9 pm. Register here.

July 24 – Hellertown, PA! Canning demo and book signing at the Saucon Valley Farmers Market. 10 am. Free!

July 22 – Online! It’s International Can-it-Forward day and I’ll be presenting a live streaming canning demo via the Ball Canning website. Sign the participation pledge today!

August 6 – Washington, DC! Canning classes at the US Botanic Garden. Morning class (10:30 am – 12:30 pm) features canning with honey and maple. Afternoon class (1:30 – 3:30 pm) features recipes using coconut sugar and fruit juices.

August 7 – Philadelphia! Book signing and jam tasting at Headhouse Square Farmers Market with Food Swap Cookbook author Emily Paster! 10 am to 2 pm. Free!

August 8 – Sewell, NJ! Free canning demo at the Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library. 7 pm.

August 13 – Millersville, PA! Canning class at Homefields Farm. 10 am – 12 noon. More details here.

August 19 – Amaganesett, NY! Canning class at Amber Waves Farm. 3-6 pm. Register here.

August 20 – Great Barrington, MA! Demo and book signing at the Great Barrington Farmers Market! 9 am – 1 pm. Free!

August 21 – Hillsdale, NY! Canning class at Hillsdale Home Chef. 2:30-5 pm. $65. Register here.

August 24 – Chestnut Hill, PA! Easy Tomato Salsa, with the Weaver’s Way Co-op at the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House. 7-9 pm. Register here.

August 27 – Fayetteville, AR! Canning demo at the Fayetteville Roots Festival. More details to come!

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