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Upcoming Events: Greensgrow! Local Mouthful Potluck!

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Friends! My west coast book tour is coming very, very soon! However, before I fly off California, Oregon, and Washington, I want to make sure you guys knew about a couple Philly area events I have coming up this week.

First off is an Introduction to Natural Sweeteners class at Greensgrow Farms this Saturday, March 19 from 12 noon to 2 pm. I’ll show you the basics of how to swap these sweeteners into your favorite recipes, teach you how to use Pomona’s Pectin to get a good set, and make sure that you go home feeling comfortable with the canning process from beginning to end. We’ll make honey sweetened pear jam and blueberry jam sweetened with fruit juice.

Next up is the first ever Local Mouthful Cookbook Club potluck. Local Mouthful is a weekly podcast I’ve been making since last summer with fellow food writer Joy Manning. In January, we kicked off a cookbook club as part of the podcast, always with the goal to turn it into a mechanism to get together with fellow food lovers in the real world.

This Sunday, March 20 is the first of those real life gatherings. We’ll be holding a potluck at CultureWorks Philadelphia at 5 pm. All we ask is that you sign up in advance so that we know that you’re coming and that you bring a dish from one of the books we’ve focused on this year so far – Lucky Peach’s 101 Easy Asian Recipes, The New Persian Kitchen, or The Indian Family Kitchen.

Click here for my complete calendar of events

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Upcoming Events – Eating Words! Greensgrow Farm! Local Mouthful Potluck!

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Hello friends! I took a look at my calendar today and realized that I have a few events coming up that I’ve neglected to tell you about. If you’re in the Philly area and feel the need to get out, talk to people, take a class or join me at a potluck, I’ve got a few options for you!

February 27 – I’m speaking on a panel at Eating Words: Philadelphia. It’s a one-day food writing conference put on by Edible Philly and hosted by the Culinary Literacy Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia. The conference runs from 9 am to 4 pm and costs $85 to participate.  The full schedule and to register.

March 19 – An introduction to preserving with natural sweeteners at Greensgrow Farm in Philadelphia. This hands on class is from 12 noon to 2 pm and all participants will go home with a small jar of jam made in class. More details and registration info.

March 20 – The first Local Mouthful Cookbook Club potluck! We’re inviting local listeners to cook a dish from one of the cookbooks we’ve featured so far this year (Lucky Peach’s 101 Easy Asian Recipes, The New Persian Kitchen, or The Indian Family Table). More info soon about time and location of the potluck.

I’ve also got my full schedule (at least as it stands right now) for April and May up on my classes and events page right now (June, July, and August coming soon). I’ll be all up and down the west coast in April, so check it out and mark your calendars.

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Upcoming Classes: Morris Arboretum! Mullica Hill, NJ!

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Happy Monday morning, friends! I’ve got both a class and a demo happening over the course of the next week and hope I’ll see some of you there. Oh, and I’ll have copies of both books with me at these events for sale and to sign (they make an excellent holiday gift).

This coming Saturday, October 17, I’ll be teaching a jam making and canning basics class at the Morris Arboretum (in Philadelphia, PA), using a batch of pear vanilla jam. I’ll talk about best canning practices and will make sure that everyone goes home with the knowledge and empowerment necessary to tackle a wide array of preserves. It’s a good class for both first time canners and those who want to refresh their rusty skills. All attendees will leave with an introductory canning guide and a small jar of jam made in class. The class is from 10 am – 12 noon. Registration information.

Then, on Monday, October 19, I’ll be at Gloucester County (New Jersey) Library’s Mullica Hill Branch for a free apple cranberry compote demo. We’ll start promptly at 6:30 pm and will be finished no later than 8:00 pm. I’ll talk about preserving for the holidays, will offer lots of safe canning tricks and tips, and will have books to sell and sign.

And, if you’re too far flung to attend one of my classes, don’t forget about my Brit + Co online class. It’s just $9.99 and is a great way to learn jam making and canning from me!

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Upcoming Live Online Classes

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I taught my first live online class last month and learned a lot from the experience about what I can accomplish in an hour and what seems to be useful to those of you who tuned in. I’ve scheduled three more sessions for the coming months and hope that some of you will join me.

Instead of charging a flat fee for the class, I’ve changed to a pay what you wish format. My hope is that by opening up the classes, more of you will participate and the session will become increasingly useful as a result. I’ve also moved the start time back to 8 pm eastern time so that it’s more convenient for the west coast folks.

  • Tuesday, June 23 – This is a basics of boiling water bath canning class. I’ll show you my various canning set-ups, talk you through filling jars, processing, troubleshooting, and tips for storage. Sign up here.
  • Monday, July 13 – This is a live can-a-long class. I’ll publish the small batch peach jam recipe ahead of time and tell you what you should have prepped, so that you can cook and can with me if you want. Sign up here.
  • Tuesday, August 4 – This session is dedicated to pickling. I’ll talk about quick, preserved, and fermented pickles and offer tips on storage, safety, and improvisation. Sign up here.

All these classes are being offered on Concert Window. Unfortunately, they don’t offer the ability to capture the full class for future viewing, so these are once and done experiences.

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Upcoming Classes: Mullica Hill and Chestnut Hill

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Hello friends! I have both a free demo and a class on offer this week in the Philly region and I hope to see some of you there!

The first is tonight, Monday, June 8. I’ll be doing a small batch strawberry jam canning demo at the Gloucester County Library’s Mullica Hill Branch starting at 7 pm. Because of the library rules, I won’t have any books to sell, but if you bring your own copy I would be delighted to sign it! This event is free.

Then, on Wednesday, June 10, I’m teaching my second class in my Weaver’s Way series. In this session, we’ll pickle cucumbers two different ways. I’ll show you how to make both preserved vinegar pickles and slower fermented ones in the kitchen at the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House. 7-9 pm. Click here to register.

As always, my complete teaching and demo schedule can be found over on my Classes and Events page. I’m also planning on adding a few more online classes to the calendar soon, so check back!

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Pomona’s Pectin Jam Class at The Morris Arboretum

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The canning season is coming and with it, the start of my teaching year! I wanted to take a moment to point out my May 16 class at the Morris Arboretum. In this class, I’ll demonstrate how to make a low sugar batch of strawberry jam, sweetened with honey and set with Pomona’s Pectin.

This class will dig into the basics of boiling water bath canning and I’ll answer all questions you bring to the class. It’s great way to get yourself reset for the upcoming canning season.

The class costs $40 for Arboretum members and $45 for non-members and runs from 10 am to 12 noon. All participants will go home with a small jar of the jam made in class that day and I’ll also have books available for sale and signature.

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