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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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Upcoming Events: Omega Institute! Cornwall Public Library! Valley Variety!

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Happy summer, friends! I hope you all had good weekends, bursting with good food and father’s day celebrations. I’m dropping in this morning with a quick reminder of some of my upcoming events. I head to the Hudson Valley on Friday morning and I’ll be in the area through the holiday weekend for a family wedding. As is my habit, I’m combining vacation with a workshop, a library event, and a hands-on class.

Tuesday, June 21 (Maywood, NJ)
I’m headed up to the Maywood Public Library in Maywood, NJ for a free canning demo and book signing. I’ll be making a small batch of Strawberry Cocoa Jam and will answer all your burning canning questions. The demo starts at 7 pm and will last about an hour. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26 (Rhinebeck, NY)
This is my weekend-long canning workshop at the Omega Institute. We’ll make 10-12 preserves and will dive deep into the minutia of food preservation. There are actually a few spots still available in the workshop and we welcome last-minute registrations. Details and registration information here.

Tuesday, June 28 (Cornwall, NY)
I’ll be at the Cornwall Public Library in Cornwall, NY for a canning demo and book signing. The demo starts at 6:30 pm and the program will last about an hour. Afterwards, I’ll have copies of all three of my books available for sale and, as always, I’ll be delighted to sign them.

Wednesday, June 29 (Hudson, NY)
Two years ago I taught a workshop at Valley Variety in Hudson, and I liked it so much that we’re doing it again! This time, we’ll be making two recipes from Naturally Sweet Food in Jars (Vanilla Peach Jam and Tomato Chutney) and digging in the details of preserving with natural sweeteners. I’m also bringing an assortment of preserves from my pantry, that shop owner Chuck will pair with cheese and wine. The class is from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and costs $50 per person. Register here.

For my complete calendar, click here. 

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Upcoming Events: May Classes, Demos and More!

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After all that travel in April, I made the choice to stay closer to home for the month of May. You’ll find me throughout the Philadelphia region for a number of classes and free demos. There will be samples for tasting and books available for sale at all of these events. Mark your calendars and tell your friends!

Thursday, April 28 (Reading, PA!)
Join me for a canning demonstration and book signing at the Exeter Community Library. 6 pm. Free.

Monday, May 2 (Mullica Hill, NJ)
I’m doing a canning demo and book signing at the Mullica Hill branch of the Gloucester County Library system. 7 pm. Free. Sign up here.

Thursday, May 5 (Broomall, PA)
I’ll be at the Marple Public Library, offering up a canning demonstration. There will be a brief book signing to follow. 6:30 pm. Free.

Sunday, May 8 (Wayne, PA)
This is the special Mother’s Day demonstration and book signing (mentioned above) at Valley Forge Flowers that’s being presented in partnership with WHYY. 4-6 pm. Details and tickets here.

Tuesday, May 10 (Horsham, PA)
You’ll find me at the Horsham Township Library at 7 pm, showing you how to make jam with natural sweeteners. There will be a brief book signing to follow. Sign up here!

Thursday, May 19 (Easton, PA)
I’ll be at the brand new Easton Public Market, teaching a hands on canning and preserving class. We’ll make a batch of Strawberry Cocoa Jam from start to finish and all participants will go home with a small jar of jam. 7-9 pm. $45. Register here.

Saturday, May 21 (Hanover Township, PA) You’ll find me at Dundee Gardens, offering a demo-style canning class. I’ll show you how to make a batch of Strawberry Cocoa Jam, and will get you ready to go home and make a batch yourself! 11 am. More info and registration.

Tuesday, May 24 (Franklin Township, NJ)
Find me at Franklin Township Library at 6:30 pm, for a canning demonstration and book signing.

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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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