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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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Giveaway: Fante’s Fruit Ripener Bowl

ripener bowl with fruit

My grandma Bunny died more than 20 years ago, but my memory still holds a detailed image of her kitchen. The sink was under the windows on the left side of the room. The stove and wall oven were in the rear corner. And on the passthrough counter to the right of the entrance was where the covered plastic fruit bowl sat.

empty fruit ripener

In summer, the bowl would hold ripening peaches or apricots. In winter, persimmons would be tucked under the domed lid. Just about any time of year, a few Meyer lemons from her backyard would join the rest of the fruit. Often, there’s also be a honeydew melon perched nearby (they so rarely

bottom of fruit ripener

Recently, I got an email from the nice folks at Fante’s (a fabulous, family-owned kitchenwares store here in Philadelphia) asking if I might be interested in trying out their fruit ripening bowl. One look and I realized that it was just like the bowl that Bunny had used. I was sold before I even had a bowl in my hands.

angled fruit in bowl

The way it works is that the bowl helps retain and circulate the water vapor, ethylene gas, and carbon dioxide that the ripening fruit naturally release, helping improve and speed ripening. I’ve used it on several batches of fruit since having it in my kitchen and fine it particularly useful for softening rock hard avocados (tucking a banana in the bowl helps).

I have three of these handy bowls to give away this week. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share how you’d use the Fante’s Fruit Ripener.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, August 15, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, August 16, 2015.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents only (and is void where prohibited).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.

Disclosure: Fante’s provided the fruit ripening bowl you see pictured here at no cost to me and are also providing the giveaway units. No additional payment has been provided and all opinions expressed are my own. 

Upcoming Events! Scranton! Philly! Hellertown! Boston!

If all those blog posts about book events in Seattle, Portland and points south made you east coasters envious, this post is for you. I have a number of events up and down the eastern seaboard in the next couple weeks. Mark your calendars!

On Wednesday, July 11 at 6 pm, I’ll be in the fine town of Scranton, PA for a food swap with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Swappers and cookbook signing. Click here for more info.

This Saturday, July 14 I’ll be at Fante’s in the Italian Market from 2-4 pm. I’ll be there to sign books, answer canning questions and make sure everyone tries my pickled onions and rhubarb chutney (as well as a few other treats from the book). Click here to RSVP so that we make sure to have enough treats on hand!

On Sunday, July 15, you’ll find me at the Saucon Valley Farmers’ Market in Hellertown, PA from 11 am – 1 pm. I’ll be doing a jam making demonstration and will have books for sale as well. Starting at 1:30 pm, I’ll be at the Upper Bucks County Food Swap, trading my jam for other delicious things. There are still tickets available if you want to join the swap.

Next Tuesday, July 17, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, I’ll be teaching a Dilly Bean class at the Whole Foods Market in Plymouth Meeting, PA. The class costs $35 per and there are still a number of spots available. Click here to sign up.

Then I head to the Boston area. On Thursday, July 19 at 6 pm, I’m doing a canning demo at TAGS Hardware in conjunction with Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA. Click here for more information on that one.

The next night, 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, just come with a dish to share. Click here to sign up.

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

I feel breathless just writing all that down! Hope to see some of you in my travels!

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