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Sponsored: Fennel Gruyere Gratin + Anolon Vesta Baker Giveaway

The last couple of months have all been leading up to this week. The first draft of my next cookbook is due to my editor on Friday, just as the yearly conference for the International Association for Culinary Professionals begins. This is typically the only conference I attend each year, and it’s a chance to see friends and colleagues, as well as make new connections that will hopefully lead to more work and opportunities.

Originally founded in 1978 by a group of cooking school owners and instructors (including Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, and Anne Willan), over the last 40 years IACP has become a robust professional organization for food writers, cookbook authors, bloggers, editors, food tour guides, and others.

As part of the lead-up to the conference, I was asked by the folks at Anolon (they’re a dedicated IACP sponsor) to dream up a recipe inspired by one of the organization’s founders. I chose to look at Anne Willan’s life and work as a starting place for my dish.

I met Anne briefly at my very first IACP conference in 2012 (just before Food in Jars came out!), when she was promoting her amazing book The Cookbook Library (if you love cookbooks, you must check out this book. It covers the four centuries of cooking and recipe writing that led us to the point of culinary literacy where we are today). I remember thinking that I would be incredibly fortunate to have even half the career that she has had.

Starting with the knowledge that Anne was the founder of the La Varenne Cooking School in Paris, I knew my dish would need to be grounded in French cooking. I took a wander through her website and paged through the copy of La Varenne Pratique that I inherited from my Aunt Flora, and decided I’d make a Fennel Gruyere Gratin.

The thing I love about a gratin is that it is versatile and relatively easy (a necessity as I approach my deadline!). We think of gratins as being heavy dishes that are full of cheese, but they can actually be relatively light. I only use three ounces of cheese in this particular version. For a side that produces between six and eight servings, that’s not overly cheesy at all!

I used fennel as the primary ingredient because it brings a lot of flavor to the dish and I can almost always get really fresh, beautiful fennel at my local produce shop. However, you could apply this same technique to zucchini, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, winter squash, or various root vegetables.

I used an assortment of Anolon tools while creating this dish that you’ll see pictured throughout this post. They sent me a trio of blazingly sharp and easy-to-handle knives, a sturdy teak cutting board, and the Vesta Stoneware 9 x 13 Baker in Umber. I was particularly excited to use the Vesta baker because I’ve been on the lookout for a good, deep 9 x 13 pan. This one fits the bill perfectly.

Thanks to the folks at Anolon, I have one of these lovely Vesta Stoneware 9 x 13 Baking Pans in Umber to giveaway to one of you! Please use the widget below to enter!
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Anolon paid me to write this post and develop the recipe you see below. They sent me the baker, knives, and cutting board to feature in this post. And, they are providing the stoneware baker for giveaway. However, as always, the words and thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.

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Meyer Lemon Ginger Marmalade + Giveaway

One of the things that happens when I get close to a book deadline is that my life gets whittled down to the bare essentials. I work, I cook, I exercise, and I sleep. Things get very messy in my apartment, save for the moments of intense procrastination cleaning (the seams and edges of of my kitchen faucet have never sparkled so brightly).

Because the book I’m working on is not dedicated to preserving, my canning practice has really fallen flat in recent days. In fact, until I made this marmalade, it had been nearly a month since I’d canned anything. That’s the longest I’ve gone without firing up the water bath in the last decade.

However, no amount of book work is going to keep me away from Meyer lemon season. They’re only available for a short time each winter and since my order arrived from Lemon Ladies Orchard, I’ve been carving out little pockets of time to salt, dry, and preserve all that sunny lemon goodness.

For this batch of marmalade, I chose to boost the flavor with three ounces of finely grated ginger. I sometimes opt to add ginger flavor by juicing the ginger root, but because I’m short on time these days, I went for the quickest option that didn’t require cleaning another appliance.

I don’t mind having small bits of ginger flesh scattered throughout my marmalade. However, if you need the jelly component of your marmalade to be crystal clear, I suggest you make or buy ginger juice and use approximately 1/4 cup instead.

The other thing that got me excited to make this batch of marmalade was the fact that I had these snazzy Le Parfait 200 ml terrines in which to can it. I really enjoy using jars from Le Parfait because of their heft and sturdiness. They also make me feel instantly transported to Europe for far less money than a plane ticket.

Assembling Le Parfait jars for use is easy. Once you’ve given both the jars and the rubber gaskets a good washing with warm, soapy water, you fit the gaskets onto the lids, making sure that the easy-open tab is pointing off to the side of the jar (so that it doesn’t get in the way of the hinge or the clamp).

I warm them in my canning pot, and while filling take care to leave a little extra headspace, to ensure that there is plenty of space for the lids to close.

I’ve done a lot of writing about the art of making marmalade over the years, so I’m not going to rehash all those details here. If you’re coming to this post without ever having made marmalade before, I suggest you read these three posts before digging in.

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Marshall’s Haute Sauce Canning Kit – Instagram Giveaway

For years now, I have dreamed about designing a canning kit. It’s a space where the tools are often functional but not particularly beautiful. Happily, I learned recently that I wasn’t alone in wishing for more beautiful tools. Sarah Marshall, author of Preservation Pantry and maker at Marshall’s Haute Sauce has put together the most lovely wooden canning tools set.

The jar lifter has walnut handles. The wide mouth funnel is made from sturdy, gleaming stainless steel. And the lid lifter (also made out of walnut finished with beeswax) also has headspace markers. The whole thing feels sturdier and more durable than your typical set of tools. If you want another glimpse at it, you can see me holding it and talking about it in this Facebook video.

I am totally in love with this gorgeous set and I’m happy to say that thanks to Sarah, I have one of them to give away to my readers. We’re running the giveaway over on Instagram, so here’s what you need to do.

Head over to this Instagram post (make sure you’re logged into your account). Like that post. Make sure you’re following @spicymarshall, @marshallshautesauce, and @foodinjars (that’s me!). Then, tag up to five of your Instagram friends in separate comments. I will post the winner on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 12 noon. Good luck!

Disclosure: Sarah Marshall from Marshall’s Haute Sauce sent me two of these canning sets (one to keep and one to share), along with a few jars of her haute sauce. No additional payment was received. All opinions and thoughts expressed are entirely mine. 

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Celebrating National Mason Jar Day with Jarware

Did you know that according to the National Day Calendar, today is the first official National Mason Jar Day? And what better way to celebrate a holiday devoted to the handy canning jar than with a giveaway with Jarware!

Jarware is a company based right here in Pennsylvania that is devoted to creating an array of lids, wands, toppers, and accessories designed to make using and reusing your mason jars as intuitive and practical as possible. All the products are made from recycled, BPA-free, food-safe and dishwasher safe plastic.

The Jarware accessories break down into three categories. The first is the Bevware category, where you’ll find drink toppers, tea infusers, cocktail shakers, and fruit infusers. There’s also a Tea Time set that groups together everything you need to make and serve tea right out of your mason jars.

Next up are the Kitchenware accessories. These include snack cups, oil cruets, clip-on coffee spoons, honey dippers, citrus juicers, salt and pepper shakers, and spice lids.

Last up is the Storeware category. This is where you’ll find things like soap pumps, piggy banks, firefly kits, flower frogs, herb savers, tea light holders, and all sorts of novelty jelly and jam lids.

I think the thing I like best about the Jarware products is that they combine function and whimsy. They all serve a useful purposed, but do it with plenty of style and bright color. The piggy bank is also just cute.

Now, for the giveaway. One lucky winner will everything that Jarware makes (which, save the oil cruet and the snack cups, is everything pictured above). Your mason jars will be tricked out for years to come! Just use the widget below to enter for a chance to win.

And, for a second chance to win, make sure to head over to my Instagram account. I’m giving away a second prize pack there as well this week!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The folks at Jarware have compensated me for my time and efforts. However, I only accept sponsored posts from businesses that jive with the mission of Food in Jars and Jarware is most decidedly in line with that mission. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are honest and entirely my own.

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Giveaway: Fermentation Kit from Fillmore Container

This month in the Mastery Challenge, we’re focusing on fermentation. In honor of our topic and in celebration of their brand! new! website!, long-time FIJ partner Fillmore Container is sponsoring a ferment-focused giveaway here on the blog.

Before we dig into the details of the giveaway, let’s talk a little about the new Fillmore Container site. First of all, it’s faster, mobile-friendly (so important for those emergency jar orders!) and so much easier to navigate. They’ve improved shopping, ordering, and reordering experience and have lowered their shipping rates!

The Fillmore Container blog is also brand new and ready for visitors. There’s an easy-to-use navigation bar at the top that makes it simple to find the information you want. Seasonal content is featured at the top of the page and as you scroll down, you’ll see thumbnails and links from the eight most recent posts.

Now, on to the giveaway! This time, one lucky winner will receive…

To enter the giveaway, use the widget below!

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Disclosure: Fillmore Container is a Food in Jars sponsor and buys a monthly banner ad on this site. This giveaway is being offered as part of our partnership agreement. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely mine.

And one more thing! Fillmore Container is also hosting a giveaway on their blog in conjunction with CanningCrafts over the same week that this giveaway will be live. Make sure to head over there and enter that as well!

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Giveaway: Primo Manual Water Pump + Water Coupons

This post is sponsored by Primo Water.

When I was in college, I boldly declared to my friends that I was never going to live in a city that didn’t have good tasting tap water (I believe that my thinking was that water flavor would be an indicator of the quality of the municipality). And then I proceeded to make my home in Philadelphia, a city with many fine qualities, but decidedly lackluster water.

Happily, I’ve learned that much like judging books by their covers, cities shouldn’t be judged by the flavor of their municipal water supply because there are a number of relatively easy fixes. In my case, my easy fixes for water flavor are an in-sink water filter and the occasional purchase of a jug of Primo Water.

When I first considered Primo Water, I thought that it wasn’t actually an option for me because I didn’t have the space to dedicate to one of their dispensers (though I do love the looks of their Ceramic Water Dispenser). However, then I spotted the Manual Water Pump and realized that this was the perfect solution to my space limitations.

The manual pump allows me to buy a bottle of water when I need one for canning workshops, picnics, and parties without having to commit space to a larger dispenser. The plastic bottles (they come in either 3 or 5 gallon sizes) hold plenty of water for my events and when they’re empty, can be refilled or returned (with tons of locations, there’s bound to be one near you). Best of all, the water always tastes great.

The water goes through a careful, multi-step filtering process that leaves you with water that you’re excited to drink, use, and share. Another thing to note is how Primo Water can serve as the perfect blank slate for homemade syrups and pickling brines. It’s a really good option if you find that your tap water is giving your preserves a funky flavor.

As we head into the holiday entertaining season, instead of picking up a case of individually bottled water for your guests (so much disposable plastic!), consider a refillable/reusable bottle of Primo Water, a manual pump, and a stack of dishwasher safe glasses. It’s an easy way to ensure that everyone has access to plenty of tasty, clean water, no monitoring and refilling necessary. When the party is over, return the bottle and tuck the pump away until the next event!

Thanks to the good folks at Primo Water, I have five of these manual pumps to give away this week. Each winner will also receive 2 coupons 5 gallon jugs of water. Please use the widget below to enter.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored giveaway. Primo Water sent me the pump you see pictured here, as well as a pair of coupons to cover the cost of the water. They also compensated me for my time and attention. However, alll thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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