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Are you a Podcast Listener? Subscribe to Local Mouthful!

Friends! Did you know that I make a podcast? It’s true, I do! Called Local Mouthful, it’s a weekly, 30 minute show in which we talk shop with obsessed home cooks. I cohost the show with my dear friend Joy Manning (she’s the editor of Edible Philly, the author of Stuff Every Cook Should Know, and writes over at Better Without Booze).

Joy and I launched the podcast nearly three years ago and have been steadily releasing half hour long episodes on a near-weekly basis ever since (we have missed a week here and there).

If you’re a podcast listener and you are hungry for more food-centric shows, I encourage you to give us a try. I think you might like the show!

Oh, and one last thing. If you’re in the Philly area and you’re free this Sunday from 5-8 pm, Joy and I are hosting a potluck for our listeners and you guys are invited. The only requirement is that you bring a dish to share that uses a recipe from any edition of Joy of Cooking. If you’d like to join us, leave a comment on this post and I will be in touch.

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Quick Homemade Chimichurri

Looking for a kitchen project that is quick, versatile, and absolutely wonderful? Look no further than this easy recipe for homemade chimichurri!

I haven’t been doing a whole lot of exciting cooking lately. Ever since finishing my cookbook draft, I’ve been drifting through meal prep. I’ve made big pots of soup that last most of the week. There’s been at least one batch of bean-centric chili. More sheet pans of roasted vegetables than I can count. I’ve also relied heavily on a some Costco favorites (their pre-cooked chicken skewers and bags of kale and Brussels sprouts salad spring immediately to mind).

The long and short of it is that while we’ve been eating relatively healthy, vegetable-focused food, it hasn’t yielded much that I can write about.

However, there is one thing I’m excited to talk about. A couple weeks back, I was at Joy’s house recording an episode of Local Mouthful. When we finished, we were both ravenous. Joy heated up some meatballs from her freezer, cooked up some quinoa and pulled a tub of homemade chimichurri out of the fridge. The meatballs and quinoa were good, but the chimichurri, well, it was amazing.

It’s a condiment made from parsley, oregano, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, red chili flakes, and salt that was originally devised in Argentina to serve on top of grilled meat. It’s something I’ve had over the years at various restaurants, but it never clicked for me until I had Joy’s version. So bright, green, and fresh (I think the fresh element is a big part of the appeal, particularly since we’re living through another major snow storm right now).

I’ve made two big batches since them and have been spooning it over everything that seems even marginally appropriate. Roasted vegetables! Hummus! Scrambled eggs! Turkey sandwich! Mealtime is chimichurri time right now.

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Where I’m Going, Where I’ve Been – March 2018

Though the true start of the canning season is still a ways off where I live, my calendar is beginning to fill up with classes and events (and if you want me to come and teach at your school, church, farm, library, or market in 2018, now’s the time to get in touch!).

Where I’m Going

My first in-person class of the season is Saturday, March 24 from 9:30 to 11:30 am at Valley Variety in Hudson, NY. In this two-hour workshop, we’ll make a batch of low sugar strawberry vanilla jam. It’s a good opportunity to learn more about Pomona’s Pectin, the role of sugar in canning, and how to process jars in a boiling water bath. Whether you’re a new canner or someone who’s looking to refresh your skills, this will be a good class for you! $80. Register here.

If you’re not in the Hudson Valley or can’t swing the class, I’m also restarting my regular Facebook Livestreaming demos. The first one of the season will be on Monday, March 19 at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT. These are free, hour-long sessions in which I’ll demonstrate how to make a recipe from one of my books and I’ll answer all your questions. Make sure to like and follow the Food in Jars Facebook page to get the notification when the livestream is beginning!

Where I’ve Been

Many moons ago, I had a conversation with Aleen Simms for Originality, the podcast she co-hosts with K. Tempest Bradford. I love the format of this podcast, because Aleen and Tempest share snippets of what their guests have to say and then use those bits of audio as a springboard into their own conversation. The episode went live last month and you can listen to it here.

Also, do you know that I also co-host a podcast? Called Local Mouthful, it’s a show in which Joy Manning and I talk shop with obsessed home cooks everywhere. I mention it because it’s come to my attention that I don’t do a great job making sure that my Food in Jars readers know about the show and I really think you guys would like it. We talk about food news, offer audio recipes, interview cookbook authors, and share all our culinary tricks and tips. If this sounds like something you’d dig, subscribe here!

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Resolution Recipes – An eBook from Local Mouthful

Hello friends! I’m so sorry that it’s been so quiet around these parts. I’m deep in the creation stage for my next book and it’s been really challenging to shift my focus from the book and back to creating content for this site. I’m going to try to do a bit better, but inevitably things are going to be a little quieter around here until I get this manuscript turned in.

However, I do have something fun to share. As some of you may know, I co-host a podcast called Local Mouthful with my longtime friend and fellow food writer, Joy Manning. We’ve been making the show for a little over two years now and have had it in the backs of our heads for awhile to make a downloadable ebook.

Back in the fall, we decided to tackle that goal and so, with the help of a very talented designer, created a twelve recipe book that we’ve called Resolution Recipes. The name is inspired by turn of the year and the fact that many of us are moved to set food-related goals in January. We wanted to create a collection of recipes that could help you meal plan, meal prep, cook more, and increase your intake of plant based foods (we figured these were some common food resolutions).

The ebook includes Joy’s Instant Pot hummus, my favorite red lentil soup (pack it up in mason jars for a week’s worth of easy lunches!), a tasty tofu ricotta, and a blender vinaigrette made mostly from Sungold tomatoes (having some in the fridge will make you crave salad). We’re selling the book for $5 and if you’re interested, you can buy it here.

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Hear Me Each Week on Local Mouthful

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Did you know that I make a podcast called Local Mouthful? Each week, my friend and co-host Joy Manning and I sit down at my dining room table or hers, and spend half an hour talking about a wildly broad range of food topics (including things like cookbooks, favorite seasonal ingredients, how to reclaim your kitchen routine, homemade pizza, and much more).

Part of what makes Local Mouthful unique is the fact that Joy and I have known one another for a very long time. We met back in 2003, when we worked together at a non-profit in the Philadelphia. We were both lowly assistants and ended up bonding over our shared misery. I left the job, we lost touch for awhile, and when we reconnected, we’d both stumbled into food writing jobs. We’ve been friends ever since.

Each episode of Local Mouthful is about half an hour long. You can listen directly on the website, or you can subscribe via iTunes or whichever other podcast app you most enjoy. It’s great company for walks, commutes, or any time you want some cheerful voices with you while you make dinner. Hopefully you’ll check it out!

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Updates from the West Coast Book Tour

Cart of Naturally Sweet Food in Jars at Powell's

This is it. The last day of my west coast book tour. It has certainly been one for my personal record books. I taught six hands-on classes, spent nearly 16 hours demonstrating how to make Strawberry Cocoa Jam, went to ten different cities (in two different countries!), did a TV spot, a radio interview, and spoke at Powell’s Books (huge thanks to Ivy Manning for helping with that event).

I logged countless hours in cars (both a rented Passat and my parents’ trusty Outlander wagon) and managed to recover from a case of the flu in a relatively short amount of time. And best of all, I met so many wonderful people and signed lots of books.

I’ve got a demo and book signing tonight at the Book Larder in Seattle. After that, I drive back to my parents’ house in Portland, give them back their car, and fly home to Philadelphia on Thursday (just in time to make brisket for our Saturday Seder).

I’ll have a recipe up for you guys tomorrow, but in the mean time, I’ve got a few links I want to share.

First up is the clip of me making jam and pickles on AM Northwest last Friday. I only had six minutes, so I couldn’t do anything completely, but I think you get the idea behind those two recipes.

A few weeks ago, I did an interview with Margaret Roach for her radio show, A Way to Garden. If you haven’t heard it yet, you can find it here.

The interview I did for the Food Show on KBOO (Portland’s Community Radio Station) aired earlier today. The archived version isn’t up yet, but when it is, you’ll find it here. Running Press has also donated two copies of Naturally Sweet Food in Jars to KBOO for their fundraising drive. It’s a great way to support a small radio station AND get a copy of my new book.

Over at the Fillmore Container blog, you’ll find a really great post in which a number of preserving writers offer up their thoughts on what preserving means to them. I wrote a few paragraphs for them, as did Theresa Loe, Joel and Dana from Well Preserved, Amanda Feifer, Linda Ziedrich, Sean Timberlake, Sharon Peterson, and Nancy Wilker.

And finally, it’s Wednesday, which means that there’s a brand new episode of Local Mouthful available for your listening pleasure. This week, Joy and I chatted about potatoes, Passover, stinging nettles, and more!

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