Food in Jars + Raina Rose = Jam Fest 2012

April 4, 2012(updated on October 3, 2018)


My sister and I are very different people. She’s incredibly outgoing and is always happy to leap feet-first into a new experience. I can be a little bit more reserved and often take some time to assess the situation before diving in.

We also have a number of things in common, including an wonderful parents, a deep love of sweet potatoes and kale, and an inability to select a conventional career. While I spend my days cooking, teaching and writing, Raina divides her time between song writing, performing and taking care of 5-month-old Emmett.

When Raina heard that I was going to be in Portland for a few days during my book tour, she made plans to be there at the same time (after all, I haven’t seen her beguiling babe since the night he was born). It just made sense for her to plan a gig while she was in town to help cover travel costs.


Because her show at the Alberta Street Pub and my book event at Powell’s on Hawthorne are the same day, we’ve taken to calling June 16 Jam Fest 2012. As Raina put it, “you can learn how to make jam, and then later see some sweet jams.”

If you’re in Portland, we’d love to have you join us for this one-day Jam Fest. My book signing/canning chat at Powell’s starts at 2 pm and Raina’s show at Alberta Street Pub will kick off promptly at 7 pm.

I’m also teaching a canning class while in Portland, should you want to do a little hands on jamming with me. It’s on Thursday, June 14 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Kitchencru. We’ll make strawberry lemon jam and have fun.



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7 thoughts on "Food in Jars + Raina Rose = Jam Fest 2012"

  • Raina Rose is your sister? My world just converged somehow. I ran across her, practically literally, playing in Memphis during an art walk when I was there for a conference in 2005. I’ve been a fan ever since although she doesn’t seem to travel this far south (sc) very often, to my chagrin! How great that two sisters contribute to the world, my world, in such open and creative ways! Cheers.

  • What a terrific picture of the two of you, and although I don’t know either of you, your closeness is apparent and that makes me happy. 🙂

  • wow – I’m in!!! July is a great month here in Portland and Jamming and Jamming sounds like a lot of fun!

  • That looks like so much fun! Too bad I’m all the way across the country. Hmmm, wonder if my sister would be up for a road trip…