Special Delivery Food in Jars

pickles and jam from Cathy

Look! A gift of pickles and marmalade, straight from New York. So often I’m the one handing out jars of food, but today the tables were turned and I was handed a couple jars of lovely, handmade goodies (delicious McClure’s Pickles and jam from Anarchy in a Jar).

This gift of canned goods occurred over lunch at Reading Terminal Market’s Dutch Eating Place with Cathy Erway, of the blog Not Eating Out in New York. I’ve been reading her site for years now, so when she tweeted a couple of days ago that she was going to be in Philly and was interested in meeting up with a food blogger or two, I got in touch. Meeting fellow food bloggers is always a such pleasure, because so often there’s a shared language and ease of connection in the encounter (even when shouting over the din of Reading Terminal at the height of the lunch hour). This was certainly no exception.

Cathy was in town promoting her beautiful new book The Art of Eating In, a memoir drawn from her experiences cooking for herself (as well as friends) and avoiding restaurants. After our lunch, she was heading to WHYY to record an interview with A Chef’s Table (Philadelphians, I don’t know if she’ll be on this Saturday or next, so keep your ears peeled).

In other news, I’ll have a jam-filled hamantaschen recipe for you tomorrow, as well as a recipe for orange jelly coming sometime over the weekend.

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4 responses to “Special Delivery Food in Jars”

  1. That was so sweet of them. Can’t wait for the orange jelly, and I’m not really sure what hamantaschen is, but I guess I’ll have to wait and see.

  2. When I was growing up in a small PA town, my father, the first in his family of Russian Jews to have been born here, spoke with longing of his mother’s hamantaschen. My mother’s family were not Jewish; I had no access to a public library (told you it was a small town), and I wanted so badly to recreate this remembered pleasure for him. I look forward to your recipe. I will make the hamantaschen for the beloved great-grandchildren he did not live to see.

  3. Love your site — and I’m jealous of your gorgeous banner photo — And I’m jealous you got to have lunch with Cathy Erway — I reviewed her book for Bookslut, and it was head and shoulders above the usual food memoir. Really well written, interesting, and not a stunt book at all.

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