A Preservation Party

If I haven’t convinced you yet that ANYONE can can, maybe this will do the trick. Or perhaps the giant spread in the Post’s Food section today about the glories of food preservation. Or perhaps you just like Pinterest-ready photos of canned jars? Well here are some from a little Labor Day canning party we … Continue reading

#LaborDay weekend: grilling, canning & the dinner blues

It’s the Friday before Labor Day weekend, the holiday that signals the start of the school year, the summer’s slow demise into fall and, more optimistically, the near arrival of goodies like apple cider and pumpkin-spice everything. It’s also a work holiday that means — perhaps most importantly — I get a break from teaching … Continue reading

#Canning summer’s bounty: up to my elbows in peach jam & tomato sauce

It’s 9 o’clock on a Wednesday night, and I’m elbow deep in peach juices, trying to recall the satisfying feeling I felt a week before when I sealed off the last few jars of tomato sauce. This time, it’s peaches. Millions of peaches, it seems. I’m not even halfway through my half bushel (it didn’t … Continue reading

Fermented foods: gosh, they’re cool

I have pickles on the brain these days. I know, it’s the time of year of farmers markets and fresh foods galore. And, trust me, I think about those enough, too. (Even on this rainy past Saturday, my family had to lure me away from my long stay at the market with a brunch of … Continue reading

Winter veggie cravings and Farm to Freezer

Something’s wrong with me. It’s the thick of winter (or at least it was a few days ago, before 70 degrees rolled into Washington this week) and all I want is vegetables. I’m craving them. Perhaps I have a vitamin deficiency, or just a masochistic urge to eat the very thing that is not-so-available this … Continue reading