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Random Wed Oct 20 2010

Yes I Can

P1030758.JPGMy family has been canning fruits, vegetables, jams and soups for as long as I can remember. As a kid I would gladly eat anything that was made but didn't have the patience to partake in the process. As my appreciation for food has grown, I've been wanting to learn how to can so I don't have to beg my parents ship jams and pickles from Minnesota.

Earlier this summer I discovered a company called the Glass Rooster. The owner, Laura, will come to your house and teach you and a group of friends how to can fresh produce. I jumped on the chance to learn more about a tradition that has been in my family for so many years.

Last Tuesday night I had a small group of girlfriends over and Laura taught us how to can tomatoes. From explaining her background, to teaching us about the canning process and techniques, the class was very informative and interactive. After walking us through the steps she put us to work and together we canned 40 pounds of tomatoes.

One of Laura's goals with these classes is to foster a sense of community and she does just that. I can't tell you how many stories my friends shared about their moms, grandmothers and other family members. Mixed with a few glasses of wine, the traditions, recipes and stories were flowing that night and it was a great way to spend an evening and get to know each other a little better.

Classes are winding down for the year, but put a note on your calendar next spring and give her a call.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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