Uptown by Day

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Today I had the opportunity to explore Uptown (really downtown)!  It was really fun to see the “city” during daylight hours when it was full of activity.


I actually went to a PR event for Ball (the preserving cans) with Kath and Emily.  It was a last-minute invitation, and I was really excited to attend because I’m kind of curious about canning… It just seems complicated. But wouldn’t canned salsa or chutney make excellent (inexpensive) Christmas gifts?


I rarely get excited about new products, but I am pumped to try this out because the “Discovery Kit” is only $10 to $12 (you can buy it at Lowe’s, Walmart, or online.  $10 seems like a cheap way to explore canning without a huge $$ commitment.  You get everything you need to  make three cans of preserves + a fun recipe book!


The presentation was held at Mimosa Grill, a pretty little restaurant with fresh and seasonal fare.


The presenter made zesty salsa while we talked the in’s and out’s of canning.  He made it seem easy and non-intimidating.  I’m game!  I snagged on sample Discovery Kit for myself and one for a fun GIVEAWAY!  I’ll probably do the giveaway when I post about my own canning experiences, so stay tuned.



We ate as we talked + watched! I should’ve immediately alerted the server that I was a vegetarian so they didn’t waste meat on me, but I forgot and was served a vegetarian slider + a shrimp starter for my appetizer.  I ended up just eating 1/2 the slider, which included a fried green tomato with zucchini relish and capers.


Luckily, Emily had the smarts to flag down a waitress and tell her to skip the entree chicken for the both of us.  Instead we got this pretty vegetarian spread of risotto (I ate 1/2), heirloom tomato stack, and salad.




And dessert…


Dessert was out of this WORLD good!  Tiny portions of a brown sugar cheescake + peach cobbler.  I ate all the cheescake and a bit of the cobbler.


So. freaking. delicious.


And after the presentation was over, we walked around town a bit and discovered a farmer’s market stand right in the middle of all the ties and suits!



I promptly walked to an ATM, withdrew cash, and snagged up a quart of blackberries and blueberries!  Local AND organic?!  Yes, please!


Gotta get some writing + book coordination done!  I can’t believe the book drops on August 3 – I’m starting to freak out a little bit… but in a good way.  If you’re planning to buy a copy of my book, would you mind ordering a pre-sale copy? Check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, and Indie Bound… It’s less than $12 a book and pre-sales make my publisher very, very happy!  🙂


Have you ever canned before?  What did you can?  Are you interested in learning about canning or does the whole thing freak you out?



  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) July 13, 2010, 2:28 pm

    😮 where is that market?! i didnt even know there was one up/down/wherevertown!

    • caitlin July 13, 2010, 2:34 pm

      Near the Bank of America building.

  • Katie @ peacebeme July 13, 2010, 2:31 pm

    I’ve never canned myself but I’ve watched my parents do it. My dad cans jalapenos and beets from his garden at the end of every summer for the fall.

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble July 13, 2010, 2:37 pm

    We had a big garden growing up and lots of fruit trees so my mom always canned fruit and made our own jams and salsa. It was so good! I wish I had a big garden now!!

  • Janelle July 13, 2010, 2:37 pm

    I’ve canned salsa, green tomato chutney (FYI – 25+ jars of the stuff will take you YEARS to go through, even when giving it away as gifts!), applesauce, peaches, pears, jams (strawberry and raspberry), and jalepeno pepper jelly. I would like to learn how to do hot sauce since my husband uses it like it is going out of style – and that stuff gets expensive! My mom and grandma taught me how to can, and I used to hate helping with it as a kid, but now I think it is so cool to grow/preserve my own food, and I’m thankful for the family knowledge to make it happen 🙂

  • Amanda July 13, 2010, 2:47 pm

    My parents always canned when I was a kid. I am getting into it for the first time because I planted my own (huge) garden this year. I gathered family canning jars that are now going to be used for the 5th generation (talk about recycling!). I also bought additional jars from an older lady at a garage sale for $ .25 per jar. I have about 400 jars in various sizes. So far I have canned strawberry jam on my own this year. Dilly Beans are on the agenda next. I have great hopes for my garden and all of its produce. I can’t wait to eat my local and organic food all winter! Pulling out a jar of strawberry jam in a February snow store will bring back the taste of summer! I encourage you to learn more. It is truly an easy process once you start.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) July 13, 2010, 2:50 pm

    i’ve only done jams and jellies, but it’s so great to have a little something to give as gifts OR to eat later on in the year! yum 🙂

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 13, 2010, 2:50 pm

    I’ve never done any canning – it’s never even crossed my mindso I hardly have an opinion on it 😛
    The food all looks so nicely presented – very cute!

  • Kacy July 13, 2010, 2:52 pm

    The process definitely intimidates me, but I had no idea it would be so cheap to take up. I might have to look into that… Good call on the cheap Christmas gifts.

    What an exquisite vegetarian meal!

  • Jess July 13, 2010, 2:52 pm

    We just started canning this summer because we have so much growing in our garden. We’ve done jams and salsa so far. Once our tomatoes are ready we’re going to can my spaghetti sauce…it’s so sad only eating in the summer when we have fresh tomatoes. Next up are pickles and jalapenos.

  • Jessie July 13, 2010, 2:53 pm

    I have been thinking about attempting some canning too! My Memaw always made homemade preserves when I was growing up and now I want to learn it for myself. I may have to stop by Lowes and grab one of those kits….but then I have to decide what to make!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 13, 2010, 2:53 pm

    I’m definitely canning something this year. It’s been decided.

    What to can… what to can?

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine July 13, 2010, 2:53 pm

    I’ve never canned before, just because it seems like a lot of work! That looks like a delicious lunch though, and yay for fresh berries. They’re so good in season!

  • Allie July 13, 2010, 2:53 pm

    beautiful berries! and, i think your book coming out is so exciting! i can’t afford it right now, but as soon as i can i will purchase it.

    • Caitlin July 14, 2010, 9:09 am

      Thank you Allie 🙂

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! July 13, 2010, 2:53 pm

    I have always wanted to try canning and have visions of myself making jams and jellies as the fruit becomes seasonal. I am a regular Suzy Homemaker…in my imagination! 🙂

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 13, 2010, 2:53 pm

    I have never done any canning before, but my grandma’s whole basement was full of canned food. I loved it when she would open a jar of peaches and they were always the best tasting things EVER.

  • Bethany (@ NotUnlessI'mBeingChased) July 13, 2010, 2:55 pm

    I am freaked by the idea of canning. I live in a fairly rural/agricultural area, so everyone talks about canning and “putting up their produce” for the winter — but I have no idea how to do it, and I want to learn.
    I feel like it’s some kind of underground society. Maybe it deserves a reality show? The Hidden Life of Cans.

  • Christie {Honoring Health} July 13, 2010, 2:56 pm

    Yes, I have canned before but only jam, in fact, I made strawberry agave jam for Christmas gifts this year. Recipe and canning instructions can be found here:


    I am also very excited because my CSA is hosting a canning day this year where they are going to teach us about canning tomatoes, tomato sauce and salsa. I am thinking that if the tomato sauce thing works out, I am going to give that for Christmas in addition to the jam.

  • Danielle July 13, 2010, 2:57 pm

    Oh, PR events can be so fun. They always treat you so well 🙂 and that particular product does actually sound pretty great. I’d love to see how you use it. In the mean time, enjoy your fresh berries!

  • Diana July 13, 2010, 2:57 pm

    Yay! I saw this on the news this morning too. I’ve been wanting to start canning my own tomato sauce. This kit seems like a great way to get started! 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet July 13, 2010, 2:58 pm

    I’ve never canned, but I think it would be cool. I’d like to eat it, but wouldn’t have the patience to do it. 🙂

  • Leah @ L4L July 13, 2010, 2:58 pm

    I read a little about canning in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and became intruiged but was instantly put off it by seeing how scientific the process is and I’m wary about bacteria growing in my cans. I think I might just be paranoid though.

  • Amelia July 13, 2010, 2:59 pm

    My mom used to do canning stuff for Christmas gifts so I am very familiar with Ball products! 🙂 I would love to know how to do this as well. I’m terrible with gift ideas but most people love homemade food gifts right?!
    I preordered the book a couple months ago – can’t wait to get it!!!

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy July 13, 2010, 3:02 pm

    I LOVE canned goods … that my mom does 🙂 I tried once to canned spaghetti sauce and it was all rotten before I knew it. I’m traumatized

  • Sarah for Real July 13, 2010, 3:04 pm

    I have canned before! I used to help my mom can peaches, salsa, pickles and green beans. Last year I tried it myself and made pickled peppers (grown in my backyard) and pickled spicy green beans (grown on a local u-pick farm).

    Two things I learned for this year:
    #1 I have a ceramic top, electric stove that could NOT get or keep my giant pot of water boiling. It ruined (over processed) my peppers. This year I’m going to use an outdoor, propane burner intended for giant pots of water.
    #2 A few jars goes a long way for two people. Don’t go overboard. Especially because it might not turn out quite right (even with a recipe, it turns out different every year)

  • RhodeyGirl July 13, 2010, 3:05 pm

    Just pre-ordered on Amazon! Best of luck Caitlin- so proud of you!

    • Caitlin July 14, 2010, 9:10 am

      Thank you Sabrina!

  • Sarah for Real July 13, 2010, 3:05 pm

    Oh, and what do you mean by Uptown is really downtown? You’ve said this a couple times and I’m confused…

    • caitlin July 13, 2010, 3:28 pm

      They call it uptown for some reason, even though its really the downtown area!

      • Sarah for Real July 13, 2010, 3:34 pm

        I’m still confused, lol. By “downtown” you mean “city center?”

        Does any of it have to do with geography? Because I’m totally directionally challenged, haha.

        • Caitlin July 14, 2010, 9:10 am

          haha yes city center

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day July 13, 2010, 3:06 pm

    My family canned our garden vegetables growing up and I will always remember the process. Giant buckets of green beans, tomatoes, squash, you name it. We’d spent our summer nights on the front porch listening to music and snapping green beans…good times. Then the next day would be spent indoors canning all of our hard work. As a child, I would be responsible for measuring out the salt to pour into each jar. Very fond memories of canning and I hope to pass the tradition along to my own children one day.

    Good luck with your canning experience!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 13, 2010, 3:07 pm

    I have never canned but there is something homey about it that makes me want to try! How fun would it be to eat your own jam in the winter?

    All the food at that event looked delicious! I’m not a vegetarian but I think I would have chosen the risotto over the chicken, too 😀

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 13, 2010, 3:08 pm

    My friend is teaching me to can this summer. I want to do it for keeping fun stuff like homemade salsa but I’m scared. She’s super experienced so she is going to teach me.

  • Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) July 13, 2010, 3:08 pm

    What a fun event!

    Last fall my husband and I canned a TON of small jars of homemade apple butter to use as favors at our wedding. It was intimidating at first but around batch #5 we were pros!! We had so much fun working on everything together!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite July 13, 2010, 3:08 pm

    I’m canning some jalapenos right now! I hope they turn out good 🙂

  • Kelly July 13, 2010, 3:10 pm

    Love farmers markets! I keep forgetting that I pre-ordered months ago, it will be so fun when it finally comes in the mail!

  • Julie @ Pickley Pear July 13, 2010, 3:10 pm

    I’ve never canned. There is a little farm store in Northern Michigan called Pond Hill Farm where the owner cans everything in the store. I know it’s homemade and fresh, so whenever I’m up there I stock up on canned goodness!

  • kathleen July 13, 2010, 3:11 pm

    The Discovery Kit sounds reaaly great. I have always wanted to can but was afraid of doing something wrong like bacteria, botulism , something like that.

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston July 13, 2010, 3:13 pm

    I can peaches with my dad in the summer time! I’m excited to go home and can with him once he gets some bushels of peaches!!!

  • Amy @ Everything is Homemade July 13, 2010, 3:13 pm

    I started water bath canning last year. I did salsa, bruschette topping, jalapeno jelly and pickled hot peppers. Water bath canning is very easy and I love the results (it’s pressure canning that scares me a little). This year I’ve canned strawberry jam already using strawberries from my garden. Waiting for the tomatoes so I can get started on the salsa!

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness July 13, 2010, 3:15 pm

    My mom has a huge garden, so we canned every summer. It’s a pain in the butt (not to mention a hot and yucky job). But it really pays off in the winter…

    We even did canned tomatoes- which is the only thing I’ll use for chili when I make it! I’m such a brat…

  • Brittney July 13, 2010, 3:16 pm

    You guys were right near the building I work in- I’m right across from Mimosa! I would like to try canning. Sometimes with the hubby gone it’s hard to go through all my fresh produce and it would be cool to grab a jar of something I made instead of pre-made stuff. I’ll look forward to seeing what you do!

  • Camille July 13, 2010, 3:17 pm

    I have always wanted to try canning but never knew where to start. I guess a kit would help 🙂

  • Bethany Herrington July 13, 2010, 3:20 pm

    I can apple butter and pumpkin butter every year. I’d LOVE to try canning salsa, but I don’t know how. I might be tempted to try if I see you post about your canning experience.

    The apple butter and pumpking butter (especially) are super easy….if you want the recipe/instructions I can send them both to you.

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) July 13, 2010, 3:21 pm

    I’ve made jams and jellies before (raspberry, blueberry, rhubarb, etc.), canned salsa, and pressure-cooked salmon. It really isn’t that hard; it just tastes some time.

  • Camille July 13, 2010, 3:23 pm

    By the way, I pre-ordered your book today! As someone who has been loyally reading your blog for a long time, it makes me really proud of you to see your name on a book! You are such an inspiration to your readers and everyone else whose life you touch. Thanks Caitlin!

    • caitlin July 13, 2010, 3:28 pm

      I LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUUUU, thank you!

  • Bethany Herrington July 13, 2010, 3:23 pm

    I just tried to post this, but then got an internal error on my browser….so let me try this again.

    I can apple butter and pumpkin butter every year (normally in the fall). I use it as Christmas gifts every year….and people have actually started asking for it already. I give it away to friends/family who I know love it and sell it (while making about $1/jar – totally not worth it – I just love doing it) to others.

    I’ve always wanted to can salsa, but I feel it’s too intimidating….but if you try your hand at it and have success….then I might try it too after I read your post about it.

    By the way the apple butter and (especially) pumpkin butter are super easy to can. I’d be happy to share the recipe if you want it.

    • Bethany Herrington July 13, 2010, 3:24 pm

      Dang….my first post did show up – even though I didn’t think it did. Sorry for the duplication.

  • Susan July 13, 2010, 3:25 pm

    I’ve been canning for years; my mom and grandma both canned and I learned a lot from them. I do mostly fruits and vegetables and jams. It’s a great way to preserve food and save money. I even can leftover turkey from Thanksgiving; and buy 2-3 more turkeys to cook and can thru-out the year(this requires a pressure cooker). It does take some time and patience but the results are worth it.

  • lisasfoods July 13, 2010, 3:26 pm

    I enjoy canning, but find it’s very time-intensive, and uses up a lot of resources (water, gas or electric energy), so a few years ago I started to make freezer jams. They require barely any work, but you need some space in your freezer for storage, and the flavor is just as good.

  • Mama Pea July 13, 2010, 3:28 pm

    Very cool that canning starter kits are so cheap! I want to can my salsa and I’d love to try my hand at pickles!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 13, 2010, 3:29 pm

    I thought canning sounded like a lot of work, but then I did an article on it and man it’s not that hard. You should check out the blog foodinjars.com. She has recipes and how tos. I really want to can some great jam!

  • JavaChick July 13, 2010, 3:33 pm

    I can salsa every summer because homemade is so much better than store bought, and last year I canned strawberry jam. It’s not necessarily difficult, but it is a fair amount of work and is time consuming. Worth it though, in the middle of winter, to have something that was made with fresh, summer ingredients.

    I’d love to try dill pickles sometime – my Mom’s homemade dill pickles were always the best – but I haven’t worked up the nerve to try that one yet. Someday!

  • Shannon July 13, 2010, 3:37 pm

    You still aren’t including Chapters (Canadian store) for your Canadian readers. 🙂

    • caitlin July 13, 2010, 3:38 pm

      I think I am only able to promote Amazon, B&B, B&N, and Indie Bound contractually. 🙁

      • Shannon July 13, 2010, 4:35 pm

        Oh that makes sense. 🙂

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 13, 2010, 3:43 pm

    You’ll have to give me the lowdown one day on what uptown and downtown actually mean and then I might be on the same wavelength! As for the lunch it looks pretty tasy and isn’t dessert always the best bit?

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans July 13, 2010, 3:48 pm

    I want to try canning but I have no space! I really like the Christmas present idea though…got me thinking about other homemade ideas for the holidays.

  • Anne July 13, 2010, 3:50 pm

    Looks like you guys had a fun day! I can’t believe there’s a market right in the middle of Uptown…I’ll have to send hubby after work! 😀
    Canning makes me think of my grandma, but in a good way. I can see how it could really be appealing!

  • Orla July 13, 2010, 3:51 pm

    I make all my own chutneys, jams and sweet chilli sauces. Have done for a couple years and when I look at a like for like size of chutney in the store I realise I’m saving about 4 euro per jar. In my cupboard I have apple chutney, pear chutney, cranberry and apple, cranberry jam, sweet chilli jam as well as loganberry jam. Once you start making your own you will realisethat (a) they taste amazing with no artificial additives or preservatives and (b) you are saving a fortune.
    I also use them for Christmas gifts along with Xmas puddings and granola. Easy and super cost effective.
    Happy Canning.

  • alli July 13, 2010, 3:52 pm

    i’ve canned a few times! it’s quite fun and addicting! i’ve had to do it at my sisters house though, because the pressure cooker i borrowed can’t be used on a glass top because the temp. can get too hot and crack the glass!
    i’ve canned black beans (my favorite), i’ve helped can jam which my husband loves, salsa (yes, it’s a great christmas gift:), chicken and ground beef. the canned meats sound totally gross even to a non-vegetarian, but the chicken is suprisingly tender and delicious…not trying to convince you; but perhaps others that might shudder at the thought of canning meat 🙂

    • Amanda July 13, 2010, 3:59 pm

      Do you have a recipe for the canned meat? I was wondering how you do that especially for things like taco meat.

      • alli July 13, 2010, 4:21 pm

        i cooked the beef on the stove and seasoned it how i normally would. then filled the cans almost to the top and added salt before putting the lid on. i forgot how long to pressure cook it for, i’ll have to check when i get home 🙂 next time, i wouldn’t fully cook the beef, after pressure cooking it, it seemed to come out overdone. a friend of mine didnt cook her meat at all before hand, but said that it just came out in a big chunk when she went to use it.

        for the chicken, it’s put in the can completely raw, which looks a lot like a weird science experiment, but it fully cooks while in the pressure cooker.
        it comes out great, hardly any effort needed to shred it.

        • Amanda July 13, 2010, 4:30 pm

          Thanks so much! I wasn’t sure if you had to put a broth around the beef and I figured that would dilute the flavor. I can’t wait to try this. It will be great for quick meals!

    • Susan July 13, 2010, 7:24 pm

      How do you do the beans? I’d love to start canning beans, the prices/sodium amounts and worry about the lining in cans I regularly buy are starting to get on my nerves yet I want the convenience of being able to grab a can (or jar) and not have to soak and cook.

  • Ali July 13, 2010, 3:58 pm

    so excited about your book coming out – just pre-ordered it today 🙂 congrats on how far you’ve come!

    • Caitlin July 14, 2010, 9:13 am

      Thank you Ali!

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 13, 2010, 3:58 pm

    I’ve never canned, but I would definitely be interested!! I think that would be perfect for gifts. Excited to hear about your experiments. 🙂

  • Whitney July 13, 2010, 3:59 pm

    Canning is really easy. I recommend the blog Food in Jars and buying the Ball Blue Book Guide.

    I’ve made jams, pickles and tomato sauce.

  • Maran July 13, 2010, 4:00 pm

    There is another great farmers market at Atherton Mill right off of South Blvd. They are open Tuesdays and Saturdays. You should check them out. http://charlottetailgatemarket.com/default.aspx

    • Caitlin July 14, 2010, 9:13 am

      Someone told me about that yesterday!

  • Julie @SavvyEats July 13, 2010, 4:02 pm

    I just started canning (I made cherry butter a few weeks ago, and have 2 pints set aside for winter)…it wasn’t as hard or scary as I thought it would be!

  • Rosey Rebecca July 13, 2010, 4:03 pm

    Sounds like a fun event, and you’re right–canned salsa would make an excellent gift. That restaurant is so pretty!

    I am super-psyched for your book. I meant to pre-order it a couple weeks ago but was pretty strapped for cash. I plan to pre-order it before August!

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 13, 2010, 4:03 pm

    My grandma cans stuff like fruits, veg, strawberry sauce.. yum! It’s definitely worth the investment, I think.

  • Emily @ For Sweets Sake July 13, 2010, 4:06 pm

    My mom and I used to make jam…it was always so messy and scared me away from canning.

    p.s. can’t wait to get your book in just a few more weeks! Obviously, I pre-ordered it 😉

    • Caitlin July 14, 2010, 9:15 am

      Yay! Thanks Emily 🙂

  • emptynutjar July 13, 2010, 4:07 pm

    I can’t preorder. And I don’t do Amazon or online purchases cause they require visa (and I have no credit cards cause my financial situation is stressed enough). But will your book ever be in Canada? (our big bookstores are Indigo and Chapters and Coles).

    • Caitlin July 14, 2010, 9:15 am

      It’s at Chapters!

  • Candice July 13, 2010, 4:34 pm

    What a fun event!

    I’ve never canned anything before, and I had no idea it could be so complicated! I do love those ball jars for other things though…they’re so vintage and cute:) I’m looking forward to seeing your experience with canning.

    I’d love to support you by pre-ordering! I’m on it. I admire you for all that you’ve accomplished. You’re awesome!

    • Caitlin July 14, 2010, 9:16 am

      Thank you SO much Candice!

  • Jessica July 13, 2010, 4:39 pm

    Ok, dont know you but have given you a nickname.
    you have helped me in ways you dont even know were possible.

    • Caitlin July 14, 2010, 9:16 am

      I love ya, Jessie! 😉

  • Marisa July 13, 2010, 4:45 pm

    Just pre-ordered two of your books, one for me and one for my Mom. I can’t wait! Love your blog! You are such an inspiration!

    • Caitlin July 14, 2010, 9:19 am

      I love you, Marisa! Hope your mom enjoys the gift.

  • Becca July 13, 2010, 4:46 pm

    That spread looks delicious! The idea of canning terrifies me. I just feel like it’d all go terribly wrong and I’d wind up with a store cupboard full of mouldy fruit!

  • lisa July 13, 2010, 5:03 pm

    I will check out that canning tester pack. I’ve wanted to try canning but it sounds so daunting and time consuming. Last year we had too many tomatoes and peppers to eat and it would have been nice to can the produce from our garden instead of throwing them away…

  • Amanda @ Eat to Live, Live to Run July 13, 2010, 5:06 pm

    I’ve been super interested in canning for a while now, but unfortunately I haven’t really had the time to explore it. I borrowed a couple of books from the library, but never got a chance to delve into them. I’d love to hear how your experience goes. Canning salsa would be amazing, as well as apple and pumpkin butters.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 13, 2010, 5:08 pm

    I’ve never personally done any canning, but my parents make a huge batch of 100 jars of tomato sauce every fall. It is the best tomato sauce I’ve ever tasted!

  • Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife July 13, 2010, 5:28 pm

    I am all about canning. Actually my bf makes preserves and jams already andwe are going to try canning them sometime soon. I’ll post about it of course!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write July 13, 2010, 5:37 pm

    Just pre-ordered your book! I didn’t realize that the publisher liked the pre-order thing better. I definitely want to help a fellow author!

  • Lisa July 13, 2010, 5:38 pm

    I have HUGE plans for canning and a veg garden, however, I also suffer from a black thumb. I’m jealous of how cheap blueberries are…$8 a punnet in Oz at the moment, I miss that about the States.

  • Amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler July 13, 2010, 5:40 pm

    I’ve never tried canning, but I’m interested. It seems like a skill worth learning.

  • Anna July 13, 2010, 5:45 pm

    I love canning! I actually just made 25 jars of strawberry jam with my mom last month. I also have kind of an unhealthy obsession with Ball mason jars. I drink water and smoothies out of them, use them as flower vases, and store all kinds of stuff in them. I just think they’re so stinking cute.

    When I made my jam, I acutally got to use my deceased grandmother’s canning supplies which was sort of neat. I wrote up a recap post with a little tribute to her too.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) July 13, 2010, 5:49 pm

    Fabulous post, and delish food pics!!

  • Heather July 13, 2010, 6:11 pm

    interestig! I think its cool you can try it out so cheaply with that kit!

  • Maria July 13, 2010, 6:46 pm

    Hey there! Looks like you had an awesome lunch today. I’m sure you enjoyed it. I just came across your blog and love it!! I am definitely going to add it to my blogroll and stop by often.

    I actually never canned anything before but because I now live with two roommates and we all like to freeze things, our freezer is always bursting with foods. I often thought about canning but never got the nerve to try it. I am definitely interested in it though and can’t wait to see your results 🙂

    • Caitlin July 14, 2010, 9:20 am

      Thanks for checking out the blog!

  • Kim July 13, 2010, 7:10 pm

    I’ve always figured canning was super complicated but I think I might be inspired to give it a try! I would love to do some pickles, beets, jams, spag sauce and who knows what else I’ll think about!

    I was just on amazon.ca and noticed that your book is available for preorder up there, so I’ll for sure be placing an order this week 😀

    • Caitlin July 14, 2010, 9:20 am

      Thank you so much Kim!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 13, 2010, 7:15 pm

    That lunch sounds AMAZING! And I’ve already pre-ordered your book!

  • Lisa @ bakebikeblog July 13, 2010, 7:21 pm

    wow! What a fun event!!!
    Amnd I cant believe how soon your book is released! Where has the year gone!!!!

  • Crystal July 13, 2010, 7:24 pm

    I canned fruit for the first time last year. I made applesauce, pear sauce, peaches and strawberry jelly. Once you get the first batch done it’s really easy. The only issue we had was with the jelly.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 13, 2010, 7:30 pm

    We always get really awkward canned foods from the older lady a few houses down. She hasn’t given us pickled pig’s feet yet, but it’s only a matter of time 😉

  • Laura (Starloz) July 13, 2010, 7:34 pm

    I love the idea of canning but I’ve never really had the time to do it. I’d love to know more about it.

    I love markets & exploring a new city too.

  • Beth July 13, 2010, 7:40 pm

    I grew up canning vegetables and fruit from my grandparents’ garden and fruit trees. Every late summer/early fall my mom and my grandma and I canned for days. I still can every year. I love it.

  • Dominique July 13, 2010, 7:51 pm

    Your eats are making me very hungry, especially snce I have had dinner yet. Your dessert looks amazing. Thanks for the reminder about your book. BF is ordering it for me from Amazon–yay!

    I’ve never canned anything on my own before but have helped my dad make apricot jam several years back from the surplus of apricots from our backyard. There’s going to be more apricots than we can eat again this year so I’ll probably ask my dad to teach me the canning process. Can’t wait for your giveaway–I’ll be looking forward to your review.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels July 13, 2010, 8:18 pm

    Nope I have never canned before! And you know what I totally still forget to let people know that I’m not going to eat the meat option. I always feel so bad when I get a plate in front of me because I know it goes to waste. It’s not really something I think about in my regular day so when I go out I easily forget it!

  • Jess July 13, 2010, 9:00 pm

    What an awesome looking lunch. I was up visiting good friends of mine in Charlotte last month and have a post up today about our art walking tour in Uptown….you would probably love some of the pieces and spaces, so check it out if you get a chance!

    Happy Tuesday!

  • Erin July 13, 2010, 9:25 pm

    Everything looks so fresh and delicious! Can’t resist a good farmers market. 🙂

  • Morgan July 13, 2010, 9:30 pm

    I just made homemade pickles with garlic, rosemary, & chiles! And since blueberries are in season, I made some homemade blueberry jam-I highly recommend.

  • John July 13, 2010, 9:41 pm

    My mom use to can as far back as I can remember. I myself can’t be bothered right now since I’m on my own.

  • Chelsey July 13, 2010, 10:43 pm

    those are some pretty ladies you were with!!! 🙂

  • Christina July 14, 2010, 6:34 am

    My dad used to make canned salsa every summer! If I remember correctly he grew some of the vegetables and bought the rest. But of course you could buy them all too!
    Very delicious & a great gift!

  • Wei-Wei July 14, 2010, 10:15 am

    Hahaha I LOVE seeing almost double posts on KERF and HTP! You guys are both one of my favourite blogs 😀 I’ve never canned before, and I don’t know any circumstance where I would, sorry. Those desserts look fantabulous 😉


  • OurDogBuffy July 14, 2010, 11:59 am

    Already ordered your book! Can’t wait for it to drop! I LOVE farmers’ markets! I go to one weekly, plus belong to a co-op. I don’t think there’s anything better than FRESH fruits and vegetables!

  • Michal July 14, 2010, 4:21 pm

    I love the first picture in this post!
    I’ve been curious about canning ever since I read about it here: http://virginiafoodie.typepad.com/gardenapartment/2009/08/25-pounds-of-tomatoes-and-how-to-can-pasta-sauce.html
    I’d love to try it some time – and that canning kit looks cute!

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