Today I had the opportunity to explore Uptown (really downtown)! It was really fun to see the â€œcityâ€ 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 Iâ€™m kind of curious about canningâ€¦ It just seems complicated. But wouldnâ€™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 â€œDiscovery Kitâ€ is only $10 to $12 (you can buy it at Loweâ€™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 inâ€™s and outâ€™s of canning. He made it seem easy and non-intimidating. Iâ€™m game! I snagged on sample Discovery Kit for myself and one for a fun GIVEAWAY! Iâ€™ll probably do the giveaway when I post about my own canning experiences, so stay tuned.
We ate as we talked + watched! I shouldâ€™ve immediately alerted the server that I was a vegetarian so they didnâ€™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.
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 farmerâ€™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 canâ€™t believe the book drops on August 3 â€“ Iâ€™m starting to freak out a little bitâ€¦ but in a good way. If youâ€™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 Boundâ€¦ Itâ€™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?