On The Road Again

It is the peak of canning season! So many fun things to can. Come and join us at the gourmet kitchen in Alamo. Please contact The Kitchen to sign up for this class.

The Watermelon Hot Sauce is great in tacos, on grilled pork or as a salsa with chips.
 
This is a chutney that has sweet, sour and spicy going on. Spicy Tomato Chutney can be used with lamb, grilled meats or chicken skewer . 
 
Lavender Ginger Pickled Blueberries can be used on pork or with goat cheese as an appetizer. These sweet berries have been transformed to a tart pickle with a beautiful under tone of lavender and ginger.
Please contact The Kitchen to sign up for this class.
The Kitchen at Alamo Hardware
3211 Danville Blvd
Alamo CA 94507
phone 925.837.2420 ext.313
fax 925.837.2419
See you in class

Up Coming Classes

 

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Sorry I’m still having troubles with All In A Jar’s Class calendar.

Here is what’s coming up.

Aug. 27 11:00am at “The Farm” In Ione
This Sage-Peach Jam is wonderful on a scone, toast, in yogurt or on a pork chop. Curried Pineapple Mango Chutney   has fruit and warm  spices, such as black pepper, cardamom, cloves, chilies and cinnamon. We will toast the spices to bring out their flavors, then grind into a ready-to-use seasoning. We will have a sit down lunch and dessert. You will go home with a jar from each recipe.
Sept. 10 11:00am at “The Kitchen” In Alamo
We will be making one of my favorite jars ” Roasted Eggplant Bell Pepper Spread.” You can do many recipes with this jar, you can make into a pasta sauce, stuffed manicotti, grilled cheese sandwich, put it on cheese pizza or make it into an appetizer, place it on some toasted baguette bread with some parmesan cheese topped with fresh basil.
For those that love a great Bloody Mary, we will be making ” Bloody Mary Mix” How nice would it be to have homemade mix on hand?
Roasted Balsamic Tomato and Caramelized Onion. This jar is screaming put me on a steak or toasted baguette bread.

 

Sept. 17 11:00am at “The Farm”  In Ione
” Sparkling Berry Preserve” can be used like a jam, put in on toast, put it in a crepe, or use it as an appetizer with blue cheese on crackers. I like to use mine on brie cheese with toasted nuts and wrap it with puff pastry and bake until golden brown. ” Eggplant Caponata” is like Italian salsa. Place it in a sandwich, on a steak or on top of some eggs.

Oct. 1  11:00am at “The Kitchen” In Alamo
Getting ready for Oktoberfest. We will be making two different kinds of sausage. One will be Bratwurst Sausage and a Potato Sausage. To go with the sausage we will make some Coarse Ground Mustard and some Fennel-Onion Relish.

Oct. 29 11:00am at “The Farm”In Ione
I have been canning Beans and we are loving it. They are good for you and make a quick and easy meal. That is if you remember to soak the beans, which I always forget and that is why I have been canning them. I have to say they taste better than if you had soaked them. I’m not sure why, but they do. Home made Vegetable Broth is so good and you can make a wonderful meal with in minutes. Just open a jar and add some fresh vegetables, add a jar of beans and you are sitting down to some healthy soup. We will be having a sit down lunch. You will go home with a jar from each recipe. And we are going to make a pie for dessert.

Action Packed Weekend

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What a fun weekend!!! It started on Thursday after class; one of my

students and I went on a field trip to Berkeley Bowl. I had a great time

showing her all the different produce that they have to offer. Just the variety of

mushrooms alone would blow you away.They have a bargain produce area

that is wonderful for canners to pick up some very ripe tomatoes, plums and a

few other things. We also picked up some organic vanilla beans at a

amazing price, four in a package for $3.99. Score!!! We also visited the bulk

section and picked up some mustard seed, raw sugar, spices and sesame

seeds. The next day I spent canning for my family. I had tomatoes left over

from class and I got two bags of tomatoes from the bargain produce 5

pounds for $2.78. Yes, people $2.78. Score again. I got some beautiful

green beans to make Fasolakia Green Beans in Tomato sauce. This is a

Greek recipe that my family loves. In order to put vegetables in a jar

with out vinegar (pickling) you need to use a pressure canner. So I had

the pressure canner making my green beans and had the water bath canner

going too. I had a lot more tomatoes then I thought so, I made a new Tomato

Jam. It is yummy with a hint of Garam Masala. This is a spice mix that has a lot

going on and is used in Indian food frequently. The ingredients are Coriander, Sichuan,

pepper, Anistar, Fennel seeds, Cumin, Seeds, Cloves, Kalpasi, Pepper Chili,

Black Cardamom, Bay Leaves, Cinnamon, and Ginger. Very rich in flavor.

For the other tomatoes I made a new Tomato Hot Sauce. If you have been

here for a hot sauce class you know I make hot sauce many ways, but this is

the first time I made it with tomatoes. It is full of flavor and just the right

amount of heat. But my weekend wasn’t over yet! I’m sure you have heard me say “The best part of food is, that it

is endless and we can ever get to the end.” Gotta love that. So on Sunday I went to the

Farm To Fermentation Festival and Fundraiser. WOW, I can’t wait for next

year to go again! It was a wonderful event and I learned so much. I wish I could

clone myself because there where classes coming on at the same time that I

would have loved to be in each one. Next year I think I will ask a few friends

to go with me, that way each person can go to a different class and take notes

and at the end we could sit and exchange notes. Some of the classes included: ” Your

Digestive Health”, “Making Healthy Sodas”, ” Using a Water Lock to make

Kimchi”, “Traditional Meat Curing” and much more. There were vendors as well selling

things like tools for home fermenting, Apple cider, goat cheese, kimchi and

some canning supplies. I can’t believe I was able to pack in so much fun and learning in one weekend!

See you in class