My favorite celebrities do not star in a reality tv show, tackle each other on a green field on Monday nights nor reinvigorate their career with a dance off competition. Yes, I certainly indulge in some couch time periodically but my favorite stars are doing things that I love – gardening, cooking and traveling! I wish I could spend time with them regularly as they create new flavors, grow beautiful food and explore new territories with great passion and perspective.
I was so glad to meet one of my favorite “celebrities” last summer when I was lucky enough to be working at a Food Bloggers Summer Potluck Workshop. After a summer of preserving fruit and herbs in crazy combinations to make unique jams and syrups, you can imagine how thrilled I was to meet Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars. I was even more happy when she was available to offer an Autumn Canning Class for The Kitchen Potager!
I was not alone in the excitement. Last Sunday, we had a sold out class of experienced canners and eager learners. Rather than chalk filled rooms with few windows and distractions from note passing with friends, we gathered in Linden Hill Gardens‘ sunny greenhouse while enjoying homemade treats and tea. Marisa who has offered canning information through cyberspace with devotion and passion, did not cease to amaze us. She reinforced and refined our techniques by demonstrating and explaining the science behind the directions with ease and humor. We enjoyed the afternoon and were inspired by our culinary super star to create gifts and concoctions for friends and family during the holidays – a much more rewarding activity at the kitchen counter vs the couch!
Please save the date April 14th 2012 for a Sweet & Savory Springtime Canning Class when Marisa returns to The Kitchen Potager!