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Jelly is new for me this year and so far I made orange rubber once and cherry jalapeno jelly with more success than my first attempt. I have chocolate mint in my garden that screams for attention every 2 weeks or so — and I usually dry it for tea in winter. There is always more than enough though, and so I think mint jelly will fit the bill. I hope I get to it! I want to feed my friends hot pastrami and homemade sauerkraut on my own dark rye with gooey swiss. Should be yummy! My current kitchen project is to find a decent tasting homemade salsa recipe.

Rather disappointing. I really want to tackle canning good soups and other recipes. This year I made pineapple salsa with tomatoes from my backyard. I planted pickling cucumbers but got a total of 3!

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I would like to become a better gardner so that I can preserve more of my own food. I am in an urban neighborhood with a little too much shade for a great garden. This year I have lbs of tomatoes coming from a local farm so my project is canning lots of salsas and sauces! I feel less intimidated by freezing. Pretty comfortable with jam type items and now venturing into pickled items. Dill pickles today as the pickling cucumber in my garden is bursting. I think I say this in your comments all the time, but I really would like to try canning.

I have really been wanting to grow, and then can the tomatoes. I wanted to can the puree, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and then salsa. This year we were out of town too often to have a garden,but this next year I really want to. But I also need to learn how to can first;p. Oh my list of kitchen projects where do I start…. What a pretty cover! Should have started it months ago so I could have it for Christmas presents, but oh well!

I want to start a garden. I also want to start learning to can meats. I want to perfect a signature bloody mary mix. The boiling, peeling, and deseeding the tomatoes is deterring me from getting started! I have this book on my Amazon wish list. My kitchen project is to stop reading about canning and actually can something! I would love to take my food preserving into my own hands!

I have fond memories of eating it as a child, and I just recently got the recipe from her. Just trying to keep up with the pickles. Experimenting with a juicer to find new ways to combine fruits and veggies into a delicious healthy drink. I am cooking healthier this summer….. Also eating more organic. This book looks delicious! That books looks cool! I have wanted to try smoking meats for preservation for some time. It would make a great kitchen project!

As for the kitchen project I have been meaning to tackle, all this week I have been needing to make cuccumber agua fresca. I love any new ideas of what to do with produce. My favorite items include making all sort of syrups for holiday gifts, especially ones which can not be found in stores.

Pear with ginger, cinnamon scented peach, or mixed berry blend. My major kitchen projects are pickles, jams, and bread. I purchased some of those under the cupboard glass holders, where the stem of the glass slide into place and hangs upside down for easy reaching. A kitchen project I want to try? Easy: chutneys and mustards. Intermediate: cheese. Hard: bacon and other meats.

I love her other book. I make her crackers regularly. My next kitchen challenge will be to learn to smoke cheese. My next kitchen challenge I plan to conquer is making homemade ricotta. I need to put up tomatoes. My garden is churning out a glut of them and I plan to make soup, sauces, and salsas. Most of my kitchen is a project. I am one of your formerly far away readers who moved the USA recently and now struggles hard. Ingredients taste and even react differently.

My usual spelt flour is incredibly expensive, I have far to much mint and still take pictures of certain fruits, roots and squashes to check with google. To figure what I could do with it and where it comes from! I love making my own dressings, condiments, relishes, and could do with lots of help in this new kitchen and home country of mine.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway! Great giveaway! I am going to be canning some cherry ice cream topping with some of my 20 qts of frozen cherries!! Well, that pressure canner has been giving me the evil eye — soon I shall have to take it off the shelf, ignore my fears, and go for it! This book looks inspiring! I have never made pasta, but this fall I want to pick up a pasta maker and learn the craft. My daughter has about a acre of blackberries so im looking to make whatever i can with them ,blackberry cobbler ant then jams and whatever else i can find to do with them.

My project I need to tackle is green beans! I am dying to tackle a salsa canning project this summer. I have never canned tomatoes and am excited to try…. I am suddenly longing for fall kitchen projects, like making gallons of applesauce like I do each year. I would love to win this book, my 5 year old and I are learning how to can. It is almost time to start the flavored vinegars for Christmas give aways. I would love to tackle a hot sauce for the non-salad eaters among our friends too.

And my shelf absolutely needs this new cookbook. My kitchen projects are a little challenging right now as we just bought our first house this summer and my kitchen is still a bit torn up. However, I am still trying to put up as much as possible this year, at least tomatoes and tomato products. The amount of food and the number of meals I made with them in the past year was amazing. I find that my TRUE love in the kitchen is experimenting with new and unusual recipes.

I may not be the best cook but I can follow directions! I am looking forward to making apple butter this fall! I currently have an abundance of yellow squash and will tackle relish this weekend. Yummy …. My project plans involve installing some pull-out trays in my lower cupboards so I can better organize my supplies. I am planning on peach preserves, sliced peaches in light syrup, and peach fruit leather tomorrow! And roasted heirloom roma tomatoes!

I really need to reorganize my cabinets. And make blackberry jam for all the teachers this year.

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Whenever I do competitions with these items, people tell me how much they like my sauce and ask where they can buy it. It seems like canning and selling the sauce, makes sense. I have never been a canner, so I have a lot to learn. What a delicious-looking book!

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My most neglected kitchen project is that I need to organize and find a better place for my herbs and spices. Right now they live on the counter, in no particular order. I was inspired by your post about the roasted tomatoes, and a conveniently timed sale on tomatoes.

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This book might be able to help me with my latest pipedream. How about smoked-dried tomatoes! You know you wanna! The newest additions to my growing list of new projects include trying to make soft cheeses and finding a pressure canner in order to learn how to pressure can soups for the wintertime. I have soo many make my own mayo, ketchup, mustard and other condiments. Clean and mop the floor.

Throw out old spices and replace with new whole seeds-get a spice grinder. Make some homemade applesauce one batch cinnamon the other unsweetened regular. I want to can oodles of tomato-based things this year…but my tomato plants look so very sad, so I need to be on the prowl for decently priced tomatoes. I love seeing creative things. And I experience other places with books…. This book looks interesting! My goal this year is to overcome my fear of pressure canning!

I can still remember green beans raining from the kitchen ceiling. I try to make everything at home, but cereal is one of those things that I still buy in the package. But… someday! Perhaps next week…. I am new to all of this, so i am looking forward to canning my own food, especially jams and pickles! I would like to try fruit in a syrup. I chickened out and made cherry bounce instead of putting the cherries in a syrup.

I have had great luck with all of your blog recipes-thanks for sharing. I want to can Tuna this year!! I have some friends that gave us some of theirs and the taste was amazing! Love, love, love it. So my big project to to can plain tomato sause and crushed tomatoes. Fantastic giveaway. I LOVE her first book. I really want to try her crackers.

Gearing up for my holiday gift canning. I always come up with a jam to give alongside. Last year was bourbon peach, a huge hit. What to make this year? The possibilities are endless! I am waiting patiently on my garden, I regularly make homemade pizza and spaghetti. I really would like to can my own sauces! Also, putting up the vegetables from the garden for the winter!

I would love to be completely self sufficient one day. Thanks for the chance to be a part of this giveaway. I am trying to find a good bread recipe that I can use everyday for sandwiches and such. I really want this book. I recently made gravlax, which was amazing. I am working on our family being as self sufficient as possible.

I adore canning and preserving and need as many ideas as possible…. After successfully making yogurt in a slow cooker! So maybe the time is ripe. Looks like another great book! The kitchen project that needs to be done is finish labeling and storing all of the jars put up so far. Dream project? Master my fear of pressure canning.

But for today it is get my peach jelly done and figure out what I am doing with all of the tomatoes that were given to me this morning using produce and pantry items on hand. Since the goal is to not spend any more money until pay day. I need a push to start canning. My mom used to make jam every summer. We would get fresh berries in the morning, she would make pie that day and start jam early the next morning.

Homemade jam is so much better that store bought. Jam and tomatoes would be a good start for me! Such a lovely memory you have Deb! I hope to have a daughter someday who will be able to repeat your words to some or the same variation. Wish us all luck on our various projects! I really want to get into dehydrating fruits and vegetables…. I would love to win this book. I remember sitting at the kitchen table on a hot summer night peeling a bushel of peaches with my grandfather, while my grandmother processed jar after jar.

When they get ripe too fast you had better get to work , no matter what time it is!! Mine are so dense and non-fluffy! Soon I will do it. Maybe it will be a good winter project. But- I plan on making BBQ sauce when if my tomatoes finally ripen and to can beets without pickling them this year. I hope that book is as good as it looks. That book looks fantastic! I have been wanting to try making gravlax for some time. The plan is to swap trout that DH caught this spring for salmon, so everyone should be happy!

Roasting, peeling, and seeding 60lbs of green chiles can take up the whole day, so my canning friend and I are thinking about tackling it together! My big goal and fear is canning tomato sauce…I planted tomatoes in my first-ever garden and am growing a huge crop from the six plants I put in. I will make eggplant tomato caponata also a new recipe but will tackle the sauce with a little trepidation. I may break out my pressure canner for that one… Love your posts and fabulous information! And to put up some tomatoes for my tomato loving husband this winter.

My kitchen projects include: — a peach chutney — green tomato pickles — dilly beans — tomatoes with basil — tuna in oil and jalapenos. Would like to learn to make ricotta, cottage, and soft cheeses and make another batch of jalapeno jelly that uses cranberry juice as the liquid. I want to make my own sous vide machine using a rolling cooler the kind you keep sodas in. Then, I want to sous vide items using homemade powdered smoke to impart a smokey flavor.

Maybe I can can them afterward! Hope I win! With watermelons in the garden, all ripening at the same time, I want to try drying some very thin slices. I have a friend who did this and the dry morsels were so much better than I ever expected. They had good flavor, and just melted on your tongue. My kitchen project I want to tackle is to make some hard Spanish chorizo. I am just learning how to can. So my kitchen project is to can the tomatoes from my garden and to make some jam.

I loved her first book as well! My husband is an avid hunter so it should come in handy! Next up is some pesto from basil that I picked. What a cool looking book. It just fascinates me that people make them from scratch, and I even saw one woman make yogurt in her crock pot! Your blog and facebook page are so inspiring! Definitely have been wanting to try to smoke foods! Elderflower and Elderberry recipes! We recently bought a cabin in the North Georgia mountains and discovered we have a beautiful Elderberry tree. We were there in early June when the beautifully delicate and fragrant flowers were blooming.

Loved watching the bees polinate the flowers and saw the start of the berries before we had to go back home to Florida. I was so excited to see the recent post with all the Elderberry recipes! I will definitely be canning with the berries next summer and making Elderberry cordials with the flowers! Thank you. Unless I can get some goats milk locally…. I really want to make cheese!

With the price of organic grass-fed raw milk, I just hate the idea of wasting it with a flop, so I keep putting it off. Also peach-almond conserve and peach salsa. I am trying to convince my boyfriend to build a smokehouse……. I have already made watermelon jelly and zucchini marmalade.

Both were yummy! Amazing giveaway! Book looks dreamy! My project this year will be to fill the majority of canning jars I inherited when my mom passed away. She loved canning her own food, knowing that it was healthy and home made. The first to be worked up will be homemade applesauce using the apples from our own trees.

Wish me luck! As I type I am currently preparing homemade chicken soup to can! I love canning and just anything in the kitchen. My mother canned a ton of pickles and I remember all of that from my childhood.

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I have not caned much lately, but I had an opportunity to actually share my canning for the first time in a long time woth other people. I opened a cherished can and cut up my own dill pickles for potato salad. So cool. I met Karen at an event in San Francisco and totally agree. I would love to get my mits on her new book. I have been wanting to try canning something more than jam, with the garden growing the way it is I think it will be happening this year. I would love a copy of this book.

My current project is making jam out of the pounds of blueberries that my kids and I picked yesterday. Now if only January would roll around so we can have kumquats! This book looks great! I really need to do it sooner than later. We only have one jar of strawberry jam left on the self! Maybe next weekend. I just found your website while searching for some unique recipes to try now and put up before the colder months.

I have so many things I want to try but I am determined to expand my pantry with homemade vinegars, oils, and maybe even some homemade vanilla if I can convince my hubby that I really do need those expensive vanilla beans! So many things to choose from, I never leave the kitchen, except for that pesky thing called a job. I guess it would have to be mastering a pressure canner. I ordered two canning books this week so I would love to have this one too! At this very moment I am canning my greenbeans.

I just got back into canning after a long hiatus. I am loving it! Condiments, jam, crackers, pickles, sauerkraut, etc. The Mr. All I need is a little courage to brave the heat! The one project I want to do next is make ketchup. I would love to win the book, please enter me. Another major endeavor is getting my misc. My fiance recently brought home an old smoker that his grandmother had. I have no idea what to do with it, so it might be nice to have this book to give me some ideas.

Thanks for the opp! That and homemade ginger beer are high on my list! But, the green bean plants are calling me to make dilly beans, so…. My latest project is to rennovate my kitchen from top to bottom. At a family reunion a few years back I had some delicious homemade blueberry vodka. I better start now for Christmas! I have canned by water bath for years and this summer ventured into pressure canning. I would like to learn to can chili and soups. I want to be able to walk to my pantry and be well stocked with home canned wholesome food.

I plan to tackle all sorts of dairy projects, starting with goat cheese and ricotta. Just a few small pots with our most loved herbs. I have been wanting to try to make and can my own salsa.

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My next kitchen project is the Apricot Rosemary Jam, and it begins in about 5 minutes! Kitchen project: make mustard, found a couple of easy recipes that I want to try. Homemade mustard will make a great gift for people who appreciate a good sandwich, everyone in my family. My upcoming kitchen project is tomato sauce. At the moment the tomatoes are growing in the garden, and I plan to can enough to last the winter. I have been wanted to learn how to smoke fish. The one gadget we have that I have still not tried is the pasta maker attachment for the KitchenAid.

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It has three parts, for rolling and cutting. I want to make homemade salt water taffy. Oh I hope I win!!!! I would love to tackle homemade cereals. I looked into it when my son was a baby and starting rice cereal but it seems way to above my skills. I am sure everything else in the book I would like to try also! Growing up, if we made pie we always made extra crust and turned the leftovers into sweet and savory mini fried pies.

The first batch is in the slow cooker now, batch 2 will have to wait until tomorrow. I need a giant pantry for all my canning!!!!!!!! Plus, have 35 tomato bushes……. I really need to tackle my pantry. I love to try going beyond hot water bath canning by trying out some pressure canning still gotta get one of those!

More tomatoes! Every spring I regret not canning more tomatoes… this summer I have vowed to have a bigger collection so I need to buy fewer cans at the store. This is sooo crazy!! I picked blueberries today and was looking on-line for a ,moist blueberry cake recipe and was thinking of trying to make jam and one of the links led me here! This coming my bog kitchen project is making some jams, jellies and vinaigrettes. I also need to make some red cabbage sauerkraut to be canned and hopefully can the green cabbage sauerkraut.

I am always adding to my to do lists and want to do lists from this blogs, other blogs and many books I find. Would love this book to add to my collections and to my many projects. I have had a canning awakening this summer; we inherited box after box of jars from family members, for the first time, more are full than empty… and the tomatoes are just starting to ripen here in Wisconsin! I am soooo ready to start my spaghetti sauce. I just need all those tomatoes to turn red so that I have enough. Waiting for new canning jars to arrive and then bring on the tomatoes …you can never have too much spaghetti sauce!!

My kitchen goal is to acquire and learn to use a pressure canner. I want to be able to preserve more than just pickles! I have all my canning paraphernalia strewn all over my countertops, on the floor and on the kitchen island waiting for the BIG DAY! So my kitchen project will be to can all these tomatoes and then somehow get my kitchen back in order! So many tomatoes this year! I tried the tomato jam without perfect success, and would love to continue moving beyond salsa into tomatoland…. Sounds like a fabulous book! Want to find a kitchen project using our abundant lavender.

That, tiptoeing into pressure canning. I am mainly just trying to keep up with the produce from the garden. Wow, so much — I have been making some basic cheeses, and would love to eventually work up to a rich, creamy, delicious blue. The book looks amazing — thanks for the giveaway! But more immediately I just bought three big bags of peaches home today to do something fun with. While its not food, its a project to be done in the kitchen! My next big kitchen project is figuring out how to store my spices in a more organized and useful fashion.

Looking forward to seeing this one, especially the soda syrups as I have a Penguin Sodamaker. Chutney, ketchup, little bit of sauce? Dry some? Not really sure. I just bought Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it and love it. I recently made my own mayo, pickled my own beets and hope to soon make my own bacon. I keep meaning to make some maple marshmallows. And today I had the fantastic idea to make some bacon marshmallows. Really I should just get up and do that right now, but it IS a little late. Smoke, smoke, smoke is what I want to do! Jam a little too.

Another book would be heaven or at least a step closer to it. I was hoping to be able to make tomato jam with the abundance of tomatos I thought I would have from my garden this year but, alas, my tomato plant mysteriously died when my niece house sat for me while I was in Alaska for 12 days!

So I would like to make applesauce with the apples I have in my freezer from last year that a friend brought me back from upper state NY. Book sounds awesome! I stockpiled on sweet cherries when they were on sale and am dreaming of finally making black cherry kumquat jam and rhubarb and black cherry jam. And I have pureed sour cherries for chai spiced cherry butter.

The days when my great granny stood over her BWB all day are gone but i can imagine her crinkled nose at the idea of carrot jam! I keep her canner planted with herbs and tend it with love. I dont remember her ever looking at a book or recipe for canning. I love everything that has come out now.

This book looks great. Kitchen project i would like to tackle….. I just want crunchy dills this year. Crunchy dills without allum or the ilk. I am thinking grape leaves but will have to research more AND hope my kids 3 of them under 5 will cooperate. I have recently move in with a man i consider to be the love of my life. It looks amazing…. I would LOVE to try out the recipes in this book. You are such an inspiration! Danielle Moonstar voice. Show all 48 episodes.

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A perfect read-aloud for the whole family, this can easily be read by a newer reader. Parents who grew up on Judy Blume will enjoy it, as I did. Munsinger - Houghton Mifflin, 32 pages. Tacky is back, getting himself into predicaments that can only result in delighted, yet understanding, young readers. This time, Tacky is surfing while his more subdued penguin pals are napping on their iceberg. What can Tacky do to escape? Tacky will certainly find new fans with this book, while old fans will be reminded to reread the other Tacky books!

Find Tacky in Trouble at your local library. Hilarious cartoon illustrations scamper across the pages of this three-chapter book. Started when the men were fighting in World War II, talented females fed the love of the national pastime for loyal fans. The story of one such athlete is told by her daughter who takes fielding practice with her mama while they wait patiently for her daddy to come home safely. Illustrations in oil paints add movement and life to the story of a devoted little girl who captures women? Find Mama Played Baseball at your local library.

This early reader is full of fun facts about emperor penguins — their lifecycle, habitat, predators and even what they like to do for fun. With easy-to-understand explanations and plenty of illustrations, Emperor Penguins is a great choice for young animal lovers. Find Emperor Penguins at your local library. Parents need to know that this book is both too delicate, and possibly too scary on one page the jaws of a T-rex come out at the reader for young kids.

Also, though thoroughly researched, some of the information presented, both verbally and pictorially, is controversial, though the author is usually careful to indicate this. Families who read this book could discuss the science behind it, the sleuthing and inferences made by paleontologists. How did they figure out what the dinosaurs looked like and ate? What has caused their ideas to change? Families can also do further research together on the types of dinosaurs presented, or find out about other species.

Find Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs at your local library. This book proves that a tail can be more than just a tail. The appearance and function of tails as different as the prehensile tail of an opossum to the deadly tail of a scorpion to the beautiful tail of the Central American quetzal are discussed. Simple vocabulary and close-up color photographs enhance the appeal for young readers. This book follows the daily routine of five diverse animals at a water hole on the African savannah from dawn until midnight. The pages, which include a clock indicating the time of day, are packed with facts about the eating, playing, resting and sleeping behaviors of the animals found in this particular habitat.

The visually appealing photographs and the conversational style may just hook those reluctant readers. Find Water Hole at your local library. This brief chapter book featuring short simple sentences and basic vocabulary introduces the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright, inventors of the airplane. The brothers, who ran a bicycle shop, read about the flight research of German flier Otto Lilienthal. When Lilienthal dies in a crash, the brothers decide to continue his research and begin to build gliders. Technical terms are explained in words and pictures. An afterword provides an introduction to their scientific method, and a glossary is included.

This would be the perfect read for inquiring young scientists and those kids fascinated by aircraft and flight. This beautifully illustrated book chronicles the career of Latino baseball star Roberto Clemente, from his childhood in Puerto Rico, through his major league career, and finally to his tragic death in a plane crash on his way to aid earthquake victims in Central America. This inspirational story follows Clemente from humble beginnings his first baseball glove was made from a coffee-bean sack to World Series fame in the major leagues to his legacy as a role model for aspiring baseball players and as a hero to the people of Puerto Rico for his humanitarian work.

This is the moving and inspirational story of Sammy Lee, an Olympian diver.