Kimchi illustrated postcards

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Love your guts! Enjoy keeping in touch with your fermenting friends with these full-color, illustrated kimchi postcards. They feature hand-drawn original art by C. Valentine. Set contains 5 cards.

Order here.

Waterbath canning class at in.gredients

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Get your ticket here and join the FaceBook event, too!


Fermentation workshop Feb 15 2014

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Space limited, sign up here!


Austin Pressure Canning class series

Kate is planning a series of pressure canning classes, both a basics course and an advanced course, just east of Austin for January 2015. It will be on January 24, please email Kate if you would like to be alerted when the sign-up is available online.

October Food Preservation Series at Whole Foods Austin


Join Kate Tuesdays in October for a series covering delicious ways to preserve fall fruits and vegetables.

  • October 8: Chutney & Canning
  • October 15: Making Fruit Butters
  • October 22: Vinegar Pickles
  • October 29: Fermenting Kimchi & Sauerkraut

For more info or to sign up please email Laura Benold.

Food Preservation Series at Whole Foods


Join Kate Tuesdays in August/early September for a series covering different kinds of food preservation. For more info or to sign up please visit Whole Foods ATX website.



Pear Canning with Women.Design.Build


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Holiday giveaway – Savory Spice Shop

Every year our family makes a hot cocoa blend for friends and family. This year we ditched the old recipe because I recently learned that there’s more to powdered milk than meets the eye. (Not that hot chocolate needs to be healthy, I’d just rather it not be modified in terms of the whole ingredients that go in it.)

I found a simple (and possibly boozy!) version and tried it out. It’s easy and delicious and can be modified based on all the dietary needs out there, e.g. subbing agave or something else for the sugar or a dairy-free milk for the whole milk.

Pre-made kits for special treats are a sweet and thoughtful gift idea and our local Savory Spice Shop has a cool kit for the chocolate-obsessed on your list (which may very well be yourself).

Savory Spice Shop’s has offered up to one lucky Austin-area resident a Loco Cocoa kit. This fab prize–and great value (under $25!)–includes 4 bottles of cocoa (Dutch Process, Natural Cocoa, Mexican Cocoa and Mayan Cocoa) and 1 sample-sized black onyx Dutch Process Cocoa Powder. The shop is a great place to look for holiday baking needs or gifts for your food-loving friends. Whether you’re thinking of just buying dutch processed cocoa in bulk (the most affordable option) for a homemade hot cocoa mix or upping the fancy ante a bit with a kit like this, I do hope you’ll check them out!

As a special end-of-year thanks to my Austin following, I’m also giving away one of the aprons we created and have up in the shop right now. It’s a great fit for both men and women, on a charcoal colored base that’s USA-made and locally screenprinted by the good guys over at 3DG Graphics. With two pockets and an adjustable neck, these aprons provide inspiration to get cooking in the new year (if not sooner!).

Enter by signing up for my Austin events email list below by 11:59pm on December 31, 2012. Email addresses will not be shared with any outside parties. You may easily and definitely unsubscribe from the list upon receipt of the first email.

Terms: Winner must live in or near Austin, Texas for local pick up of goodies, pick up is at Savory Spice Shop on West 6th Street; this is an independently-owned store and does not include the Arboretum location.

It’s ok if you are already on the local events mailing list; I use a service called Formstack that collects and timestamps all submissions on the form, regardless of status on the mailing list; duplicate email addresses are removed when added to the master list. Good luck!

disclosure: Savory Spice Shop provided me with a Loco Cocoa kit for review, but my opinions are still my own

The aprons are here!

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These durable tw0-pocket, bib aprons are hand-drawn (by Kate) and locally screen printed in Austin TX. Base is USA-made, polyester/cotton blend with an adjustable neck strap.

Color options: Charcoal, Purple, Magenta, Turquoise & Red

$24.50 + shipping

order here

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Ball Canning partnership & giveaway

In conjunction with the launch of an exciting brand partnership with Jarden Home Brands, the makers of our favorite Ball and Kerr canning jars and canning equipment, I’m hosting a fall giveaway.

I’m really excited to partner with Jarden’s fine lines of canning jars and goodies on my monthly canning classes and food preservation blogging endeavors. This partnership means I will be able to bring discounts, new goodies and other fun incentives to class attendees and canning fans.

Two winners will be selected, one local to my hometown, Austin, Texas, and one anywhere in the U.S.

The U.S. resident winner will receive:

The Austin winner will receive:

To enter fill out this form and be sure to enter your city, so I know in which drawing to enter you! I am the sole recipient of this information and will not share your email address with anyone. Winners will be selected on November 5 at midnight CST.

Disclosure: This is an in-kind sponsorship, which means I am receiving in-kind, relevant item donations in exchange for my exclusive support of Jarden’s wares.