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Preserving cranberries | NaBloPoMo day 7

A little short on time while I’m at BlogHer Food, so I updated my cranberry package on Punk Domestics.

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Drying Persimmon Slices | NaBloPoMo day 6

I love persimmons, and while I’ve been a bit obsessive about making hoshigaki in the past, it really is much easier to dry them in the dehydrator. If you don’t like the slithery texture of fully ripe hachiyas, this is a good way to use them when still firm. Find out more over on About Food Preservation.

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Bookends | NaBloPoMo day 5

Last night, we had dinner in the Bayview at the home of friends, one of whom was on my recent trip to Italy. She and her friend, who was also on the trip, recreated many of the tastes of our trip: Piadina, hand-rolled fresh pasta (including cappelletti, yum), and the wondrous cheeses and spreads we had in Emilia-Romagna.

Fast forward 24 hours, and I’m in Chicago, the evening before the BlogHer Food conference. I enjoyed dinner at a private residence (of the honorary consulate to the Principality of Liechtenstein, I’ll have you know) in the company of fellow bloggers. The hosts served up a massive bouquet of tastes that were entirely gluten- and dairy-free.

The meals, and the crowds, could not have been more different from each other. One, entirely laden with gluten and dairy; the other, not at all. But in both cases, the food was delicious, and enhanced by scintillating company and good wine (which, gratefully, has neither gluten nor dairy in it). Each night I saw familiar faces, and encountered new ones. Both nights were full of laughter and sharing and joy.

The food was delicious in both cases, but even if it weren’t, I wouldn’t have noticed. The best seasoning is the company of friends; the finest food in the world would be devoid of flavor without it.

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“Jerky Everything” by Pamela Braun | NaBloPoMo day 4

I’ve been enjoying my friend Pamela Braun’s new book, Jerky Everything, and you should too. Head over to Punk Domestics to read all about it, and enter to win.

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On the safety of homemade jerky | NaBloPoMo day 3

Hey, you know what's the easiest way to create content? Make someone else write it for you! Today over on About Food Preservation, I've excerpted a lovely piece on what precautions you need to take when making homemade jerky, from Pamela Braun's lovely book Jerky Everything. Don't eat beef? No problem, the book also covers fowl, seafood, and even fruits and vegetables. Stay tuned for a deeper review and giveaway! 

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