I felt subdued about entering my preserves in this year’s county fair. I’ll confess, my confidence was low. It may be because I did well last year — my first year — and I made a big deal about it. What if I went and bombed after I’d gone on about being a prizewinner? [...]
As someone who can’t stop putting food in jars, I sometimes get my priorities confused. On one hand, I have a compulsion to forage. I don’t know a lot of other middle-aged, middle-class women in Marin County who scale the fences of foreclosed properties or run off into the bushes to “rescue” fruit that would otherwise go wasted. (In truth, I don’t know even one, though I would like to.) My favorite kind of canning relies on what the world outside the supermarket so generously provides. [...]
The Christopher David Macarons were gorgeous — and coveted!
What do you do if you’re a passionate baker or bahn-mi-burger slinger who wants to sell good stuff but isn’t quite ready to launch a fully licensed business? Or if you’re a jam maker, like someone I know, who has no big business plans [...]