Monthly Archives: March 2014

Happenings and a Fermented Giveaway

Hello friends,

I hope this finds you all doing well these days.  I am making it through this especially frigid Pennsylvania winter.  I am NOT a cold weather person so these last several months of snow and plunging temperatures has not been my scene.  I’m ready for summer.  Forget springtime and the rain.  Bring on the hot temps!

pickles

I wanted to bring you up to date with a few things happening around the whole First Comes Health world.  As usual, I’ve been experimenting around the purple kitchen of mine getting a few new recipes to post (next week!).  With the seasonal changes that are (hopefully!) upon us soon, I’m getting ready to start kicking my food preservation efforts into high gear.  This means, not only am I going to be fermenting things, but pickling, dehydrating, canning, and more.  I’m getting involved in the Pittsburgh Canning Exchange this year!  I was lucky enough to be invited to their fall swap a few months ago so I could sell copies of Fermented and I told the organizers that I had to be involved in any manner possible in 2014.  I’m meeting up with them in the coming weeks and I’m really excited.

CPE

If you happen to be in the western Pennsylvania area, I’m teaching two sessions of a class on how to start fermenting at home.  Each one is hosted by Fox Chapel Area Adult Education.  They are March 25 and April 8, both at 7 pm.  Check out their website for more details!

I’m finding it very difficult to communicate with all of you, dear readers.  If you’re a regular reader of any blog out there, you’ve probably heard this familiar lament – Facebook is messing with us!  What started out as a really great way for small businesses to communicate with clients and fans has morphed into a disappointing dead end.  Boo.  I am truly grateful for all 4700 or so of you who “like” me on Facebook, but I know that only a wee percentage of you are actually seeing First Comes Health in your newsfeeds.  You can change this by making sure that “show in newsfeed” is checked when you hover over the LIKE button on this page.  It’s totally discouraging when I put something up there and see that only 71 of you have seen it.  I hope you’ll help me change this around!

kitties love fermented(Good kitties love good books.)

I also want to remind you that there are many other ways you can keep in touch with me, know when I’m doing something, see photos of my antics (both culinary and personal), and interact.  I’m on Instagram (my favorite!), Twitter, and have a newsletter too. And in a shameless act of bribery, I’m going to give you some incentive to connect with me – a signed copy of Fermented.  I’m also trying out this Rafflecopter stuff, so please bear with me!

So, that’s about all for now.  The giveaway lasts for a week (officially ending on 12 March at midnight!), so enter and spread the word to others, please.  You have multiple chances to be successful!
a Rafflecopter giveaway