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!

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.

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!

(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!
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  1. Holly
    March 5, 2014 8:17 am

    I love fermenting food, and would love to make more. Thanks:)

  2. Orlane
    March 5, 2014 10:44 am

    The day I have a bigger kitchen and some space I will get started on fermentation

  3. Saumer
    March 5, 2014 10:50 am

    Right after this I’m going to make sure that I get your posts to “show in newsfeed.” I grew up on homemade sauerkraut, pickles and kimchee, and have been itching to do it myself. I’m hoping to just see things that will motivate me more to preserve food at home.

  4. Starre
    March 6, 2014 10:51 am

    Thanks for the detailed ginger bug post on Paleo parents. I have made water kefir and kombucha but with 2 in our household its just to much to keep up with. We can only drink sooo much. I think the ginger bug will be fun and I love ginger. Thanks for a chance to win your book. I dont tweet or instagram but at least i have 2 chances;0)

  5. Starre
    March 6, 2014 10:53 am

    opps just read that you want to see more of what we want. I would like to see some interesting quick summer type kim chi recipes with the warm weather right around the corner

  6. Becky Davis
    March 7, 2014 9:48 am

    Hi! I’m a new reader. I found your site because I’ve been researching making kombucha. I’ve really been enjoying reading the archives. Thanks!!

  7. Mimi
    March 7, 2014 9:02 pm

    First time visitor to your site. I’m interested in finding new healthy drinks for myself & my family. I’m trying my hand at making my own Scoby and was looking for more info….
    Looks like a great blog!

  8. Cheri
    March 8, 2014 1:32 am

    Thanks to wonderful people like you who share your knowledge and experiences, I have started my very first batch of kombucha (which I love to drink, but find expensive to buy)! I can’t wait to try it!

  9. Darcie
    March 9, 2014 3:15 pm

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I’m new to fermenting so more tips and detailed posts would be nice. I followed your instructions on growing a scoby. Sooooo thankful for that!!

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