Tonight I am taking a canning class!
Last summer I found a great source for sour cherries and made gallons and gallons of sour cherry jam. Zoe was in town and helped me with that and we had a fun, if steamy, time. T and I put up 18 jars of pickles out of our garden. In the past I have canned peaches and pears and sauces and jams of all sorts. My mom and I used to make cherry plum jam every year and it was so good! It's very satisfying to have all of those beautiful jars of jam all lined up in the pantry, very satisfying!
So, last summer I found a recipe for sour cherry jam on this site, Food In Jars. Marissa McClellan, the blogger and canner extraordinaire, is teaching the class. She just published a cook book and is touring the country doing book signings and canning classes. Oddly enough, though she lives in Pennsylvania now she is an Oregonian, specifically a Portlander!
We're going to be making strawberry lemon jam in the class. I hope we get to take a jar home!
btw: I'm cross-posting this to my family blog...