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Canning with Marisa McClellan

Marisa McClellan - Local Food Writer

Marisa McClellan – Local Food Writer, Canning Expert, and Blogger Extraordinaire

This Saturday, we are excited to welcome¬†Philadelphia’s own Marisa McClellan, author of the nationally renowned blog Food in Jars, who will be signing copies, in our store, of her debut book of the same name.

Our talented staff member Mandie, inspired by Marisa, gives us this interesting personal vignette of her introduction to canning. We think you’ll enjoy it!

I first became enamored with the idea of canning and home preserving shortly after I started working at Fante’s. I knew nothing about preserving at that time, since no one in my family had ever even considered it, and my interest was piqued when I noticed people purchasing huge amounts of Ball jars, usually at least two to four cases at a time. Curious, I asked one customer what they were planning on doing with all those jars. The customer replied, “I’m canning tomatoes from my garden.”

I was baffled. Why would you do that? You can buy canned tomatoes at the grocery store, I thought to myself. But my curiosity was piqued. As the summer went on, more and more people began buying Ball jars, and I kept asking. “I’m making pickles,” one customer told me, or “I just bought a bushel of peaches, and it’s jam time!” Soon my mind was bursting with inspiration of all the wonderful things I could fill my pantry with.

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Super Foods

Pizza crust is sort of like a bread bowl, right? Photo courtesy Zen Can Cook.

We’re almost a week away from America’s most popular sporting holiday. The Super Bowl has different meanings for many of us. For some, Super Sunday is the culmination of months of gut-wrenching fandom, the ultimate contest to determine if your team will end their season with the Vince Lombardi trophy held aloft, or if they’ll head home to a long summer filled with what-ifs. For those of us whose team didn’t make the big game? Eh, we’ll probably catch a few downs during commercials for the Puppy Bowl. I mean, it is still the biggest game of the season!

Now, everyone has their official, uber-hyped game day meals. That’s all fine and dandy, and we have some dynamite suggestions, too. But we also wanted to offer a few cautionary tips to help you avoid a super disaster at your game day party.

Tip 1: Stay away from soups

Imagine yourself strolling through the door with a Thermos (or Guy forbid, a Crock Pot) full of New England Clam Chowder. You won’t exactly be greeted as a culinary hero. Granted, the New England Patriots are representing the AFC in the game. This doesn’t mean you should take the Chowder Head idea literally! Continue reading

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Fante’s Foodie Resolutions, 2012 Edition

Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand BlenderWith the short break between Christmas and the New Year celebrations comes the classic reflective period, which many of us use to focus on how to make the next year better than the last. Everyone makes resolutions at the start of every new year, and we’re no different.¬† So here are the top three resolutions from the folks at Fante’s.

1. Eat Healthier

Probably one of the all-time most-broken resolutions – don’t let that happen to you!

We’re sure you’ve heard of the old saying that you should never eat something if you don’t know what’s in it. Well, the best way to know what’s in something is to make it yourself!

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