You know how I adore cooking and cookbooks, plus demonstrating recipes for you live in our PPB kitchen? Well, in a fit of rare planning, I've come up with a September–April calendar of demos (9 events*!) for you. Call today and reserve your place to gather 'round the counter. Our Fall/Winter/Spring events start in September with Jacques Pepin's new cookbook "A Grandfather's Lessons." What could be better for autumn meal inspiration? I can't wait!

First things first though. As I write, I'm getting ready for Thursday's "Canal House" Summer/Farmer's Market demo, simmering five pounds of tomatoes with fresh lemon and ginger, sugar and a cinnamon stick. Soon I will spoon the jewels into jars and voila: Tomato Preserves, all ready to be spread over Serrano ham and tiny toasts. There are still a few spots left, call (630) 765-7455 and join us!


*Note that we devoted three events to Vivian Howard's "Deep Run Roots" because we are THAT excited for it—Autumn, Winter, and Spring!