Congratulations! There was a time when people talking of their own wedding planning would induce eye rolling (oh to be young again…), but finding myself in your shoes, I light up when I hear the word “wedding”! I hope your party is everything you want it to be and more.
Congratulations Tim! I am sure your wedding will be fun and exciting. I dread the idea of organising one… One of the main reasons why we haven’t got married so far :) But I love that you get a big party with your friends, and food, and dancing, and even a honeymoon! Have fun in Europe!!
Congratulations on your wedding and your anniversary! Jars of jam make excellent wedding favors! I went to a Canadian-Swedish wedding a few years back where the mothers of both bride and groom made jam from regional berries. It was an excellent tribute to the happy couple, I thought.
Congratulations on your marriage. What a fun time of your life. Enjoy the celebration and your trip to Europe. We’ll miss your blogging to be sure.
The jam looks really tasty. I’m a Penn State Master Food Preserver and if you email me later when you’re back and have time, I’ll be happy to point you to some resources so you can safely preserve foods. It can be some of your winter reading.
Congratulations, and best of luck with the remaining planning! My wedding is just two and a half weeks away, so I totally hear you about being a bit distracted and finding the planning process to be a bit consuming. Have a wonderful time celebrating and honeymooning!
Congrats to you both! My husband and I had a City Hall wedding, followed by lunch with our freelancer friends at Blackbird. I was so intent on having a croquet-party-and-picnic wedding at our weekend farmhouse once the weather warmed up, that it didn’t occur to me to invite people who would normally work on a Friday. But almost three years later we haven’t done that. You’ve inspired me to get planning for next summer, which basically means finishing the house projects and thinking about which jam to give as party favors!
How very lovely, Tim. Best wishes to you and Brian.
It was a year ago now that I was planning my own wedding, so I can completly feel your joy, excitement and stress! Such a fun and wonderful time! My blog is full of referrences to our Big Day; don’t worry about the overshare… we love you and Brian!!!
Canning for your wedding is the new Jordan almond, apparently! I made Balsamic Thyme Fig jam for our little favors, and they were a success. (Blogged all about it, if your readers have an interest in the recipe.
I’m thinking of you, and sending you happy, positive energy!
Thank, everyone, for all of these warm wishes! Yes, I’ll share some pics and some stories.
Katie- I bought a Mauviel copper jam pot, which was very expensive. At first I worried it would be like the treadmill that people buy to lose weight but it just becomes a clothes rack. I can happily say I have used the pot it a lot and it makes the jam making experience SO good.
Congratulations to you both. Have a wonderful week with your families and we will raise a large glass to you all in Chicago. Celebrate, and I will make that jam. (I have some rose water, so that is a good start) I know a very excited person in London who is looking forward to seeing you both. Safe travels and have a wonderful healthy, happy life together. Hugs and love xxxx
I’ll be making jam today, and wishing I had that gorgeous copper pot for my raspberries & figs. So happy for you and Bryan! Cannot wait to see photos from your travels. Enjoy every second, and don’t give a moment’s thought to the blog… we’ll be here when you get back. :) All the best! xoxo
…Congratulations to you both! Such wonderful news! :o)
…I love weddings and I love that you had a simple ceremony in Salem, Mass., but I too agree that you have to include family & friends to make it ‘official’. :o) My husband and I got married at a historic courthouse in beautiful Hermann, Missouri; the heart of Missouri wine country. Back then I had longed for a formal church wedding but now I’m so glad that we opted for a small intimate ceremony just with a small gathering of friends and family.
…I wish you both nothing but the best that life has to offer! :o)
…Oh, I’m so tickled about the wedding that I forgot to say just how much I LOVE that copper pot! Gorgeous!
…And I will definitely have to put this recipe in my preserves archive for next year, it looks and sounds delish’! Just the photo of the copper pot with the remnants of jam left on the bottom makes me drool! Thank you for the recipe! :o)
I love how relaxed and nonchalant you seem about it all! I just got married (and did jam as favors for 170 guests- yikes) and the DIY aspect threatened to take over my life. I like to think it was all worth it when guests commented on how they loved all the personal touches, but it sure got hairy at the end. Just enjoy and don’t let it get out of hand like I did. :) Most of all, though- cheers and congrats from one newlywed to another.
Oh, and I have a copper jam pot similar to yours on my registry- I’m holding out hope that I may still receive it from one of the stragglers… (hey, I can dream!)
Mazel Tov from me too. Today is “erev Rosh Hashanah” –the eve of Rosh Hashanah–which ushers in a “sweet” Jewish New Year. Your posting is so timely, Tim! You will have a “sweet New Year” with the jam and on your honeymoon. I am so happy for both you and Bryan; the wedding could not have happened to a sweeter couple. (I’m just overflowing with “sweetness” references, aren’t I? :>))
I am very happy for both of you. I was missing reading your blog. Getting married is a great reason to have taken some much-needed time away from all of us. Congratulations, again!
Congratulations to you and Bryan!!!!! Very happy wishes to you for the wedding and honeymoon, and here’s to many more years! (Of wedded bliss, I meant. Although many more years of food blogging is exciting, too : )
My very best wishes to you and Bryan! Wishing you a wonderful and long life together full of good food! BTW I had my BEST dinner the other nite: Tomato Pasta with Caramel Cake for dessert! Thanks you for the inspiration and great recipes.
On this dreary day, what lovely news. Much happiness to you and Bryan. Your love of food and humor (and Bryan) should make for a lovely marriage. You must think about how to use the OP Farmer’s Market donuts with your jam. Oh, the possibilities!
Mazel tov on the impending nuptials, and best wishes for a sweet lifetime together! Of course you’ll have a great time in London & Paris. My advice: bring an extra suitcase. I was in London a few months ago & came back laden with British cookbooks. Are you going to the Borough Street Market? Neil’s Yard Dairy? Even the standard Waitrose supermarkets have cool stuff. Seventeen years ago, my husband and & I ate our way thru France for our honeymoon (using Patricia Wells’ Foodlover’s Guides to Paris & to France, which, sadly, would be years out of date now. (The Paris book had the coolest guide to eating organized by Metro stop.) My husband ate Berthillon ice cream for breakfast & snacked on giant loaves of pain Poilane (tucked under his arm) while walking thru Paris. I bought copper pots from Dehilleron and French bread-baking baskets, pastry rings, & edible gold leaf from MORA. You’ll have such a good time. Just remember to come back and blog about it!
thanks all for these continued wishes, it sure is making me happy!
ann, the kernels do have arsenic in them, but pretty small amounts. the amount in the jam is safe, but if you are uncomfortable using it, feel free to omit.
Carollina! You just got me really excited for the trip! So much energy goes into the wedding that I sometimes forget we have this amazing trip ahead of us. I’ll let you know what I find and am already planning on bringing an empty suitcase! xo
Congratulations Tim!!! I’m so happy for the both of you and I’m such a sucker for weddings. I LOVED planning out my own wedding and loved having good friends and family drink and eat and dance, cuz really how often does that happen? As for the jam, I made some apricot jam this summer too and while not a huge fan of apricots, I loved the jam. This one looks gorgeous, as always.
Oh! and you must go to my most favorite restaurant in London (there are 4 locations, I like the Islington one) – Ottolenghi! I’m sure you will love it! they have a new joint called Nopi, I haven’t been but I’m sure it’s also killer! canela is lovely, too!
Mazel tov, Tim! I am so happy for you and Bryan. Hope your celebrations are wonderful and your honeymoon travels romantic and inspiring. I have followed your blog for a long time without posting a comment, but I wanted to you know a) you have been a real cooking inspiration to me; and b) that even a stranger shares in your joy.
This looks amazing, you sound amazing and your website is amazing!!! I can’t wait to try this and about a million of your other recipes. So I am glad you are going on a little break–it will give me a chance to go through the archives. : ) Congrats on every level! We eloped too–you are bold to go back and plan a celebration—love every minute…! Warm wishes to you both…!
Congrats on the wedding, wonderful news – and a good reason for distraction! My wife and I missed our third wedding anniversary this year, she was out of town on business, and I finally launched my blog. Wishing you every blessing under the sun!
Congratulations on your marriage (!!!), and best of luck planning your wedding! Having gotten married a year ago to a crowd of 200+, I feel you on the whole planning thing. It’s intense, but it’s worth it, in the end. And I hope you enjoy every step of the process.
And this jam? Looks absolutely LOVELY. I’ve never had anything with rose water, so it’s definitely something I think I need to check out ASAP.