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LH 155: Simple, Seasonal Eating for Get-Togethers

LH 155: Throwing A Party With Real Food

It’s summertime and delicious flavor is EVERYWHERE right now.

There’s yummy seasonal flavor at the farmer’s market and it may even be in our own backyards (if we grow our own food).

What better way to enjoy that incredible flavor of in-season produce than by throwing a party with friends and family??

On today’s episode, I brought back Ashley English to chat about simple seasonal eating – especially when we’re throwing a party!

We chat about some fun and new ways to make throwing a party with organic food EASY and FUN.

This is NOT about you doing all the work and feeling overwhelmed. It’s about enjoying the people you invite over while you all enjoy the food.

Oh! And Ashley shares a recipe for making homemade plum liqueur.

I’ll drink to that!

You will learn:

  • How to throw a party without doing all the work
  • What does it mean to “bump-up-against” a season
  • Why a crafting element can take your event to a new level
  • Simple themes that make decorating a snap
  • How to bring nature to your table with crowd-sourced centerpieces
  • How to make plum liqueur
  • Tips for turning any season into a memorable party idea
  • And more…

Ashley English

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Ashley English has degrees in holistic nutrition and sociology. She has worked over the years with a number of nonprofit organizations committed to social and agricultural issues, is a member of Slow Food USA, and regularly writes for regional and national publications, both online and print.

She is the author of all four books in the Homemade Living series (Canning and PreservingKeeping ChickensKeeping BeesHome Dairy), as well as A Year of PiesHandmade GatheringsQuench, A Year Of Picnics, The Essential Book of Homesteading, and Southern From Scratch. 

Ashley and her family live in Candler, North Carolina, where they are converting their land into a thriving homestead.


Ashley’s Plum Liqueur Recipe:

Download Ashley’s plum liqueur recipe to learn how to preserve all of the sweet, nectary bliss of stone fruits.

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Resources & Links Mentioned:

Small Measure – Ashley’s Blog Image result for handmade gatherings ashley english

Handmade Gatherings* – Ashley’s Book

Home Dairy* – Ashley’s Book

A Year of Pies* – Ashley’s Book

A Year of Picnics* – Ashley’s Book

Keeping Chickens* – Ashley’s BookHome Dairy

Essential Book of Homesteading* – Ashley’s Book

Southern from Scratch* – Ashley’s Book

Canning & Preserving* – Ashley’s Book

Keeping Bees* – Ashley’s Book

Quench* – Ashley’s Book


Other Episodes You Might Like:

Real Food From Scratch With Southern Flair


Click here for the full transcript for Episode #155

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.