So sorry for the delay in posting the winners of the Can You Can It? contest.
I've got a good excuse though, I swear! Hurricane Irene meant business here in upstate New York - we got 9 inches of rain in 24 hours, and gusts of wind up to 60 mph. It was a looong, scary storm that left tons of trees and power lines down and lots of flooding.
So we're still without power or internet chez nous and it may take up to 10 days to get it back. But we were much more fortunate than some of the neighboring towns in our area which suffered such severe flooding that there's not much left to call a town. Poor Prattsville and Windham have been basically washed away.
I am extremely grateful that we were spared that level of devastation. And also very grateful that my mom never lost power. I'm at her house right now, luxuriating in a couple hours of lovely electricity and wifi - just like a pig in shit!
But I'm rambling on - you want to know who won the contest, don't you? Those of you who followed the voting know that we had a real neck and neck race. And it ended in a tie!
So first place goes to both Julianne Puckett, the Kitchen Ninja for her Zucchini Chips - shown below
And first place also goes to Jen Barthell, the Neighborhood Foodie for her Blackberry Kumquat Cardamom Jam - shown below.
Congratulations to you both!!! I'll be in touch shortly to get your mailing addresses so I know where to send the prizes.
Thank you again to all of you who entered - I was inspired by your beautiful, yummy entries. Hope to hear from you again soon.
And a huge thank you to both Storey Publishing and to Mighty Nest for "putting up" (sorry, could not resist a good canning pun...) the lovely prizes!