Posts by Marisa McClellan


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Marisa McClellan is a food writer, canning teacher, and dedicated soup maker who lives in Philadelphia. She shares her many canning projects (all cooked up in her 80-square-foot kitchen) at her blog, Food in Jars.

Make quick chicken soup

Or a vegetarian version

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December 3, 2010

Many years ago, I was walking through the produce section of my small local grocery store when I was stopped short by a woman holding her hand up like a traffic cop.

She looked to be in her early sixties, had stylishly short dark hair, and wore an elegantly tailored black suit that would have mightily impressed my fashionable grandmother. She also wore an expression that communicated very clearly that while she was no stranger to shopping, food was not typically her area of expertise.

Never one to pass up an opportunity to insert myself into the life of a stranger (a habit of mine that my husband hates), I stopped and said, “Hi. Do you need help with something?”

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