Greetings! I’m Allison Carroll Duffy, and I’m a cook and foodcrafter, vegetable gardener, Master Food Preserver, and mom of two young boys. I teach canning and preserving classes and workshops, and have written about food for various publications including the Boston Globe, Backpacker magazine, and the Community News, a local publication where I wrote a monthly food column for several years. My first book, Preserving Pomona’s Pectin, is due to be published in June of 2012
I also work as on-camera and voice talent. In addition to appearing in regional television commercials, my recent projects have included working as a television host for the local CW Network affiliate station WPXT, and co-hosting a series of food-related segments for Outside Television. I also appear regularly as a guest in the “207 Kitchen” on WCSH6 in Portland, Maine. Prior to motherhood I worked full-time in television production, on various TV series and documentaries that aired on networks such as PBS and the History Channel.
I hold a Masters degree in Gastronomy from Boston University where I focused on food history and culture, and am trained as a Master Food Preserver through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. I feel very fortunate to live in the beautiful Midcoast Maine area with my husband Ben and our two little boys, Connor and Ian. We recently traded in our urban digs for a sprawling, 200 year old farmhouse on five largely-overgrown acres, including an old apple orchard that we are are in the process of restoring. When we’re not growing, making, preserving, enjoying, or thinking about food, you can find us pulling enormous, invasive, extremely thorny rose bushes out of apple trees. We love playing outdoors too–hiking in the woods, running around at the beach, camping…..and of course, with two little ones, plenty of stomping in puddles, throwing rocks in the water, and just plain digging in the dirt.