Classes & Events | Hands On Workshop : Learn to Make Empanadas | Maggie Perkins with Kitchen Underground

Perfect for a breakfast on the fly, a brown bag lunch, parties, picnics... the delicious possibilities are endless! I love to make batches of empanadas and freeze them-- ready to surprise a neighbor or thank the handyman, or perhaps even impress a suitor? I mean if you need to do that sort of thing, of course.

Food is love. Preparing home baked treats to show your affection and appreciation to others creates cherished gifts, warming tummies and hearts, alike.

Feeding yourself with wholesome homemade meals that are more than a slapdash sandwich or bag of chips offers the kind of self care that nurtures yourself. It's important to feed your body and soul, too!

Learn to make the popular baked and/or fried Latin American hand-held savory pies using 2 well-seasoned fillings, and a traditional chimichurri dipping sauce. Enjoy snacking in class, and take home your remaining handiwork to bake, fry, or freeze for later.

Most importantly, connect with your community and fellow food lovers, and leave with both the food, the friendships, and the sweet memories you've made. We're going to have a great time, friends!

Mar. 8 | 6:30-8:30 BYOB
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Class will be held at a private kitchen in the Bouldin Creek area of South Austin. Address will be provided 24 hours prior to class. No refunds are given, but you may transfer your spot with notice.

The Seasonal Plate | March 2018

NEW: This seasonal eating guide for the month of March has been updated to include new links to information and recipes for each vegetable, fruit, nut, meat, poultry, and seafood listed. Need a little inspiration for that farmers' market haul? Just follow each link!

Eating in season saves money, provides optimal nutrition, and supports local farmers. In North America, find many of the vegetables, fruits, nuts, meat, poultry, and seafood, below, in season, and in markets, for the month of March.

Fruit and Nuts
avocado + cherimoya + citrus fruits (grapefruitkumquatlemonlimeorangecitronpomelo) + guava + strawberries 

Meat & Poultry
chicken + duck + eggs + beef (end of season) +   

black drum + blue crab + clams + cod + crawfish + dungeness crab + flounder + halibut + oysters + prawns + redfish + red snapper + rockfish + salmon + scallop + shrimp + sole + squid

Primarily year-round species include ahi tuna + cod + catfish + flounder + grouper + mahi mahi rainbow trout + sole + (atlantic) salmon + swordfish

And a couple of great links, with maps, charts, and interactive resources, to keep yourself, and those you love, eating well:

In the Garden | March 2018

This month's In the Garden graphics are in honor of my late mother, Margaret Ann, or Peggy as she was called, who loved quilts, and window boxes, and blooming bulbs. She admired pretty as much as she was pretty. I miss her all year long, but I hear her voice strongest right around her birthday, March 6. If she's watching, she'll be happy to see that I'm planning my flower boxes. This year, I'm planting jonquils in a public garden in her memory. 

Find, below, an addendum to the annual monthly In the Garden | March gardening guide. The annual guide outlines all of the gardening to-do's, maintenance, tasks and more for most USDA gardening zones for the month of March, in general. You'll definitely want to check it out to keep your yard and garden going, and growing strong.

Here, you'll find weather forecasts, full moon schedule, and best planting practices for Zone 1 weather (Texas, Oklahoma, some surrounding areas in west Louisiana and east New Mexico), primarily, and March 2018, specifically.


Photo: Texas Highways
Be sure to get out on the backroads and get to know the beauty of this state anew starting in March. Find the best places for the lushest, most riotous displays of color according to Texas Highways magazine; Everything You Need to Know About Texas Wildflower Season.

Check out the state's most commonly found wildflowers courtesy of Texas Highways, Wildflowers of Texas. 

And learn more about Texas wildflowers and ecosystems with a stop and a stroll at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. 

Classes & Events | March 2018 | Maggie Perkins

So, honestly, every month is chockful of classes, demos, private parties and special events with From Maggie's Farm, but not every month gets its proper due on this blog. Sometimes, I get so busy doing all of those neat things, I don't have time for the marketing end of said neat things. (In fact, I'm looking for an intern to help with it all, if you know someone who is well-versed in social media marketing and curious about food entrepreneurship.) But I'm working on it. And I've got a lot of irons in the fire that I look forward to sharing in upcoming months.

For now, check out what's going on in March! with a nod to St. Patrick's Day, we have a lot of classes on the calendar to prepare for your celebratory luck o' the Irish noshing, along with Learn to Cook classes, bread making, cheese making, fermentation, pasta making, date nights, an Asian Dumpling party, A Mediterranean style Mezze feast, and more, more, more. Check it out below!

You can also find this information at the Classes & Events link in the navigation bar, above. And even when I fall behind on the fancy listings (because the cooking comes before the blogging part, a LOT), you can always see what I'm up to on the Google calendar below, which can also be found on the Classes & Events page. 

Tickets to this month's classes can be found on

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