The Homemade Kitchen author Alana Chernila


CLASS IS CANCELLED. From the Plate to the Page: Eating, thinking, and writing with Alana Chernila   Food is never just food. It’s memory, family, love, loss, and everything in between. Come ...

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{FSC PODCAST} Episode 5: Raising Animals (for food)

Originally posted on FROM SCRATCH CLUB:
Raising animals for food. It’s a tricky subject, but we are tackling it with gusto in this month’s podcast. We’ve talked about growing ...


{FSC Book Club} Round 5 Book Announcement & Schedule

We read, we cook, we chat. This is the FSC Book Club. Welcome to the fifth round of the FSC Book Club! After a long hiatus, the FSC Book Club is back! ...



{fermentation} Kombucha Confessions

    I don’t like kombucha. There, I said it, and it feels ...
A fully developed starter at 100%, ripe and ready to go to work.

{fermentation} Make your own sourdough starter

Editors note: We’ve had a lot of talk about bread baking and ...
the wedding invitation

{summer wedding} Vegan Party Food

My son is getting married in a month and, since our caterer ...

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Dehydrated Celery

{making it last} Dehydrating Celery

Editors Note: I’m pleased as punch to welcome our newest Community Voice!  Ida Walker is a freelance editor and author. She’s also behind Ida’s Artisan Kitchen and the blog The Enabling Cook. She loves to make cheese, bread, sausage, bread, beer,  hot sauce, jelly, and jam, among other things. She also dehydrates, ferments, cans, and […]

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{Fresh Finds} Red, White and Blue

Happy Fourth of July! If you are not in the United States, Happy Friday! I’m feeling like it’s time for a nod to Old Glory so here’s a link round up as a tribute to the good ol’ Red, White and Blue! Jennifer, the FSC Contributor who brought us sandwich bread, farmer cheese, and a […]

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Making Pie Dough by hand

{local event} Weekend of Baking

I tend to stalk people who intrigued me. Most of these people are intrigued with flour. Two of my favorite flour people are going to be teaching together soon. If you like flour at all, you will love this. Richard Miscovich and Kate Lebo are teaming up for a weekend of baking at foodwriter Molly […]

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maple lemonade

{Summer Drink} Maple-Sweetened Lemonade

The other weekend, I was strolling through a Vermont farmers’ market and stumbled on a maple farm stand selling maple-sweetened lemonade. Genius! I never thought to use maple syrup as a sweetener in lemonade, but I’m glad that I’ve been enlightened. The syrup darkens the color and intensifies the flavor more than white sugar, stevia […]

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Sourdough Bread

{Bread Baking} Basic Sourdough

  I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, so one of my comfort foods in life is chewy sourdough bread, preferably still slightly warm from the morning oven. While there is decent, although not perfect, commercial sourdough bread available in Upstate New York now, when I first moved here in the late-80’s there […]

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{Cold Brewed Iced Coffee} Easy and Delicious

I first learned about cold brewed coffee a while back when I read Cory Doctorow’s young adult novel, Homeland, where the main character brings a stash of cold brew coffee to Burning Man, to use as barter currency on the playa. It’s popping up everywhere now, for sale in plastic jugs by the quart, or […]

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{Eggs} Two Recipes: Three Ingredients

This Spring we were able to make arrangements again for an egg share. Every two weeks we get 2 dozen eggs from Soul Fire Farm. The eggs are priced on a sliding scale $4-6 per dozen.  This experience is the next best thing to having chickens. We have been fostering 3 baby chicks as we […]

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I am pumped with excitement to announce that Austin-based author, Kate Payne, is coming back to the Capital Region for a THREE-DAY Extravaganza!!!!! I love Kate, you love Kate, we all love Kate! Kate is coming to town June 6, 7 & 8th to celebrate her newest book in the “Hip Girls” series: Hip Girls Guide to […]

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{Ask FSC} Pick our brains

If you are looking at the fine print, you will notice that this is not Chris, but Jeni B.  We know things have been pretty quiet around here lately, and we thank you so much for sticking with us while we rearrange a few things. I am honored and excited that Chris has asked me […]

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Aloo Paratha

{Indian Breakfast} Aloo Paratha

    My son went to Dehli for a week last summer and ever since he came back he has been making aloo paratha for breakfast. A stuffed flatbread, it can be made with any kind of filling you want, but spiced mashed potatoes are both delicious and traditional. I would claim that we make […]

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Short Ribs from Healthy Living Market

{meet the meat} Carnivore Questions

When Chris first approached me about writing for From Scratch Club (over a year ago! woot!) we were both excited for me to write about meals and recipes that were a bit more meat-centric. I’m not a “Meatless Monday” kind of gal. I’m more of a “oh you aren’t eating meat on Monday? MORE MEAT […]

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{Recipe} Aunt Marie’s Swedish Meatballs

I posted a photo of these meatballs to Instagram and Facebook and few months back and the response was definitive: everyone wants my recipe. Here it is, Aunt Marie’s gift to you, Jennifer — When I met Aunt Marie back in the 1980s she was an active mother, grandmother and wife of the former mayor. […]

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{Feel the Love} Pork Rillettes

I don’t think I’ve been shy about my love of the pig.   I honestly think the best thing you can give a gal involves some kind of pork fat and since February is the month of the Valentine, I think it’s also the time for indulging a little.  Forget the chocolate covered strawberries.   I […]

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Quality wheat on the left, rejects on the right.

{Grain Brains} King Arthur Flour

In the fall of 2013, l I got to dive into King Arthur Flour. From a little hello at the county fair – where my son displayed a poster about how wheat grows in different soils – I learned that the vice president of the company lived in the neighboring county. A few emails later, […]

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{Recipe} Creamy Roast Turnip and Potato Soup

Tis the season for root vegetables here in my neck of Upstate New York! Roasting the turnips converts what can be a bitter or smelly cabbage-like veggie into a rich sweet addition to a creamy soup. Potatoes give this recipe a nice base, the two together complement and balance each other. Since we’re currently in-between […]

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