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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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My Best Pizza for World Bread Day

I made pizza last night, the best food for a herd of kids at a sleepover. Let them roll their own dough and burn off some of that frenzy that comes from being together. Half the dough was leftover in the fridge from Wednesday, which was World Bread Day. The idea behind this day is […]

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Thanks to Rachel Lodder for the photo.

{Farm Aid 2013} Grains Brains Pancakes

Editor’s Note: I am still over the moon, that Jennifer of Farm Aid’s Homegrown.Org reached out to From Scratch Club many moons ago about co-presenting the Skills Tent at this year’s Farm Aid Concert on September 21, at SPAC in my backyard, Saratoga Springs, NY.  We assisted Jennifer in stocking the Skills Tent class schedule […]

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{GRAIN BRAINS CHALLENGE} RYE ON THE BRAIN

Grain Brains Challenge A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. I grew rye this year. My son and I planted it in the fall, in a much smaller plot than we’d planted wheat the year before. That year, we had new land that we’d scraped of urban rubble […]

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More Rye

{grain brains challenge} Alan’s Rye Berry Salad

Grain Brains Challenge: A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. I love wheat berry salad. The nutty-crunchy-sweetness in most recipes is just delicious. But I got curious about how it might taste without the crutch of a sweet component. What about a more savory grain salad? No raisins […]

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Flour Tour

{fsc classes} My Flour Evangelism at the New HWFC

Honest Weight Food Coop has a new store, and I got to break in the new teaching kitchen. The day after it opened, I offered a Flour Tour and treated a dozen people to my flour evangelism. The gist of this mission is to use whole grain flours, preferably stone milled, and made from grains […]

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buckwheat in the field

{Brain Grains Challenge} Buckwheat Amy

Grain Brains Challenge A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. Buckwheat is one of those good for you foods that are hard to use. I tend to buy groats or kasha when I’m on a mission to expand my food horizons and the stuff sits in the cupboard, […]

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whole wheat crackers

{Grain Brains Challenge} Whole Wheat Crackers

Grain Brains Challenge A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. Seems like I’m always finding a way to make something that should be simple very complicated. Amy (Halloran) and I have been tossing around cracker ideas and she sent me several that sounded delicious, and super simple. Of […]

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garden crackers

{grain brains challenge} Whole Grain Crackers

Grain Brains Challenge A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. When Alan challenged me to a cracker duel, I thought I would whomp him with the kind of crackers I mostly make – very stiff flatbreads. But he sent me a beautiful recipe for crackers came out more […]

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Chicken and Shrimp Farro Gumbo

{Grains Brain Challenge} Chicken and Farro Gumbo

Grain Brains Challenge A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. I grew up in Mississippi right outside of New Orleans. Down there, every family has a favorite gumbo, and everyone thinks theirs is the perfect recipe. But the truth is gumbo is about as variable as South Louisiana […]

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more sprouting wheats

{Grain Brains Challenge} Sprouting Grains

Grain Brains Challenge A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. Early in March, I met a baker who hates flour. Michael Perakovich makes sprouted wheat breads at Columbia County Bread and Granola and his hatred comes from what flour does to people’s bodies. He’s spent two years perfecting […]

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Alan's cranberry rye scones

{grains brains challenge} A Scone of One’s Own

Grain Brains Challenge: A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. I never had a scone until I was in college. First week of school the Dean of Students sent out hand-written invitations to the freshmen class, instructing us, in groups of 25 or so, to attend an afternoon […]

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{Grain Brains Challenge} Whole Wheat Biscuits

Grain Brains Challenge: A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. Early on in my expedition with biscuits, I had a hard time critiquing the recipes. I made a few great batches and thought where is the bad biscuit? How can you go wrong with flour and fat? Well […]

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Cooked Wheat Berries

{Grain Brains} My Wheat Berry Tour

A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. +++ I fell in love with wheat berries in 1993. I was working at a thrift store in Seattle, and every now and again, when I got tired of cheese toast – which I made by the sleeve of multigrain bread […]

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Millet, pearl barley, oat groats, bulgur wheat

{Grain Brains} Parmigianino Millet Chicken Soup

A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. +++ It’s winter, this old house is cold, and my bones need a bowl of chicken soup. Nothing warms the soul like an elixir of pullet. I usually make chunky veggie chicken-soup, skipping rice or noodles. I don’t like […]

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