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{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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{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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{bread making} Homemade Naan

We are trying hard to cultivate frugality so we can stop working and do what we want; writing, gardening and traveling.  This is not an easy lift for me.  I have taken to silently chanting “cessation of desire”  every time I step into a store.  Because of our life style goals, that is, life without […]

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{photo diary} Farms, Food and Photography

Words: Amy Halloran Images: Ellie Markovitch When Ellie Markovitch began organizing a Farms, Food and Photography Teen Camp the Agricultural Stewardship Association and the Arts Center of the Capital Region, she asked me if I wanted to do a class on pancakes. Of course I said yes because there are few moments I don’t want to talk about […]

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{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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Experimenting with Green Wheat: Freekeh & Gruenkern

While obsessively researching wheat on the web, my husband Michael came across a description of freekeh, or Gruenkern (pronounced groon cairn), that is, green wheat.  It is apparently something of a craze in certain foodie/grainy circles of people and a traditional food in both the Middle East and a few villages near Wurzburg, Germany; go […]

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{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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{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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{FSC Podcast} Episode 12: Whole Grains for a New Generation

Apropos of wrapping up our wildly successful round of the FSC Book Club, where we read through the cookbook Whole Grains for a New Generation: Light Dishes, Hearty Meals, Sweet Treats, and Sundry Snacks for the Everyday Cook, we are bringing you an interview with the book’s author Liana Krissoff! We loved cooking our way through Whole […]

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{FSC Book Club} Final Recap + Meetings 6 & 7

We read, we cook, we chat. That is the FSC Book Club. That’s a wrap! We have successfully cooked and baked and experimented our way through the fantastic cookbook Whole Grains for a New Generation: Light Dishes, Hearty Meals, Sweet Treats, and Sundry Snacks for the Everyday Cook by Liana Krissoff. As a group, we tried out new […]

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{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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{recipe} Mujaddara, Megadarra, Imjadara, GO!

I love the food of the Levant and the Middle East. I’m an unrepentant omnivore, but the vegetarian dishes from this region are so hearty and delicious on their own, meatless eating doesn’t seem like a punishment. One of my favorites dishes is a rice and lentil one called mujaddara. Or megadarra. Or imjadara. The […]

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{recipe} Jennifer’s Sandwich Bread and Rolls

Editor’s Note: I have the extreme pleasure of welcoming a new contributor to the FSC Family, Jennifer Wilkerson. You might remember her from our podcast episode, {Episode 7} The Farmers Market Scene where we interviewed Jennifer about the unique & inspiring start of the Schenectady Greenmarket. Jennifer came into the FSC fold when she was a swapper […]

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