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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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Pork-Rillette

{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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Lamb Pita Pizza

{meet the meat} Jeni had a little lamb pita pizza

I make an annual pilgrimage to what has become a fiber artist’s mecca.  The New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY has pretty much exploded over the past few years.  Not to get all “hipster” on you, but I was “going to Rhinebeck before going to Rhinebeck was cool”. The crowds are insane, […]

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Chicken Spinach Enchilladas

{Kitchen Confessions} Quick Chicken Enchiladas

I have a confession to make. Brace yourselves. Sometimes I cheat… …sometimes I cheat and I buy a pre-roasted chicken from the grocery store! Oh man, does it feel good to get that off my chest. Let’s get real.  I mean, I work all day.. I have a regular  J.O.B. and there are times it […]

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Burgers

{meet the meat} Grass Fed Ground Beef

You wouldn’t think that ground beef would need it’s own blog post, would you?  Well, it does. Ground beef from feedlots (ie. the stuff you generally get in the conventional grocery store) is relatively forgiving.   You can cook the heck out of it and it still tastes the same.  Many a frying pan of taco […]

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{recipe} Artless Joes

In preparation for the summer hamburger grilling season, we stocked up on ground beef from West Wind Acres. Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t cooperated with the concept of cooking with fire outside. On to the stovetop! I decided to try making a healthier and less slippery version of Sloppy Joes, more of an Artless Joe approach. […]

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Baby Back Ribs

{meet the meat} Baby Back Ribs

Ribs. Dang, I love ribs. Beef Short ribs, St. Louis Style Ribs, Baby Back ribs…  There is just something about gnawing on a bone that brings out the Fred Flintstone in me. The baby back ribs are the cut that are the closest to the loin which sits on top of the spine of the […]

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Sliced-Pernil

{meet the meat} Pork Shoulder

I’m not shy about my love of meat.   Some poor misguided soul recently confused me with someone who does “Meatless Mondays” on a regular basis. Um… no. Don’t get me wrong.  I do enjoy a nice veggie meal once in a while (I’m looking at you, mujaddara), but more often than not, what I look […]

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Irish-Stew

{recipe} Stobhach Gaelach

Stobhach Gaelach.. sounds fancy doesn’t it? It’s not.  In fact it’s one of the most common of peasant foods.  Stobhach Gaelach is quite simply “Irish Stew” in Gaelic. My ethnic heritage is Irish, French and German with a touch of Dutch and Welsh, but if you were to ask my fraternal grandmother,  I’m IRISH… end […]

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{kitchen basics 101} For the Love of Chicken Stock

“Good soup is one of the prime ingredients of good living.  For soup can do more to lift the spirits and stimulate the appetite than any other one dish.” - 
Louis P. De Gouy, ‘The Soup Book’ (1949) From scratch chicken stock is so easy. It does takes some time to cook, but prep is simple […]

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Oink! At West Wind Acres, Charlton, NY

{new year resolution} Going Whole Hog

Have you ever wanted to process your own meats but didn’t know how to even begin? Below is a step by step guide of how my family explored this option for the first time and how it all turned out. (Editor’s Note: Please be aware that this post contains graphic pictures of a slaughtered pig. […]

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I'm not gonna lie. I ate all of this.  Call me the Grinch but I wanted it all for ME!

{edible gift} Apple Jalapeno Beef Jerky

As Erika will tell you, so many sweet things are given out this time of year.  Seems that she and I think a lot alike as we both wanted to write about our beef jerky recipes! (We do share a mutual love of bacon, so really this is no surprise.) I really do think jerky […]

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{edible gift} Spicy Chipotle Beef Jerky

Around the holidays I give and receive lots of sweets, which is fine, but sometimes you want a little something different. That’s why this year I’ve decided to make some spicy beef jerky for several of our friends. If you have a food dehydrator (I got mine a few years ago for $5 off Craigslist) […]

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Stuffed-Chops

{recipe} Apple Cranberry Stuffed Pork Chop

Editor’s Note: I am pleased to announce yet another fabulous ‘Community Voices’ Contributor to the FSC Roster! Swapper Jeni B, aka Pirate Jeni, is a popular food personality here in the Capital Region sharing her thoughts on her Blog, Twitter and Faceboook.. Her Tagline: Like Laura Ingalls…. with an attitude and an android device. PERFECTION!  We […]

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