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{fermentation} Kombucha Confessions

    I don’t like kombucha. There, I said it, and it feels good to get it off my chest. You see, I’ve been dabbling in fermentation for quite some time. I have brought milk and water kefir grains to food swaps and discussed probiotics with the best of them. I think a glass of water […]

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{fermentation} Make your own sourdough starter

Editors note: We’ve had a lot of talk about bread baking and sourdough lately, so I reached out to Otis Maxwell of “Burnt My Fingers” to solicit his expertise on making a sourdough starter from scratch.  Having sampled Otis’s bread at many a From Scratch Club Swap, I was very excited when he agreed to […]

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{summer wedding} Vegan Party Food

My son is getting married in a month and, since our caterer is a barbecued chicken joint, I am charged with making one or two supplemental dishes for the vegans to eat. I am perfectly comfortable with vegetarian food since I am a semi-vegetarian, that is, a social meat eater, but I tend to rely […]

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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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{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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{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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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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{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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{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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{FSC Time Machine} Thanksgiving 2013

Editor’s Note: Here’s Thanksgiving recipes over the past three years… Hope some inspire a new side dish or dessert or cocktail for your feast! -Christina Becky’s Creamy Pumpkin Pasta (gluten & dairy free) Maple Citrus & Ginger Cranberry Preserves Cornbread Stuffing Dianna’s 1st FSC post: Her Family’s Thanksgiving Traditions AND a Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe! […]

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{diy project} Mint Extract & Thin Mints

The first time I used fresh mint from the garden to make mint chocolate chip ice cream, it didn’t taste right. I was so used to store-bought peppermint ice cream that fresh mint tasted strange. However, over the past couple of years I’ve come to love that fresh mint taste. I’ve used mint from our […]

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