{giveaway & event} Alana is coming *back* to town!

Alana Chernila, author of The Homemade Pantry, giving an author’s talk at the April 2012 Troy Food Swap.


I’m excited to announce that due to Leah’s smart thinking, Alana Chernila voice of Eating from the Ground Up and author of The Homemade Pantry, is coming back to the area for a book buying-n-signing at the Delmar Farmers Market THIS SATURDAY, JULY 7th, 9-1pm.  We will be sharing a tent with Alana with samples from her book, some helpful tips for quick refrigerator pickles (a gateway project to waterbath canning!) and information on our FSC Academy classes!

If you have a chance, come out & meet her! I can’t tell you how wonderful Alana is–she is instantly warm & engaging and speaks from the heart w/ conviction and grace. You will instantly think that you’ve met your long lost kitchen-soulmate. I know I did.

Alana’s book is the book to own if you (or someone you know) are interested in delving into a DIY food project, a kid’s snack or ‘from scratch’ entree. Her writing style is comforting and chock full of knowledge with a special section, when needed, called “Tense Moments”, where Alana walks you, the reader, through parts of a recipe that might make you give up. Genius…and so so helpful and honest. Not glamorous. HONEST.

If there was one book that embodies what we at FSC are attempting to do for our community & in our own kitchens, it would be The Homemade Pantry. Its my most favorite book on my bookshelf.

Alana Chernila Book Signing w/ FSC demos & samples from The Homemade Pantry
Delmar Farmers Market
Bethlehem Central Middle School, 332 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar, New York

ABOUT: The Delmar Farmers Market
….features local,organic and natural farm products, baked goods, local and fair trade crafts, and music. All of our vendors come from within 35 miles of the market in Delmar, New York! Conveniently located at the Bethlehem Central Middle School, 332 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar, New York. The market is open 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturdays. Only 5 minutes from Albany, we are a premier Capital District farmers market.

Alana at her Launch Party & Book Signing at The Chef’s Shop, Great Barrington, MA

To learn more about The Homemade Pantry, you can read reviews (all giveaways are closed) from around the ye’ olde interwebs by:

Tea & Cookies
Food In Jars
Serious Eats
Small Measure
Healthy Green Kitchen

and here on FSC, Alexis was inspired and made Alana’s Pasta, we share our excitement for Alana’s impending visit to our April Fodo Swap, and a recap of Alana’s visit.

…and if you are in the listening mood, listen to Alana’s talk she gave at our TROY FOOD SWAP on Episode Three of the From Scratch Club Podcast: On your computer as an Mp4Episode 3: food entrepreneurs or via Itunes as a podcast.

Alana getting her swap on!

Read Alana’s recap of our Swap!
Alana was inspired by a Swapper’s suggestion for Crockpot Greek Yogurt- she tried it!
Read about her launch party on her blog.

Find out about her other stops on her book tour.
The Homemade Pantry on Amazon (we will have books for sale at the event)
Lastly, here’s a great Q & A and a peek inside the book on The Recipe Club blog (Clarkson Potter)

It’s Christine!


Now onto the Giveaway(s)!

To celebrate Alana, her fabulous blog, her amazing book, we are giving TWO SIGNED BOOKS AWAY!


  • Open to US residents only (sorry, international shipping costs are prohibiting!)
  • Giveaway ends at midnight next SUNDAY, July 8th, 2012. Alana will sign the copies on Saturday so that the winners will be announced the next day, Monday, July 9th, 2012. We will ship you the book that week!
  • We will pick the winning comment randomly via random.org.
  • All entries will be in the form of a comment BELOW, You can comment up to 2 times by doing the following:.

1st comment: What is the one thing you would like to start making ‘from scratch’ and stop buying?

2nd comment: subscribe to our *new* monthly newsletter and tell us you did. A word about our newsletter:

“The FSC Newsletter will serve as a one-stop spot to find the latest news regarding the dates for our upcoming food swaps, FSC Academy classes, special events & author signings, public events that we will be at, details on our latest podcast episodes and more! We promise to NEVER sell, distribute or use your email address for anything other than this email newsletter.”

Again, ALL entries (up to two total) need to be in the form of a two separate comments below. Other comments on other posts (or on Facebook or Twitter) will not count towards this giveaway.




76 Comments Add yours

  1. jude says:


  2. Morgan says:

    Nutrigrain bars! My kids love them, and they are so full of fluff, even the “good” brands.

  3. Liz says:

    I just started making my own ricotta and yogurt, I am ready to take on some new dairy products.

  4. Nicolle says:

    I’d really like start making my own tomato sauces.

  5. omg .. YAY! .. also, ketchup. 🙂

  6. wildewoode6 says:

    I want to start making mozzarella!

  7. wildewoode6 says:

    I subscribed!

  8. Susan M says:

    yogurt, cheeses, crackers, mustards…….

  9. I want to learn to make yogurt from scratch and to make bread more often…

  10. I also subscribed to your newsletter!

  11. Mary Arena says:

    almond milk

  12. Kate H. says:

    yogurt – I haven’t made it since college (1980) and I’d really like to do it again. I want to make a ton of other stuff from scratch but have enough sense to know that I’d run out of time!

  13. Kate H. says:

    oh – and I subscribed to the newsletter too!

  14. jude says:

    and i subscribed.

  15. Lindsay says:

    I need to learn how to make mayonnaise!

  16. Lindsay says:

    I am subscribed to your newsletter.

  17. Becky says:

    i really need to start making my own bread…..

  18. I want to start making my own gluten-free bread

  19. I Signed up! And I love reading your blog!

  20. Bread. I know how to make bread, I just don’t. I make a good deal of the food we consume from scratch, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. Bread seems like the easiest place to make a change.

  21. Janet K says:

    I want to make my own bread, cheese and tomato sauce!!!

  22. Devon H says:

    There’s a lot of things I don’t make from scratch (and a lot that I do), but I would like to start doing so: soft cheeses, bread (I have, I just don’t consistently), and PASTA! Pasta is definitely a huge goal for me this year to achieve.

  23. Janet K says:

    I just signed up for your newsletter!! Yay!!!

  24. Devon H says:

    I just signed up for your newsletter!

  25. Jennifer H says:

    I just signed up for the newsletter!

  26. Jennifer H says:

    I’d love to start making (and stop buying) pizza crust. We love pizza because it can be adapted to any season and any mood, but even if everything else on it is fresh and local we always buy the crust. 😦

  27. I try to make most of my food from scratch, but one thing I always tend to buy, are brownie mixes. I’d like to find a perfect (vegan) brownie recipe, and I’ll never buy boxed again!!

  28. I seriously want this book, and I want to start with the poptart recipe so I never have to buy them again for my son.

  29. I subscribed! And put my real email address! And I want this book! But I said that in comment #1. I don’t really buy pop tarts anymore, but I do want to make fresh ones. And I want to make butter. So pick me, and stuff.

  30. Erin Olson says:

    I want to start making ketchup!

  31. Erin Olson says:

    Also signed up for the newsletter. 🙂

  32. Marianne Russell says:

    Yogurt, ketchup and cheese – and maybe some butter, too!

  33. Marianne Russell says:

    Just subscribed to the new newsletter, too!

  34. MelodyJ says:

    Ice Cream.


  35. Carla Pullum says:

    I want to learn to make cakes!

  36. kate says:

    I would really like to make cheese.

  37. kate says:

    I signed up for the newsletter.

  38. Jonquil Alexia says:

    Cheese…the 3 grandchildren go through an astonishing amount!

  39. Jonquil Alexia says:

    I signed up for your newsletter!

  40. aletalane says:

    Hamburger buns!

  41. aletalane says:

    Aaaannnnd I just subscribed to the newsletter. So looking forward to being a bigger part of this online community 🙂

  42. Jessica R says:

    I want to make tomato sauce and can it this summer, using tomatoes for our garden!

  43. Jessica R says:

    And I subscribed to the newsletter! 🙂

  44. Libby says:

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be able to make poptarts from scratch for my kids. Or bread. I am yeast-disabled.

  45. Libby says:

    I also subscribed! (and really really really really want this book 🙂

  46. Amy J. says:

    I would love to start making tortillas. It’s so hard to find ‘healthy’ tortillas at the stores.

  47. Amy J. says:

    I just subscribed to your newsletter. Thanks for a great giveaway! I really want this book too! 🙂

  48. alissaknits says:

    I’m subscribed!

  49. alissaknits says:

    dairy free ice cream type treats!

  50. Melia Gordon says:

    I want to make my own yogurt and tomato sauce. Going GF made me make a lot of things on my own, but I haven’t gotten those basics down, yet.

  51. Melia Gordon says:

    Signed up for the newsletter, too!

  52. spr01nk says:

    I want to never purchase Anthe ‘decent’ chutney Ass the are always overpriced, filled with suspect ingredients and come in jars that are much too large!

    I signed up for the news letter.

  53. spr01nk says:

    I also want to make fruit/vegetable salsas because the ones available here are…um… needing a little something-something….

  54. Ashley says:

    Ice cream, I’ve subscribed!

  55. Robin says:

    I’d like to make mozzarella cheese and a decent gf pizza crust from scratch. 🙂

  56. heather says:

    I would like to start making mozzarella! 🙂

  57. heather says:

    i signed up for the newsletter!

  58. KarenV says:

    Cheese, yogurt and ketchup!

  59. Making better use of the fats from the well raised meats I buy. We don’t think about the fat as a desirable byproduct from the purchase now that we’re in the habit of buying industrial vegetable based fats. That seems to be a void in our accounting of the value of well raised meat and changes the flavor of my cooking in subtle and yummy ways. Thanks again for all your work – your site is really inspirational! : )

  60. Signed up for the newsletter!

  61. Josalyn says:

    Just signed up for the newsletter! 🙂

  62. Josalyn says:

    I’d like to master making the perfect granola bar. And I love flavored coffee, so I’m currently working on making my own flavored coffee syrups. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  63. I wish I could manage to work homemade crackers into my regular routine. I’ve made them before, but they disappear so quickly, I can never seem to keep enough in the house. Other than that: hard cheeses. I will conquer my aged-cheese-fear one of these days! 🙂

  64. Rebecca Rose says:

    I would like to start making my own mustard.

  65. Rebecca Rose says:

    Ive just subscribed to the news letter.

  66. Emilie Roush says:

    I want to start making my own healthy snack foods.

  67. Emilie Roush says:

    I subscribed to your newsletter.

  68. Kim Wilbur says:

    I would like to learn how to make crackers and mayo.

  69. Kim Wilbur says:

    I subcribed to your newsletter.

  70. Christy Douglas says:

    I want to make my own yogurt. I spend enough already at the market on mango and honey flavor!

  71. Christy Douglas says:

    I’ve subscribed to the FSC new monthly newsletter 🙂

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