{fsc podcast} Episode 8: The Homemade Pantry

Those of you following along with the blog or the FSC Book Club know that we love Alana Chernila and her cookbook, The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making. So it should come as no surprise that we are absolutely thrilled to bring you a fascinating, in-depth interview with Alana during this show.

In this episode, we talk to Alana about her journey to becoming a blogger and cookbook author while holding other jobs and raising two daughters with her husband. She talks about the process of writing a book and all of the work that goes into making such a beautiful, useful kitchen guide.

Alana also talks about the role food plays in her life and how she hopes to empower others to get in their kitchens and start creating. We asked her about her unique memoir style of recipe-writing and the personal touches that define The Homemade Pantry. We hope hearing Alana’s insights will serve as a great reminder that no one is perfect. You don’t have to making everything from scratch. We’re all just trying to do the best we can and take each day at a time. As Alana says, you need to be able to cheer yourself on during those tense kitchen moments.


If you’d like to cook through the book The Homemade Pantry with us, it isn’t too late to join our no-stress, laid-back online book club. Head over here for more information on how to sign up and where to find us on Goodreads, Facebook & Twitter. We’ve love to have you.

A big thanks, of course, to Alana Chernila for taking the time to chat with us for this show. You can visit Alana’s blog, Eating From the Ground Up, to read more. If you are a local FSC reader/swapper/book club member, you can come meet & cook with Alana in December. December 8th is an entire day with Alana. First up, she will be selling-n-sighing copies of The Homemade Pantry, w/ a special live FSC Book Club talk at 11am, at the Troy Farmers Market 9am-12:30pm. Then Alana moves over to our Troy Food Swap base, Oakwood Community Center, for a 2 hour ‘inspirational cooking class’ with Alana where students will cook along side Alana. Details below!

We also bring you stories submitted from our FSC Book Club participants about how they are creating their own homemade pantries. Thank you to Amy, Dianna, Jennifer, Jackie, Kate, Kathleen and Cynthia for sharing your stories.

Listen Here —> {FSC PODCAST} Episode 8: The Homemade Pantry

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Your Homemade Pantry– a Kitchen Inspiration Class w/ Alana Chernila
1:30-3:30pm, Oakwood Community Center, 313 Tenth Street, Troy, NY 12180

Class Limit: 15 students/Class minimum: 10 
(Registration is mandatory, but you are welcome to pay via credit card, cash or check at the door. 48-hour cancellation policy in effect.)

Do you want to clear out the processed foods in your kitchen in favor of your own homemade versions? Want to build up the courage to jump into home dairy, fermentation, or canning? Come and spend the afternoon with Alana Chernila, author of The Homemade Pantry! You’ll get a chance to make some of her favorite pantry staples. She’ll also be sharing some of her tips on how to integrate homemade into a busy week. It will be a great afternoon you won’t want to miss! Come ready to cook and ask questions–this is a hands-on class!

*Reminder, Alana will be selling & signing copies of her book at the Troy Farmers Market 9-12:30pm before the class. Christine & Alana will also host a live FSC Book Club meeting & author talk at 11am. 


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