It’s safe to say that round two of the FSC Book Club was a success! We had over 120 members join us at our new book club host site, Goodreads, and lots of folks chiming in on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook. Over the course of a few months, we cooked our way through the wonderful book A Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making by Alana Chernila. You made cheese! You cooked soup and lasagna. You made mustard and ketchup and found a new go-to pie crust recipe. You made your own crackers and some of us got saucy with homemade liqueurs to go along with from-scratch fruit roll-ups and marshmallows. We had great conversations about why we cook, why and how we are creating homemade pantries in our kitchen and how these shared interests bring us all together.
Our Book Clubbers were cooking right along and even better than that? I don’t think anyone was stressed! Yes, that’s because it’s a stress-free book and, to quote current member Tamara: “It’s the funnest book club I’ve ever been in!” We were thrilled to see that folks were revisiting past “assignments”, checking back in with questions and tips and helpful links and forming a real, honest-to-goodness community right here on the ol’ Internets.
But we didn’t stop at the internet, did we? No! Book Clubbers in New York’s Capital Region came out in droves to meet Alana at our book signing and book club chat in December at the Troy Farmers Market! We sold out of copies of the book and got together over cups of coffee to chat with each other and with Alana about the book, cooking from scratch and everything else that popped into our minds.
Here’s a final recap of the last few assignments covering soups, baking, frozen foods, pasta and sauce, breads and crackers, drinks & sweets!
Dawn S. made lentil soup for the first time!
Marilyn from Kitchen Cauldron also made lentil soup for the first time.
Jackie from Auburn Meadow Farm froze black beans in two cup portions with 1 cup broth- nice and quick for making chili!
Meg from Small World Supper Club made spinach, veggie sausage, cheesy lasagne with homemade noodles!
Tamara made homemade ravioli!
Casey made hamburger buns from chapter 9.
Amy made delicious caramels.
Julianne from Kitchen Ninja made the Easiest Chocolates- “so, so, so good!”
We also shared recaps and photos from our Thanksgiving dinners, talked about which frozen foods we rely on (I’m a sucker for storebought veggie burgers, but one day I’ll stockpile enough homemade ones in the freezer!), and what we are grateful for food-wise.
It’s been an incredible experience, growing the FSC Book Club community and cooking alongside folks from all over the country. The book club has produced a place where people can share tips, ask questions about recipes and get inspiration.
We are busy combing the bookshelves in our homes, in our local libraries & bookstores, and on the interwebs looking for our next cook-along selection, for a February 1st start. That’s where you come in!