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From Scratch Club
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  • Albany, NY
  • United States
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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
Earth Mama, Cube Farmer, Dirt Under My Fingernails City Slicker, 100% Homegrown
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Suburbanite Homesteaders
A bit about me:
From Scratch Club is a small group of women who are passionately connected to the whole foods they and their families consume. We live in various cities within the Capital Region of Upstate NY (Albany to Saratoga Springs). We meet twice a month for a food swap, and maybe a food-related adventure, event or potluck. The rest of the month we are on the blog with stories, recipes, kitchen tips & tricks and food policy musings & news.

From Scratch Club is Alexis, Becky, Britin, Erika, Christine, Christina, Deanna, Dianna, Heather, Jillian and Liz. Follow along as we explore the complex world of food together!

Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
every meal at home is pretty great as you are taking one less step towards convenient foods at restaurants and one step closer to nourishing yourself and the ones you love.
Currently reading:
The Dirty Life & Put Em Up
Currently listening to:
Anything on Heritage Radio Network
My latest DIY project:
Small Batch Apple Cider Pressing by Deanna.
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
FSC Contributor Christine Hmiel
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From Scratch Club's Blog

{Pantry Staple} Perfect Sandwich Bread

Its pretty simple: I love baking bread and I love eating bread. I bring bread to almost every food swap and am always experimenting with a new kind. Lately, I have been making so much bread, English muffins, biscuits, etc, that I have not purchased any bread products from the grocery store in quite some time. We are fortunate enough to have no dietary restrictions or allergies, so I am free to try…


Posted on December 2, 2011 at 1:58pm

{cold & flu season} Fire Cider

I was introduced to Fire Cider (produced by a local place, Shire City Herbals in Pittsfield, MA), a few weeks ago when a friend offered me a few precious shots of his stash after hearing me complain about inflamed lymph nodes in my throat, and the worry of a prolonged oncoming illness.  Made with apple cider vinegar and other natural, immune-boosting ingredients,…


Posted on December 2, 2011 at 1:57pm

{from scratch holidays} A Family Cookbook by Dianna

I am not a handy person. When I tried knitting, the scarf was lumpy and grubby. I bend nails. I am too impatient to do embroidery or calligraphy and inevitably cut the sleeves out of the material for the skirt if I try to sew. So when it comes to home-made gifts, I have three options: write something, cook something, grow something.

Read more of Dianna's post on the FSC Blog:…


Posted on December 2, 2011 at 1:56pm

{Edible Gift} Deliciously Easy Toffee Cookies by Jillian

Holiday time is here! It’s time to start thinking of the edible gifts, cookie swaps, and desserts for parties. In the mood for an easy cookie recipe that will garner rave reviews every time? Look no further than this toffee cookie recipe! It’s so easy that anyone can make it. Even experienced bakers who take pride in baking fancy treats love to make this recipe during holiday season. At this time of year when things speed up and the list of things to do matches the length of Santa’s gift…


Posted on December 2, 2011 at 1:55pm

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