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podcast episode 12

Apropos of wrapping up our wildly successful round of the FSC Book Club, where we read through the cookbook Whole Grains for a New Generation: Light Dishes, Hearty Meals, Sweet Treats, and Sundry Snacks for the Everyday Cook, we are bringing you an interview with the book's author Liana Krissoff!

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We loved cooking our way through Whole Grains for a New Generation and learning how to use whole grains in everyday cooking. It's a great foundation for adding more grains to your diet and offers something for everyone: vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free and the all-purpose eater!

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Liana stopped in frequently to the book club discussions to share tips and thoughts and when she agreed to talk with us for the podcast, we couldn't resist calling her up and getting the full scoop on her background, on whole grains and on what it's like to be a cookbook author.

You can read more from Liana at her blog Pie and Beer. Starting to cook with whole grains? Learn more about the local Northeast grain system in Episode 11 of the podcast!

The podcast receives sponsorship support from the Agricultural Stewardship Association and Schenectady Greenmarket.

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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 everythingfrom 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 GoodreadsFacebookTwitter. 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.

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 or SUBSCRIBE ON iTUNES

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Happy Late Summer! We’re back after a brief July podcast vacation. In honor of the late summer bounty, this episode focuses on food preservation. That means canning, freezing, dehydrating or otherwise making your food last beyond the growing season.

Our food swaps are always filled with jars of home preserved bounty, from pickled vegetables to smooth jam and jellies. These jars serve as a constant reminder that there are ways to savor summer all throughout the year.

We explore the WHYs of preservation- most of us aren’t out on the prairie trying to put up enough food to last through a harsh winter. We can buy most of what we need at the grocery store, year-round. So then why do we can? Why do we take the time to put up our food?

This episode features two interviews with local canners and food preservationists, who talk about why they can and what they can. Amy Halloran, a local writer and inspiration with an impressive urban garden and home preservation resume, sat down with us for a cup of coffee and told us all about her ketchup obsession and what it’s like buying bulk produce from an Amish vegetable auction.

Newbie canner Nikki Alcala then shares her personal story of how she came to embrace a healthier, natural foods lifestyle and how that blossomed into a newfound love for home canning. A big thank you to the wonderful coffee shop and cafe, Spillin’ the Beans, for allowing us to host our podcast interviews there.

We are extremely excited to share an interview with Marisa McClellan, the food preservationist rock star behind the blog Food in Jars and the new book Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-RoundMarisa stopped by our area recently to teach a jam-making class, visit our food swap and talk a bit about her cookbook. After a busy day, Marisa let me steal a few more minutes with her to talk more about small batch food preservation.

Finally, we were so inspired by the comments our readers left on our Food in Jars giveaway. We asked you why you put things in jars… what inspired you to preserve the bounty. Christina shares a few of those responses in this episode.

As promised, here is a list of additional resources for getting started on your own food preservation journey.

Food Preservation Resources

Preserve It! Bottle Fruits, Jams & Jellies, Pickles, Cured Meats ISBN: 978 0 7566 6208 0 Food In Jars ISBN: 978-0-7624-41-43-3 Put ‘Em Up ISBN: 978 1 60342 546 9 DIY Delicious ISBN: 978-0-8118-7346-8 Ball Book: Guide to Preserving  ISBN 0 9727537 0 2 Can it, Bottle it, Smoke it ISBN: 978 1 58008 575 5 Pickled: From Curing Lemons to Fermenting Cabbage 978 1 4405 3873 5 Wild Fermentation 978 1 931498 23 4 Mother Earth News Magazine & their publications Organic Gardening Hobby Farm Home Urban Farm

For those of you just starting out with water bath canning, we highly recommend taking a local class to learn about how to safely can. Information on FSC’s own canning and food preservation classes can be found here.

Alright, food preservationists! Let’s get chatting. Leave a comment here, check in over at our Facebook page or find us on Twitter (#FSCpodcast) and share your favorite ways to put food up. Tell us about your proudest canning moments or share any great resources you have. Don’t forget to download and print out your FREE summer canning labels over here! Make those jars pretty!

Summer’s not over yet, so before it goes… let’s get preserving.


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This month’s podcast highlights a few of the creative, hardworking people who have made food not only their personal passion, but the basis for their professinal lives as well. We’re calling them food entrepreneurs. We spoke with two such food entrepreneurs to learn how they turned their passions for local foods into thriving businesses.

A few months ago, FSC contributor Erika Tebbens attended NOFA-NY‘s conference in Saratoga Springs. She sat down with Marty Butts of Small Potatoes, a local foods advocacy and marketing business based out of Syracuse NY. Marty is passionate about fair trade issues, including domestic fair trade, and he’s masterfully built his business on supporting local producers while upholding farmers’ rights and fair agricultural labor practices.

FSC Editor Christina Davis caught up with the owner of an incredible new business that’s aiming to expand access to local foods through an innovative online farmers market. Farmie Market founder Sarah Gordon tells us about her journey from marketing her family’s grassed beef farm to operating a wildly successful business that has expanded throughout several counties and states.

On this month’s show, we also announce a few of our newest projects: a new Schenectady food swap, the launch of FSC Academy and our very first FSC Book Club!

Keith Drinkwine, Producer Manager at Kilpatrick Family Farm, stopped in to give us a quick crop report and tells us what we can expect to see soon at our local farmers markets.

We also have a very special treat for you this month! Alana Chernila, author of the blog Eating From the Ground Up and also the author behind the brand new cookbook The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You can Stop Buying and Start Making, was awesome enough to visit us at our Troy food swap this month. Because we love you so much, we’re bringing you an excerpt of Alana’s talk.

Thank you to FSC Swappers Kelly, Margaret, Ona & Joey for chatting with us about swapping.


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