Cookbook giveaway - The Handmade Kitchen

The Homemade KitchenIn her second cookbook, The Homemade Kitchen, Alana Chernila exalts the beautiful imperfections of food made at home and extends the lessons of cooking through both the quotidian and extraordinary moments of the day. Alana builds upon the concept of her previous book, The Homemade Pantry, with recipes for kitchen staples such as chèvre, tofu, kefir, kimchi, preserved lemons, along with recipes and ideas for using them.

You can read an excerpt from The Homemade Kitchen, and see Alana's book tour schedule on the World Calendar of Cookbook Events. We are delighted to offer four copies of The Homemade Kitchen to EYB Members in the US only. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section to this blog post:

Which common pantry items do you prefer making yourself versus buying?

Please note that you must be signed into the Rafflecopter contest before posting the comment or your entry won't be counted. Entries from Members outside the US will be discarded. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends December 9, 2015.


  • lauriesk  on  11/11/2015 at 5:24 PM

    Unfortunately, I buy most pantry staples. But I do try to buy the highest quality organic staples.

  • MirandaAK  on  11/11/2015 at 5:59 PM

    Graham crackers. Marshmallow fluff. Candied citrus peel. Flavored sugars. None of these are things I'd consider "staples," but they're all important items I would rather, and often do, make instead of buy.

  • sgump  on  11/11/2015 at 8:29 PM

    beans: pintos, kidneys, black, navy, cannellini, garbanzos--I prefer buying dried and cooking them myself instead of buying canned

  • Siegal  on  11/12/2015 at 6:57 AM

    Hmm...I sometimes make my own nut butters and make my own stocks and freeze them. I like to bake my own bread sometimes too

  • lhudson  on  11/12/2015 at 7:00 AM

    Anything that has a high salt content. My husband has a heart issue, so I try to make all my own soups, tomato sauces, and french fries.

  • MollyB  on  11/12/2015 at 11:39 AM

    Chicken stock and beans. I cook big batches of both and try to always keep some in the freezer.

  • lieselpeas  on  11/12/2015 at 12:51 PM

    jams, beans, tomato sauce, stock

  • rivergait  on  11/12/2015 at 1:15 PM

    Candied ginger (Alton Brown's recipe). I keep it for recipes, but also for a quick sneaky snack. Be sure to dry it thoroughly as my last batch molded..

  • VeryFineWhine  on  11/12/2015 at 1:16 PM

    I like making my own apple butter, so I can control the sweetness. Too many of the bottled ones add a ton of extra sugar that just isn't needed

  • shamby  on  11/12/2015 at 7:35 PM

    All baked goods, broths, and beans. I even grind much of my own flour.

  • pandapotamus  on  11/12/2015 at 8:24 PM

    chicken broth!

  • Acequiamadre.nm  on  11/12/2015 at 8:59 PM

    Almond milk. Jams and jellies. Nut flours. Applesauce.

  • Nancith  on  11/12/2015 at 9:52 PM

    Seasoning mixtures from our herb garden.

  • vickster  on  11/13/2015 at 7:54 AM

    Beans, chicken and vegetable stock, granola, all baked goods, jams

  • kimtrev  on  11/13/2015 at 1:37 PM

    jam and stock

  • robinorig  on  11/13/2015 at 6:24 PM

    I've been making my own roasted tomatoes and tomato puree with garden herbs and canning them for the season at the end of Aug into September when tomatoes are at peak at my CSA and from my garden. Having such fresh tasting tomatoes is so much better than store bought. I can control the salt content, the seasoning and don't have to worry about BPA in cans. While I'm canning, I weigh them out so they are even and a 16 oz each for cooking.

  • southerncooker  on  11/13/2015 at 7:14 PM

    I like to make my own chicken broth

  • tcjanes  on  11/13/2015 at 11:04 PM

    Sourdough bread.

  • swimbaby26  on  11/15/2015 at 9:16 AM

    If I have time, I like making bread and marinara sauce. However, the markets now have some good freshly baked bread and local Italian restaurants sometimes sell their sauce. I have considered stock, but it seems like far too much work in stockpiling bones for months.

  • jenniwa  on  11/15/2015 at 10:26 PM

    Beans, stock, soup, granola, and marinara.

  • sirprize  on  11/16/2015 at 9:21 AM

    I prefer making bread, sauce, and chicken broth. I can't remember the last time I bought a box of broth! We always save our chicken bones and vegetable scraps and then toss in the crockpot, simmer away!

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  11/18/2015 at 12:05 AM

    I make my own bread and I've been trying to make yogurt.

  • earthnfire  on  11/18/2015 at 9:54 AM

    If only I had more time. But having a vitamix makes it far easier to grind my own rice flour, make my own rice milk, etc.

  • tmcginty  on  11/18/2015 at 2:17 PM

    I rely on the pantry but am interested what I can make myself!

  • monique.potel  on  11/19/2015 at 10:21 AM

    i make my own vinegar preserved lemons vanilla sugar pickles canned tuna i do have an address in the US and really would enjoy winning this book

  • matag  on  11/19/2015 at 1:06 PM


  • herby  on  11/20/2015 at 6:39 PM

    Preserved lemons, duxels, bone broth, garlic confit - love to have flavouful staples on hand!

  • Julia  on  11/20/2015 at 7:00 PM

    Ricotta cheese, self rising flour, sour milk, stock/broth.

  • wjsisung  on  11/20/2015 at 7:10 PM

    Vanilla sugar and seasoning blends

  • Twistie  on  11/20/2015 at 7:46 PM

    Breads, candied peel, stock and broth, and I'm trying my hand at crackers.

  • LeePicard  on  11/20/2015 at 8:03 PM

    Bread. Hummus. Schmaltz. Pesto.

  • Deneenm  on  11/20/2015 at 8:25 PM

    stock- veg, chicken, turkey & beef; marinara, jams, roasted peppers, oven dried tomatoes

  • danceofhealth  on  11/21/2015 at 12:15 AM

    I make bread, granola, chicken, turkey, and vegetable stocks, applesauce, pesto, cooked beans, hummus...

  • caryn1047  on  11/21/2015 at 5:02 AM

    Love using the carcass from my rotisserie chicken to make my own stock.

  • ladibyrd  on  11/22/2015 at 7:56 AM

    tahini, powdered sugar, bread, Bisquick

  • bkauf  on  11/25/2015 at 12:20 AM

    Beans, vanill sugar!

  • rosiekitty  on  11/25/2015 at 12:31 AM

    Beef stock, chicken stock and preserved lemons.

  • Mimmi  on  11/25/2015 at 6:02 AM

    Granola and pancake mix taste so much better when you make it yourself!

  • Roscoesmom  on  11/25/2015 at 6:11 AM

    In general, I buy most pantry staples. But I almost never buy bread, preferring to know exactly what is in the bread I serve my family. And I soak and dehydrate all nuts to make them more digestible. I would like to learn how to make more staples.

  • Full_flavoredCook  on  11/25/2015 at 8:06 AM

    I have been making a variety of Mexican sauce bases. I also make flavored Asian oils, like chili oil or 5-flavor oil, and make candied citrus peel for ice cream. (I make my own ice cream, too, but that doesn't last in the pantry, lol!)

  • JanScholl  on  11/27/2015 at 11:21 PM

    Peanut butter and my own sugar baking mix.

  • ltsuk  on  11/29/2015 at 10:46 PM

    Jam and soda syrups!

  • ballen  on  12/1/2015 at 6:22 AM

    chicken stock

  • ChefClaireFVS  on  12/2/2015 at 2:51 PM

    I have gone through phases in my life where I have had to make almost everything from scratch; although I don't have as much time these days I make all of my own jams and jellies, pickles, hot sauce, stocks, ice cream (a staple!), baked goods (except bread nowadays), etc. It helps that I work on a farm so I have access to great food.

  • t.t  on  12/4/2015 at 7:00 PM

    do you count yogurt? i also make my own jam. when i had more time, i used to make my own bread and tofu.

  • contest718  on  12/7/2015 at 12:34 AM

    I prefer making my own caramel. The first time I made it, my husband thought it was a miracle. I threatened to make homemade marshmallows this thanksgiving, but I knew I would only be punishing myself because he would be constantly be asking me to make him some.

  • pgarcia  on  12/8/2015 at 11:18 AM

    I make my own yogurt weekly!

  • djoh437938  on  1/3/2016 at 10:19 AM

    by the way, its "homemade" kitchen not handmade kitchen

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