{grain brains challenge} Whole Grain Crackers

Grain Brains Challenge A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. When Alan challenged me to a cracker duel, I thought I would whomp him with the kind of crackers I mostly make – very stiff flatbreads. But he sent me a beautiful recipe for crackers came out more…

{photo diary} Food For Thought

Honest Weight Food Coop invited Ellie and me to make food for their Food for Thought film series, co-hosted by the Linda, WAMC radio station’s auditorium. The film was A Place at the Table, a documentary about hunger in America. Ellie and I made our favorites: beans and pancakes. Beans are quick with a pressure…

{Kitchen Therapy} Mental Consolidation & Quinoa Waffles

I have written a lot about breakfast on this blog.  I’ve realized recently that making breakfast is meaningful to me.  I like eating breakfast foods, but I now recognize that, more importantly, the process of cooking breakfast improves my mental health.  When I feel scattered and disorganized, making breakfast helps me to consolidate and settle…

{Grains Brain Challenge} Chicken and Farro Gumbo

Grain Brains Challenge A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. I grew up in Mississippi right outside of New Orleans. Down there, every family has a favorite gumbo, and everyone thinks theirs is the perfect recipe. But the truth is gumbo is about as variable as South Louisiana…

{diy project} Open Hearth Cooking

This year we decided to try cooking on our temporary outdoor fireplace while we boiled our sap into maple syrup.  Cast iron is perfect for cooking on coals.  Being pack rats, we just happen to have a vintage cast iron twelve-inch three-legged Dutch oven that someone gave us a couple of years ago because he…

{Grain Brains Challenge} Sprouting Grains

Grain Brains Challenge A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. Early in March, I met a baker who hates flour. Michael Perakovich makes sprouted wheat breads at Columbia County Bread and Granola and his hatred comes from what flour does to people’s bodies. He’s spent two years perfecting…

{grains brains challenge} A Scone of One’s Own

Grain Brains Challenge: A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. I never had a scone until I was in college. First week of school the Dean of Students sent out hand-written invitations to the freshmen class, instructing us, in groups of 25 or so, to attend an afternoon…

{Grain Brains Challenge} Whole Wheat Biscuits

Grain Brains Challenge: A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. Early on in my expedition with biscuits, I had a hard time critiquing the recipes. I made a few great batches and thought where is the bad biscuit? How can you go wrong with flour and fat? Well…

{photo diary} Know Your Grains

When I picked a day to hold my FSC Academy Pancake Class at The Arts Center, I had no idea it was National Pancake Day. How perfect! IHOP gave away free pancakes and I gave a few people my pancake valentine. I adore pancakes because you get a hot meal fast on days you don’t…

{FSC Book Club} Meeting 1 Recap: Rice & Wild Rice

We read, we cook, we chat. That is the FSC Book Club. Wow. The FSC Book Club is back and it’s fierce! Meeting 1 was an absolute success. So much participation! So many recipes tried and grains tasted! Lots of chit chat and photos popping up all over the internet. The fabulous author of Whole…

{FSC Podcast} Episode 11: Northeast Grains

FSC Contributor Amy Halloran takes on an a podcast journey to explore the Northeast grain system. Amy’s series on scaling up the northeast grain system provides a wealth of information and serves as an incredible introduction to the world of local grains, and in this episode we continue that conversation. Grains are often left out of the locavore…

{Grain Brains} My Wheat Berry Tour

A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. +++ I fell in love with wheat berries in 1993. I was working at a thrift store in Seattle, and every now and again, when I got tired of cheese toast – which I made by the sleeve of multigrain bread…

{Grain Brains} Parmigianino Millet Chicken Soup

A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. +++ It’s winter, this old house is cold, and my bones need a bowl of chicken soup. Nothing warms the soul like an elixir of pullet. I usually make chunky veggie chicken-soup, skipping rice or noodles. I don’t like…

{Grains Brains Challenge} Black-Eyed Pea Fritters

A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. +++ My friend Amy has been on a grain trip for the last few years, a pretty wild ride from what I’ve seen. Through it, we’ve been talking a lot about our baking habits, her love of pancakes and grains and…

{Grain Brains Challenge} mixed flour crepes

Editor’s Note: We’re starting this week off with a BANG! I’m pleased to announce that Amy is completing her ‘Scaling Up the Northeast Grain System’ series with next month’s FSC Podcast dedicated to the topic. For her next series, Amy is partnering with her close friend and cookbook author Alan Richardson. They have created a challenge for themselves:…