{Who, What, Why, How} We Are FSC



{Making} Food Matter Together


Finding her true calling, connecting people to their local foodshed, Christina was the Demo Coordinator & Book Buyer for the Saratoga location of Healthy Living Market & Cafe.

At the homestead, she is the Chef de Cuisine, Master Baker & Head Food Preservationist to her husband Charles and their 7 year old son, Miles Jae. Although always a supporter of local, sustainable, humane and whole foods, Chris is now on a serious mission to bring those principles into her kitchen due to Miles Jae’s multiple food allergy diagnosis, asthma and the rare disease, EE.


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From nine-to-five, Christine works in the non-profit world of affordable housing and community development as the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Capital District. After hours, you can find her cooking up a storm in her kitchen, curled up on the couch with a stack of good books, or hosting wild one-person dance parties. Christine lives in Albany and likes to imagine a life filled with freshly baked bread, tea parties and 1970s kitchenware. She is passionate about the need to build vibrant communities that are connected to healthy, sustainable food sources and she thinks From Scratch Club is a great place to figure out how to do it. Christine runs the FSC Programs: FSC Podcast & FSC Book Club.

Christine writes about her efforts to create meaningful traditions and experiences over at her blog Unspeakable Visions.



I am the mother of 4 (Sophia, Abby and twin boys Simon and Charlie) I work very hard to provide my children and husband with healthy, delicious meals whenever possible. We enjoy cooking as a family and I believe the kitchen is the heart of my home. It is where we eat our meals, talk about our days and spend time really listening to each other without the distractions of the world. I am also on the board of the Delmar Farmers Market, where I spend my Saturday mornings meeting the farmers/vendors that grow and raise much of the food my family eats.

AKA Pirate Jeni
 As a child, Jeni fell in love with the Little House on the Prairie books, mostly because of all the wonderful things that were made at home from the simplest ingredients. Most weekends, Jeni can be found in her kitchen creating the basics for future meals. Culturing cheese and yogurt, breaking down larger cuts of meat into usable portions or for future grinding, fermenting cabbage, preserving fruits and veggies or dehydrating snacks of any variety keep her busy pretty much all weekend. When not involved in culinary pursuits, she enjoys knitting, crocheting, spinning and sewing as hobbies. She lives in Albany with her partner and their bullmastiff. Find her on her blog, Pirate Jeni.

Elizabeth Barbone, an alumna of the Culinary Institute of America, is the author of Cooking Gluten-Free: Over 150 Recipes That Really Work and Easy Gluten-Free Baking and the founder of GlutenFreeBaking.com. Born with severe multiple food allergies, Elizabeth is committed to creating gluten-free recipes that taste just like their wheat counterparts. All of Elizabeth’s recipes are tested countless times to ensure reader’s success in the kitchen. Using easy-to-find ingredients, Elizabeth makes gluten-free baking accessible for everyone. In addition to creating recipes for her books, Serious Eats and GlutenFreeBaking.com, Barbone travels the country speaking to celiac groups and teaching gluten-free baking classes.
{Editor’s Note: We are absolutely honored to have Elizabeth on FSC. -Christina}

Over the past few years, Betsy has discovered a love of vegetable gardening and home preservation, and she is crazy about FSC food swaps! She lives with her husband and daughter near Albany, and is an assistant professor in teacher education at SUNY Empire State College.

Lauren is a mom and married Certified Public Account with a serious passion for making things. She loves learning new recipes and techniques, crafting quilts and other handmade goods, and the challenge of keeping and decorating her new house on a budget. With crafting in her soul, she started the blog Craft My Life Away in 2010 and has successfully completed a number of projects from her bucket list, including several heirloom quilts and wickedly addictive salted caramels.

I went to law school as a mid-life career change in my early 40s; prior to law school I was an agricultural entomologist and college teacher.  We used to have goats and chickens and live in the country when our three sons were small, but now we live in Saratoga Springs with a cat and a dog.  We don’t have much of a garden in town so we share crop by gardening in other people’s yards and splitting the produce.   My dream job would be running the inmate garden at Riker’s Island.


Amy Halloran lives on a half an acre in Troy, New York with her husband and two sons. She writes for regional and national outlets about the changing food landscape, and records dispatches from her family’s gardening, cooking and chicken raising enterprises on her blog, Home Economics. Her nonfiction and comics are archived at Amy Halloran.Net.


Hi! I’m Becky H. Born and raised in a small town on the Texas/Mexico border, my family has somehow wandered to upstate NY, living on a small, soon to be farm in Galway, NY. Mama to Noah and Rachel and wife to Mark. My love of good food started as a teenager walking across the Mexican border for the real Tex/Mex (and beer). In my adult life I’ve lived, traveled, and eaten my way across much of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  Today, due to lots of food allergies and more, we practice a Paelo/ WAPF type diet. Love to cook and love my local farms!

Alexis works as a psychotherapist but is most appreciated for her role as cook by her husband and two daughters.  She has always loved to cook and finds preparing meals to be a source of rejuvenation even on days when exhausted.  Her interest in food was developed early with the encouragement of her mother who fed her home-made hummus way back when it was still considered a mystery food.  Alexis’s cooking is now driven by healthy ingredients, especially those found in farmers markets, and a desire to find new, creative ways to make eating a pleasurable experience every day.

ellie markovitch may 2012small ELLIE MARKOVITCH
I am a multimedia storyteller and creator of storycooking.com.

I use food as a starting point for conversations. My journey started when I realized food and cameras are at the center of my life and art. Food and cameras are the tools I use to communicate and build interpersonal connections and community.
I live in Troy, New York with my husband, two children and our dog Abi. I was born in Brazil and spent most of my childhood weekends on my grandparents’ small farm.

There was a story behind everything we did with our food, from how it was picked to how it was cut and cooked.

Gina Martin
 lives in Coxsackie, NY with her husband and two children. Gina is a Contributing Writer” for Albany Kid Family Travel, family travel and educational enrichment blog, and serves as Empress at her personal blog, ModSchooler which allows her to indulge her tech fancy and gadget-hound tendencies, all in the name of making learning fun and engaging. Multiple food allergies and family health issues have challenged her to develop healthy but delicious homemade treats and staples that can pass for “regular” food, and in her not-so-spare time she helps rescue abused and abandoned dogs and cats through Rottie Empire Rescue

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Alan Richardson is the New York Times best-selling co-author of the Hello, Cupcake! book series. Alan also co-authored The Four Seasons of Italian Cooking, and The Breath of a Wok for which he received The 2005 Best International Cookbook Award from International Association of Culinary Professionals, The IACP Jane Grigson Award, as well as the 2005 Golden Ladle from Le Cordon Bleu Media Awards for Best Food Book. Whole grains are Alan’s idea of a perfect pairing with a cupcake, or maybe the antidote. His goal is to make whole grain cooking so easy he forgets he is doing it.

You can find out more about his cupcakes at www.hellocupcakebook.com

Erika Tebbens lives in Ballston Spa with husband Chris and son Jack. Chris is a nuclear instructor in the Navy and loves cooking traditional French cuisine and curing meats. Erika loves cooking and baking. She especially loves figuring out how to make commonly store-bought items from scratch. She plays derby under the name “Brass Snuggles” for the Albany All Stars Roller Derby league. She sports a “No Farms No Food” sticker on her helmet. Her leaguemates know her as their personal Martha Stewart and she loves baking for them. She is also their go-to-gal for many DIY projects. She is a freelance writer and social media specialist and can often be found working for various vendors at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market. She writes the weekly newsletter for Kilpatrick Family Farm and assists with their harvest/market prep on Fridays during the summer.

I’m an events planner by day, a food blogger by night at Wendalicious. I have always loved cooking and baking (especially), and was organically trained in culinary skills by my talented and resourceful mother. My enthusiasm for food and cooking began with a simple gift from my mother when my sister and I were small- an Easy Bake Oven. Which she never let us use. She denies this. That frustration made me what I am today. When it comes to food, I am sometimes inspired, sometimes lazy, and just about always hungry. My favorite food is hummus.

20121124-Jennifer_2012JENNIFER WILKERSON
Jennifer Wilkerson is a graphic designer, business owner, teacher, mother and founding board member of Schenectady Greenmarket. Raised in New York’s suburbia, Jennifer’s family had chickens and ducks and a front yard vegetable garden (much to her teenager’s dismay).  Jennifer now has her own front yard vegetable garden, shops farmers markets year round and is happiest when scheming about the next thing to make.


I’m a mom of two home-schooled girls, one of whom is severely allergic to dairy, eggs and peanuts; a local food lover; wife to a guy who fits me better than any other; mama to [only] one cat (my old lady cat just died, sniff sniff); farmer’s market “worker” (I use the quotes because all I do is talk, talk, talk to everyone who comes my way while I’m at the market, and I don’t consider that work); and steward of Mother Nature.
Jillian writes her personal story at Everyday Four Seasons.

Heather was brought to living a “from scratch life” when her children were diagnosed with food allergies. Out of a desire to keep her family safe she began try her hand at all things domestic. She and her husband enjoy cultivating their small piece of land with a large garden and flock of chickens.

Deanna N. Fox is a twentysomething entrepreneur and business owner. She lives in Delanson, NY on an old farm and apple orchard with her husband David, four year old daughter Edith, and two year old son Eric (and a bunch of mangy animals). Deanna is dedicated to leading a stylish, sustainable lifestyle (while having fun!) and teaching others how to live similarly regardless of living situation via her blog Silly Goose Farm. Deanna was raised on similar principles amongst farms in Chenango County, NY, and believes that most of the world’s problems can be solved by first ensuring everyone has access to good, wholesome food. When not hatching up new business ideas, renovating the farm or playing in the dirt, Deanna can be found obsessing over boats, practicing for the World Bocce Championship with an adult libation in hand, or holding impromptu dance parties with her kids. More about Deanna can be found on her website.

I am a 40-something  Albanian mother to Katie, baker, small business owner, musician and singer, writer and food activist!

Becky is a mom of two, and spends her days baking and creating alongside her kids, enjoying the creativity and togetherness that the kitchen provides. At night, once the kids are tucked into bed, she pulls out the mixing bowls and measuring cups and bakes alone, creating, recreating, and taste testing her way through old favorites and new creations.  Visit her blog, The Mixing Bowl Diary, to follow along on her baking adventures. When she is not baking or playing with her children, she is often at local fruit and vegetable farms with her husband and kids, sharing with them the joys of picking your own food and knowing your food’s source.



Liz’s job as mama to three young children, Andrew, Eleanor, and Amelia, could absolutely be considered full time but she also manages to teach yoga, work at a horse farm,  raise sheep and chickens and manage a respectable kitchen garden. Liz loves to keep her hands busy and makes is a priority to create every day, whether at the sewing machine, spinning wheel, knitting needles or in the kitchen. Eating responsibly is a huge priority for Liz so cooking is a natural extension of the importance of food for Liz’s family.

{the original From Scratch Club}

23 Comments Add yours

  1. Thea says:

    This is a wonderful collaborative blog! I look forward to following along with your stories, musings and recipes.

    1. I agree, Keep Posting guys 🙂

  2. Moms on a mission! Good food for your family is smart.

  3. allaboutgoodlife says:

    My admiration goes for these beautiful & talented women!

  4. Kimberly says:

    Wow, I wish you amazing women lived in Ontario so I could meet you and crash one of the food swaps! I’ve only read one post and all of your profiles so far so now I’m going to poke through the rest of your offerings….for the next hour or two I bet! Thanks!

  5. Miss. Zoe says:

    I’m absolutely inspired by all of your wonderful work.

  6. tammyehoney says:

    Do you know the conversion rate of potato starch to sugar to make confectioners sugar if a person like myself has allergies to corn products and can’t use commercial confectioners sugar due to cornstarch? This seems like the ideal place to be able to ask this question…finally…asking the sugar corporations was no help…

  7. Hiya, I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award 🙂


  8. gmtnunez says:

    Found you via a WordPress recommendation- can’t believe you’re from the Capitol District! My dad’s side of the family is from there! So cool to see this kind of thing going on in and around Troy.

    1. Christina says:

      Hey Gmtnunez! Yup Yup- we are trying our best to get home-cooking, DIY projects rocking & local farm & food stuffs happening all around this area. If you ever come back to visit, and our Troy swap is happening at the same time- you must stop by! All the best to you, thanks for stopping by!

  9. I am passing on the sunshine award to you. Even though I am far away from you (Berlin, Germany), I really love reading your blog.

  10. Life is Short. Eat Hard! says:

    I love your blog and return time and time again. I am always inspired! Because of this I am nominating you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. See my latest post for how to participate! Thanks!

  11. Hi there! Your blog is awesome, which is why I nominated you for the Super Sweet Bloggers Award! Find out more here: http://pocketfulofsugar.com/2013/03/08/super-sweet-bloggers-award-who-me/ and keep up the good work 🙂

  12. Brilliant collective and ethos, look forward to reading more, thanks, Tracey

  13. Hi! I have nominated you for a Liebster Award because I think your blog is fantastic and I enjoy your posts! The purpose of the Liebster Award is to promote bloggers like you to a large audience so you can spread your good words on! Have a great day! I have tagged your blog on a post called “Liebster Award” so my followers can find your blog, have a look: http://purityin365days.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/liebster-award/

  14. Great blog, loving all the new ideas!

    1. Christina says:

      Thanks Brooke for your support! Welcome to FSC!

  15. Great blog keep up the good work in 2015 !!

  16. This is a great blog! Keep up the great work! please Visit http://www.helloworldmagazine.com sometime, too. Thanks!

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