Homemade Pantry

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The weekend before last, Andy and I went to the farmer's market to get some stuff and then we spent the rest of the day making things from The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making by Alana Chernila. It was super fun. We made rhubarb-ginger syrup with lemon verbena (for pouring into seltzer water and making sodas), mayonnaise, ketchup, and hamburger buns! And I made another rhubarb custard pie (that thing is really good). We took turns whisking the olive oil into the egg yolk to make mayonnaise. I seriously don't know how one person could have the muscle strength to do this; our arms were yakisoba noodles after I don't even know how long it took (and we were also actually sitting down the whole time). Pffffft! The hamburger buns were seriously amazing. I couldn't stop looking at them. Our neighbors came for a cook-out later that night. We had burgers and sweet potato oven fries I sort of made up. I think they liked everything. They also thought we were kind of cracked but we're used to that. Then they had a neighborhood potluck party this past Sunday. (We have a lot of great neighborhood parties.) I spent almost the whole party talking to someone about suburban sprawl and someone else about window replacement and cedar shingles and I had a great time. I thought, "Ah. I must be in my forties."


the homemade pantry book looks cool, I'll have to check it out. Hope you have a nice day.

If you are trying to avoid being too modern in your mayo making, but don't have the arm strength for a whisk, you might try the middle ground: a rotary egg beater. Old fashioned enough to be fun, but not as labor intensive as the whisk.

Kristy L. says: May 22, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Ha sounds like me! The other day I was talking to my husband about the storm coming in, and then I laughed and said the same thing you did. "I must be over 40 to talk about the weather and think it's an interesting topic."!!

Homemade is nearly ALWAYS better. My kids have gotten spoiled - I bought muffins at the store the other day because I was overwhelmed and had no time for baking that day. My kids had no use for those muffins. I felt a weird mixture of pride ("Aw! My kids like my muffins better!") and annoyance ("What? Too good for store bought? Just eat it, kid!").

Lost you for a while but have just stumbled upon you again! Will try not to be careless this time ... Have a lovely week, Claire xxx

yummy yummy! i've done mayo in small batches with now sore arms....for large batches, definitely go for the food processor...wait till you get to your 50s for interesting get-together talk...just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from arthritis and senior discounts!

I'll be over for dinner soon ;) This all looks really amazing!! How do you like what you've made? How's the ketchup?!


Such beautiful photos and thanks for the heads up about the book, it looks right up my alley x

Nancy Hart says: May 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Your photos are absolutely amazing!!! What type of camera do you use? I may be in the market, am so tired of my rinky dink one!

Your photos are gorgeous! I am so hungry now! And I agree with Elizabeth, you could totally open a little bakery to offer all of your yummy baked goods!

You are an inspiration. I love all your from scratch stuff. Just think, it wasn't so long ago that if you wanted any of that stuff, you had to make it from scratch. I'm reminded of something I once read about how you get a hamburger in the outback of Australia... "1st, you kill the cow...". Hope this rain is fleeting and we get the nice weather back.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Patricia Walters says: May 22, 2012 at 01:00 PM

My husband and I have been bemoaning the current state of store (even bakery) hamburger rolls. I just ordered that book from Amazon and can't wait for it to arrive...


I've made mayonnaise with my kitchenaid mixer and whisk attachment, it was much easier than hand mixing!

Thanks for the great pics and the giggle. I know what you mean about feeling middle aged.

Susan and Bentley

Rockin' the forties!
I love your kinda cracked ways...
maybe I seem something familiar and comforting.

Wow all your picures look delishes,,and thanks for the book info..we have alot of neighborhood parties to and I love it,,

We're in South Dakota right now to see Mount Rushmore, and on the way, saw a big billboard with a red donkey on it. In big letters it said "Red Ass Rhubarb Wine."
Seriously, I think we may try it!

If this is the forties, I can't wait! Sounds good - pie and hamburger buns and sweet potato fries and cookouts? =) Man, I cannot wait for the day the hubs and I can finally buy a house and start settling down some permanent roots!

shannon says: May 22, 2012 at 03:21 PM

I love your blog and live just down below you in West Linn. You are someone I wish I was neighbors with because I truly would love to hang out with you. Thank you for writing such a great blog.

I laughed out loud when I read this and then *read* it out loud to my husband. We have great neighborhood parties too. We used to joke that we knew we were grown up when we thought, "Cool, this new job has awesome benefits!" Now we talk with our neighbors about who knows a good contractor for a bathroom redo and St. Augustine grass for our lawns. Ah, we must be in our 40s.

mmmm yum that all looks delicious! I am almost running out of my sweet chilli jam and I'm devastated haha. I'm going to have to start making some other sort of pickle. I really want to try and make my own mayonnaise though - my sister made a delcious one which was dairy free and put it on potato salad and I had no idea it was dairy free. Thought it was yoghurt actually. So much better for you than bought stuff too! Your blog inspires me a lot - so homely and comforting actually.

OMG have you made me hungry... it's almost 9 p.m. and I have to go eat something!!!! I wish you were one of MY neighbors with goodies like these.

Patricia Walters says: May 22, 2012 at 05:58 PM

I posted this at rather wrong blogpost.

My husband, Chris, makes our mayo. He said he could see how making it with a whisk could be tiring. He makes it in the blender and it takes no time at all. He said you need to add the oil very slowly as the blender is running at high speed.

Melaine says: May 22, 2012 at 06:32 PM

Hi, I love your blog I am "sort of new" ....Like this book Homemade pantry, I made ketchup onces years ago, may try again, and those rolls looked delicious! Sometimes when I am upset, I open your blog and just let the picture show on my computer, they are comforting....thanks. look forward to more.

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com