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."


JoEllen says: May 22, 2012 at 07:20 PM

...you are hilarious :-)

cynthia says: May 22, 2012 at 07:21 PM

alicia, you're such an inspiration. i just embroidered a birthday card. who'da thunk? the new acronym should be 'wwad'. the buns look nummers. (ever see the movie 'calendar girls'? "we need bigger buns".) homemade just about anything is so much better. no chemicals or words you cannot pronounce. thank you as always. oh. 40's? wait until your '60's. you're only as old as...

Mary Ann says: May 22, 2012 at 07:33 PM

Oh we all gather here because we love being home, sewing, baking, and being together with our loved ones but I have to admit I've never made homemade hamburger buns or mayo..they both look amazing.

Wow! Wish I could make my pantry produce such tasty yummies... :-)

Wrennette says: May 22, 2012 at 08:55 PM

Alicia and Andy.......you are 'my' kind of neighbors...and people. You are making the most of your lives and enjoying doing all things together. What is more wonderful than that? I also cracked up at your joke about talking about changing out windows..all evening at your neighborhood cook-out.......this is too funny to me...because: My home is very much a cookie-cutter California home..although it has many large windows so it is bright and cheerful..BUT..I would LOVE to change out our windows for the type you have..and I have thought so many times I'd give anything to discuss your 1: windows 2: white wood walls 3: mirror over your mantel 4: the IKEA shelves, etc. I have so many of the same tastes that you have (and I also enjoy greatly and am influenced by Carl and Karin Larsson) What is not to love? So, my point??...to me you are the PERFECT NEIGHBOR lol...I'd trade recipes and tastings with you any day.

Firstly simply love your photographs! Secondly I am a regular reader but haven't left a comment before - the reason for this one is to ask you if you have a recipe you'd like to share for that divine looking rhubarb ginger syrup? Those picture had my mouth watering!
Thirdly thanks for a lovely inspiring blog to visit often...which I do... :-)

caitlin says: May 22, 2012 at 10:43 PM

so funny, i'm looking at your farmers market pictures, thinking, is that the market in portland my sister took me to? and i look closer, and, i'm in your picture (!) (redhead, turned away from the camera, lower right corner) strange life. your pantry efforts look wonderful, that sort of work is always worth it, don't you think?

Oh yum Alicia! You're making my preggo hunger urges kick in!!! LOL I think I might have to look up The Homemade Pantry... sounds wonderful! Oh, and I don't think it's an age thing... Some people strive to join the fast pace of society and are constantly trying to keep up, others enjoy taking each moment that comes and making the most of it! ;)

That book looks amazing! So does your pie mmmmm...

I want to be just like you.... :-)

Those food photos are *gorgeous* -- and I'm especially impressed by the hamburger buns. But, that syrup sounds pretty great, too. I'm going to hunt for that book, now - thank you for the link. What a great idea!

That book is just amazing!!! We've been drinking Rhubarb-rosewater sodas for the past few days after making a similar recipe. If you are a mustard-lover, be sure to make the mustard. Its lovely!!!The forties are lovely, but wait til fifty. You'll be talking about yoga classes and what brand is the best juicer!! hehe

I make mayo using a submersion blender and it literally
takes less than ten seconds!

Donna Bell says: May 23, 2012 at 05:53 AM

OMG after reading this I immediately ordered the book! Everything sounds delicious. Can't wait to start cooking!

It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! I'm definitely going to need to look for that book - sounds just like something I would love and my children too :)

Well that all looks pretty amazing. What a fabulous produce market. A drop of rhubarb infused vodka would be rather nice with some of that rhubarb and ginger seltzer.

I love it! I used to wonder why anyone was interested in fences. Now I just bought a house and I am obsessed with fences (they are expensive)! I think it's a home-owning thing.

The colors are just gorgeous! And I can practically smell that bread...ahhhhhhh....

sarajane says: May 23, 2012 at 07:55 AM

LOL... Yes, welcome to the forties...

First photo; so THIS is what Heaven looks like! **swoons** Awe, no worries about age. You are still a little one. I just turned 59, yet I am very young on the inside...I have always been immature! **happy smiles** Deb

would love to be on your street. :)

Jordan in Seattle says: May 23, 2012 at 09:53 AM

I LOVE homemade mayo. And you can add anything to it...chipotle adobo, wasabi, pesto, lots of lemon and garlic, fresh herbs, sundried tomatoes. My husband likes it best when I use rendered bacon fat and make real baconnaise. For the yakisoba arms I highly recommend a food processor. It streamlines the whole process beautifully.

omg, everything in those photos look AMAZING. when can i come and move in? i'll do all the dishes...... :)

Congratulations! Truly a repas of epic proportion in my books!

I had to laugh at your last line--I knew I was "old" when I was excited about a new appliance. I think as we get older, the things we do/have/make to create a serene home are the most important.

FloridaLizzie says: May 23, 2012 at 06:44 PM

I didn't see this in the comments, so I figure it's worth adding. I lived with a family in the south of France for a year ages ago, and they always made their own mayonnaise, but they used an IMMERSION BLENDER. That is way simpler than a food processor. It seemed like it was done so fast and the cleanup is so much easier that a food processor. I don't own an immersion blender, but you just might have one. It's a wonderful tool they used all the time there. They made the mayonnaise in a tall jar, put the lid on it, and all they had to wash was the beater.

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About Alicia Paulson


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