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LH 154: The Homemade Kitchen with Alana Chernila

LH 154: Big flavor in a waste free kitchen

You asked for it, so I brought back author Alana Chernila for another episode!

This time we chat about getting the very best flavors from our produce and how to use left over scraps so that nothing from our garden goes to waste!

We also talk about caring for our wooden kitchen tools and Alana shares a recipe for making a special cream (wood butter) that will help our wooden spoons last for a lifetime.


You will learn:

  • How to get the last bit of flavor from our produce
  • The trick to making the very best soup stock
  • Why strawberry hulls can be used in beverages
  • How to reduce waste in the kitchen
  • What is spoon butter
  • Why caring for our kitchen tools can make all the difference
  • What are the life lessons we can learn from cooking real food
  • Tips for slowing down to savor the day
  • And more…

Alana Chernila -

Alana Chernila:

Alana Chernila is the author of three books: The Homemade Pantry, The Homemade Kitchen, and Eating From the Ground Up.

She also writes, cooks, teaches cheese making, and blogs at her website: EatingFromTheGroundUp

Alana lives with her husband and daughters in western Massachusetts.





Alana’s Spoon Butter Recipe:

Download Alana’s spoon butter recipe to help your wooden spoons last for a lifetime.

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Resources & Links Mentioned:

The Homemade Kitchen - LivingHomegrown.comEating From the Ground Up - LivingHomegrown.comEating From the Ground Up – Alana’s blog

The Homemade Kitchen* – Alana’s book

The Homemade Pantry* – Alana’s book

Eating From the Ground Up* – Alana’s book

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.