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Cookbook Giveaway: The Homemade Pantry

With The Homemade Pantry cookbook you can skip buying packaged snack cakes at the grocery store and instead bake up these homemade beauties.

Reading Alana Chernila’s description of lasagna night at her house in The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making was enough to make me add rennet (for cheese making) to my shopping list. She describes pulling her own warm mozzarella, as fresh tomato sauce bubbles on the stovetop and homemade lasagna noodles hang waiting, all while wrangling her two young daughters. When she contrasts her dinner to the idea of a convenient tin of frozen pasta, there’s no doubt which one I’d rather cozy up to.

Alana began making pantry staples at home because of a tight budget, but soon found how rewarding it could be — the food is better for you, it tastes better, it usually costs less, it eliminates packaging and it makes you think about food in a different, more connected way. With her new cookbook Alana is sharing her enthusiasm for cooking and her tried-and-true recipes. So you’ll be able to stop buying and start making one thing this week, another the next and before you know it, you’ll be having your own messy food adventures.

Here are some recipes from The Homemade Pantry to get you started:
The Snack Cake
Toaster Pastries
Hamburger Buns

You can fill these homemade toaster pastries with sweet jam or cinnamon and sugar or go savory and make pizza pockets or interesting apps.

We’re giving away one autographed copy of The Homemade Pantry to one lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us what pantry staples you make (or would like to make) at home.

So, tell us, what pantry staple do you (or would you) like to make at home?

You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate back with you if you’re the winner. (But do not post your email address into the actual body of the comment.) We’re giving one copy away to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 4:00 p.m. ET on April 13 and 5:00 p.m. ET on April 17. Subject to full Official Rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $24.99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a/ Cooking Channel, 75 9th Ave., New York, NY 10011.


Comments (2536)

  1. Susan posted 04/14/2012

    any recipe that I could use up all my leftover homemade jams sitting like soldiers in the frig. Also can not make a good tender biscuit.

  2. Suzanne posted 04/14/2012

    Awesome cookbook, I am trying to cut out processed foods from my diet. This book would be great to make some good ole favorites without all the dangerous chemicals!!

  3. Jan posted 04/14/2012

    I would like to make healthy energy bars.

  4. Mara posted 04/14/2012

    Baking bread has opened up the possibility of making so much more myself!

  5. nicole posted 04/14/2012

    I think I might go out and buy this cook book.

  6. Carol posted 04/14/2012

    I would love to make pasta!

  7. Katie posted 04/14/2012

    I would love to make homemade hostess cupcakes! (chocolate, of course)

  8. colette posted 04/14/2012

    entemann's coffee cake – can't seem to match the cake density with recipes i've found before. also homemade granola. store bought is so expensive.

  9. Nell posted 04/14/2012

    I make my own granola and sweet & spicy roasted pecans.

  10. Beth posted 04/14/2012

    I love to whip up homemade Calzone dough and go crazy with innovative new fillings.

  11. rafael posted 04/14/2012

    i really wanto to learn to make cheese in any form that makes a meal unforgetable.

  12. Sandra Philip posted 04/14/2012

    The oatmeal creme pies or the "twinkies" look fun to make. I hate tradional "Twinkies", I am sure these will be wonderful. Can't wait!

  13. Heather posted 04/14/2012

    I would love to make my own pasta. My sister gave me my Kitchen Aid mixer back and I would love to get out of my comfort zone and make more things at home. This cookbook sounds AMAZING!!!

  14. Christy posted 04/14/2012

    I would like to make homemade pop tarts. My family and I are not fans of pop tarts but if they were homemade maybe we would be.

  15. Pat Bannenberg posted 04/14/2012

    Homemade Toaster pastry YUMMM!!!

  16. MB Truman posted 04/14/2012

    I tried to make my own Fig Newtons…a different version, to be certain…lol! Tasty, anyhoo…I make my own bagels, English muffins and soft pretzels…

  17. MB Truman posted 04/14/2012

    I forgot to enter my email!!!! Fig newtons and English muffins!

  18. Carla posted 04/14/2012

    puff pastry

  19. Robin posted 04/14/2012

    I would love to make my own cheese. Where do yo but rennet? This cookbook sounds great.

  20. Caitlin posted 04/14/2012

    I make all my bread type products from scratch.

  21. Mary Cokenour posted 04/14/2012

    Lady Fingers, since I love Tiramisu, but can't find lady fingers in any stores in my area.

  22. breadlady posted 04/14/2012

    i love homemade chicken stock, as well as homemade marshmallows :) am learning to make homemade pasta, and am planning a salsa garden so i can make and can homemade salsa

  23. Debbi R posted 04/14/2012

    I would like to make a whole wheat baking mix that could be used for biscuits, pancakes, etc.

  24. Marlene posted 04/14/2012

    I've made toaster pastries before that look very much like the ones pictured above. They were delicious! I'd never eat the boxed ones – disgusting!

  25. michelle42676 posted 04/14/2012

    I'd love to make a lot of things from scratch, but finding the receipes can be tough sometimes. The snack cakes and toaster pastries both pictured above would definately be a big hit at home and I wouldn't feel as guilty feeding them to the family!

  26. Brandi posted 04/14/2012

    I love to make bread.

  27. gail posted 04/14/2012

    goldfish crackers

  28. dave posted 04/14/2012

    granola bars

  29. Elaine Chamberlain posted 04/14/2012

    Ding Dongs. I love chocolate.

  30. Sandy Mcgarrah posted 04/14/2012

    it is to late for me to enter the cookbook giveaway so wonder if I can purchase and can you let me know how much it cost to purchase it.
    Sandy Mcgarrah email is

  31. Marcy posted 04/15/2012

    I want to make homemade toaster pastries, but not the fruit filled kind. I have made those before; what I want is to make them with that white filling that is in some of the "the name brand" ones… just can't seem to get that right. YUM!

  32. Vickie posted 04/15/2012

    Homemade oatmeal mix with dried fruits, spices and brown sugar

  33. Ben Humphries posted 04/15/2012

    I love making bread and would like to make my own wheat sandwich bread.

  34. Cristina W. posted 04/15/2012

    I would like to make home made hot dog buns. I know they would be so much yummier.

  35. Ashley Villarreal posted 04/15/2012

    I definitely need to learn how to make snack cakes. Those twinkies look delicious. I also wouldn't mind learning how to make some taco seasoning. I feel like I'm always buying it, but my pantry is always void…

  36. dahna4me posted 04/15/2012

    I make my own yogurt! I would like to take this further and make my own cheese…

  37. abbiegail posted 04/15/2012

    I would love to make homemade toaster pastries and homemade granola bar for my 3 boys, and pasta as well and peanut butter and….basically, everything that can be made at home i think we should so the kids will enjoy nutritious food without all the added preservatives

  38. Donnell posted 04/15/2012

    This would be a perfect receipe book. Love the toaster pastries , I make hand hekd pies.

  39. Jen posted 04/15/2012

    My husband and I both love to cook and would love to find new recipes to try out. We would love to have this book to add to our collection. I love cooking from scratch because I actually know what I am getting. I would love to make snack cakes at home.

  40. Jenn posted 04/15/2012

    I'd love to make homemade poptarts

  41. Beth posted 04/15/2012

    I recently made yogurt for the first time (Yay!). My daughter said it's the best she's ever tasted (Yay x2!). I used to make granola a lot (worked at an inn) and would like to start again.

  42. Maria posted 04/15/2012

    Homemade Cadbury Cream Eggs

  43. Christy posted 04/15/2012

    I would love to learn how to make my own snack cakes, fresh pasta, and jams/jellies! <3

  44. Marilyn Wall posted 04/15/2012

    I love to make my own stock for my food no more store bought

  45. Annette Mazzurco Hallett posted 04/15/2012

    I still make my own homemade pasta dough for ravioli. The women in my family get together for a whole day of assembling the ravioli for Christmas dinner. We have the Italian music playing, the aroma of the sauce fills the house, and the chilled wine is flowing. (Lots and lots of wine!). I make the dough early in the morning so it rests, then the family arrives around noon for a day filled with food and laughter. This has been our tradition for years, and I am passing this on to my girls! We have often commented that it would be great to make our own ricotta cheese, but have yet to tackle this…but someday!

  46. krismhynes posted 04/15/2012

    I love making homemade frozen waffles – they are a great quick breakfast item

  47. sara posted 04/15/2012

    a staple in my pantry is Rice Krispies & Marshmellows.. so i can always, at ANYTIME i'm kraving rice krispie treats.. i can make them!! they are my FAVORITE treat!! yum-0!

  48. Rick Trennepohl Jr posted 04/15/2012

    I would love to know how to make filled tea cakes and pastries.

  49. Debbie posted 04/15/2012

    Home made Marshmallow for smores cookies would be wonderful.

  50. Charlene posted 04/15/2012

    Love making homemade pasta, breads, and pizzas. Recently made homemade ravioli. Yummy!

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