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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.

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Comments (2562)

  1. Leah posted 04/15/2012

    Cookies! Love to make cookies! Always have everything on hand.

  2. Catherine Redner George posted 04/15/2012

    I would love to learn how to make toaster pastries.

  3. Renee posted 04/15/2012

    I make homemade sweet and spicy pecans or a combination of other nuts to go on salads or just to snack on. They are much more inexpensive than store bought ones and they taste better!

  4. Yvonne posted 04/15/2012

    I love sweets, so I would love to make all kinds of snack cakes and doughnuts!!

  5. Mandy posted 04/15/2012

    I want to make toaster pastries. Eat it on the go and at home.

  6. jrbarrett9 posted 04/15/2012

    My most recent pantry item is Worcestershire Sauce -it's great and now most of my close foodie obsessed friends have a year's supply :-)

  7. lindag posted 04/15/2012

    marshmallows and want to give crackers a try! thanks!

  8. Jackie posted 04/16/2012

    I enjoy making hummus from scratch. I started doing it because I wanted to do something with some extra garbanzo flour that was taking up space in my cupboard. Since then, it has been a weekly ritual and something my 1 year old loves.

  9. Donna Steinhorn posted 04/16/2012

    Homemade mozzarella! i recently started making my own breads, and have tried making simple cheeses. I'm hooked!

  10. Nina posted 04/16/2012

    I would like to make my own yogurt.

  11. Sharon Parsons posted 04/16/2012

    I would love to find recipes using Mango. My family loves anything spelled — s w e e t.

  12. Lou Lou posted 04/16/2012

    I would love to make marshmallows, infused oils and a really great bbq sauce.

  13. amy mayer posted 04/16/2012

    Since chocolate is a staple in my house (hahaha) I love to make homemade Mounds bars!

  14. Ellen posted 04/16/2012

    Homemade hamburger buns sound amazing!

  15. Patti St. George posted 04/16/2012

    I would love to make homemade mozarella and try my hand at homemade pasta:)

  16. SharonLouise posted 04/16/2012

    I love to make up a big suppy of pie crust, store in the cabinet, and use when in the move So simple.

  17. Jonie Foster posted 04/16/2012

    i would like to make homemade pasta and fried cheese w/ sause

  18. chillichip posted 04/16/2012

    I LOVE baked goods and would to make homemade hamburger buns !!!! that would be just another level
    of greatness with a GRILL burger , I can almost taste it !!!!! YUM!!!!!!

  19. Bailey Coe posted 04/16/2012

    homemade spaghetti sauce. I love store bought sauce, but if I could make my own then it would be soo much better!!!! Homemade bread would be even better!! (whole wheat low-calories homemade bread)

  20. beckyols posted 04/16/2012

    I'm trying to make homemade wheat bread and potato chips more often! I'd also love to do pasta. :)

  21. Allison posted 04/16/2012

    I like making marshmallows – way easier than you'd think!

  22. Kathy posted 04/16/2012

    I love to make my own granola and granola bars. I also make most of my own breads.

  23. Matt posted 04/16/2012

    I like making pastry filled mice meat. The flavors of dried fruit amkes the pastry com alive!

  24. Holly posted 04/16/2012

    I just stumbled across this book on Amazon and added it to my cart! So many great recipes!

  25. NayCake posted 04/16/2012

    i would love to make toaster pastries, pizza pockets and any snack cake that i can i just love to bake.

  26. Alyssa posted 04/16/2012

    Easy jams and jellies. I just moved down South and it seems like everyone here does that!

  27. Caterinamarie posted 04/17/2012

    I love making my own bread, especially artisan style ones like ciabatta and foccacia. It also makes me feel good that I am giving my family something that is wholesome and nutritious rather than the store bought ones that are loaded with preservatives.

  28. samriklown posted 04/17/2012

    Just knowing that she shows you how to make home made Mozzarella would practically make buying the book worthwhile alone…but I'll wait until after I win, then I'll buy copies for my parents.

  29. cathy johnston posted 04/17/2012

    I would like to make a 100 Grand candy bar.

  30. Chris Pinkerton posted 04/17/2012

    Twinkies and chai tea

  31. Molly M posted 04/17/2012

    Homemade Granola. So many delicious variations!

  32. Terry DeGregoria posted 04/17/2012

    As a single woman, with limited freezer/pantry space, and on a fixed income, I would like to learn to make smaller sized pasta entrees or soups.

  33. Christina posted 04/17/2012

    I would love to make home made twinkies for my daughter!!

  34. Adri Barr Crocetti posted 04/17/2012

    For me the pantry staple is Ricotta – homemade all the time.

  35. Susan posted 04/17/2012

    Gluten-free Bread

  36. Jeff Taylor posted 04/17/2012

    I would love to make homemade bread again but my machine broke!

  37. Gayle Edwards posted 04/17/2012

    The staple I make at home is my own pie ctust. It seems that so many people have a hard time with it. It is Pie Crust not Pe Dough which is very different. My mother-in-law taught me how and I make fruit, meat, chicken, pudding and just about any pie you could imagine. Also I have been known to make Fried Pies with it. I was curios about the pastry recipe she used for the Toaster Pastries. They looked so good.

  38. Cynthia Etheredge posted 04/17/2012

    I would love to make granola bars and crackers.

  39. Renee Scialabba posted 04/17/2012

    Love to have receipies for rhubarb pie and other wounderful deserts..made with peaches, apples, lemons and berries..

  40. Dana Reeves posted 04/18/2012

    Hamburger buns

  41. le menu posted 04/18/2012

    i'd love to know how to make crackers & fig newtons.

  42. drslowens posted 04/20/2012

    Have started making my own stock (chicken vegetable and beef), now want to use them in something like Wonton Soup?

  43. susancyclist posted 04/20/2012

    nut butters

  44. Chris Ledbetter posted 04/22/2012

    I regularly roast my own coffee. For about $6.50 a lb. including shipping, we are drinking some great organic coffee. Would like to make mozzarella next

  45. BellaLuLu posted 04/23/2012

    Boxed brownies? NO WAY! We experiment with different chocolate and cocoas so every batch is unique. Can't get that from a box :-) We make just about everything and it tastes so much better than store bought.

  46. Amanda posted 04/27/2012

    I would love to make the toaster pastries and hamburger buns.

  47. Amy posted 04/27/2012

    I have always wanted to learn to make my own pasta. Sounds yummy!

  48. Johnette LaBorde posted 04/29/2012

    I would to make homemade ricotta

  49. Retta Diehl posted 04/30/2012

    I would like to make homemade sticky buns and other breads.

  50. Alex Romero posted 04/30/2012

    I love that book!

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