Made from Scratch Challenge.

Photo by Jaimi Holker

I like food. I like growing and cooking it. But what I think is most exciting, is creating homemade versions of traditionally store-bought items, like graham crackers, for instance. While busy baking graham crackers, I like to imagine that the world is ending and there are no more supermarkets. I am a survivalist, clever and self sufficient, crafting everyone's favorite foods from scratch. I am only guided from the faint memories we have left after the killer robots/zombies/aliens have destroyed our way of life. "Remember graham crackers?" a weak child will wistfully say as we huddle together in our dimly lit fall-out shelter. I will nod and squeeze their trembling hand before answering, "Yes, and you will have graham crackers again," before scurrying into the wild to scavenge for ingredients.

Maybe graham crackers are a bad example. Not exactly a basic survival necessity. I should focus on hunting animals or spinning wool, not how to make the perfect s'more. But whatever.

The point is, I like making homemade things, which is why my friend Beth and I have invented sort of a game, but mostly a hen party, where we challenge each other to make something from scratch. Then we take pictures (she lives in Chicago so our cooking dates are few) and compare notes. First, she challenged me to graham crackers. I challenged back with onion rings. Ever since, I've been opting to try homemade versions of butter, mayonnaise, salad dressing, noodles, soup broth, marinara, pesto ... all sorts of things.

Would anyone else like to play? This week we're making fresh pasta.


  1. <3 <3 <3. What a coincidence--I just created a blogger blog to document our made-from-scratching progress. Maybe each week we could post a challenge, and then each report back on our findings? That way if anybody else wanted to play, they could add comments. madefromscratchchallenge.blogspot.com - I'll invite you now.

  2. Count me in! I actually have a pasta attachment to my kitchenaid...

  3. Hi there!

    Ursa recommended your blog, and she was right when she said I would enjoy it!

    So about this from from-scratch-making: I personally think you should follow the s'mores theme a little further and make marshmallows from scratch. Mmmmm, yummmmm, gimme some!

    This recipe looks easy and fun, and her photos are very cool: http://www.thehungrymouse.com/home/2009/01/22/how-to-make-homemade-marshmallows-and-then-dip-them-in-chocolate/

    Combine the chocolate-dipped ones with your graham crackers and you'd have made-from-scratch s'mores.!

    Anyway. Nice blog! See ya 'round! : )




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