Author Archives: Diane Balch

About Diane Balch

The Mediterranean diet and lifestyle have greatly shaped my life. One of my earliest memories is of spending hours at my grandmother's house next door making pasta. When I got older the Italians that lived in the court behind my house taught me how garden "the old world way".

I currently live about an hour outside of New York City in a very rural horse town. My family and I have an organic garden and orchard. My husband bakes our bread every week. We also keep bees, make our own maple syrup, and do cool projects like build canoes.

I have had many careers. I worked for years in retail for Macy's department store and Paragon Sporting Goods in New York City. I ran one of the first "environmentally friendly" stores in the country, and I was a buyer for a health food store. When I suffered retail burn out I went back to school and became a high school English teacher. Now I am at home with my children enjoying creating and writing about healthy food.

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The Wonder Mill has changed the way my family bakes. Now that we have had the taste of bread, pasta, and other baked goods with freshly ground flour store bought flour just seems flat. It's really not a bother to pull out the Wonder Mill to grind up some flour before we bake. It is so simple to operate and to clean that even my 12 year old daughter uses it. My whole family is truly amazed at how much more tasty our baking is now that we have a Wonder Mill.

Light Whole Wheat Pasta

When I was a little kid my Italian grandmother who lived next door would make pasta with me. My mom said one day I came home from making pasta with her, I was about 5 years old. I said in … Continue reading

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Whole Wheat Sour Dough Bread

My husband has been baking bread for over 20 years. He started by making what we called, “Hippie Bread” dense, all whole wheat bread that sat in your stomach like a brick. It was good for you, but it didn’t … Continue reading

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Buckwheat Buttermilk Pancakes

We are a family that has always baked from scratch. My husband has been making our bread for about 20 years, and we had heard that fresh ground grain improves the taste of baked goods, but we were skeptical…because our … Continue reading

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