• Zero-Waste Basics
  • 7 Easy Tactics for a Trash-Free Road Trip


    Notice I didn’t use the term “zero-waste” in the title. I would feel a little ridiculous writing about a road trip to Tahoe—an entire tank of fossil fuel away—and then saying, “Look at me! I brought my own fork!” I think twice before I travel these days and I haven’t flown this year, although I […]

  • All Recipes
  • Vegan Pesto


    Click here to go straight to the recipe My daughter MKat started us on the zero-waste path in 2011 at age 16 and soon afterward launched her blog “The Plastic-Free Chef.” She says my constant complaining about the sea of plastic in grocery stores inspired her to figure out how to change our routine. When […]

  • Zero-Waste Basics
  • 5 Essentials for a Zero-Waste Shopping Kit


    In order to run my zero-waste kitchen, I need to plan my shopping trips a bit. Before heading to the farmer’s market or grocery store, I take a look at the running shopping list on my phone and add a few things we might need. List in hand, I gather my zero-waste equipment. The list helps […]

  • Rants
  • I Am not a Professional Chef and That Is the Point


    I teach in-person workshops and online webinars, mostly on fermentation, and I need to create some new marketing materials to get the word out. How do you like this tagline? I have no formal training in food preparation™

  • All Recipes
  • Clear-Out-the-Fridge Frittata

    finished frittata side view

    Click here to go straight to the recipe Lately I’ve been telling people here, in presentations and in workshops to rely less on recipes and more on cooking methods. Do this and you will buy fewer ingredients, waste less food and alleviate what-on-earth-will-we-eat-for-dinner-tonight stress. My kids sometimes complain we have nothing to eat (translation: we have no […]