• Zero-Waste Basics
  • 4-Step Meal Planning


    Several years ago, I walked into my therapist’s office, sat down and said “If C goes away to college at age 18, I have 4,372 more dinners to cook.” If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of cooking dinner every night, I suggest you avoid making a similar calculation. Instead, I urge you give meal […]

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  • Make Memories, Not Waste

    Make memories not waste this holiday

    Studies show that experiences bring more happiness to people than stuff. Anticipating an experience—a trip, an upcoming concert, dinner with friends—makes us happy before the actual event. In other words, we benefit from the experience before we actually experience the experience. Afterward, we have fond memories. And even if the experience goes badly, we still have […]

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  • 7 Starter Steps to Zero Waste

    food preservation helps prevent food waste

    Adjusting to a new shopping/cooking/living routine took us a few months. We had to figure out which stores had the best bulk options—and which would allow us to fill up using our own containers. We had to plan ahead more. Gone were the days of running to the store for a plastic tub of sour […]

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  • 18 Waste-Busting Ideas for Thanksgiving Dinner


    I’m on a panel for a food waste Twitter chat November 15, 2 to 3pm Eastern. You can follow along with the hashtag #foodwastechat and you can find me on Twitter at @ZeroWasteChef. Also on the panel are Dana Gunders of the NRDC, the Save the Food Campaign and Sustainable Table. I hope some of you […]

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  • How to Cook a Whole Pumpkin in a Pressure Cooker


    Homemade pumpkin purée tastes so much better than store-bought. For several years now, I had been roasting small whole pumpkins to make purée. That works well. Basically, you stab the pumpkin a few times around the top, roast it for about 45 minutes and purée the flesh. You can read a post about that here. Today I […]