Blog Index


2-Ingredient Recipes for 5 Dairy Staples
4-Step Meal Planning
5 Buy Nothing Day Activities
5 Essentials for a Zero-Waste Shopping Kit
5 Ideas to Toss in the Trash Instead of More Stuff
5 of the Things I Learned Over a Week of Compulsive Social Media Activity
5 Reasons to Ferment Food
5 Things I Do that Were Once Considered Normal
5 Tips for a Zero-Waste Breakup
5 Tips for a Zero-Waste Romantic Dinner
5 Tips for Throwing a Zero-Waste Party
5 Ways Reducing Waste Can Reduce Your Waistline
5 Ways to Persuade People to Break Free From Plastic
5 Zero-Waste Baby Steps
6 Resolutions to Waste Less in 2017
6 Self-Centered Reasons to Reduce Your Waste
7 Big Food Marketing Gimmicks
7 Easy Tactics for a Trash-Free Road Trip
7 Food Resolutions for 2015
7 Foods to Make Not Buy
7 Make Ahead Staples for a Zero-Waste Thanksgiving
7 Reasons to Shop at the Farmer’s Market
7 Starter Steps to Zero Waste
7 Steps to Reduce Food Waste at Home
7 Tactics to Counter Zero-Waste Sabotage in Your Home
7 Tips for a Zero-Waste Kitchen
8 Tactics to Reduce Food Waste at Home
9 Items I Banned From My Kitchen and How I Replaced Them
9 Simple Ways to Reduce Holiday Consumption
9 Tips for a Successful Plastic-Free July
10 Alternatives to Bottled Water and Soda
10 Ideas to Rescue Citrus Peels
10 Tips for Packing a Zero-Waste Lunch
12 Months of Seasonal Eating
12-Step Program to Cut Processed Food
13 Gifts in Jars
14 Benefits of Cooking
15 Creative Uses for Food Scraps
15 Ways to Reduce Waste in School Cafeterias
16 Simple Tips to Clean Your Kitchen, Plastic-Free
18 Time-Saving Tips for Cooking Real Food
18 Waste-Busting Ideas for Thanksgiving Dinner
21 Consumer Products You Can (Likely) Live Without
21 Energy-Reducing Tips for the Kitchen


A Brief History of Recycling
A Fermented Bloody Mary
A Great Read: The Good Gut
A Hot New Diet and One Food Resolution for 2016
A Reorganized Recipe Index
A Tour of My Tiny Kitchen
A Zero-Waste Business
Almond Milk
Amazon Gah!
Amnesia of Things Past
An Oven That Saves Lives
Anne Marie’s Book Club
Apple Scrap Vinegar
August Is the Reddest Month
A Zero-Waste Kit That Costs Zero Dollars


Beet Kvass
Bentonite-Calcium Tooth Powder
Biography of a Canadian Chicken
Bone Broth
Book Review: Michael Pollan’s How to Change Your Mind
Bread (Crumb) Labor
Bulk Shopping Haul 06.22.14
Buying the Farm


Candied Citrus Peels
Cauliflower “Couscous”
Captain Charles Moore’s 10th Voyage to the North Pacific Gyre
Chana Masala (Chickpeas in Tomato-Onion Sauce)
Charlotte’s Granola Bars
Charlotte’s Soft Pretzels
Chestnut Laundry Soap
Chocolate Syrup
Clean Your Home with Trash
Clear-Out-the-Fridge Frittata
Compost for the Lazy: Throw It on the Ground
Convenience vs Community
Cultured Buttermilk


Ditch the Produce Wash and Use Baking Soda and Water Instead
DIY Deodorant
DIY Dish Soap
DIY Lard
DIY Mouthwash
DIY Ricotta Cheese
DIY Vanilla
DIY Zero-Waste Meal Kits
Documentary Review: Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
Do It for the Cash
Doggy Approved Puréed Bone Treat
Don’t Be Perfect
Drawdown: A Book That Just Might Save the Planet
Drop that Bleach! The Wasteful Side Effects of the War on Bacteria


Everyone Has to Pay the Mortgage…


Farmer’s Market Haul 03/23/14
Farmer’s Market Haul 06/15/14
Farm to Fridge (or Freezer or Hanging Basket)
Feeding the 5000 Comes to the US
Fermentation 101 Workshop
Fermentation 101 Online Workshop
Fermentation FAQs
Fermentation Tools, Equipment and Ingredients
Fermented Fruit Chutney
Fermented Hot Peppers
Fermented Salsa
Fermented Watermelon Rind Pickles
Fermenting Versus Canning
Flourless Chocolate Coconut Cake
Food Politics and the English Language
Free Fermentation Webinar: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Freestyle Cooking: Stir Fry
Freestyle Cooking: The Recipe for Eliminating Food Waste
Fried Potato Skins


Garlic-Dill Pickles
Garlic-Dill Sauerkraut
Gifts in Jars: Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
Ginger Beer
Ginger Bug
Good, Better, Best Zero-Waste Shopping
Good Food from Fresh Ingredients: Roasted Squash
Good Thing I Have a Day Job
Go Plastic-Free in 2018 (or Close to It)


Happy Birthday, Eleanor (How to Make a Sourdough Starter)
Herbal Remedies
Homemade Cloth Produce and Bulk Bags
Homemade Eggless Sourdough Pasta
Homemade Pasta
Homemade Tahini
How do I Juggle All of This?
How Does Fermentation Prevent Food Waste?
How to Cook a Whole Pumpkin in a Pressure Cooker
How to Cook Beans In a Pressure Cooker
How to Cook Black Beans
How to Eat Apples Nose to Tail
How to Ferment Money
How to Ferment Vegetables in Brine
How to Freeze Food Without Using Plastic
How to Grow Basil From Cuttings
How to Make a Sourdough Starter (in Stick Drawings)
How to Make Eggshell-Calcium Powder
How to Make Yogurt
How to Maintain and Revive Cast Iron Pans
How to Organize a Community Swap Meet and Why
How to Organize a Produce Bag Making Meetup
How to Pit and Freeze Fresh Cherries
How to Prevent Your Sourdough Starter from Taking over Your Life
How to Remove Pomegranate Seeds
How to Repurpose Jars
How to Rescue Vegetables Past Their Prime and Avoid Food Waste
How to Respond to Zero-Waste Naysayers
How to Scale Back During the Holidays
How to Shop and a Zero-Waste Kit Giveaway
How to Shop for and Cook Your First Zero-Waste Meal
How to Sprout Beans, Grains and Seeds
How to Store Produce Without Plastic
Hummus with Preserved Lemon


I Am not a Professional Chef and That Is the Point
I Eat Food Unfit for Human Consumption
If I Could Relive My Life and Buy Pots and Pans for the First Time
In My Local News: Waste Not, Want Not
Interview With Zero-Waste Chef Anne Marie Bonneau


Key Ingredients for a Zero-Waste Kitchen
Kick the Can[ned Pumpkin]
Kitchen Science for Kids: Food Waste Audit
Kitchen Science for Kids: Sourdough Starter Lesson Plan
Knowledge for Sale
Kombucha Barbecue Sauce and a SCOBY Hotel
Kombucha FAQs
Kombucha Lesson Plan and a Free Brew Log


Labneh (aka Yogurt Cheese)
Lemon Curd
Lemon Extract
Lentil Dal
Letter from California (Part I)
Letter from California (Part II)
Live Stream: Zero-Waste Cooking 101
Looseleaf Chai
Lose the Plastic not Your Mind During Plastic Free July


Make Memories, Not Waste
Make Soup, Not Waste
Meet Frank, the Zero-Waste Hamster
Minestrone Soup
My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets
My First Attempt at Homemade Hooch: Mead
My First #Fastfortheclimate
My Home Is Filled With Discarded Stuff No One Wanted
My Night with Dan Barber
My Transition to Full On Hippie Is Complete: Solar-Baked Kale Chips
My TV Debut!
My Zero-Waste World: The TMI Post


Naturally Fermented Hibiscus Soda
New Schedule of Free Webinars and In-Person Workshops
No-Cook Rice Milk
Not My Mother’s Blog
Not-Too-Spicy Black Beans


Off-the-Grid Kombucha
Olive and Preserved Lemon Spread


Pear-Cranberry Chutney
Pictures at an Aquarium (or Why I Went Plastic-Free)
Plastic Microbead-Free Toothpaste
Please Do not Turn Zero Waste into Another Consumer Lifestyle
Preserved Lemons
Pumpkin Dal


Quick and Easy Peanut Sauce
Quick and Easy Zero-Waste Irish Oatmeal
Quick Tomato Sauce (If You Plan Ahead…)


Raid Your Kitchen to Clean Your Bathroom
Recipe Index Update: Vegan, Veganizable, Vegetarian
Repurposed-Cloth Produce and Bulk Bags
Rice Milk
Roasted Chickpeas


Schedule of FREE July and August Webinars
Scratch Pizza
Sharing Resources in an Intentional Community
She’s So Lazy, She Blogs about Her Vinaigrette
Simple Kimchi
Slowing Down for the Climate
Soft Sourdough Pretzels
Solar Cooking Festival
Solar-Dried Tomatoes
Someone Tell Me How I’m Missing Out 
Sourdough Bread
Sourdough Bread from Starter to Finish
Sourdough Crackers
Sourdough Crackers 2.0
Sourdough Measurements by the Cup (or Why I Use a Kitchen Scale…)
Sourdough Pancakes
Sourdough Starter Webinar
Sourdough Waffles
Start Here: 50 Ways to Break Up with Plastic
Stove-Top Popcorn


Take Food Waste Off the Thanksgiving Menu
Take Your School Zero Waste in Three Steps
The Church of Zero Waste
Test Drive of a Solar Food Dryer
The Future of the Food Movement
The Last of the Tomatoes
The Lemon Sorbet of Compromise
The Mother of All Ferments: Kombucha
The Real Sharing Economy
The Secondary Fermentation: Hippie Jargon for “Put Kombucha in a Bottle”
The Subject Tonight Is Love
Three Years’ Worth of Produce Stickers
Thumb Your Nose at Big Soda: Naturally Carbonated Lemonade
Tomato Sauce from Scratch!
Travels with Etheldreda


Use ’em or Lose ’em Roasted Vegetables
Use-It-Up Vegan Apple Crumble


Vegan Pesto
Vegetable Fritters
Vegetarian Chili
Vodka Sauce


Waste Nothing Beet Pickles
What Is Fermentation and Why Do I Go On About It So Much?
Why and How to Make Sauerkraut and Krautchi
Why and How to Shop by Bike
Why This Blog Focuses on Food
Winter and Spring Fermentation Workshops


You’ll Need Some Jars


Zero-Waste Bulk Shopping
Zero-Waste Living Is Front-Page News!
Zero-Waste Menu No 1
Zero-Waste Menu No 2
Zero-Waste Menu No 3
Zero-Waste Menu No 4: The Use-It-Up Menu
Zero-Waste Menu No 5
Zero-Waste Menu No 6
Zero-Waste Menu No 7
Zero-Waste Vegetable Broth