13 Gifts in Jars

homemade granola

I’m like those department stores you hate that begin selling Christmas decorations well before you’ve even chosen a Halloween costume. But hear me out. You may not have started thinking about the holidays but for some of these gifts, you need to start now, hence the early post. Others on this list you can start […]

21 Energy-Reducing Tips for the Kitchen

Dutch oven with minestrone soup

Updated 09/26/17 Here in the U.S., food-related energy accounts for about 16 percent all the energy we consume nationally. That energy includes all the steps in the food supply chain—growing and processing the food, packaging it, shipping it, storing it, preparing it and handling all that food we waste.  This post focuses on reducing food-related […]

How to Grow Basil from Cuttings

basil growing in a pot

I’m so excited about this tip, I decided it deserved its own blog post, rather than just a footnote in another post (which I had originally planned to do). I buy basil often at the farmers market. When I get it home, I store the bunches in jars of water to keep them fresh. It […]

Start Here

Last week, Andrew Bondarenko, a photographer, told me about a 6-month road trip he’ll embark upon in September 2017 in order to raise awareness about plastic pollution. An avid hiker and backpacker, Andrew hopes to travel to the most popular trails, forests, lakes, national parks, national monuments, mountains and beaches in the US—and take pics of the […]

7 Steps to Reduce Food Waste at Home

For Earth Day this year, I visited Hamlin School in San Francisco and discussed waste with students from Kindergarten to grade eight. Considering my audience, I wanted to keep things straightforward and to the point so I came up with a list of steps to reduce food waste at home. I figured most adults might find […]

6 Resolutions to Waste Less in 2017

That was quite a year… Let’s start over. 1. Drink more (tap) water Don’t get me wrong, I love to brew fermented drinks like kombucha, ginger beer and mead but I don’t guzzle them all day long (especially the mead—it packs a boozy punch). I don’t even drink them every day, especially now in winter […]

A Reorganized Recipe Index

The recipe index on this blog gets constant, steady traffic. I had originally organized the index into an alphabetical list but as I added more recipes, it became a bit unruly. I’ve reorganized the index with categories like “Ferments, beverages,” “Bread and sourdough” and “You can make that?” so you can more easily find what you’re […]

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 […]