Comments on: Earth-Friendly Changes, and Eating Local Quick and Easy Recipes | Home Cooking | Family Recipes Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:25:20 +0000 hourly 1 By: HeatherT Wed, 20 Jan 2010 17:16:00 +0000 Great read – thanks for writing it.

By: Marcia Earth Thu, 14 Jan 2010 22:42:12 +0000 I’ve always stored leftovers because I generally find that I can’t often eat a full portion of whatever it is at one sitting

More to do with saving money than saving the planet.

I’ve been very surprised to find people who won’t eat leftovers.

By: FabFrugalFood Thu, 14 Jan 2010 19:57:31 +0000 This is one of my biggest challenges for the year! Last year was the very first time I tried to do a garden of any kind. Didn’t produce a whole lot, but it was a good learning experience, and an important part of the process for me. Hopefully I’ll be able to do much better this time around.

One place I screwed up a bit was trying to do EVERYTHING from seed. Not that it’s not possible, but it was a bit advanced for MY level of skill. I did get three ginormous zucchini, a few tomatoes (to of which were delicious!) and some kale. Plus quite a lot of herbs, until I left town for 2 weeks and the person taking care of the house neglected to water them.

So! Onward and upward!

By: Michaela @ Fine Cooking Thu, 14 Jan 2010 18:33:11 +0000 Sarah,
Our Twitter convo has me thinking more deeply about the changes that we can make in our own household and your list is a great tool (I’m encouraged to see that we have already implemented some of them) Thanks for keeping the conversation going-I intend to as well.

By: Sarah Caron Thu, 14 Jan 2010 16:34:33 +0000 LOL, Zoe! I didn’t even notice when I approved that. Hehehe. And great suggestion. Reading locally is so important too.

Carrie, wow, really? I am going to pick up a few of those mini greenhouse boxes to get Will’s watermelon’s started. Do they spread like pumpkins?

Sophie, thanks! And very good point about starters. I typically get mine from Shortt’s.

Sook, excellent! I LOVE tuna steak.

Cate, I can’t wait to see what YOU grow this summer 🙂

By: zoe p. Thu, 14 Jan 2010 16:21:43 +0000 Um. This is Zoe. And while I totally love all of these suggestions, I did not make them! I think Sophie had a CT food bloggers keyboard hiccup.

But I especially love #9. By reading labels – and then reading up on companies that distribute to my local grocery stores and corner stores – I’ve found that I can support local small businesses more easily and more often than I would have thought. Even when things get hectic.

Oh wait, I do have a suggestion: READ LOCALLY. Take a look the local paper every now and then. Check local internet news sources and (if you’re not already inundated) sign up for newsletters and emails. Even if they aren’t necessarily food related you’ll learn about transportation and economic issues, environmental efforts and food policy decisions that affect your daily life, and your community’s future.

By: carrie Thu, 14 Jan 2010 14:37:59 +0000 Agree with Cate, and agree with you. A friend planted a plot in our community garden last summer and started watermelon from seed in containers in her house, and we got about a dozen of them. They were small and delicious. I’m looking forward to summer and hopefully having some interested helpers in the garden, too. 😉

By: Sophie Thu, 14 Jan 2010 14:01:24 +0000 Excellent suggestions Zoe!

And way to go with growing your own. Just one thing:

I am debating between ordering seeds and buying starter plants …

Make sure you know where the starts came from too!

By: Sook Thu, 14 Jan 2010 06:20:34 +0000 Love #1! I just reused my left over tuna steak and it was fab! Thanks for the list.

By: Cate O'Malley Thu, 14 Jan 2010 03:01:20 +0000 Excellent reminders!