Five steps toward a greener kitchen (recipe: Happy Planet Cookies)

Environmentally friendly practices are a dime a dozen, but implementing them in the home doesn’t happen overnight. Like any lifestyle change, they are best put into practice gradually; little actions that can be realistically maintained.

It’s important to take those steps to being eco-aware, even if it is just giving up bottled water this summer. Multiple small changes add up to big changes and there is less chance of you having a ‘green burnout’ if you start small.

My kitchen’s carbon footprint is gradually shrinking, as it’s in the process of a “greenover,” as cookbook author Jackie Newgent puts it. We compost enthusiastically, recycle constantly, and choose seasonal produce most of the time — my love for lemons is a powerful thing!

Now that we’ve started, it seems we learn something new every day about being more environmentally aware in the kitchen. It’s exciting to implement these changes for the better as a whole family, and it makes me proud when my two-year-old can sort compost from garbage. After all, this whole saving the planet business is for him.

Here is a list to get you started on your kitchen “greenover,” or, if you are already a conscious cook, inspire you to reach even further towards a low-carbon lifestyle.

Do what you can, when you can; take small steps, just don’t stop.
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2 weeks till Christmas: make your food gifts

Can you believe that Christmas is almost here?  It seems like yesterday I was writing about 12 Weeks Till Christmas on a balmy September afternoon.  And now, here we are. The gift buying frenzy is hyping up, and hopefully you’ve made most of your purchases.  But there are still those people in your life that (read more…)

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3 weeks till Christmas: menu plan & batch cook for December

December is typically a very busy month for most families — holiday parties, school events, and shopping lists keep us hectic and busy.  Keeping up with typical household tasks feels a bit intrusive and even a bit of a seasonal damper.  Who wouldn’t rather bake Christmas cookies than tackle the laundry? Dinner easily falls to (read more…)

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Back to the basics: 10 recommended kitchen items for the home cook

All photos are by Aimée. “In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom.” -Barbara Costikyan Ever wonder how your mother or grandmother functioned without all the modern day conveniences and kitchen gadgets that are now available?  You know what?  I’ll bet she (read more…)

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Crisp or crumble? Baked summer desserts defined

Photo by Jen Yu It’s not yet July and my dessert track record for the past month has been something like this: cobbler, crisp, crisp, fresh fruit cake, cobbler, and crumble. There’s no question that as soon as the seasonal fresh fruit of summer arrives at the market, I’m waiting to pounce on it and (read more…)

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