I hate food waste. It’s a big problem in many places, with far-reaching impacts. It’s also deeply troubling that as much as an estimated 40% of food here is wasted when, at the same time, so many people are food insecure. Let’s see what we can do to minimize and/or avoid wasting these precious resources…and make some tasty meals!
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It’s ‘booch harvest day, and three gorgeous bottles of the good stuff are sitting quietly on a shelf on the fermentation station, working their second ferment magic. Sometimes I have to take a step back and marvel at the various ferments in different stages – I am, after all, a microbe farmer (mad scientist?), too.
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Refrigerator crisper drawers invite egregious procrastination. They allow unassuming veggies to hide until they’re past the point of no return – soft, soggy, sometimes slimy. Eww. In my efforts to avoid wasting food, I am occasionally horrified at what I find in there: lettuce that appears to be sporting a coating of pinkish ectoplasm, a severely shriveled and rubberized carrot, a desiccated and scraggly scallion…they haunt the crisper drawer and remind me that wasting food is a character flaw. Today, however, I managed to salvage some of the sorriest specimens and turn them into something tasty.
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Welcome to the third post in the “use it all” series! In the last post, I made pumpkin (guts) and raisin muffins. This soothing pumpkin soup with cremini mushrooms, curry, and nutmeg will warm the cockles even on the chilliest of days!
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This is the second post in a series on how I’m using as much of the pumpkins we carved for Halloween as possible. In my previous post, the Ghostbuster-themed jack o’lanterns’ innards provided delightful roasted pumpkin seeds. With plenty of the stately squash left, I needed to find other ways to use it. So why not a dark, toothsome muffin that utilizes the pumpkin “guts”?
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Do you like pumpkin seeds? Seeds that are crispy with a touch of savory saltiness on the outside and meaty on the inside? I do, too. I’ve tried making my own roasted pumpkin seeds in the past and the results were not what I had hoped…but now I know the secret to getting them just right.
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