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  • Thrifty Thursdays: Save Bucks on a Bird

    Sorry, vegetarian and vegan Eat Drink Better readers.  This tip is for the omnis! We recently made the move from a vegetarian kitchen to a sometimes-omnivorous kitchen.  Without getting into the nuances of both my husband and my’s food preferences, we’re more likely to eat at home if I cook meat sometimes, and I’d rather […] More

  • Have You Had The Vegetarian 100?

    Have you seen those food memes making the rounds of the blogosphere? A meme is kind of a “tag-you’re-it” of the blog world.  Someone posts about something, then links to a few other bloggers they know, who are then tagged to do the same thing.  It’s usually a list of questions to answer or a […] More

  • Easy Tomato Shallot Soup Recipe

    After reading Robin’s post last week on easy weeknight meals, I was craving that comfort food classic, tomato soup and grilled cheese.  I’ve been eating it in various incantations since I was tiny, and I wanted a refined, yet simple version of soup.  I looked through several cookbooks for a filling soup that only required […] More

  • Six Cookbooks For A Better-Eating Kitchen

    Word on the street is that as the economy worsens, cookbook sales rise.  Isn’t that American?  Wouldn’t one think that cookbook check-outs at the library might go up instead?  Perhaps it has.  Chosen method of procurement aside, I’m not begrudging you the investment in a superior culinary tome–I spent too much time looking at one […] More

  • Driving With Cyclists: Six Rules of the Road to Keep Everyone Safe

    Wake up, American drivers!  With gas prices through the roof, you’re undoubtedly sharing the road with record numbers of cyclists.  And guess what?  Those cyclists have just as much right to the road as you do.  If you expect them to obey the rules of the road, you’ve got to understand how to share that […] More

  • Stumped for Dinner Ideas? Try These Four Websites

    Sometimes when I think about what to cook for dinner, my brain hurts.  There are just too many factors to consider, including:  what’s in the pantry, what I feel like, what needs to be used up, what my picky husband will actually touch, what I would actually prefer.  This is a result of living in […] More

  • Five Fall Foods That Will Boost Your Health (And Meal Ideas, Too)

    >> Welcome Readers! Did you know that Green Options has 15 sites? If you like this post, please subscribe for our main RSS feed or the Green Options Newsletter! [social_buttons] When the summer heat breaks and the first cool days arrive, I feel melancholy, because it means the end of our local farmers market is […] More

  • What’s Your Dream For American Transit?

    Gas costs have skyrocketed, and with them, the cost of flying.  This greenie isn’t 100% upset: with the cost of fuel increasing exponentially in the past few years, people are examining their transportation patterns and needs and trying to find cost- and fuel-effective methods of getting from Point A to Point B.  Smaller, more fuel-efficient […] More

  • Garden Recipes: Slow Roasted Tomato Sauce

    Got tomatoes? Looking for a simple, delicious way to use those?  Because we planted somewhat late, we’re at the peak of our tomato harvest, and last night I made my first pasta sauce from scratch from slow-roasted plum tomatoes fresh from the garden. Slow-roasting concentrates the sweet flavor of the tomatoes, transforming them into an […] More

  • Eating On $1 A Day: Couple Lives Food Experiment

    I am totally fascinated and intrigued by lifestyle projects–you know, when someone radically changes their lifestyle for a set amount of time to make a point about something we might take for granted.  I loved Morgan Spurlock’s Super-Size Me and 30 Days.  I obsessively read No-Impact Man.  Now, Kerri and Chris, two social justice teachers […] More

  • And The Winner Is…

    Thanks to all those who entered our stainless-steel food carrier giveaway.  We had many comments detailing delicious lunches you choose to pack to school or work, most of which made my mouth water! To pick the winner, we numbered the comments, starting with the Eat Drink Better comments (Shane Neuerburg being #1), then continuing to […] More

  • Whole Foods Agrees To Increase Pay For Tomato Workers

    Whole Foods, following in the footsteps of Taco Bell, Burger King, and McDonalds, agreed this week to become the first grocery chain to improve working conditions and pay for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), tomato workers from Florida.  Whole Foods will pay an extra penny per pound of tomatoes, and will work in conjunction […] More

  • Thrifty Thursdays: Burn Treatment

    The other night, I was baking a sheet of puff pastry for a veggie-topped refrigerator pizza.  Time got away from me, and I got the puff pastry out of the oven just as the bottom started to burn.  Not wanting to throw the base of dinner away, and also not wanting to eat semi-burned food, […] More

  • Host A Food Swap Party: Five Ideas For Themes You’ll Love

    Don’t have time to try new recipes?  Want to have homemade value-added products on hand, but don’t have the time to make them all?  The next time you and a group of foodie friends get together, make it a food swap. You may be familiar with a recipe swap; I belong to an online recipe […] More

  • Boxed Wine Trends Up With Eco-Friendly Packaging

    I’ve had a few run-ins with boxed wine in my day, mostly in college, and they’re experiences I’d care not to revisit.  But when I visited a local wine shop that focuses on budget-friendly wines, and saw French Rabbit’s eco-friendly claims, I had to check it out.  My thoughts, after the jump… More

  • Six Creative Upcycling Projects

    Editor’s note: Students — please feel free to use the information here. Just make sure to credit it appropriately (with a link if possible)… including credit to the owners of the images. Upcycling, a phrase coined by Cradle to Cradle authors William McDonough and Michael Braungart, is the act of creating useful products from waste […] More

  • Five Essential Kitchen Tools (And Four Extremely Handy Others)

    Buying what you need for a kitchen can be daunting.  Visit any kitchen or discount store and you’ll see gizmos and gadgets galore, many of which look like medieval torture devices.  Some of them are lifesavers–others, things that will probably just take up space in a drawer somewhere.  The good news is, you don’t need […] More

  • What’s Your Favorite Lunch? Comment and Win!

    My husband says that figuring out what he’s going to pack in his lunch is one of the most frustrating parts of his day.  Me?  I have no problem packing up last nights leftovers, adding a piece of fruit, some carrots or other portable veggies, and possibly a treat.  In fact, when I make my […] More

  • Celebrate The End of Summer With Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe

    Summer’s fleeting, but we’ll undoubtedly still have a few hot days and men are still selling watermelons off trucks by a gas station near my house.  I love watermelon, and I love agua fresca, the fruity, refreshing beverage sold at taquerias on Cherokee Street in St Louis that are easy to make and easier to […] More

  • Extra Zucchini? Try This Recipe!

    Many home gardeners gratefully complain about having too much zucchini during the summer once their plants’ fruits ripen.  They just don’t have enough to do with it.  In my house, it’s even more of a problem because my husband, like Jessica Seinfeld’s kids, only eats “green things” if I hide them.  He will actually eat […] More

  • Five Cool Things To Do With Herbs

    You’ve got that garden of herbs, in containers, in your windowsill, in your garden.  You’ve made basil pesto, and added some parsley or oregano to pasta sauces.  Well, there’s more you can do with those herbs you’ve been growing.  A woman in my recipe swap got me thinking about other things to do with herbs […] More

  • Eat Well Guide Publishes Free Slow Food Resource

    The Eat Well Guide, an online resource for finding sustainable, local, and organic produce, released Cultivating the Web, a free publication that helps foodies navigate the vast online resources available to those seeking more sustainable food but who might be overwhelmed by the amount of information available.  Eat Well Guide distributed 20,000 hard copies at […] More

  • Make Iced Coffee At Home, Feel Heart Beat Out of Chest

    I’m a coffee addict.  When it gets too hot in the summer, I’ll stop drinking hot and make myself some iced.  There’s several schools of thought on making iced coffee at home: some make regular hot coffee, then chill it, some pour hot over ice, some cold-brew.  In my younger, naive days, I would make […] More

  • The Art of Self-Reliance: Bloggers Document Urban Homesteading Movement

    The idea of a little farm in a big city sounds daunting to some, impossible to others, but to bloggers who are reclaiming their bit of city green space and saying no to Big Farm, self-reliance is not only possible, but the preferred way to live a rich and rewarding life.  A small movement of […] More

  • Welcome to Thrifty Thursdays!

    We’re starting a new weekly feature at Eat.Drink.Better.  It’s called Thrifty Thursdays, and will offer a quick time- or money-saving tip for your kitchen.  Eating good food that also has your health and the environment in mind can be time-consuming and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be if you keep small tips like these […] More

  • Slow Food Nation Hits San Francisco

    Slow Food USA is hosting its first-ever Slow Food Nation convention this weekend in San Francisco, and boy, do I wish I could be there.  Not only is San Francisco one of my favorite cities in the world, but the convention which bills itself as “the largest celebration of food in America”–and judging from the […] More

  • Try Sunchokes In Your Next Recipe

    You may have seen some brown, knobby tubers at your local farmers market recently. No, that’s not ginger, they’re sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, but they’re really nothing like artichokes. They’re actually a member of the sunflower family and have a texture that’s is a cross between a potato and a water chestnut. And, […] More

  • US Tennis Association Serves Up Green

    The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced Monday, during the opening of the US Open, that it would be making efforts to initiate long-term environmentally sustainable projects to reduce it’s carbon footprint at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (NTC) in New York.  Environmental consultants Environmental Resource Management assisted in the plans to green […] More

  • DIY Breakfast Pastry Recipes

    Remember not long ago, when Megan Prusynski wrote about better-for-you snacks and treats in her post, “My Top Ten Quick, Healthy, Sustainable Snacks“? And Sharon Troy wrote “Seven Eco-Friendly Options For Less Junky Junk Food“? These two showed you can make whole foods-based snacks (or at least buy organic snacks at Whole Foods). How about […] More

  • Six Free Ways To Turn Kitchen Trash Into Treasure

    We’ve recently joined the whole urban homesteading movement and one thing I’ve been focused on is trying to really up the ante on having a low-waste, self-producing kitchen. I’ve concentrated on wasting less and producing more with local and/or homegrown ingredients. Repurposing waste–finding new ways to use things that would end up composted, recycled, or […] More

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