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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Whole Foods Tries to Shed Whole Paycheck Image

    I’ve got a love-hate relationship with Whole Foods. On one hand, I like having organic products of all kinds available for my kitchen. I love their cheese counter (being a cheesemonger is my fantasy dream job!) and the specialty products I can find there that I can’t find anywhere else. On the other hand, it’s […] More

  • Need Cooling? Berry Smoothie Recipes Hit The Spot

    Last week I wrote about no/low-cal ways to dress up your water, providing you with variety when you need hydration the most.  But what about when the summer heat is so hot, you don’t even feel like a meal?  My husband and I play tennis every morning, and a berry smoothie is perfect before or […] More

  • Five Tips for Eating Out For Meat-Free and Meat-Friendly Couples

    Trying to live a meat-free life is difficult when you have a decidedly carnivorous, culinarily-unadventurous husband.  Don’t get me wrong, my husband is down for meatless meals, but sometimes his less-than-ambitious palate gets tired of pasta (and I get tired of cooking the same “safe” flavor combinations).  Many nights we end up eating out, mainly […] More

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    Basil Bounty Makes Perfect Pesto

    I was over at my lovely mother-in-law’s house yesterday, and I noticed how well her window box full of herbs (a gift from my husband and me) was doing. The basil was out of control–in a good way. I asked her what she was going to do with the basil, and she said she didn’t […] More

  • The Strawberries Are Coming!

    There are two things I look forward to, more than anything, with the coming of summer: caprese salad with creamy mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, and fresh basil from my herb garden, and strawberry shortcake.  When I was younger, I so anticipated the strawberries, absolutely my most favorite fruit in the world, which we only got in […] More

  • Nine Money-Saving Tips To Eating Greener

    If you’re like me, you’ve been watching the skyrocketing costs of both fuel and food and wondering where you’ll be cutting back. For many people, it’s food. Sometimes, eating well can mean eating expensively. They don’t call it “Whole Paycheck” for nothing. I’m here to tell you there are a few tips and tricks to […] More

  • Seasonal Blogroll: Ramp Recipes

    An early spring produce cult-fave with the foodies, ramps have been popping up all over the food blogosphere. The wild leek, a member of the allium family, tastes like a cross between garlic and onion and is snatched up at farmers markets by cooks craving fresh veggies after a long winter. I combed food blogs […] More

  • Vanity Fair Covers…Monsanto?

    For people who don’t regularly read Vanity Fair, one might think it’s not much more than a fashion magazine, but VF is known not only for high-fashion photo spreads, but for in-depth exposés as well.  This month, Vanity Fair is taking on agribusiness giant Monsanto in Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele’s article “Monsanto’s […] More

  • Easy & Delicious Veggie Chili Recipe

    Spring is almost here, but at least here in St Louis, we’re still facing a few chilly, rainy days. In fact, we’ve had several in the past few weeks. On days like this, I love a steaming mug of veggie chili. Oh, sure, the Texas chili purists will claim that any chili with veggies ain’t […] More

  • ReadyMade Magazine Goes Digital In Green Issue

    In my quest to live a greener life, my Achilles’ heel is my obsession with print media. We subscribe to our city’s daily newspaper, we get the Sunday Times delivered, and I get approximately eight monthly or bimonthly magazines right in my mailbox. There are also three or four magazines I buy off the newsstand […] More

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