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Sunday, November 26, 2023
Friday, November 24, 2023
"Have you ever been at a reunion or a big party, when the plates are empty and conversations wind down and you think about leaving? Then you hear peals of laughter, the clatter of dishes, and contagious giggles from behind the kitchen door. Thats where the real party is, as the aunties portion out leftovers to be taken home, scrape the dishes, and laugh with their hands in hot soapy water, snapping damp towels as they dry pots and pans. Its one thing to be invited to the party. Then you have a choice: to remain a polite guest in a distant armchair or to walk through that kitchen door and roll up your sleeves, to be washed in love and laughter..." Robin Wall Kimmerer shares more in this excerpt from "Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations."
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Sunday, September 24, 2023
Wednesday, August 23, 2023
I learned this trick from a book. I'm sorry to say I don't remember the title of it but it systematically analyzed a collection of 15 - 20 culinary myths and scientifically proved or disproved each one. Here's the trick. It works!
Purchase avocados when they are still thoroughly green, before their skins have begun to darken. Don't squeeze them as they will be hard at this time anyway and you run the risk of bruising them. Ideally, find ones that still have the little brown stem plug. It's my understanding that this helps them ripen (though I don't know this for a fact).
Take them home and keep them out of the refrigerator in an open bowl out of direct sunlight. I've heard that, to ripen them more quickly, you can put them in a paper sack where the gasses needed for ripening will be more concentrated (though again, I don't know this for a fact).
Check in on your avos at least once a day. When they are the perfect ripeness (skin dark, slightly yielding to a gentle squeeze) put them in a sealed container in the fridge. This part is important. They must be in an airtight container or they will loose moisture in the cold, dry air. We use a Tupperware-type plastic container with a snap-on lid, big enough to accommodate 6-8 avos. Then we simply take out avos as needed. They will hold that perfect ripeness for 8-12 days...just long enough to always have one of the perfect ripeness on hand till we restock our stash on our next shopping trip.
Saturday, August 5, 2023
I would recommend it to anyone who wants to live more lightly on the Earth. The author isn't a guilt-tripper...He's funny, self-reflective and inspiring and, as my Mom says, "I heartily recommend it to any and all of you...it's extreme, but one picks up practical ideas from this tale of intentional living that someone at any level of 'sustainable living' will find useful."
Though the author makes the point that unless our society collectively makes the decisions to move towards a more earth-friendly agenda, individuals have a steep, uphill climb trying to do it on their own. At the same time he says that every bit helps/matters and encourages people to get involved with volunteer opportunities that align with their values so one doesn't feel so alone. Great book!And, for a shorter read on the topic of reducing one's household waste, here's an inspiring article from the Washington Post which interviews several people about their attempts to become a zero-waste household.