Category Archives: recommendations

Searching for More Ideas to Waste Less

well, I did … and didn’t!

I have a favorite resource: Waste Less, Save Money! 2018, it’s a Meredith Special publication. Because of the times and the title’s date, I was hoping they’d done a 2019 issue. If they did, I can’t find it. I did find some other publications which are new to me, but since I only have titles, I can’t say whether they’ll be good resources, or not.

I use my original publication (pictured below) a lot. Our fave roasted veggie recipe, Garlicy Roasted Vegetables, is there. As are recipes for herb vinegarette , veggie stock, chicken stock, etc. I had many recipes for those things before but they were scattered through a range of books, notes, and printouts. It’s handy having them in one place.

Here’s the Table of Contents:

      • Food Waste Strategies
      • Swap This for That
      • Crop Wrangler (in-season veggies)
      • Rethink your Beans!
      • What to do with Cheese
      • Saving Scraps & Seconds
      • What to do with Herbs
      • See & Toss Salads
      • Use it Up!
      • One-Pan Dinners
      • What to do with Crackers
      • You Choose! Skillet Suppers
      • Meat Smarts
      • Max out your Freezer!
      • Tasty Freezer Stashes
      • What to do with Bananas
      • Baker’s Pantry
      • Everyday Bakes
      • Scrappy Dog Treats
      • Use-It-Up Ingredients Index
      • Recipe Index
      • Superstar Vinegar

One thing I love about this publication is the changeable/zipper recipes, for example, skillet suppers. It’s a stir fry, you pick 1) A denser vegetable, 2) A less-dense vegetable, 3) A sauce, 4) A topper, and 5) A splash-on.

I almost always have a combination of the listed veggies. Right now: sweet potatoes and celery from #1, asparagus and bell pepper from #2, I’d have to make their citrus sauce:  OJ, marmalade, soy sauce, and grated ginger. Also chopped almonds (I’d have to toast them) from #4, and soy sauce or sriracha from #5 (I’d put them on the table).

Given the oriental feel of this, I’d probably cook rice to go with. Add leafy green salad and jarred salad? There’s dinner!

So I just constructed our dinner menu, took what 5 minutes? Oriental veggies skillet, rice, green salad, jarred salad.

To do: prep veggies, cook pot of rice, make citrus sauce, and toast almonds. Since it’s about 7:40 a.m. as I type this, that should be easy.

You can see why this is one of my favorite cookbooks! I don’t need to buy anything, make substitutions or replacements, I can look at a recipe and use what I already have. I wish they’d do another volume! Yes, it was a $9.99 “magazine,” but in the 2 years I’ve had it, it has saved us how much? Likely more than its original cost.

Many years ago, when Marie Callender’s was only a SoCal restaurant, and fairly new, they had a steamed veggie plate we both loved. It was a highlight of getting to the big city and not cheap for college students like us. DH loved it. He thinks the roasted veggie recipe from this publication is better. Whether that’s genuine, flattery or a faulty memory, as it was long ago?

I’ll take it! 

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The roasted veggie recipe is denser veggies (potatoes, carrots, or parsnips*) onion, oil, acid (lemon juice or vinegar), garlic, salt, pepper, and softer veg (zucchini, summer squash, peppers, grape tomatoes, etc.) . There’s a note about adding fresh herbs, either woodier ones (thyme, rosemary, sage, etc.) or tender ones (parsley, basil, cilantro, etc.)  I have enough of any of that to make up a pan of this most of the time. Right now: potatoes, carrots, lemon, onion, garlic, peppers, sage or dill and parsley. (I’d probably make it with dill and parsley, as those are fresh AND fragile — the sage is struggling along in the garden, and will keep.)

*I usually add celery.

If you can find a copy of this, I absolutely recommend it!


Spring Cleaning in a Pandemic, Links List

I went looking for recommendations about cleaning in the time of a pandemic.

Below are links to 10 different websites and a brief discussion of what’s there. The complete article is available by following the link.

  1. List of high-touch areas, including some you may not have thought of: fridge handle, etc.
  2. List of CDC recommended disinfection cleaners and how to use them.
  3. What DIY cleaners can be used.
  4. A discussion about different surfaces.
  5. Links to articles about organizing and disinfecting otherwise.

5 Tips for Spring Cleaning:

  1. Use the extra time.
  2. Make a list and divide it up.
  3. Get rid of the clutter.
  4. DIY some cleaners.
  5. Take before/after pics.

12 tips:

  1. Clean AND disinfect, includes a list of high-touch areas.
  2. Use the right products to disinfect.
  3. Dust throughly.
  4. Vacuum and deep clean carpets.
  5. Clean/organize linens.
  6. Scour tiles.
  7. Wipe down windows.
  8. Organize seasonal items.
  9. Polish brass/stainless.
  10. Clean wood furniture.
  11. Reseal grout/disinfect bathroom.
  12. Don’t try to do all the cleaning at once.

Discussion about deep cleaning. Includes link to CDC’s cleaning recommendations. Also talks about affect of the pandemic on cleaning companies.

What to clean, with what products, in detail, from the US government agency. Includes:

  1. Updated links to EPA-registered disinfectant list
  2. Added guidance for disinfection of electronics
  3. Updated core disinfection/cleaning guidance
  4. Links to: OSHA COVID-19 site, the CDC Homecare Guidance site, and a link for people with pets.

How to clean at home, at work, and what to do when you have to go out. Also links to CDC, US Food & Drug, OSHA, World Health and FDA sites.

Article about what all the extra cleaning means for garbage companies, etc.

  1. Places to clean more often.
  2. High touch areas.
  3. Things you might not have thought to clean.
  4. Where/how to keep items you may be culling.
  5. Discussion of symptoms.

An entertaining article on the current dilemma about housecleaning for professional women and cleaning during the pandemic. Well written.

  1. What to clean, how often.
  2. Deep cleaning list.
  3. Self-quarantine cleaning list.