Two Good Projects
Thursday, March 26, 2009
A week or two ago, my friend Claudia told me about a project her friend Kim O’Donnel at the Washington Post‘s Mighty Appetite blog was doing—Eating Down the Fridge.
I love this project! It’s over now (it was a week-long community project), but you can read about how it turned out for everyone.
I find it stressful to have too much food around, so I don’t tend to get a lot built up. Also I occasionally have what I think of as “weird meal night” where I eat whatever little bits of leftovers I have regardless of how well they go with each other—I might have a meal consisting of leftover pancakes and mashed potatoes and cottage cheese (or whatever).
So that project wouldn’t work all that well for me, but I know that a lot of people end up with all sorts of things in their pantry and freezer and fridge and then just kind of forget about them and keep buying new stuff. I think doing your own personal Eating Down the Fridge project every couple months is probably a good idea. (Unless you’re actually living an Eating Down the Fridge project, in which case you should just try to make the best of it. And maybe read How to Cook a Wolf for inspiration. I promise, it will make you feel better.)
Also when I got back last night from my trip to New York City (I was up there filming with Rachel Ray for her series on the Smartest $avers in America, and it’s airing TOMORROW — Friday 3/26, check your local listings) I got on the shuttle bus to get to the parking lot and I said hi to the driver as I got on, and there were no other passengers on the bus yet, so I moved toward the back and put my stuff down and he said, “What are you doing going all the way back there? Sit up here so you can talk to me.” And I laughed and thought, “I’m definitely not in New York City anymore.”
So I was talking to the driver and I told him about Rachel Ray and my project, and when I got off the bus, a couple with a sweet little baby who were also going back to their car asked what was the name of my blog and I told them and we started talking because he said he’s working on a book about wasted food and everything that gets thrown away.
I said that was so funny since my top tip for saving money that I gave to Rachel Ray was DON’T THROW FOOD AWAY. (Yes, I know, this is completely revolutionary—so revolutionary that I need to be put in front of a national television audience to say it.)
His name is Jonathan Bloom and his project looks great, check it out at WastedFood.com.