November 27, 2009

Cat Lady No. 326.. Leftovers Revisited

Cat Lady Juliette and feline friend Babette have an embroidered pillow that says "Waste Not, Want Not" and so they were happy to learn about the Love Food Hate Waste website yesterday from their neighbor Cat Lady Dania.

Another website, Wasted Food, reports that "a new study by a team of National Institute of Health researchers has some fascinating findings. After analyzing USDA and FAO data, the team of researchers found that US per capita food waste has increased by 50 percent since 1974. More interesting, they found that we now waste 40 percent of our available food supply."

Yikes!! If you are as shocked as Juliette and Babette are about food waste, including its impact on the environment, here are 5 easy steps as suggested by author Jonathan Bloom:

1. Plan your meals before you grocery shop.

2. Make a detailed shopping list and stick to it!

3. Serve reasonable sized portions.

4. Save your leftovers.

5. Eat those leftovers!

To help you out, here is another fantastic website to help you use up what you already have! Just tell it what you have in your cupboard and fridge, and it will tell you what to cook, complete with recipes: Cooking By Numbers


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