What You Don’t Know: You Can Afford Well-Raised Meat
    December 27, 2011
    What You Don’t Know: You Can Afford Well-Raised Meat

    One of my absolute favorite things from The Butcher’s Guide To Well-Raised Meat is where we explain how to afford well-raised meat. So many people lament it can’t be done. I disagree. Here’s how…

    Connecting the Dots
    July 22, 2011
    Connecting the Dots

    Our homes hum with electric power, and our neighborhoods are scattered with the poles and wires that deliver it to us. What's less visible is the air and water pollution this system produces. (more&he…

    How to Deal With Mold
    July 21, 2011
    How to Deal With Mold

    THE QUESTION: Dear Alexandra, I live in a 17th Century building with very thick walls and lots of black mold. We Clorox-spray it off in the winter, but now have a newborn baby whose lungs are probably…

    What You Don’t Know: Kitchen Cleaners and Your Food
    July 20, 2011
    What You Don’t Know: Kitchen Cleaners and Your Food

    Many people will spend the extra dollar or two on buying organic, especially when it comes to poultry.  Unfortunately, many are still using an army of questionable chemicals to clean their kitchen co…

    Storing Safely
    July 19, 2011
    Storing Safely

    Plastics are everywhere in the kitchen. And it seems that there are news reports daily on the hazards of hormone-disrupting chemicals found in plastics, which get into our food, beverages, and even ba…

    The Real Expense of Food
    July 18, 2011
    The Real Expense of Food

    Many people complain about the price of organic food. An organic apple costs considerably more than its conventional counterpart at a supermarket. But here's what is expensive about conventional apple…

    Air Drying Week 4 & Conclusion
    August 13, 2010
    Air Drying Week 4 & Conclusion

    Well I made it through Week Four of the super fantastic cold-water washing/eco-detergent/air drying challenge. Because I have been trying to make this both an urban and a non-urban (i.e the yard of my…

    Line Drying 2
    August 12, 2010
    Air Drying Week 3

    Week Three: Back In the City Life is busy and I hadn’t managed to buy a new rack before it was time to do my weekly two loads. We didn’t have much laundry so I vowed to dry as much of it as possib…

    Line Drying Clothes
    August 11, 2010
    Air Drying Week 2

    Week Two: Outdoors We went upstate to my parents’ house that weekend. I brought the PVC-stinky stand, and set it up outside in their yard to let it offgas overnight. The following morning, I put the…

    Air Drying Week 1
    August 10, 2010
    Air Drying Week 1

    Week One: Indoors My first indoor attempt was curtailed by the drying rack Seventh Generation sent me to use. I opened it and set it up. It took up half my apartment. No matter. The metal base seemed …

    I’m Line Drying (Take 1)
    August 9, 2010
    I’m Line Drying (Take 1)

    I try very hard to do my part, environmentally speaking. When going green, some steps are more important and have bigger impact than others. I say this in just about every book (The Complete Organic P…