Eating Down the Fridge: Save the Date!
When: The week of March 9
Where: Right here, in the AMA kitchen, and in kitchens across the country
How: I’ll be actively participating, sharing the ups and downs of my experiences (and lessons learned) in the blog space, complete with recipes and improvisational meals based on what’s in the larder. You are invited to join me and sign up (and have your name included on the EDF Honor Roll) and share your experiences throughout the week. In addition, as done with the Eat Local Challenge last summer, I am seeking a few guest bloggers from different parts of the country.
RSVP: By Friday, March 6; e-mail me with the subject line: “Eating Down the Fridge” and in your note, include your first and last name, city, state and number of people in your household. You’ll be included in the EDF Honor Roll, which will be updated daily. And if you belong to Facebook, you can connect with other EDFers here. For those interested in guest blogging, the deadline is Monday, March 2.
Housekeeping and Anticipated FAQ
So how is this going to work?
The challenge is in effect from Monday, March 9, until Sunday, March 15. During this time, the goal is to do zero food shopping.
Does that mean I can stock up on the weekend before the challenge kicks off?
Sure, it does. But I urge you to exercise restraint and refrain from buying three weeks of groceries to stay in the game. The idea here is to take stock and be mindful of what you already have on hand.
Can I make exceptions for a few items? What if I forget to buy coffee and suddenly run out? Or if that head of lettuce has gone unexpectedly rotten?
The goal here is to challenge yourself, not inflict punishment or torture. If there’s something you just gotta have to get you (or a family member) through the week, by all means, go to the store. But I bet you’ll feel differently when/if you go.
Can I commit to just half a week? I'm traveling, and the we've been invited out to dinner.
Again, you are the best judge of what is and isn’t possible. If 3 ½ days are all you can do, that’s better than zero. Do what works within the scheme of your own life.
My kids are going to hate this. How do I get them on board?
Make it sound like an adventure, like you’re going camping or you’re off on a magic carpet with limited storage. And get them involved in meal prep; it will give them ownership.
Will you be around that week to lend a hand? This is going to be hard.
You betcha. In fact, I’m planning a special chat that focuses solely on what to make for dinner based on what’s in your larder. Stay tuned for those details.
Speaking of chats, join me today at 1ET for this month's meatless edition of What's Cooking.
Other questions? Send them my way in the comments area below.
By Kim ODonnel |
February 26, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
Eating Down the Fridge
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