Topic: Minimalist

Getting minimalist in the kitchen -- how to wash your vegetables with baking soda and vinegar.

After a severe case of food poisoning last year, I've become somewhat militant about washing my produce.

While there are sprays and cleaners you can buy commercially, I like to stay "minimalist" and use basics I have at home: my beloved baking soda and vinegar. (Coincidentally, I also clean my house with these two items!)

Most fruits and vegetables need to be washed before ...

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After reading some of my minimalist posts, Cathy started making changes in her home and sent in pictures of her progress. She also graciously agreed to let me share them on this column, along with her commentary.

Cathy says, "I am enjoying Minimalist Monday and like you, I think I have a bit of OCD, as it makes me crazy to not know where everything is and my mantra when our two kids were young (they are grown and gone ...

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What could be more minimalist than having no regrets and no emotional baggage? (It may not be physical, but less is more there too!)

A few months ago, someone noted all the (self-inflicted) moves I had in the last 10 years or so: Charleston, Boston, Manhattan, Los Angeles, Colorado, Abroad — just to name a few, and asked if I'd ever regretted any of those moves. [Editorial note: I moved to Tahoe, below, 2 days ago.]

My response was simple ...

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My life is always changing — most often, it's my surroundings. I like to think I'm the type of personality that rolls around in change. Really wallows in it. It's true: I like the challenge and excitement of the new and unknown, but there have been changes in my life — changes that were made for me and thrust upon me that I wasn't so hot for. I came to realize I liked change that I can control ...
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Since I never set out to create Happy Herbivore (or have this career with Happy Herbivore), I've always had a "react" approach to things.

Happy Herbivore started out as a blog — a little creative outlet for me. When I started blogging in 2007, I had no idea that my blog would turn into one cookbook, let alone 6. Or that those books would become bestsellers and afford me the opportunity to fly around the country doing cooking demos and ...

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