Are you worried about what to buy for weeks or months of isolation? Concerned that all that take-out will shrink your savings or swell your waistline? Check out my menus and recipes, which have been delighting families for over twelve years, plus new guides on the coronavirus pandemic. I’ve also added my favorite articles, guides, and comics about dealing with the pandemic.
Coronavirus and Prepping Guides
- Prepping for Coronavirus (how to stock up, preparing in case the main cook can’t cook, and more)
- Coronavirus: How to Plan Menus (making the best use of the food you have, menu ideas, and the importance of staying healthy)
- How You Should Get Food During the Pandemic
- Is It Safe to Get Food from a Farmers’ Market During a Pandemic (yes and please do!)
- How to Get Ready for a Power Outage and Winter Storm (food safety tips and stocking up beyond the fridge)
- Healthy Hurricane Menu (a week of healthy, shelf-stable food)
- Four Whole-Day Menus Under $7 (good examples of how to put all the food together)
- Cut Food Waste (make what you have last!)
- If you do nothing else, start a Stoup container (truly like a free lunch!)
Disease Prevention and Care
- New: consider a plastic face shield or goggles. I’m getting shields in case we have to go to a medical facility, hurricane shelter, or some other crowded place.
- How to Wash your Hands (video)
- Two good mask patterns: rectangular and with a shaped nose area (I’ve made several of the rectangular ones and wear one on my walk. I’m making a shaped one for my Taster next.)
- How to clean or reuse your mask, including hand washing and just waiting.
- Using a nylon-stocking layer to make your mask more effective. Amazing that it’s come to this!
- How Long does Coronavirus Live on Different Surfaces?
- Coronavirus: Separate AND Connect (why and how to stay socially isolated but still in touch with those you care about)
My Favorite Coronavirus Stories and Explanations
- Why Everyone should be Wearing Facemasks
- Comic about masks from XKCD
- A surprisingly cheerful comic about pasta, pandemics, and good behavior from XKCD
- Cookies and mental health from Lunar Baboon
- The Hammer and the Dance (excellent essay on how pandemics work and why strong action is essential)
- My friend Angelina Kay in a video and story about local restaurants going to takeout and relying on their regular customers
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Help Science by Taking a Survey
You can help scientists understand the disease and its effects by filling out surveys. Of course, make sure your survey is from a trusted source and that it doesn’t ask for your credit card number, what panties you are wearing, or other too-personal information. Check out:
- The Stanford Medicine Daily Health Survey (takes about a minute a day).
- The United Way of North Carolina Impact Survey (if you live in NC).
- Several other surveys compiled by the insurance company Lemonade.
Wildly Affordable Organic
This book shows the core Cook for Good concepts, from cooking dried beans to using every scrap of food that you can. (Hints: zest that lemon before squeezing and don’t throw those kale stems away!). Reader Carol N. wrote:
I can’t thank you enough! Last night I got up and was worried about how to grocery shop for this Covid19 virus crisis. My husband and I are seniors in California and are under voluntary social distancing…ie we need to stay home for 2 or more weeks. A light bulb moment came, your book Wildly Affordable Organic. I got out my grocery list with your book and I confidently went into my local grocery store and purchased a month or more from your spring plan grocery list. I can’t tell you the feeling of relief I feel today knowing we will be eating healthy organic food that fits our budget. We can do this! And Linda my appreciative and grateful heart thanks you for showing us how….
Fifty Weeks of Green
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