My name is Mary Katherine. I was raised in California but I live in Canada now. Right now I’m working on a postgraduate diploma in sustainable waste management at Fleming College. I have a BA in environmental governance from the University of Guelph.
The point of this blog is to cook with ingredients that don’t have packaging, but some posts are about other things that seem relevant. I aim for a zero waste kitchen but do not achieve it fully due to budget and time constraints. When I started this blog I lived at home and my dad paid for groceries, so it was easy to be a perfect zero waster.
I started this blog in 2011 when I was 16. I have always loved food, and have been cooking since I was so young that I had to stand on a chair to reach the counter. When I tried to reduce my plastic footprint at home I noticed that the kitchen was a particularly difficult place to reduce plastic waste. So I started this blog to share recipes that can be made without plastic-packaged ingredients.
If you’re in the industry, I’m not a chef. I worked in some kitchens a few years after I started this blog, but when I originally created it in high school I was a hobby cook. Now I have about four years of professional experience in kitchens, mostly baking.
Back when I started this blog there wasn’t a lot of awareness about plastic among the general public so its inspiring to see that more people are finally starting to talk about it.
A word about old posts on this blog: You’ll see posts on here from 2011/2012 that use some packaged ingredients or unsustainable ingredients. This is because I was still in the process of transitioning away from those kinds of foods, or because I didn’t know at the time that they were unsustainable.
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