Category Archives: Green Party

Green Your Party: Drink Organic Wine!

Okay, okay. The last two tips were a bit difficult. Here’s an easy one.

Green your party by drinking organic wine! Eddy and I eat locally as much as possible. Drinking locally, however, has been very difficult for us. We like our wine dry and not-so-sweet. Arkansas has several wineries, but we have yet to find a bottle that satisfies our palate. Drinking organic, therefore, has been our compromise.

Eddy and I like to drink organic wine with, what else, slices of homemade bread topped with homemade chèvre. They go so well together that I could eat them all night long.

So, next time you host or attend a party, be sure to drink organic wine!

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Green Your Party: Make Your Own Cheese!

My chèvre made with local raw goat milk.

My chèvre made with local raw goat milk.

What goes well with homemade bread? Homemade chèvre, of course! Two years ago, I started to buy raw goat milk from a lady who raises goats right here in the city. Eddy and I don’t drink goat milk, but boy, we can chow down some feta and chèvre. I’ve been turning goat milk into cheese for the last two years, and it’s been AMAZING. I pay $8 for a gallon of milk and get about 1-1.5 pounds of cheese. Compare that to $4.99 for 4 ounces at Kroger.

Cheesemaking helps me save money and reduce packaging. An added bonues: you get woos and ahhs every time you serve homemade cheese.

So, green your party by serving homemade cheese!

Green Your Party: Bake Own Bread!

dsc00239Next time you host or attend a party, bake bread! Baking bread is so easy with the New York Times’ No-Knead Bread recipe. It’s so easy that Eddy and I haven’t bought a loaf of bread for over two years. We love to serve our bread with homemade chèvre. YUM!

Eddy and I love to bake bread because homemade bread tastes great, and it comes with no packaging. Baking bread also helps you save money, too!

So, this holiday season, green your party by baking bread!

Green Your Party: Cook with Local Foods

Whether Eddy and I host a party or attend one, we try to have dishes made with local ingredients. When we went to the Spa City Co-op’s Fall Potluck, we made orange pecans using pecans from Jody Hardin’s Foodshed Farm. At our last dinner party, Eddy made two kinds of chili, meat and vegan. Both were made with Arkansas pinto beans, corn, tomatoes and garlic that I preserved. We used peppers from our garden to spice both chili. We used ground beefalo from The Beefalo Woman for the meat chili. We used bulgur from War Eagle Mill and mushrooms that we foraged for the vegan one.

When hosting a dinner party, many people come up with the menu first. They then head to the store to buy necessary ingredients. Eddy and I do the opposite. We look at what we have at home, both fresh and preserved. Then, we come up with the menu for the party. This way, we reduce the number of items that we buy at the store. Some times we don’t even have to go to the store to get ready for the party, helping us save gas and time.

So, next time you host or attend a party, serve dishes made with local produce that you have at home!

Green Your Party: Send Electronic Invitations

evite-easier-logo-lgLately, Eddy and I have been hosting dinner parties at our place. This week I’ll share some of the things we do to green our parties.

Everytime we host a party, we send invitations via email or Facebook. Free online invitation services such as Evite.com work great, too. These services are easy to use, eliminate paper, preserve some trees and use less energy than mailing out paper invitations. They help you save money, too, since you don’t have to pay for the postage.

So, next time your throw a party, green your party by sending electronic invitations!