Roz Cummins

Roz Cummins is a food writer who has worked in every possible permutation of food co-op, natural foods store, and granola-type restaurant. She lives in the greater Boston area and feels it is her mission to put the "eco" back in home economy.

'Tis the Season (for recycled desserts and Napoleon as locavore)

Make your leftover Xmas sweets into something yummy

In my experience, even a calm and pleasant holiday results in a house strewn with bits of paper, empty boxes filled with styrofoam peanuts, a guilt-inducing list of thank-you notes to be written, and a …

'Tis the Season (for turducken, gumbo, and lobster salad)

A holiday meal inspired by New Orleans

A menu for a holiday meal inspired by a New Orleans Réveillon: Sazerac cocktails Appetizer of lobster salad with a lemon balm and tomato dressing Adair Burlingham's chicken and ham gumbo, or a vegetarian gumbo …

'Tis the Season (for baking cookies and playing with spices)

Secret-spice cookies

I am working on a health-of-the-oceans-conscious holiday menu for later this week. In the meantime, if you're looking for cookie recipes to give friends and family as gifts, here's one I concocted for curried peanut …

Recycling the holiday decorations at Target

Want some big paper decorations?

If you've been to a Target recently you've probably noticed the gorgeous "cut paper" themed decorations hanging from the ceiling. I asked the manager of my local Target what they do with the decorations when …

'Tis the Season (for extreme grocery shopping)

Two non-turkey recipes for the Thanksgiving feast

Thanksgiving is a funny holiday. It's a weird mix of frenzy and sloth, gratitude and greed. What should be a fun and peaceful time spent with relatives and friends is often preceded by the chaos …

'Tis the season (for Equal Exchange, part II)

How much can we or should we limit our food imports?

Continued from last week ... Soon, it's hairnet time. We pass through the double doors that separate the break room from the plant itself. The building looks big enough to hold several jumbo jets, and …

'Tis the season (for coffee, tea, or maybe just some local cider ...)

The ethical and environmental dilemma of coffee

On a baking hot summer night a few years ago, some friends and I took a walk through our Somerville neighborhood. The day had been so warm that heat was still rising from the pavement …

A question re: fire lines and wild fires

The recent wild fires in Calif. make me wonder why fire lines (areas of land cleared of vegetation) aren't actively maintained around areas where there is housing, and even in different areas of the forest. …

One month to Thanksgiving!

Order your heritage turkeys now (if you eat turkey)

For those of you responsible for producing a Thanksgiving meal that features a turkey, it's time to start thinking about ordering one. You can order a heritage turkey from a local farmer in certain states. …