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Simple steps that make a difference.
What’s the holiday season without cookies, cakes, candies and other unhealthy treats! Baking holiday goodies is part of the tradition, and a perfect family activity. While I totally believe in a little splurging, there are healthy baking substitutes where no one will know the difference. I’ll skip the tip about substituting black beans and dates in place of chocolate when making brownies! (However, if it sounds appealing, email me and I’ll send you the recipe – my husband loves them!)
As you start your Thanksgiving preparations, don’t forget about those old cast iron skillets you found in the attic! They are much safer than non-stick cookware, and when seasoned properly, cast iron pans are as nonstick as other coated pans. Conventional non-stick pans can off-gas toxic fumes over high heat. Even if the pans have labels claiming “green” or “not non-stick”, chances are they are still coated with toxic chemicals; manufacturers do not have to release their safety data.
Below is a question from a reader about Swiffer.
I just got the latest issue of Vermont Country Store catalog and inside is an old fashioned wool dust mop, which up to 10 years ago I used and used to shake outside like my Mom used to do!
Turmeric is finally getting the attention it deserves. A member of the ginger family, this orange colored spice is the main ingredient in curry and has been used for centuries in Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cooking. It’s also a remedy in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines and, along with ginger, is now recognized as one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories available.
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Make your Halloween greener this year!
It’s getting easier to eat fresh, local produce long after gardens have been put to bed. Many farmers’ markets and CSA’s have extended their season into winter and early spring instead of closing down at the end of October. Green houses and hoop houses allow them to offer even more produce options. Restaurants also feature locally grown and produced food all year long.
This past weekend I attended a delicious local food truck festival and discovered boxed water! Not luxury, specialty or flavored water, but plain, purified water in a boldly printed box that says, “Boxed Water is Better”. What a great idea – in the growing water bottle market, it’s hard to believe it hasn’t been boxed before.
Last week I focused on Cape Cod entrepreneurs. This week I am highlighting off Cape green companies.
I have recently met some impressive eco-conscious entrepreneurs who are making a real difference by the earth and our health as they try and squeak out a living. In this 2-part blog, I will share with you some of the green businesses these creative people are running.
We're looking to buy an "organic bed". I've done a fair amount of research, which, frankly is overwhelming. So just wondered if you've had any experience with this part of the "green marketplace".
East Sandwich, MA