Monday, May 31, 2010

Green Times

From the Green Times:

One of the local hair cut places is collecting hair from people getting a cut for the effort to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf. Apparently, they use the hair to make booms to contain the oil.

Solar energy is the biggest thing that people are pushing for including one local business man. He's trying to get more business to use solar energy because he feels that the government is slow in catching up to the green movement. Businesses, he feels, can spur on the movement.

Locally we're also setting up several electric stations for electric cars to be able to recharge.

Lollidoo is a cloth diaper company that uses recycled plastics to create their diapers. I've looked up their products and they are pricier than the traditional cloth diaper. But it may behoove someone with a larger budget than mine to consider buying them.

Gluten-free sweets
Ellen's gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free chocolate crazy cake
preheat oven to 350 and grease a 8"X8" pan. You can double the receipe for a 9 X 12 sheet cake pan.
1-1/4 cup plain rice flour (you can find in Asian markets)
1/4 cup sweet rice flour (Moche flour)
1/2 to 1 cup sugar (depending on how you want to sweeten it)
1/3 regular unsweetened cocoa power (not Dutch process)
1 1/2 tsp baking power
1/2 tsp salt
whisk or sift dry ingredients together and create a well in the middle then add
1 tsp cider vinegar
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup oil ( corn, peanut, olive, canola, coconut, etc)
1 cup weak coffee or water or rice or almond milk or plain water
stir until blended then put in pan and bake 30-35 minutes

Ellen's Gluten-Free, egg-free, and dairy-free chocolate brownies
follow recipe above but change it to
1 cup regular rice flour
1/2 cup sweet rice flour
and stir in 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans and 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Ellen's gluten free, egg-free, dairy-free almond-rich crazy fudge cake
preheat oven to 350 and grease an 8"X8" pan
1 cup almond flour (grind your own or buy it)
3/4 cup sweet rice flour (Moche flour)
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking power
1/2 tsp salt
whisk or sift dry ingredients together then make a well in the middle and add
1 tsp. vinegar
2 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup oil
1 cup rice or almond milk or plain water
stir until blended and bake in pan 30 to 35 minutes

Ellen's gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy free lemon almond cake
preheat oven to 350 and grease a 8"X8" pan
1 cup almond flour
3/4 cup sweet rice flour (Moche flour)
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
whisk and sift the dry ingredient etc.
1 tbsp lemon juice
the zest of half a lemon
1 tsp lemon extract
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup olive oil (or any veggie oil)
2 cup minus 2 tsp water
stir until blended and cook 30-35 minutes

Many gas stoves burn a little gas all day and night, adding more toxic compounds to the air inside your home. Electric stoves are healthier, but adding solar panels makes your cooking guilt-free.

Take the bus- More than 30 percent of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. come from transportation. You can reduce those emission by riding the bus.
Ride a bike- Why spend extra time at the gym when you can tone your body and save money while reducing carbon emissions? If you can't make it all the way to your destination, try shorter bike rides to the nearest bus stop.
Carpool- Get to know your colleagues and neighbors a little better. Set up a carpool schedule and share your ride a day or two each week.

Are you stuck on Teflon pans? No need to detach yourself from nonstick cookware completely, but move away from Teflon which has some sticky health issues- to new lines of pots and pans that stick to higher safety standards. The EPA's Science Advisory Board considers PFOA (aka Teflon) a likely carcinogen. It can come off on your food at high temps and with the use of sharp cooking utensils. Use alternatives such as enameled cast-iron or stainless steel. Toxins that enter the air from hot nonstick pans can kill pet birds (our feathered friends have very sensitive respiratory systems), and the jury's still out on whether or not they harm our lungs.

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