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How to Keep your Kitchen Eco-Friendly

If sustainability and eco-friendliness are important values to you, then it’s best to start with your own home. And there’s no better place to start than your kitchen. As one of the most frequented rooms, the kitchen can play a major role in the overall sustainability of your home. The following are some tips and advice to help homeowners keep their kitchen as eco-friendly as possible:

1. Use Recyclable Materials
One common eco-friendly tip is to avoid synthetic materials in favor for more natural alternatives. This is especially true for the kitchen, where there are numerous opportunities to switch to recyclable, sustainable materials. For example, instead of purchasing plastic or ceramic dinnerware, alternatives made with wood or recycled glass are viable, eco-friendly options. Wooden cooking utensils and clay pots are options that can add a natural look to the kitchen. The use of recyclable materials can also extend towards linens and aprons – by choosing organic cotton or fibers, you can create a more sustainable kitchen environment.
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How to Throw a Green Dinner Party

Eco-Friendly Dinner PartyEco-Friendly Dinner PartyTraditional dinner parties aren’t particularly environmentally friendly. If you want to plan and throw a green dinner party for your friends, you’re going to have to put forth some extra effort. You’ll find that your extra effort is worth it, however, when you consider the favor you’ll be doing for the earth. Here are some tips that will help you plan an eco-friendly party to remember: 

1. Go for organic and local drinks – If you’re going to serve alcohol at the party, try to get some beer and wine that’s organic and made locally (or at least in your state). The carbon footprint of wine shipped from France is considerable. The carbon footprint of locally brewed beer and wine, on the other hand, is much more negligible. If you’ll be serving coffee, make sure it’s organic and fair-trade. Additionally, go for aluminum cans or glass bottle versus plastic bottles, since aluminum and glass items do less harm to the environment when they are recycled.    ... read more

How to Throw a Green Dinner Party

Traditional dinner parties aren’t particularly environmentally friendly. If you want to plan and throw a green dinner party for your friends, you’re going to have to put forth some extra effort. You’ll find that your extra effort is worth it, however, when you consider the favor you’ll be doing for the earth. Here are some tips that will help you plan an eco-friendly party to remember:

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Organic Milk vs. Regular Milk: Benefits of Organic Milk

Did you know that because organic milk uses a different method to preserve it, organic milk lasts significantly longer in your fridge than non-organic milk?  It's true.  Next time you're at the grocery store, compare the expiration dates on non-organic and organic milk cartons.  Check out this article from Scientific American for more info.  

The price difference between organic and non-organic milk can be substantial, but the overall benefits might be important to you.  ... read more

A Green Passover

Passover is the perfect holiday for going green.

Rabbi Waskow of Baltimore sees connections between the history of Passover and today's modern environmental movement.

In 2008, Rabbi Waskow wrote for The Washington Post saying, "If in our generation we were to broaden Passover to celebrate its earthiness, we would be renewing some of its most ancient meanings — even before the Exodus. For close reading of the Bible (especially Lev. 23: 4-8 and Num. 28: 16-17) makes clear that there were originally two earthy festivals at the full moon of spring: One was the shepherds’ festival involving the sacrificial broiling of newborn lambs and a shepherds’ skipping, stumbling dance called ‘pesach — skip-over’ that imitates the skipping, stumbling newborn lambs. The other was the farmers’ festival of the spring barley harvest, celebrated by baking the simplest, most primordial of all breads, the unleavened matzot of flour, water, fire — scouring out all yeast, all rising from their homes."

So why not take an opportunity to green your Pesach?... read more

Top 5 Tips To Make Your Garden Green

Gardening is a beautiful experience not only for people who love flourishing greenery in their gardens, but also for busy individuals. Well maintaining your gardens green in the off seasons is definitely a difficult task, I am sure you agree with me. A few ideas are given below to help you keep your garden green by spending a few pennies or nothing at all.

1. Get the right place

Before you plant a new sapling or a seed you need to make sure of the right place. The right place means a spot in your garden that receives adequate sunlight, as most of the plants, be it vegetables or fruits need a minimum of 5 to 6 hours of sunlight daily. To confirm the right place in the garden also check the soil and its type before you set your plant.

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Annie's Pizza Trivia Answers and Winners

Congrats to Kelly Desilver, Suzanne, and Alexis Howell for winning coupons and merchandise from Annie's Homegrown!  

Here are the answers to the pizza trivia questions:

1.  Which pizza ingredient is 90% water?  Tomato.  

2.  Which month is National Pizza Month?  October.  

3.  What is America's favorite pizza topping?  a) pepperoni, b) sausage, or c) mushrooms.  a) pepperoni  

4.  True or false:  Cheese is the most popular flavor of frozen pizza in the United States.  False.  It's pepperoni.... read more

Annie's Pizza Trivia - Round Three!

Annie's homegrown pizzaAnnie's homegrown pizzaThanks to Annie's Homegrown, we are plaing fun pizza trivia to celebrate the new Annie's Organic Rising Crust Pizza.  Join us to win some great prizes from Annie's Homegrown! 

How do you play?

Answer the trivia questions below and email your answers to [email protected].  Participants with the correct answers will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of Annie's prizes!  Our first round of pizza trivia was on March 14 and our second round of pizza trivia was on March 19, 2012.  You may enter each series once.  The game ends on March 25th at midnight and winners will be announced on March 26th.  ... read more

Annie's Pizza Trivia - Round Two!

Annie's homegrown pizzaAnnie's homegrown pizzaThanks to Annie's Homegrown, we're going to be playing some fun pizza trivia this week to celebrate the new Annie's Organic Rising Crust Pizza.  Join us to win some great prizes from Annie's Homegrown! 

How do you play?

Answer the trivia questions below and email your answers to [email protected].  Participants with the correct answers will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of Annie's prizes!  Our first round of pizza trivia was on March 14, and our final round will be on March 22, 2012.  You may enter each series once.  The game ends on March 25th at midnight and winners will be announced on March 26th.  ... read more

Annie's Pizza Trivia - Round One!

Thanks to Annie's Homegrown, we're going to be playing some fun pizza trivia this week to celebrate the new Annie's Organic Rising Crust Pizza.  Join us to win some great prizes from Annie's Homegrown! 

How do you play?

Answer the trivia questions below and email your answers to [email protected].  Participants with the correct answers will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of Annie's prizes!  We also will have another series of trivia questions on March 19 and March 22, 2012.  You may enter each series once.  The game ends on March 25th at midnight and winners will be announced on March 26th.  ... read more

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