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Curried pumpkin soup

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I read this today:

Pumpkin

It’s not just for pie: pumpkin is one of the best sources of carotenoids, antioxidants that reduce the risk of cancer. Like sweet potatoes, carrots, butternut squash and other orange-red vegetables, pumpkin is rich in disease-preventive beta-carotene. “And pumpkin is also one of the highest sources of alpha-carotene, a powerful member of the carotenoid family that’s inversely related to cataract formation and boosts immunity,” Pratt says. How to eat more: Serve warm pumpkin puree with maple syrup and finely chopped pecans; make a simple pumpkin soup with pumpkin puree, vegetable or chicken stock, onions, black beans, cumin and cilantro.

So I put a can of pumpkin into a sauce pan, added enough chicken stock to make it soupy, then added a little whole milk, crushed red pepper, hot curry powder, splash of Worcestershire, minced garlic, chopped onion, and some yam chunks from TJ’s. Once the yam is cooked, I’ll stir in some black beans, and presto! Dinner.

Written by Leisureguy

3 August 2007 at 5:05 pm

Posted in Food, Recipes & Cooking

Non-bottled water

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Via gezellig-girl, this NY Times editorial on bottled water:

On the streets of New York or Denver or San Mateo this summer, it seems the telltale cap of a water bottle is sticking out of every other satchel. Americans are increasingly thirsty for what is billed as the healthiest, and often most expensive, water on the grocery shelf. But this country has some of the best public water supplies in the world. Instead of consuming four billion gallons of water a year in individual-sized bottles, we need to start thinking about what all those bottles are doing to the planet’s health.

Here are the hard, dry facts: Yes, drinking water is a good thing, far better than buying soft drinks, or liquid candy, as nutritionists like to call it. And almost all municipal water in America is so good that nobody needs to import a single bottle from Italy or France or the Fiji Islands. Meanwhile, if you choose to get your recommended eight glasses a day from bottled water, you could spend up to $1,400 annually. The same amount of tap water would cost about 49 cents.

Next, there’s the environment. Water bottles, like other containers, are made from natural gas and petroleum. The Earth Policy Institute in Washington has estimated that it takes about 1.5 million barrels of oil to make the water bottles Americans use each year. That could fuel 100,000 cars a year instead. And, only about 23 percent of those bottles are recycled, in part because water bottles are often not included in local redemption plans that accept beer and soda cans. Add in the substantial amount of fuel used in transporting water, which is extremely heavy, and the impact on the environment is anything but refreshing.

Tap water may now be the equal of bottled water, but that could change. The more the wealthy opt out of drinking tap water, the less political support there will be for investing in maintaining America’s public water supply. That would be a serious loss. Access to cheap, clean water is basic to the nation’s health.

Some local governments have begun to fight back. Earlier this summer, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom prohibited his city’s departments and agencies from buying bottled water, noting that San Francisco water is “some of the most pristine on the planet.” Salt Lake City has issued a similar decree, and New York City recently began an advertising campaign that touted its water as “clean,” “zero sugar” and even “stain free.”

The real change, though, will come when millions of ordinary consumers realize that they can save money, and save the planet, by turning in their water bottles and turning on the tap.

Ms. Girl also points out this worthwhile campaign, through which you can buy a cool Nalgene bottle that you can refill easily. And the money you spend for it?

Purchase your limited edition Refill Not Landfill™ Nalgene bottle now. Proceeds will go to Native Energy, supporting their mission to help build Native American, farmer-owned, community-based renewable energy projects that create social, economic, and environmental benefits.

Written by Leisureguy

3 August 2007 at 3:56 pm

Posted in Daily life, Environment

Old technology in a modern setting

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Take a look. Very cool.

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3 August 2007 at 2:24 pm

Another good blade

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I seem to be hitting a good streak of blades.

Lathered up using the Palmolive shaving stick and the Rooney Style 2. Very good lather. Shaving sticks seem to work extremely well—I always get a fine lather from them.

Then I put a new Astra Superior Platinum in the EJ Chatsworth. This is the same Astra that makes the Keramik Platinum. It’s hard to say, but I think the Superior is, well, superior to the Keramik. Slightly sharper, slightly smoother. They’re both winners—for me, YMMV—and both worth keeping in the rotation. And, being stainless, they require no extra care.

I finished with the Paul Sebastian aftershave. Very nice shave.

On what I’ve discovered to date, I highly recommend you shavers get the largest sampler pack from Razor and Brush and see what treasures you discover. Then help me talk about those discoveries in the forums. Many of those guys have never tried a brand beyond the big five, so far as I can tell.

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3 August 2007 at 9:52 am

Posted in Shaving

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