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Tailgating amongst 100,000 Tiger fans at a LSU football game is a experience not to be missed. You know it must be special when you learn that thousands of the purple-and-gold clad Louisianians there, don’t even have a ticket to the game.  While chips and dips may make an appearance, it’s the cast iron cauldrons of jambalaya, gumbo and Boudin that take center stage. These Southerners don’t mess around with anything but the best when it comes to college football. And when it comes to cookware, it’s cast iron all the way.

There are a ton of reasons to make the switch to cast iron cookware. Perhaps the most important is that of safety. If you are still using non-stick pans, bakeware and griddles, take the time to understand the risks before you whip up your next dish. Here are the top 6 reasons why people are choosing to go back to basics with cast iron:
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LEDs for Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!

I’ve become an early adopter of LED light bulbs and won’t buy another CFL for the rest of my life. Here’s why: One day my wife knocked over the table lamp in our bedroom and, unbeknownst to her, broke the bulb. Since she didn’t know, my wife simply picked the lamp back up. It wasn’t until two days later I tried to turn on the light and it was dead. Then I saw the broken bulb, which normally wouldn’t be much of a problem except with was a CFL which contain mercury, so now my wife and I were sleeping for two nights in a room with particles of mercury. Did we get sick? No, but just the feeling of mercury in the air never sat right with me. Thankfully LED bulbs have come to the rescue and offer so many benefits:

  • Efficiency – Far more efficient than CFLs
  • Insane Longevity – you get 25,000 – 50,000 hours from one bulb. That will last you over 10 years at 6 hours a day!
  • Durability – you can drop them onto a concrete floor and they won’t break since there’s no glass
  • Safety – there is no mercury in them

So, what’s the catch? Well, they are expensive but prices are dropping fast. I bought 2 last year at $37 a piece, and just today I found EarthLED has an Earth Day sale on their Zetalux 2 LED bulbs today only for $9.89 a piece. I bought 8 of them. Keep in mind they are 40 watt replacements so they won’t be quite as bright as a 60 watt bulb. As you replace your bulbs for your home and kitchen, consider using LEDs instead of CFLs as a more earth-friendly option.

Do you use LED bulbs? Tell us about your experience and where to get them in your comment.