Monday, February 27, 2017

Asparagus and Crab Risotto

Asparagus and crab are two classic items that celebrate spring. Combined in a risotto, they make a knockout duo.


1 lb (450 g) asparagus
4 cups (1 L) chicken broth
3 tbsp (45 mL) butter
onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup (80 mL) white wine
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) arborio rice
1/3 cup (80 mL) 15 % cream
Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup (250 mL) Canadian Parmesan, grated
1/2 lb (225 g) cooked crab meat
1 tbsp (15 mL) orange zest, grated
1 tsp (5 mL) garlic, minced
3 tbsp (45 mL) fresh mint, finely chopped


Trim and discard the woody ends of the asparagus. Cut trimmed spears into 1-inch (2.5 cm) sections, reserving the tips separately.
In a saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil. Poach asparagus tips in stock 2 min. Using a skimmer, drain and rinse under cold water. Drain and set aside. Add asparagus sections to the boiling stock and poach 3 min. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside with the asparagus still in it.
In a heavy-bottomed pot or risotto pan, melt butter and sweat onion 5 min without browning. Add rice and stir for 1 min. Add wine and cook 2 min at low heat while stirring.
Reheat the chicken broth with the asparagus sections in it. Add one ladle of hot broth to the rice. Cook and stir until all the liquid has been absorbed. Repeat the process until all the broth has been used and the rice is creamy but still al dente, 18 min to 20 min.
Add cream and add salt and pepper to taste. Add the Parmesan cheeseand two thirds of the crab meat and the asparagus tips. Reheat the risotto while stirring gently.
Combine all ingredients for the gremolata.
Serve risotto in warm shallow bowls and garnish with remaining crab and asparagus points. Sprinkle with gremolata.
Adding a final touch of cream to a risotto enhances its consistency and velvety texture, making it even more fabulous to bite into.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Paint Your Plate With Purple Produce For American Heart Month

American diets aren't colorful enough, according to a new survey from Welch's

- In honor of American Heart Month, Welch's is reigniting the conversation about the role of
colorful fruits and vegetables in supporting a healthy heart. New survey1 data announced by
Welch's today reveals Americans' confusion about the benefits of incorporating colorful produce
 into their diet. Almost half of consumers (44 percent) don't know or aren't sure that specific
colors of fruits and vegetables offer unique health benefits. And, though 63 percent of Americans
know that they should eat colorful produce, only 32 percent often make an effort to include it in
 their diet.

A colorful diet helps ensure you're getting the broadest possible range of vitamins,
 minerals and beneficial plant nutrients, like polyphenols. A perfect example is the
Concord grape, a dark purple powerhouse that delivers many of the same polyphenols
and heart health benefits as red wine, while promoting healthy circulation to keep your
 blood pumping and energy flowing. But, for many consumers, fruits and vegetables
 in the purple category remain an untapped opportunity. While 73 percent of Americans
 know purple fruits and vegetables are an option, only 18 percent of Americans can
 name more than three. Currently, only three percent2 of Americans' produce
 intake is from the purple and blue category.
"Colorful produce supports a healthy lifestyle, and my goal is to encourage more
 people to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. This research shows that
 Americans need help learning about their options, especially when it comes to purple
 produce," said Amber Pankonin, MS, RDN, LMNT and consultant to Welch's.
 "Taking a proactive approach to nutrition doesn't have to be complicated.
 In the purple category, 100% grape juice made with Concord grapes is a simple
 way to add healthy polyphenols into your diet."

Additional findings from the survey include:
  • While 53 percent of Americans acknowledge that they like 100% fruit juice
  •  and 93 percent state that heart health is important to them, more than half 
  • (57 percent) don't realize that 100% grape juice helps support a healthy heart 
  • and contributes purple fruit to their diet.
  • Red wine and 100% grape juice made with Concord grapes share many of the 
  • same polyphenols. Of the 65 percent of Americans who drink red wine, more
  •  than two-thirds (67 percent) are willing to swap a glass of wine for a glass of 
  • 100% grape juice every now and then, since it offers many of the same
  •  heart-health benefits.
More than 40 dark purple Concord grapes go into each 8-ounce glass of Welch's 100%
Grape Juice, which counts as two servings (1 cup) of fruit. It contains no added sugar,
color, flavor or preservatives, and serves as an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin C.
And, because fresh Concord grapes are only available during a short time in the fall,
Welch's 100% Grape Juice is the best way to enjoy their delicious taste and heart-health
benefits all year round.

"During American Heart Month, we encourage people to paint their plates with color,
 including purple. Concord grapes are dark purple with a purpose, delivering beneficial
polyphenols that give them their signature color and heart-health benefits," said Casey
Lewis, MS, RD, Welch's Health & Nutrition Lead. "Whether enjoyed in a small glass
or used in your favorite recipe, 100% grape juice made with Concord grapes can be
one tasty way to add more purple fruit to your diet."

To learn more about the research-backed benefits of 100% grape juice made with the
 Mighty Concord grape and get easy, heart-healthy recipes and resources, visit

About Welch's
Welch's is the processing and marketing subsidiary of the National Grape Cooperative.
 Located across America and in Ontario, Canada, the cooperative's approximately
1,000 family farmers own the company and grow the delicious and inherently healthy
 Concord grapes used in Welch's juices and other grape-based products. Welch's is
committed to research and development that will meet the growing demand for
products that address consumers' health and nutrition needs. Welch's products are
sold throughout the United States and in approximately 40 countries around the globe.
 Welch's is an Equal Opportunity Employer-Minorities/Female/Disabled/Veterans
Contact: Caroline Gould 
PadillaCRT for Welch's 

[1] Welch's Heart Health Survey, fielded December 19- 21, 2016 by ORC International
[2] Produce For Better Health Foundation. State of the Plate Study on America's Consumption of Fruits and
Vegetables. Wilmington, Delaware. 2003. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hammond's Brands Expands Popular Crisps Line with Snack-Sized Packages and New Gourmet Flavors

Colorado's favorite confectioner gives much-loved crispy treat a new look
 and a new taste to drive more sales for snack retailers

DENVER, Feb. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hammond's Brands, the parent company
of Hammond's Candies, Old Dominion Peanut Company, McCraw's Candies,
and the recently launched Mellow Snacks, today shared the details of long-awaited
 new additions to its popular Crisps line. New packaging, refreshed branding, and
innovative flavors will help retailers meet an increasing demand for snacks that
provide a sugary fix with a salty kick.
Hammond's new Crisps come in eight complex but perfectly balanced flavors:
 dark chocolate peanut, sea salt caramel peanut, original peanut, cashew,
 s'mores, coconut, hickory smoked almond, and cinnamon apple walnut.
Six-ounce SUR bags come six per DRC with a suggested retail price that
ranges from $2.99 to $3.99, making the Crisps an ideal addition for snack
shelves in stores both big and small.
"Snack sales account for a full 40% of the $370 billion US packaged food
 market and this percentage is expected to grow each year thanks to
 millennials' tendencies to snack much more than any other generation,"
said Andrew Schuman, Hammond's President and CEO. "From a
profit perspective, retailers can't go wrong with offering a wide variety
of snacks for these consumers. Our new Crisps flavors are one way that
Hammond's is fulfilling its commitment to helping these candy sellers satisfy
 today's appetites with old-fashioned recipes and fresh ingredients."
The new line of Crisps will begin helping stores across the nation increase
 their sales volume in the already proven segment with its first shipment in
 March. For more information about placing your Crisps order,
visit or call 888-226-3999.

About Hammond's Hammond's Candies began delighting candy lovers with artisan
 candy canes, beautifully spun ribbon candy, and larger-than-life
 lollipops when it was founded by the Hammond family in 1920,
making it Colorado's favorite handmade confectioner for decades.
 In 2007, the company became the Hammond's Brands that it is
 today through its acquisition by current President and CEO Andrew
 Schuman, growing from a much-loved, local candy company to a
 leading gourmet sweet provider with national regard (and has
 doubled the number of employees). Since then, Hammond's has
 gone on to acquire such companies as McCraw's Candies in
2010 and Old Dominion Peanut Company in 2012 as well as to
 gain impressive recognitions for their brand packaging and product innovation.

Follow Hammond's Candies on Facebook at
and on Pinterest at to stay up to
 date on their latest releases. More information is also available at or by calling 1-800-CANDY-99 (1-800-226-3999).

Media Contacts:
Lynn Brainard
Telephone:  714-771-4397


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

No Time to Be Bored During Spring Break at Mont SUTTON

No Time to Be Bored During Spring Break at Mont SUTTON

SUTTON, February 10th, 2017 – This year, Mont SUTTON is gearing up for an entire month of spring break fun, from February 18th to March 19th. This way, everyone will have a chance to spend a week filled with activities on the slopes! Ski Week camps, guided tours of the mountain, treasure hunts, maple sugar on snow, activities in the Snow Park, free ski demos, and musical après-skis at Bar Le Tucker: something to entertain skiers of all ages.
Every week, the Ambassador Guides will offer guided tours of the mountain adapted to families of all skill levels. The Snow School will be buzzing with activity for its Ski Week camp, perfect for spending a week on the slopes with friends. What’s more, there will be activities every day for all ages: giant volleyball at the bottom of the hill, treasure hunt on the mountain, giant bag toss game on snow, and a campfire with marshmallows and hotdogs to enjoy after a few runs. On March 3rd, two artists will be on-site to brighten up skiers’ outfits with graffiti on helmets.
On Thursdays and Fridays, skiers and snowboarders are invited to the musical après-skis at Bar Le Tucker: Open Mic Thursdays and Live Music Fridays. Also, free ski demos will take place at the Boutique Expérience SUTTON where skiers are welcome to try out new skis and discover new sensations on the slopes. On Saturdays, boutique Adrénaline and Balance Boardshop will host activities in the snow park: friendly competitions, music, prizes, a few demos, and other surprises to look forward to!
Many promotions exist that are perfect for families looking to spend their week at Mont SUTTON:
  • SUTTON Familiflex Card from Monday to Friday, 6 adult tickets and  6 junior tickets, one parent/child lesson, all transferable;
  • All-inclusive packages at the Snow School starting at 45 $ + tax per person in a group of 2 or 3, including lesson, equipment rental, and ski ticket;
  • Weekday Ski & Stay packages starting at 89 $ + tax per person, including one night, breakfast and a day and a half of skiing;
  • Promotion for one and a half days of skiing for the price of one;
  • Consecutive Multi-Day ski tickets;
  • Free access to the magic carpet for all at all times and free access to the slopes for children aged 5 and under.
On top of skiing, the area offers a ton of activities to round out a full week of spring break. People can try out fatbiking , snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing at Plein Air Sutton or enjoy alpine hiking in the trails at Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton. The town of Sutton also boasts art galleries, a hot yoga centre, and a performance hall for those who wish to fill out their ski vacation with more cultural activities. What’s more, this year the Route des bières has arrived in Sutton! Beer enthusiasts will have the opportunity to discover three microbreweries in the area in an original après-ski setting.
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Source :
Chloé Chagnon
Communications Coordinator
Phone: 450-538-2339
Cellphone: 450-775-5334

671 rue MAPLE C.P. 1580,

Monday, February 20, 2017

Portable Ultrasound Bladder Scanner Market Revenue is Expected to Reach US$ 170.6 Mn by 2026

Future Market Insights has announced the addition of the “Portable Ultrasound Bladder Scanner Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2016-2026" report to their offering.

 Invasive surgeries performed by urologists necessitate the need for advanced imaging systems that provide intricate details on infected organs & tissues, as well as the maturation of a disease.

Replacing the existing imaging devices with 3D portable ultrasound bladder has been proven to improve the efficiency of treating urinary disorders. Images derived from portable ultrasound bladder scanners are also safeguarding the health of patients by providing accurate topography of infected organs, mitigating the risks of clinical misinterpretation. A recent study conducted by Future Market Insights has projected that over 90% of the global revenues from sales of portable ultrasound bladder scanner will be accounted by 3D products.

Future Market Insights’ report, titled “Portable Ultrasound Bladder Scanners Market: Global Industry Analysis & Opportunity Assessment, 2016-2026,” delivers insights on key factors driving the growth of the portable ultrasound bladder scanner market. By the end of 2026, the global market for portable ultrasound bladder scanners is projected to incur a steady growth in terms of market value, rising from an estimated US$ 93.8 million in 2016 to US$ 170.6 million, exhibiting a 6.2% CAGR during the period.

According to the report, prevalence of independent urology care centres, pathology labs, and diagnostic facilities in the world reduces the potential risks of business impedance due to inadequate distribution. Hospitals will continue to be the largest end-users of portable ultrasound bladder scanners, while diagnostic centres will account for about 15% share of global revenues during the forecast period.

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Operational flexibility of ultrasound scanning technology, coupled with the benefits of handy devices that facilitate visualization mobility, will continue favouring the growth in global sales of portable ultrasound bladder scanners. Urologic patients are expected to opt for non-invasive bladder scanning procedures that deliver results in real-time and decimate the need for catheterization, which will, in turn, promote the sales of portable ultrasound bladder scanners, globally. Although, global leaders in manufacturing of pharmaceutical & medical devices are compelled to lower the high costs of portable ultrasound bladder scanners for increasing penetration in the global healthcare devices market.

Leading Manufacturers of Portable Ultrasound Bladder Scanners
A well-established supply chain urges medical device manufacturers to extend their production capacity for portable ultrasound bladder scanners. Strategic collaboration such as Investor AB-owned Patricia Industries acquisition of Laborie Medical Technologies Inc. indicate the aggressive measures are being undertaken by players in the global portable ultrasound bladder scanners market to expand their presence. Companies such as C. R. Bard, Inc., GE Healthcare Inc., Sonostar Technologies Co., Limited, and SRS MEDICAL SYSTEMS Inc., have recently made the news for being a part of acquisitions in the global portable ultrasound bladder scanner market. Other leading manufacturers of portable ultrasound bladder scanners, profiled in the market, include, Verathon Inc., Echo Son SA, dBMEDx Inc., Caresono Technology Co. Ltd, and Signostics Inc.

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Global Portable Ultrasound Bladder Scanners Market: Regional Analysis
North America’s portable ultrasound bladder scanner market will account for more than 40% of the global revenues through 2026. The region’s dominance in the global portable ultrasound bladder scanner market is predicted to be attributed by increasing healthcare expenditure in the US. Besides, the portable ultrasound bladder scanners sold in Western Europe are also expected to prominently factor the growth in global revenues. Clinical research institutions based in several Western European countries will be attributing towards development of advanced ultrasound scanning devices for key market players, a majority of whom have expanded their businesses in Europe.

The portable ultrasound bladder scanner market in Western Europe is projected to expand at a 6.0% CAGR throughout the forecast period. Furthermore, the revenues attained from sales of portable ultrasound bladder scanners in Asia-Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) region have been forecasted to reach US$ 26.4 million by the end of 2026, registering expansion at the highest CAGR – 6.7%. On the other hand, Japan’s portable ultrasound bladder scanner revenues are projected to reach US$ 14.5 million revenues, while Latin America, Eastern Europe and Middle East & Africa (MEA) are expected to incur nascent growth in their portable ultrasound bladder scanner markets through 2026.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Blueberry Icebox Cake

Only whipping cream could make this light and airy blueberry mousse cake. It has it all. Delightful to look at, delectable to taste and there's no baking required!


1 cup (250 mL) sugar
4 cups (1 L) fresh blueberries or 
 frozen blueberries, thawed
pouches (1/4 oz/7 g each)unflavoured gelatine
2 cups (500 mL) 35 % cream
20 large ladyfinger cookies or 
 Savoiardi biscuits
2-3 cups (500-750 mL) fresh mixed berries, for garnish


Using a food processor, puree sugar and blueberries together until smooth. Pour 1 cup (250 mL) of puree into a saucepan and add gelatine. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 min. Whisk in remaining puree and refrigerate until it thickens but no longer than 2 hours. It must not set.
Whip cream to stiff peaks. Gradually beat in blueberry puree mixture.
Line the bottom and sides of a 9-inch (23 cm) spring-form pan with parchment paper. Place a layer of cookies in the bottom of the pan. Pour half of the blueberry cream over the cookies. Place a second layer of cookies gently over top. Pour remaining blueberry cream over the cookies.
Garnish with fresh mixed berries. Refrigerate overnight to set.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

This Valentine’s Day, fitness experts say you can experience all the 'feel-good' sensations of falling in love...just by working out.

When we meet someone we find attractive, our hearts race, our palms sweat and our faces flush. Sound familiar? These are the same physical reactions most of us have when we work out. That’s because falling in love and exercising release many of the same chemicals, including
  • Oxytocin: Known as the 'cuddle hormone', our bodies release oxytocin to give us a feeling of well-being when we fall in love. Exercise triggers the body to release oxytocin and studies show professional athletes produce more oxytocin when they compete with their teammates. 
  • Endorphins: The brain releases endorphins during sustained, vigorous exercise. Endorphins cause feelings of euphoria, decreased appetite and can help boost the body’s immune response. When two people fall in love, the body will release a mix of endorphins, the body's natural morphine, accounting for the pleasure we feel when we’re in love.
  • Adrenaline: Adrenaline (also known as epinephrine) is responsible for an increase in heartbeat, restlessness, and preoccupation many experience in the early stages of romance (or beyond). The initial stages of falling for someone activates your stress response, increasing your blood levels of adrenalin and cortisol. Adrenaline is also responsible for kick-starting cardiorespiratory activity when you exercise and contributes to a higher metabolism and a better mood. Even the anticipation of exercise can spark a rush of adrenaline. 
Want to experience the sensations of falling in love, but not interested in the emotional requirements? Exercise physiology expert Marc Ikin, operations manager for the GoodLife Fitness Personal Training Institute, says regular workouts are your best bet. He suggests building in cardio, as well as some strength training to activate the feel-good hormones. 

Local personal trainers are available to talk more about the physical and mental effects of fitness and to suggest the right workout moves that will fill your Valentine’s Day with endorphins, oxytocin and adrenaline….almost like being in LOVE.

Happy Valentine's Day.