Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Simple Ingredients

Some beauty products contain carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals that increase breast cancer risk. Ask yourself which products you can do without, since the best way to avoid chemicals is to use fewer products. Learn more: http://www.safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=280#safecosmetics #makeup #fragrance #chemicals



Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Donna’s Cranberry Cake with Butter Cream Sauce


This Cranberry Cake with Butter Cream Sauce is a Christmas family tradition at our house. Tart cranberries + sweet butter cream = irresistible!   

ingredients:

for the cake:

  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. whole fresh cranberries
  • 1 c. milk
  • 3 T. butter, melted

for the butter cream sauce:

  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 3/4 c. heavy cream

preparation:

for the cake:
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly spray an 8'' square pan and set aside.
Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add cranberries, milk, and melted butter. Mix well. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes, until the top is golden and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove to wire rack to cool.
for the butter cream sauce:
Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add sugar and cream. Bring to boiling and cook for 1 minute.
To serve, pour warm Butter Cream Sauce over individual pieces of cake.
*Note: This can easily be made in a 9'' x 13'' pan by doubling the cake ingredients. It will just require a bit more time in the oven. I don’t think the butter cream sauce requires doubling, however. I would just do a recipe and a half of the sauce.
From Aunt Donna’s recipe box, a recipe passed down from her Aunt Evel Peterson.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Barnie's CoffeeKitchen

Barnie's CoffeeKitchen®was founded in 1980 as Barnie's Coffee & Tea and renamed Barnie's CoffeeKitchen in 2011, bringing its rich coffee heritage to the market in a fresh, innovative way by treating coffee as food.  The company offers more than 40 hand-selected coffees, many of which are single origin, organic, Fair Trade Certified™ or Rainforest Alliance Certified™. Under the leadership of CEO Jonathan Smiga, Barnie's CoffeeKitchen now operates in three functional areas: retail cafés, its website and consumer products division. The company's cafés create an elegant, yet accessible, experience, inviting guests to elevate their expectations surrounding coffee and cuisine.






















The website and consumer products business offers individuals and wholesale customers a category-wide assortment of products, including packaged coffee, single-serve brew cups and a host of other items. For more information or to shop, visit www.barniescoffeekitchen.com.

 Follow the company on Twitter @BarniesCoffee.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Villeroy & Boch Gift Inspirations for Everyone on Your List





The holiday season is here yet again, bringing with it the most wonderful and busy time of the year.  With less than a week left to shop, chances are you’re making more lists than Santa would know what to do with.  There are trees to trim, parties to attend, and the ever so daunting gift list to tackle.  Given the slim likelihood of anyone writing you a detailed letter telling you exactly what they really want this year and the limited number of “little helpers” at your disposal, finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can feel a little ho-ho-hopeless.

Before you go dashing through the mall and scouring through celebrity gift lists that insist gold-plated juicers are the best way to show someone you care, remember that the saying “it’s the thought that counts” proves true when it comes to holiday giving. Choosing the right gift can be a cinch if you consider the source; the best gifts are ones that complement the recipient’s personality.  Don’t be afraid to do a little social media snooping for inspiration; pin boards and Twitter pages are a great way to get to know someone’s style and interests. With a little pre-planning and a few holiday hints from Villeroy & Boch you can make your list, check it twice and still have plenty of time to enjoy the season.

For the Hopeless Romantic
Gifts for the home are the key to the heart of the idealist on your list. While rose colored glasses will tickle any romantic pink, playful hues and fun floral prints will make them fall in love. The retro-chic Anmut My Color collection blends bold color bands with a subtle platinum rim to bring modern elegance to any table.  With eight colors to chose from the combination options are endless!  Don’t forget to accessorize; layer with colored glass chargers and crystal candlelight for a flawlessly fashionable tablescape.












For the Haute Hostess
There’s a reason she’s called the “hostess with the mostest,” so what do you get the person on your list who seems to have everything? Think outside the bottle; though you can’t go wrong with a good chardonnay or merlot, a contribution to the kitchen is sure to elate any entertainer. Choose a stylish serving bowl or platter and fill it with gourmet dip or antipasti assortment for an original gift that can be used for future soirées.  Our pick for a platter with panache, the round antipasti plate from the Artesano collection. The stunning Acacia wood and unique shape makes it the prefect canvas for the beautiful presentation of any dish.














For the Modern Man
Despite being characteristically easy going, the man on your list can also be the hardest person to shop for. With their often non-specific wish list leaving you with the task of deciphering the physical translation of “I don’t need anything,” tacky ties or movie trilogies end up being the go-to “guy gift.”  Give him a different type of boxed set this year with the gift of relaxation.

For the Man’s Man who enjoys a stiff drink after a long day, pair a hand crafted quality scotch whiskey with specially designed premium glassware. A classically inspired glass like the Bernadotte Old-Fashioned Tumbler with its traditional paneled design has a modern vintage feel that will entice any whiskey lover.

Innovative cookware and kitchen accessories are the perfect gift for the guy who loves to grill.  Beef up his toolkit with a professional-grade carving knife and meat fork from the Cooking Elements Tools collection. Spice up the set and showcase his skills with the Artesano Original Barbecue Plate; with premium quality materials and a sophisticated shape he can slice and serve with style.

For the Pure of Heart
Less is more when it comes to the purist on your list. Staying “true to form” with understated elegance and streamlined designs will brighten the spirits of that special someone who appreciates the luxury of simplicity.  An effortlessly stunning piece with sensual lines and a sleek white palate epitomizes the timeless beauty that shapes the world of a purist.  The curve appeal and modern design of the NewWave 5 Piece Antipasti Set make it the perfect combination of form and function.  Complete the look with complementing glassware and cutlery for full-service splendor.















For the Enigma
Whether it’s that Office Secret Santa or the new in-laws, there’s always one name that inevitably ends up on the last minute gift list. Instead of the proverbial gift card or a one-year subscription to the jelly of the month club, spread style and cheer with a modern mug. Whether they’re a tea-totaller or a coffee connoisseur, premium materials and unique designs bring a little luxury to everyday life. Take a trip around the world with the innovative shape and iconic images of the NewWave Cities of the World collection or escape to paradise with the unique design and vivid color accents of the Amazonia collection. Stir things up with a matching spoon for a gift that is sure to get anyone up on the right side of the bed.




About Villeroy & Boch
Founded in 1748, Villeroy & Boch is one of the largest porcelain manufacturers in the world, and an international premium lifestyle brand.  Villeroy & Boch is an innovative company guided by the time-honored tradition of high-quality tabletop, home and bath products.  Represented in 125 countries, Villeroy & Boch is headquartered in Mettlach, Germany.

http://www.villeroy-boch.com/



Thursday, December 18, 2014

What to Know About Electric Space Heaters



Mr. Electric guide for electric heater safety

 – Winter can be tough on heaters, and sometimes one heater is just not enough to heat an entire house. Electric space heaters can be very helpful; however, if they are not used and monitored properly, electric space heaters can be dangerous. 
Mr. Electric has some easy tips to follow to make sure space heaters are used correctly.

Check Safety features
Before buying a space heater, be sure it has been safety certified.  There should be a safety certification mark on the box. Many space heaters have a safety feature that automatically turns the space heater off when it is tipped to a certain degree.
General Inspection
When using the space heater for the first time, or the first time in a while, inspect for damages. Check the power cord for burn marks or frays. The heater unit itself should be inspected for dents, and other damages that may cause a malfunction. Turn switches on and off to make sure they are in proper working order.
Proper Heater Use
Place the heater on a level, stable surface at least three feet away from any combustible items. Due to the amount of heat that can be generated, never run the heater cords under carpets or rugs because this can damage the cords and possibly lead to fires.
General Heater Safety
Never leave an electric heater unattended. Before moving the heater itself, switch it off and allow time for it to cool down. Be sure to keep children and animals away from space heaters. They produce a lot of heat and the unit can be hot to the touch.
Electric heaters can be a great way to keep a home warm during these chilly winter months. Following these tips from Mr. Electric will keep homeowners safe and warm this winter.
About Mr. Electric®:
Established in 1994, Mr. Electric is a global franchise organization providing electrical installation and repair services. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its “Franchise 500,” Mr. Electric franchisees provide these services to both residential and commercial customers at almost 200 locations worldwide. Mr. Electric is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc., family of service franchises. For more information or to find the location nearest you, visit MrElectric.com.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MONT SUTTON’S ANNIVERSARY DAY: 54 CANDLES TO BLOW ON DECEMBER 17TH




On December 17th, Mont SUTTON will be celebrating its 54th Anniversary Day. In honor of this special day, the day lift ticket will cost $5 which used to be the price at its opening in 1960.
Following tradition, an anniversary cake will be served at 1 p.m. at the Chalet principal Alt. 400m, until the last piece is handed! 
You like vintage? Pinback buttons, patches and poster-pictures with vintage images are sold at the Boutique Expérience SUTTON.
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Equestrian heroes celebrated at FEI Awards Gala 2014 presented by Longines

Equestrian heroes celebrated at FEI Awards Gala 2014 presented by Longines
 
Equestrian heroes - and a very special dog - were celebrated tonight at the FEI Awards Gala 2014 presented by Longines.
 
The five winners of the “Oscars of the equestrian world” 2014 were presented with their awards by outgoing FEI President HRH Princess Haya on her final day as FEI President at a dazzling ceremony in Baku’s fabulous Buta Palace.  
 
The winners, who have made outstanding contributions to the growth of equestrian sport in 2014, are:
 
Reem Acra Best Athlete Award: World Jumping champion Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED)
 
Longines Rising Star Award: Vaulter Lambert Leclezio (MRI)
 
Best Groom Award: Jackie Potts (GBR), groom to Eventing world number one William Fox-Pitt (GBR)
 
FEI Solidarity: Equine therapy centre Equal Ark (SIN)
 
Against All Odds: Para-Equestrian Dressage athlete Sydney Collier (USA) with her service dog Journey
 
The equestrian heroes donned tuxedos and gowns for the gala dinner, which was attended by almost 350 guests from National Federations, partners, VIPs and international media.
 
Azerbaijani TV presenter Leyla Aliyeva and retiring FEI Endurance Director Ian Williams were Masters of Ceremony for the evening.
 
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II also became the first recipient of the FEI Lifetime Achievement award last month as part of this prestigious FEI Awards scheme in recognition of her leading role as supporter of equestrian sport throughout her reign as British monarch. She was presented with the award at Buckingham Palace by HRH Princess Haya.
 
HRH Princess Haya was herself celebrated in a special presentation tonight in acknowledgement of her outstanding commitment to equestrian sport and to the FEI, during her eight year term in office as FEI President.
 
“It is a great honour for me to be here tonight on my first official duty as FEI President,” newly elected FEI President Ingmar De Vos said. “There have been a number of awards tonight, but there is someone here, a very special person, who deserves to be recognised and celebrated. Your Royal Highness, it is now my turn to surprise you with your very own special award. I hope you will wear it with pride and think of your FEI Family” as he presented her with a beautiful diamond brooch.
 
“You have had a lasting effect on every single person in this room, on the organisation, on the FEI Family and on the sport globally. You have led us to new frontiers. You had a vision and you took us on an incredible journey. Thank you once again for everything!”
 
HRH Princess Haya was joined on stage by her brother HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, FIFA Vice President: “There is one question she always asks when she meets someone that she looks up to, but it’s a question she has never actually asked me. She asks ‘If there is someone in the past you would like to see something you have done, and they would be proud of you, who is it?’ I would say tonight that I would love our late father and late mother to come back and see you right now. They would be so proud of you.” Brother and sister joined hands as they watched a moving video of the key moments of Princess Haya’s family life, her sporting career and love of horses, and her eight years as FEI President.
 
FEI Awards 2014 winners - biographies and reactions:
 
Reem Acra Best Athlete Award: Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED)
With an impressive track record including individual gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games during a career spanning 25 years, Jeroen Dubbeldam has had an exceptional 2014, scoring individual and team gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian™ Games 2014 and helping the Netherlands clinch the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final just weeks later.
 
“I’m very honoured to receive the Reem Acra Best Athlete Award,” said Jeroen Dubbeldam. “I’m very proud of it! Looking back at 2014 I am full of pride for my horse, Zenith SFN, and the way he competed, as this was the first year at this top level, filling in the gap of my former horse, Utascha SFN that was sold.”
 
International fashion designer Reem Acra flew in specially for tonight’s gala dinner to  present the Best Athlete Award to Jeroen Dubbeldam. “It is an honour to have again been asked to present the FEI’s Best Athlete Award”, she said. “Since I started participating in the FEI World Cup Dressage series, I have come to appreciate even more the incredible level of talent required to reach the top in equestrian sport. Every recipient of this award has spent countless hours creating the amazing harmony between humans and horse that is so beautiful to watch.”
 
Longines Rising Star Award: Lambert Leclezio (MRI)
At just 17 years of age, Lambert Leclezio became the first athlete to represent Mauritius at World Championship level when he stepped into the Vaulting arena at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA). An impressive sixth place finish in the individual category was the culmination of years of dedication to his sport. Coming from a country with limited training facilities and Vaulting horses, Lambert received support through the FEI’s global sport development programme, FEI Solidarity, to qualify for the 2014 Games by training and competing in Europe. Training on a former racehorse in Mauritius, Lambert continues to practice and compete throughout the year, both in his home country and Europe, while completing his studies in Mauritius.
 
“Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me”, Lambert Leclezio said. “It’s a great honour to receive the Longines Rising Star Award. I made lots of sacrifices to get here, and so did everyone who has been helping me. I would like to say a special thanks to the FEI for organising this beautiful ceremony for the equestrian family, and for the huge help from FEI Solidarity, which allowed me to compete at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy and made my dream come true. I’m very happy for all that has happened to me in 2014.”
 
“Supporting the up-and-coming athletes in the sports Longines is involved in has been a high priority for the brand for the past few years”, said Juan-Carlos Capelli, Longines Vice-President and Head of International Marketing.
 
“These young talents are the future of their discipline and will be part of the development and influence of the sport across the globe. To encourage these promising sportsmen and women to reach their full potential and fulfil their dreams is one of the most rewarding efforts a brand can make and we are very proud of that.”
 
Best Groom Award: Jackie Potts (GBR)
After spending the last 22 years as groom and right-hand woman in the stables of world eventing number one William Fox-Pitt (GBR), Jackie Potts is one of the most well respected grooms on the circuit. She has groomed at four Olympic Games, four FEI World Equestrian Games™ and eight European Championships, on top of countless three-day events around the world. Jackie is the consummate professional, managing all aspects of Fox-Pitt’s yard and horses from training to veterinary care. Her extensive knowledge of horse management and training means her advice is often sought by other grooms as well as Team GBR.
 
“It is so exciting and an absolute privilege to be here to receive this award tonight,” Jackie Potts said. “I feel like I am accepting this award on behalf of all other grooms, who are so hardworking and equally deserving,”
 
“It is a hugely deserved and very prestigious award,” William Fox-Pitt said by video message. “Jackie has a profound empathy with horses, and horses love her. She is fantastic at motivating her team, and is generous in the sharing of her knowledge and expertise.
 
“There are few grooms in the world that rival her experience, and her dedication is proven by her 22 years as my yard manager. After all she has achieved in her profession, nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see her being rewarded tonight.”
 
Against All Odds: Sydney Collier (USA) with Journey
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Sydney Collier was diagnosed with the rare Wyburn Mason syndrome at the age of seven. The disease has meant that she has been faced with significant obstacles, but these have not prevented her from reaching her goals. The 17-year-old has undergone a series of operations, including three brain surgeries, is blind in one eye, and a stroke at the age of 11 led to paralysis on her left side.
 
Despite these challenges, she has pursued her dreams relentlessly, and after competing at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 this summer, is determined to continue training and represent the USA at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. In between training in New York, 10 hours away from her family and friends, she also volunteers once a week to speak, motivate and encourage young people of her age who do not have the same motivation and family support that she does.
 
Sydney Collier was also recently announced 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year by the United States Equestrian Federation.
 
Journey, the star service dog in Baku
Sydney’s service dog, the white standard poodle Journey, who became famous during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy for being the first dog to get accreditation for a World Championship, created a buzz again tonight when he arrived on stage at the Buta Palace in Baku, complete with bow tie. After travelling over 9,000 kilometres from New York, Journey took to the stage to receive his own FEI Award, a personalised dog bowl.
 
"Winning the FEI Against All Odds Award means so much to me as an individual, and as an athlete,” Sydney Collier said. “Life has routinely thrown speed bumps and curves on my plans, but my passion for horses and their incredible spirit has repeatedly helped me find a way around obstacles that others might have seen as insurmountable.
 
“In winning this award I now have the incredible opportunity to share with so many others facing similar circumstances that their goals do not ever have to be put aside. The world out there is filled with wonderful opportunities as long as you are willing to push yourself to reach them. I would like to thank the FEI for creating this award to help continue to inspire every athlete, regardless of challenging circumstances, to strive to be their best every day in and out of the saddle. And to my family and my trainer Wes Dunham who have been beside me every step of the way. I wouldn't be standing here today without each one of you supporting and cheering me on through thick and thin.
 
"It means even more to me to have my special service dog Journey by my side to accept this award. When Journey was granted his credentials at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games a world of opportunity and education was opened. Together Journey and I are now able to share with others the special working relationship and independence that service animals grant their handlers. The icing on the cake? Journey loves horses as much as I do!"
 
FEI Solidarity: Equal Ark (SIN)
Launched in 2011, the Singapore-based Equal Ark (Equine-Assisted Learning for At Risk Kids) is a programme of horsemanship lessons for children experiencing a range of difficulties at home and at school. The initiative has already helped 800 children who have failed or dropped out of school at an early age. Equal Ark provides children with a greater chance of success in their school, work and family lives while developing a love for horses. Equal Ark will enrol 400 students annually from 2015, and is aiming to double this from 2017.
 
“Recognition from a prestigious international organization now puts EQUAL and our island of Singapore firmly on the global equestrian map”, chairman of Equal Ark Melissa Tan said. “The FEI Award allows us to recognise and acknowledge our appreciation to the team of volunteers and staff who have contributed to its success.
 
“This award affirms and cements our dedication to reach out to even more children whose lives can be inspired by the beauty and magnificence of our treasured equine partners.”

 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Sip on Tea to Stay Healthy


You’ve got an excuse to pencil in a break for tea time. Green, black, or white, tea is a source of healthy compounds which help fight cancer, heart disease and infections.

All About Tea

Tea is the world’s most popular nonalcoholic beverage. Most tea is grown in India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Taiwan, and Indonesia from a shrub in the camellia family. Like coffees, the best-quality teas are grown in the shade at high altitudes, and the finest leaves are plucked from the youngest shoots and unopened leaf buds, which also contain the highest levels of phenols, enzymes, and caffeine. Researchers are discovering evidence that tea may offer not only soothing warmth and mild stimulation, but also health benefits.

An Antioxidant Brew

Tea contains hundreds of compounds, including various flavonoids, a class of chemical with powerful antioxidant properties. A subclass of flavonoids, the catechins, is responsible for the flavour as well as many of the beneficial health effects of tea.
 
The extent to which these compounds are present in the final beverage depends on how the leaves are processed. To make black tea, the dried leaves are crushed to liberate enzymes, which react with the catechins over a few hours to produce changes in color and flavor. This is often referred to as “fermentation.” Green tea is not fermented, it is made by first steaming the leaves to halt any enzyme activity. Oolong tea is partially fermented. The highest concentration of catechins is found in green tea, although black tea is also a good source. Brand-name teas are mixtures of as many as 20 different varieties of leaves, blended to ensure a consistent flavor.
 
A cup of hot brewed tea has only 2 calories and—with one exception in green tea—no appreciable vitamins or minerals, except for fluoride. Green tea contains vitamin K, a nutrient needed for normal blood clotting.

Drink to a Healthy Heart

The antioxidants in tea may explain the fact that people who drink a lot of tea are much less likely to die from heart disease. Antioxidants prevent the oxidation of cholesterol, making it less likely to stick to artery walls.

Stop Strokes

One study found that the risk of stroke was reduced by about 70 per cent in men who drank five or more cups of black tea a day, and other studies showed that the risk of having a heart attack was reduced by more than 40 per cent for men and women who consumed one or more cups of tea per day. Flavonoids may protect against stroke in two ways. They reduce the ability of blood platelets to form clots, the cause of most strokes. They also block some of the damage caused to arteries by free radicals, the unstable molecules that are released when the body consumes oxygen.

Cure for Cancer?

A number of studies have shown that tea offers protection against a variety of cancers. A type of catechin called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) is thought to be responsible for tea’s anticancer properties. EGCG protects the DNA in cells from cancer-causing changes. It may also inhibit an enzyme that cancer cells need in order to replicate.

Antibacterial Power

The flavonoids in tea may suppress the growth of harmful bacteria, which helps prevent infections.
 
Tannins, which are found in wine as well as tea, are chemicals that bind surface proteins in the mouth, producing a tightening sensation together with giving the impression of a full-bodied liquid. They also bind and incapacitate plaque-forming bacteria in the mouth. The fluoride in tea—particularly green tea—also protects against tooth decay. Tea’s binding action makes it useful against diarrhea.

Bottoms Up to Breathe Easier

Naturally occurring theophyllines in tea dilate the airways in the lungs and have been found to help some people with asthma and other respiratory disorders to breathe more freely. In fact, theophyllines have been developed as drugs to treat asthma and other constrictive lung disorders.

From: Foods that Harm, Foods that Heal, Reader's Digest Canada

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Life Made Delicious - Festive Recipes

Ingredients:
1 can Pillsbury* Crescents
1 large round Brie cheese

1 egg, beaten
Method:
  • STEP 1 - Heat oven to 350°F. Unroll dough and separate into 2 sections; firmly press perforations, forming 2 squares.
  • STEP 2 - Place 1 square on ungreased baking sheet. Place cheese on centre of dough. Place second dough square on top of cheese round; press around cheese and seal completely. Brush with beaten egg.
  • STEP 3 - Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool 15 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Slow Cooker Creamy Herbed Polenta Recipe



Try this garlicky, creamy herbed polenta recipe for an easy weeknight side dish.
From "The New Slow Cooker"


Yield: 4 to 6 servings 
This creamy herbed polenta is a delicious comfort food, and is also packed with healthful mushrooms, garlic and shallots.

Photo by Kate Sears

Awaken your taste buds with a whole new approach to slow cooking. Brigit Binns brings you more than 100 classic slow-cooked recipes are updated for today’s cook, and are bursting with fresh, bright flavors and crunchy textures. From succulent beef to melt-in-your-mouth chicken to hearty legumes, The New Slow Cooker: Comfort Classics Reinvented (Weldon Owen, 2013) contains an irresistible array of recipes your family will love. The following recipe for creamy herbed polenta is excerpted from “Legumes & Grains.”

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: The New Slow Cooker.
A topping of garlicky, earthy mushrooms adds both texture and sharp flavor to creamy, soft polenta laced with sweet corn kernels. Because polenta cooks unattended in a slow cooker—there's no need for the typical constant stirring—you can serve it alongside a main course that requires last-minute attention, such as grilled or pan-fried veal or lamb chops.

Slow Cooker Creamy Herbed Polenta Recipe with Mushrooms

Ingredients:

• 4 cups (32 fl oz/1 l) chicken stock, homemade or purchased
• 1 cup (7 oz/220 g) stone-ground polenta
• Salt and freshly ground pepper
• 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 large shallot, finely chopped
• 3⁄4 lb (375 g) cremini mushrooms, brushed clean and quartered
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
• 2 teaspoons each minced fresh oregano and minced fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
• 1⁄2 cup (2 oz/60 g) grated Parmesan cheese
• 1 cup (6 oz/185 g) fresh or thawed, frozen corn kernels

Instructions:

1. In a slow cooker, stir together the stock, polenta, 1 teaspoon salt, and several grinds of pepper. Cover and cook on the low setting for 3 to 3 1/2 hours, stirring two or three times if possible. The liquid should be absorbed and the polenta should be thick and soft and no longer gritty.
2. About 10 minutes before the polenta is ready, in a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter with the oil. Add the shallot and mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are tender and their liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and parsley, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 1 minute more.
3. About 5 minutes before the polenta is ready, stir in the 2 teaspoons each oregano and thyme, Parmesan, and corn kernels, then re-cover.
4. Spoon the polenta into warm shallow bowls or a serving bowl and top with the mushroom mixture. Garnish the polenta and mushrooms with more oregano and thyme and serve at once.


Read more: http://www.motherearthliving.com/food-and-recipes/recipes/slow-cooker-creamy-herbed-polenta-recipe-zerz1411znut.aspx#ixzz3L4M3gOtF

Monday, December 8, 2014

S&W Files Patent for Unique Stevia Variety for Commercial Production




New variety possesses increased levels of Reb-A sweetener component and high plant productivity (yield) designed for the commercial production and processing market

S&W Seed Company (Nasdaq: SANW) today announced it has filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for stevia plant variety "SW107."  Variety SW107 exhibits increased concentrations of Reb-A sweetener, higher leaf mass production and an improved taste profile that has little or no aftertaste. SW107 has been bred to address commercial processing markets in North America, South America, and other regions of the world that have climates suitable for it.
Companies producing consumer food products, as well as ingredient manufacturers, recognize the value of stevia as an all-natural sweetener in beverage, dairy, baking and snack products. Stevia's health benefits include zero calories and minimal glycemic impact and stability when heated. Since the primary sweetener used in stevia-based products, Reb A, comes 100% from agricultural sources, the Company believes that improved stevia varieties, like SW107, with increased yield and Reb A content will be very desirable commercially.
The Company believes SW107 is well qualified to be successful in the commercial market. SW107 has a number of differentiating factors, including enhanced leaf yield, Reb-A output, and taste profile, as well as plant vigor that includes superior overwintering and later flowering attributes compared with the majority of the plant population from which the line was derived. In field trials throughout the western United States, SW107 yielded approximately 40% more leaf, 60% more Reb-A content, and more than a 100% increase in the Reb-A to stevioside ratio, as compared to test samples from stevia varieties now in mainstream production. S&W believes these results, coupled with an improved aftertaste profile, mean that SW107 will be economically attractive to stevia farmers and to the commercial volume stevia processing community.  With the filing of this patent application, the Company will begin seeking agreements with consumer products companies, ingredient manufacturers and stevia mass processors. 
Mark Grewal, chief executive officer of S&W Seed Company, commented, "This patent application marks a significant milestone in our stevia development program. With the huge growth in demand for stevia in the last five years since we entered the industry, food manufacturers and processors have expressed a desire for reliable sources of stevia leaf production outside of China. Due to the higher leaf mass of SW107, which adds to yield, the high Reb-A percentage, and its improved taste and plant vigor characteristics, we believe SW107 addresses many of the economic challenges that farmers and producers in North and South America have faced to date."
Variety SW107 was classically bred from germplasm that is proprietary to S&W's stevia program that first commenced in 2009 under the direction of Dr. Clint Shock, who is an internationally recognized expert on stevia. S&W's stevia research and development team has crossed hundreds of lines of stevia plants, many of which were collected over many years, with a goal of developing stevia varieties that have unique properties for commercialization. The Company is optimistic that SW107 will be followed by other promising varieties.  S&W's research and development team hopes to develop other new varieties that have distinctly different sets of plant attributes and can address other market needs.  SW107 initially is targeted at North and South America, where stevia plant production has been somewhat limited.
To date, stevia production and extraction has largely been based in China and, to a lesser extent, South America. SW107 initially is targeted to be produced in North America and South America, where there have been insignificant commercial quantities grown due to farming economics. S&W believes SW107 will facilitate the growth of stevia in mass commercial quantities in these regions due to its high plant productivity (yield) and enhanced levels of Reb-A to extract.

About S&W Seed Company Founded in 1980, S&W Seed Company is a global agricultural company, headquartered in the Central Valley of California. The company is the largest producer of non-dormant alfalfa seed varieties in the world, with production operations in the San Joaquin and Imperial Valleys of California, as well as in South Australia. The company has worldwide sales and distribution through both a direct sales force as well as dealer-distributors.  The company's proprietary varieties are designed to meet the shifting needs of farmers that require high performance in poor and highly saline soil conditions and have been verified over decades of university-sponsored trials.  Additionally, the company is utilizing its research and breeding expertise to develop and produce U.S.-based stevia leaf.  Stevia is an all-natural, zero calorie sweetener for the food and beverage industry. For more information, please visit www.swseedco.com.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Raisin Nut Bars - Swanson

Raisin Nut Bars

Swanson Health Products Healthy Recipe Raisin Nut Bars
Preheat oven to 350° degrees.
Place raisins in bowl and cover with boiling water.  Let sit for 10 minutes or until raisins are soft. Drain and press out excess water.  Chop softened raisins and set aside.
In large bowl, combine flour, oats, walnuts, and salt. In separate bowl, whisk together oil and syrup.  Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients, add raisins and mix until blended (you want the dough to be moist enough to just stick together.) Add apple juice, if needed, to achieve desired consistency (our bakers used about ¼ cup).
Press batter evenly in a greased 6x9 inch glass casserole dish. Pre-cut into squares and bake for 25 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool completely before removing bars from the pan.  Store bars in an airtight container.
Makes 16 bars. Serving size 1 bar.

Nutritional Breakdown (per serving):

Calories 207, Fat 9 grams, Protein 3 grams, Sodium 77 mg, Carbohydrate 27 grams, Fiber 3 grams