Friday, September 30, 2016

Eat Nuts to Live Longer







U.S. News & World Report—According to a new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, nuts reduce inflammation—the single greatest marker of aging.

http://www.healthcentral.com/dailydose/2016/8/8/eat_nuts_to_live_longer/

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Misinformation fuels opposition to health-care reform in Canad

The reality is that for-profit provision of health-care services is commonplace among industrialized countries with universal health care


By Bacchus Barua
and Jason Clemens
The Fraser Institute
VANCOUVER, B.C. / Troy Media/ - For almost two decades, fear of a U.S.-style system has fuelled opposition to genuine reform of Canadian health care. Many of those same opposition voices are now protesting the constitutional challenge to Canada's health regulations by the former head of the Canadian Medical Association, Dr. Brian Day.
In reality, our health-care system is expensive, delivers poor-to-modest results, and fails to achieve many of its laudable aspirations. The solution to fixing and maintaining our universal health-care system is to recognize the successful approaches used in other universal-health care countries, such as the use of for-profit companies to deliver health-care services.
The Dr. Day case, which will likely end up in the Supreme Court of Canada, focuses on two aspects of British Columbia's health regulations: (1) prohibition against doctors working in both the public and private health-care systems, and (2) the disallowance of purchasing private insurance for core medical services.
Legal arguments aside, the context of the case is worth noting. Canada is one of the highest spenders, on both a per person basis and as a share of the economy, on health care among industrialized countries that provide universal health coverage. Yet Canadians endure some of the longest wait times for medically necessary procedures. For example, in 2015 Canadians waited 18.3 weeks between referral by a GP and actual treatment. Canadian patients also suffer from comparatively poor access to doctors and medical technologies such as MRIs.
But if the voices of opposition at the Dr. Day trial are to be believed, there's an incompatibility between medical care delivered by private, for-profit companies and universal health care.
The reality, however, doesn't match this rhetoric. A recent study looked at for-profit insurers and hospitals in six industrialized countries (Australia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland) that all maintain universal health care.
For-profit hospitals are found in all six countries. In Germany, France and Switzerland, for instance, universally accessible hospital care is delivered by both non-profit and for-profit hospitals. In Australia and Sweden, governments contract with for-profit hospitals for universally accessible services.
For-profit health insurers are also found in all six countries. Notably, for-profit companies compete to offer the primary health-care insurance in the Netherlands, offer a private substitute for public health-care insurance in Germany, and offer a private option alongside the public system for patients in Australia and Sweden.
Remember, all six of these countries maintain universal health care.
But Canadians need not look beyond our own borders to see the benefits of private, for-profit provision of health services. Saskatchewan's Surgical Initiative (SSI) was introduced in 2010 with the express goal of reducing what were the country's longest wait times for medical treatment.
Under the SSI, select day surgeries were contracted out to private, for-profit clinics. A recent study by the former NDP finance minister of Saskatchewan, Prof. Janice MacKinnon, provided evidence that on average, private clinics delivered procedures at 26 per cent lower costs than public-sector equivalents. For example, in 2012, Regina Surgical Centres Inc. provided cataract surgeries at $618 per procedure compared to $1,273 in public hospitals in the Regina Qu'Appelle regional health authority.
The results in Saskatchewan have been stunning. The province has gone from having some of the longest wait times, on average, for medical treatment to having the shortest. The government's own wait time data indicates a decline of 75 per cent in the number of patients waiting three months or longer for surgery.
The reality is that for-profit provision of health-care services is commonplace among industrialized countries with universal health care. Canada is actually the oddity in limiting - and in some cases, actually prohibiting - such activities. Hopefully the Dr. Day case, if nothing else, will bring these important reform lessons to light for Canadians.
Bacchus Barua and Jason Clemens are economists at the Fraser Institute.
© 2016 Distributed by Troy Media

HEALTH

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Matcha for Life - A Unique Product That Packs a Punch



BC-based SBT Seabuckthorn is pleased to announce the launch of the SBT Wellness Matcha, the newest addition to their line of nutritional teas.

Matcha for Life - A Unique Product That Packs a Punch
Peachland, Canada, September 28, 2016 --(PR.com)-- Not your traditional Matcha – Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha is a powerful anti-inflammatory that is packed with sustainable nutrition. Made from gently dried seabuckthorn leaves, the Wellness Mathca is grown organically on the chilly Canadian Prairie. "Seabuckthorn thrives in cold climates so the Canadian Prairie is an ideal environment," said Seabuckthorn International Founder and President Susan McLoughlin. "Its unique nutritional synergies not only nourish us but also protect the plant itself in harsh environments."

Their Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha is caffeine free, packed with protein (24%), and rich in antioxidants, vitamins, & minerals. A recent study has shown that Seabuckthorn leaves contain 10x more flavonols than the Seabuckthorn berry. Flavonols are powerful anti-inflammatories that support heart, brain, bone, skin, digestive, & overall health. Its antioxidant properties also aid in preventing oxidative cell damage (aging). Overall Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha helps to promote heart, skin, mobility, & liver health while increasing energy (naturally & without caffeine), and aiding in weight control.

The SBT Wellness Matcha is available in the USA through Desirée Nelson, INGREDIENT HUB, 949 374 755 and in Canada through iLevel Marketing, 416 342 0213.

Seabuckthorn International Inc. is a proudly West Coast Canadian company committed to helping conserve the earth, improve your health, and heal your skin with products made from the miracle that is Seabuckthorn. Our goal is to contribute to human health and wellness and the fact that Seabuckthorn is an eco-hero that has the capacity to help heal the planet makes us proud to work with it as a key ingredient in all of our products.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Western Semi-Finalists Announced In The 2016 Eggland's Best "America's Best Recipe" Contest




Eggland's Best Turns to Fans to Help Choose "Best in Region" Winner
CEDAR KNOLLS, N.J., Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans from across the
 country submitted their best state-inspired recipes for a chance to be named the top
recipe in America in the Eggland's Best "America's Best Recipe Contest." Today,
Eggland's Best announced the Western semi-finalist recipes that will compete for
 the title of "Best in Region."
Eggland's Best "America's Best Recipe" Contest
From now through October 14, consumers will help EB determine which
Western recipe will be named "Best in Region," and have the chance to
 win the $10,000 Grand Prize.  The Western recipe lineup includes fan
 favorites such as Dungeness Crab and EB Eggs Frittata, Creamy
Scrambled Eggs with Pine Nuts in Baked Potato Shells and many
other impressive healthy and delicious competing dishes.
"Each of the regional competitors have amazed us with the high-quality
and creative state-inspired dishes," said Charlie Lanktree, President and
CEO of Eggland's Best. "The Western semi-finalists' recipes show how
 easy it is to incorporate Eggland's Best eggs to elevate the nutrition
of any recipe. We hope these phenomenal recipes inspire people to
 think of new ways to enjoy the great taste of EB eggs." 
With dishes featuring Oregon smoked salmon and Nevada pine nuts, t
he "Best in Region" Western semi-finalist recipes include:
  • Alaska – Sugiyarti J. – Alaskan Wild Blueberry-White Chocolate Mousse Pie
  • California – Roxanne C. – Shrimp and Spinach Spirals
  • Idaho – Edwina G. – Monte Cristo Puffed Pancake with Warm Huckleberry Drizzle
  • Montana – Candice D. – Montana Huckleberry Cake
  • Nevada – Deborah B. – Creamy Scrambled Eggs with Pine Nuts in Baked Potato Shells
  • Oregon – Roxie P. – NW Salmon And Goat Cheese Deep Dish Quiche
  • Washington – Elise L. – Dungeness Crab and EB Eggs Frittata
Once the "Best in Region" recipes from across the U.S. are selected and
 announced, fans will once again be asked to take part in some friendly
 competition and vote for the recipe they believe should be named the
Grand Prize Winner and earn the title of "America's Best Recipe.
" The Grand Prize winner will be awarded $10,000 and a year's
supply of Eggland's Best eggs, "Best in Region" winners will receive
$1,000 each and State winners will receive prizes from Eggland's Best.
"I am so grateful to have been named the winner of the 2014 Eggland's Best
 "Your Best Recipe" Contest, and with such a delicious lineup of competitors,
 can't wait to see who will win this year's contest," says Lidia Haddadian of
 California who entered and won with her Chorizo Tostada Bites in 2014.
 "As a long-time loyal fan, I know that Eggland's Best eggs are simply superior
 in nutrition, freshness and taste, and I hope that people will be as excited as
 I am to try these extraordinary regional dish recipes."
Compared to regular eggs, Eggland's Best eggs contain 25 percent less
saturated fat, five times more vitamin D, more than double the Omega-3s,
 ten times more vitamin E and three times more vitamin B12. In addition, a
recent independent study showed that Eggland's Best eggs stay fresher longer
than ordinary eggs. Eggland's Best's superior nutritional profile is due to its
 proprietary all-vegetarian hen feed that contains healthy grains, canola oil
and a wholesome supplement of rice bran, alfalfa, sea kelp and Vitamin E.
For official contest rules and to vote for your favorite recipe,
visit http://www.egglandsbest.com/americasbestrecipe.

About Eggland's Best EggsEggland's Best (EB) is the
No. 1 branded egg in the U.S. and is an excellent
source of Vitamins D, B12, and E, and a good source of Vitamin B5 and
Riboflavin. EB eggs have five times more Vitamin D, more than double the
Omega-3, 10 times more Vitamin E and 25 percent less saturated fat than
ordinary eggs.
The distinctive "EB" stamp on the shell assures consumers and food service
 customers that the eggs meet the highest production and safety standards.
 Eggland's Best was voted "America's Most Trusted Egg Brand" by American
 shoppers in the 2016 BrandSpark Most Trusted Awards, "America's
Most Recommended™ Eggs" by women in the 2016 Women's Choice
Awards, and has received numerous awards from Prevention Magazine,
Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Women's Health, and many others. 
In 2014, Eggland's Best was also awarded "Product of the Year" in the
 egg category by Product of the Year USA. Eggland's Best's hens are fed a
 strictly controlled, proprietary, high-quality all-vegetarian diet, which results
in a better tasting, more nutritious egg that stays fresher longer. EB eggs are
 available in large, extra-large, jumbo, cage free, organic, hard-cooked, cage
 free hard-cooked, liquid egg whites, and are certified Kosher.
 For more information, visit www.egglandsbest.com.

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CONTACT: Kimberly Stover, 973-588-2000, kstover@coynepr.com


Friday, September 23, 2016

Raise a Wooden Spoon to Salute National Cooking Day™ on September 25th






PotsandPans.com Cooks Up First Holiday Commemorating Cooking
VALLEJO, Calif., -- September 25th is the country's first National Cooking Day™.
Cooked up by PotsandPans.com, the e-commerce site of Meyer Corporation, U.S.
– a leading cookware company – National Cooking Day aims to honor and
celebrate the act of home cooking, a common aspect of life that is often taken
 for granted. Moreover, the holiday is designed to inspire cooks to discover
and experience something new and enjoyable in the kitchen while preparing delicious food.
National Cooking Day is September 25th.


To learn about National Cooking Day, and become inspired to get cooking,
consumers can visit the holiday's official website, www.NationalCookingDay.com,
 which features a plethora of cooking tips, recipes, and inspiration for cooking
savory and sweet dishes. Consumers can participate in the holiday celebration
through social media by uploading a photo of their home-cooked meal on
 September 25th to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag
#NationalCookingDay. Alternatively, photos can be uploaded to the
 website's "I Love Cooking" Gallery. For culinary inspiration,
cooking education, and informative content on cookware, consumers
can visit PotsandPans.com on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.
To receive a reminder to create a new and creative meal for the holiday,
 participants may RSVP on the Facebook event page.
A registered trademark of Meyer Manufacturing Company Limited,
National Cooking Day commemorates the profoundly positive impact
 that preparing a home cooked meal has on all aspects of our wellbeing.
In addition to the official website, National Cooking Day is featured
 on the following sites: Days of the Year, Scott Roberts and State Symbols USA.


End of a Season with Adventure Canada!

It's that time of year again--Haliburton County is opening its doors to over 3,000 hikers on over eighty guided hikes throughout the Haliburton Highlands. As a presenting sponsor, AC is delighted to be involved in helping people explore our beautiful home province--and what better way to do so than in the company of our incredible resource staff? We'll be hanging out and helping to lead hikes of various activity and fitness levels, not to mention hosting an evening with veteran AC host Ian Tamblyn. And don't miss the Saturday night mug-up with Betty and the Bobs at the Minden Community Centre!


September 22-25, 2016
Various Locations


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Paddle wheeler helps passengers cruise Niagara River in style


Niagara Belle offers variety of leisurely tours from both sides of Niagara River

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONT (September 19, 2016)– Visitors looking for a unique way to soak up the beauty of the Niagara River can do so from the decks of a New Orleans-style paddle wheeler this fall.

With departures from docks on both sides of the river in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. and Lewiston, N.Y., the Niagara Belle takes visitors on leisurely cruises down the Lower Niagara River, through Queenston and Niagara-on-the-Lake, to the mouth of Lake Ontario. The boat can accommodate up to 80 people for seated lunch and dinner cruises and about 140 for cocktail cruises.

Niagara Sunset Cruises, a sister company to Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, bought the boat in 2013 and gave it a complete overhaul, including more than $1 million in renovations.

“Passengers aboard the Belle get to experience the majesty of the Niagara Gorge firsthand and learn about the incredibly rich history shared by both countries at the same time,” said John Kinney, President of Niagara Sunset Cruises and Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours.

Departures from Niagara-on-the-Lake and Lewiston include:

·             Dinner Dance Cruises – Watch the sunset over Lake Ontario on a three-hour cruise that includes a buffet-style dinner prepared by the award winning culinary team, followed by post-dinner dancing. The Belle offers some dance cruises with a DJ and others featuring live performances by a variety of musicians for a truly unique experience.

·             Lunch Cruise – Spend a relaxing afternoon on a two-hour sail of the Niagara River that includes a delicious buffet-style lunch.

Along with public cruises, Niagara Sunset Cruises also offers a selection of special event cruises, including cruises timed to take in the full moon, Persied meteor showers or the Peach Festival. Private and corporate charters can also be booked aboard on the Niagara Belle in Canada and the U.S., which can be booked in advance for events such as birthday parties, banquets, fundraisers, team-building retreats or VIP events.

For more information on Niagara Sunset Cruises, visit www.niagarasunsetcruises.com, follow @NiagaraBelle on Twitter and Instagram and Like Niagara Sunset Cruises on Pinterst and Facebook. To learn about the Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, visit www.whirlpooljet.com, follow @WhirlpoolJet on TwitterInstagram and Pinterest and Like Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours on Facebook.



About Niagara Sunset Cruises:

Niagara Sunset Cruises is a sister company to Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, offering leisurely cruises on the Lower Niagara River aboard a New Orleans-style paddle wheeler called Niagara Belle. Tours depart from docks in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and Lewiston, N.Y. Dinner cruises depart from both the Canadian and American docks, while lunch, wine tasting and a special Sunday Captain’s Cruise are offered from the Canadian side. The cruise takes visitors along the Niagara River between historic villages of Queenston and Lewiston. The genesis of Niagara Falls, the human struggles to reach the western frontier, the battles between the French, British, First Nations and U.S. colonies all occurred in this 11-mile-long corridor.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Marketplace Chaplains Addressing Millennial Surge in Workplace with Innovative Ways

Marketplace Chaplains Addressing Millennial Surge in Workplace with Innovative Ways

With millennials continuing their demographic surge in the American workplace, Marketplace Chaplains, America’s largest and original workplace chaplaincy organization, is introducing new programs and familiar work/life balance methods to meet the needs of the younger working generation.
A recent PriceWaterhouse survey1 titled, “Millennials at work: Reshaping the workplace,” states today’s younger workers are looking for work/life balance over increasing pay, something many companies are addressing by adding Marketplace Chaplains to their roster of employee services.

“This generation are committed to their personal learning and development and this remains their first choice benefit from employers. In second place they want flexible working hours. Cash bonuses come in at a surprising third place,”1 the report released early this year states as one of its key findings.
That’s exactly one of the reasons millennial-dominated VHA Corporation in California chose to partner with Marketplace Chaplains more than five years ago. Visionary CEO Vincent Huang and his brother Jimmy Huang were looking for ways to help their employees, mainly in the age range of 22 to 35. “Our Marketplace Chaplains have demonstrated high value for our team members. The service they provide is such a help to us,” Jimmy Huang said.

The reseller of wireless communications says, “Having the voluntary, confidential, on-site chaplain program has been a big help to our employees. Our company was voted ‘The best place to work for,’ by L.A. Business Journal for four years straight and our Chaplain care team plays a major part of it,” Huang added.
Taylor Bledsoe, 32, poised to oversee family metal bleacher business, Sturdisteel, in the near future values having chaplains who are capable of dealing with a younger workforce.
 “Millennials communicate in different ways and may have different issues than employees of the past, so you always have to be flexible to address them, which is one thing I think our chaplains do very well.”
One recent adaptation from Marketplace Chaplains is the new mobile app MyChap which allows employers and employees to message their workplace chaplains for any issue or request a visit. “It is a very cool way to call your chaplain whenever you need them,” Bledsoe said. Additional resources pertaining to a myriad of life issues are also available by category for users of the exclusive app.
Larry Neilson of Neilson Marketing, another California millennial company, noted that plugged-in chaplains are a perfect fit for his plugged-in company.
According to the PwC Study, some millennials don’t feel the promises of employers are being met which is why they are looking for new places to work. “Millennials are looking for a good work/life balance and strong diversity policies but feel that their employers have failed to deliver on their expectations. 28% said that the work/life balance was worse than they had expected before joining,”1 the PwC report stated.
“Employees of all ages, will always need help from time-time-to-time to process and deal with life’s ups and downs, whether issues at home, or on the job. Marketplace Chaplains will be there to offer hope and  help with resources they need. Visionary leaders implement this level of care as a cultural, strategic initiative for their diverse, multi-generational staff,” said Marketplace Chaplains Executive President and CEO Doug Fagerstrom. 
Marketplace Chaplains currently serves more than 630,000 company employees and their family members in 46 states, 9 provinces, 1,232 cities, 4 international countries and 1 commonwealth.

For more information on this unique employee benefit which has been featured in Marketplace Chaplains on CNN, NBC Nightly News, and in the Washington Post, the New York Times and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, visit http://www.mchapusa.com.

About Marketplace Chaplains   To arrange an interview with a Marketplace Chaplain contact Art Stricklin, Vice President Public Relations, at artstricklin@mchapusa.com or call 1-800-775-7657

References:
1 https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/managing-tomorrows-people/future-of-work/assets/reshaping-the-workplace.pdf

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Eurofins Food Safety Systems Partners with AGGI Asociados for Public Food Safety Trainin


DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Eurofins Food Safety Systems
 and AGGI Asociados of Mexico are excited to announce their partnership and signed
 agreement to provide co-branded public trainings for the food manufacturing markets
 in Mexico. The partnership kicked off with a well-attended debut course, FSMA
Preventive Controls for Human Food, on July 20th-22nd in Mexico City. This new
development demonstrates AGGI's continued efforts to provide valuable food safety
services to Mexico and further exemplifies Eurofins' commitment to do the same across North America.

Eurofins Scientific (PRNewsFoto/Eurofins Scientific)
AGGI Asociados is a company that has been dedicated to the development of suppliers
 in the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care industries for more than 20 years.
 Through its qualified and experienced staff as well as its support programs for auditing,
consulting, training, and related systems such as Good Manufacturing Practices
(GMP), AGGI's goal is to ensure the quality, efficacy and safety of its customers' products.
Eurofins Food Safety Systems is well-known as an industry-leading food safety
 training provider with its extensive portfolio of public courses as well as its roots
 as the global leader of analytical testing services. Continually investing in resources
to stay ahead of the dynamic regulatory climate of the food manufacturing sector,
 Eurofins' commitment to providing its clients with comprehensive food safety
solutions begins with valuable employee training. 
Following the introductory Preventive Controls course in Mexico City, Eurofins and
AGGI will expand their partnership to deliver more training opportunities for food
 producers and processors in Mexico. Additional offerings will include HACCP,
Internal Food Safety Auditor courses and training to the GFSI benchmarked
 standard, Safe Quality Food (SQF).
"As a huge exporter to the United States, we've recognized the necessity for
 additional food safety training in Mexico and jumped at the chance to collaborate
with the already well-known and reputable AGGI Asociados," said Eurofins' Food
Safety Systems Director, Gary Smith. "Together with our expertise in the recent
FSMA regulations and GFSI standards, we hope to be a very valuable asset to
 the food manufacturing industries of Mexico."
"The business relationship between Eurofins and AGGI provides the foundation for
 a greater presence and growth potential for food safety services in Mexico and also
throughout Latin America. Our knowledge of the Mexican marketplace as well as
our experience coupled with the skill sets provided by Eurofins undoubtedly ensures
 a successful future of providing high quality services to all companies in the food
market in Mexico," said Ofelia Castanada Saldate of AGGI.
To learn more about the courses being offered by Eurofins and AGGI or for course registration, please visit our webpage at http://www.eurofinsus.com/food-safety/training/.
Notes for the editor: Eurofins – a global leader in bio-analysis 

Eurofins Scientific believes it is the world leader in food, environment and pharmaceutical
 products testing, as well as one of the global market leaders in agroscience, genomics,
 discovery pharmacology and central laboratory services. In addition, Eurofins is one
 of the key emerging players in specialty clinical diagnostic testing in Europe and the USA.
With over 25,000 staff in more than 250 laboratories across 39 countries, Eurofins
offers a portfolio of over 130,000 validated analytical methods for evaluating the safety,
identity, composition, authenticity, origin, traceability and purity of biological substances
 and products, as well as for innovative clinical diagnostic. The Group provides its
customers with high-quality services, accurate results on time and expert advice by its
 highly qualified staff.
Eurofins is committed to pursuing its dynamic growth strategy by expanding both its
 technology portfolio and its geographic reach. Through R&D and acquisitions, the
Group draws on the latest developments in the field of biotechnology and analytical
 chemistry to offer its clients unique analytical solutions and the most comprehensive
 range of testing methods.
As one of the most innovative and quality oriented international players in its industry,
 Eurofins is ideally positioned to support its clients' increasingly stringent quality and s
afety standards and the expanding demands of regulatory authorities and healthcare
practitioners around the world.
The shares of Eurofins Scientific are listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange
 (ISIN FR0000038259, Reuters EUFI.PA, Bloomberg ERF FP).

Important disclaimer: This press release contains forward-looking statements and estimates that involve risks
and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements and estimates contained herein
 represent the judgment of Eurofins Scientific as of the date of this release. These
 forward-looking statements are not guarantees for future performance, and the
 forward-looking events discussed in this release may not occur. Eurofins Scientific
 disclaims any intent or obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements
and estimates. All statements and estimates are made based on the data available
 to the Company as of the date of publication, but no guarantee can be made as to their validity.
For more information, please visit www.eurofinsus.com/food-safety 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

bee-killing pesticides


Tell the EPA: Take action on bee-killing pesticides! Act NowThe Environmental Protection Agency finally confirmed these troubling facts earlier this year, but has yet to take action to protect bees from these dangerous pesticides. Will you join us in calling on the EPA to take action NOW?

Friday, September 9, 2016

Hit the Road During the Niagara Wine Festival

Celebrate the grape harvest with a tour through wine country
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. — When it comes to Ontario wine country, the arrival of September can only mean one thing — it’s Niagara Wine Festival time!
While the vast majority of wineries of the Niagara Peninsula are open all year long, and many participate in various events throughout the year, it is during the Festival that the industry puts on its best face to celebrate the grape harvest and the incredible wines that get their start in vineyards across the region. For wine lovers, it the ideal time to get out and experience what Niagara wine country has to offer and discover some hidden gems.
“There is so much going on during the Niagara Wine Festival that it can be quite easy to get lost or overwhelmed by everything that is going on,” says Sommelier Marcel Morgenstern, Sales Manager at Niagara-on-the-Lake’s PondView Estate Winery. “But it is still a great time to make new discoveries at Niagara wineries. There is nothing quite like trying new wines and old favourites in the quaint setting of a winery amid the vines.”

Montebello Park in downtown St. Catharines may be the heart of the Wine Festival, but most, if not all, of the wineries in the park are only offering a portion of their wine roster. Likewise, you can’t get everything a winery offers at the liquor store.  
When planning your tour through wine country during the Niagara Wine Festival, Marcel offers a few important tips to make your trip more enjoyable:
·         Plan your transportation. First and foremost, make sure you have a driver. A couple of samples at this winery and a few samples at that winery can add up, and you don’t want to be drinking and driving.

·         Plan your route. Gas is expensive. Wine Country Ontario’s Wine Route Planner can help you prepare a logical route that will prevent backtracking and zig zagging throughout the Peninsula.
·         Plan around events. Many Niagara wineries will have special events during the Wine Festival. On Sept. 17th, PondView will be hosting a Harvest Party, with a wine bar, delicious food, their famous wine slushies and live entertainment by Sandy Vine and the Midnights. Admission is free, and food and wine packages are available.
·         Plan for your purchases. Simply tossing your purchases into the trunk of your car is a good way to end up with broken bottles. Bring along a cooler or two (recommend using frozen gel packs as opposed to ice cubes) or simply ask for an empty box from the first winery you visit.
·         Plan refreshments and sustenance. At some point in your tour, you will want to grab a bite to eat. And no matter what part of Niagara wine country you are touring, you are likely to pass by a fantastic local restaurant serving up a chef-inspired menu that is unparalleled. Or simply make your self some sandwiches before you leave and put them in your cooler. It is also wise to bring along some water or other soft drinks to help cleanse your palate between winery visits.
·         Plan to have fun and learn some new things. A tour of wineries is a chance to open yourself to new flavour experiences. Look down the sample menus for wines you haven’t tried before, or go to a winery you have never visited and try their version of your favourite varietal. You may be surprised by what you discover!
“By all means, your Niagara Wine Festival must include a few hours in Montebello sampling different wines, trying new foods, listening to live music and enjoying the sunshine,” says Marcel. “But it should also include a stop at more than a couple of wineries for a more diverse, and intimate, wine tasting experience.”
Please visit www.pondviewwinery.com for more information, Like PondView on Facebook, follow it on Twitter @pondviewwinery and share your photos on Instagram.
About PondView Estate Winery:

Drawing on more than three generations of winemaking experience, PondView Estate Winery is one of the newest additions to the Four Mile Creek appellation in the heart of Niagaras wine country. Family owned by Luciano and Adriana Puglisi, PondView crafts exceptional Ontario VQA wines rooted in an Italian heritage. Lucianos enthusiasm and respect for the winemaking process, alongside his dedication and commitment to excellence, earned him the prestigious title of Grape King in 2008, awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture to the finest vineyard operator in Ontario. The secret to the success of PondView Estate Winery is the long-held belief of the Puglisi family: Great wine is a harmony of earth and vine.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Only Zucchini Recipe You'll Ever Need

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Millie’s 1980 Bake-Off® Contest recipe is a no-fail summer staple.

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This recipe was a Bake-Off® Contest entry long before I was even helping my mom in the kitchen. It’s so easy and delicious, it’s no wonder it has stayed relevant today. I think the secret to its success iscrescents; they make a super-easy, no-fail crust. Not only does the savory pie make for a quick and easy summer supper, but if you cut smaller servings it’s also a great way to start a meal with friends. I’ve served it for grill-outs, book club gatherings and more!

Here's how I make it my own:

  • Try a ½ teaspoon of herbs de Provence instead of the oregano and basil. It simplifies the recipe ever so slightly and adds a little flavor boost.
  • Swap in Parmesan for the mozzarella for a more savory pie.
  • Use whatever mustard you keep on hand. I’ve had success with Dijon and even whole-ground mustard.


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Ingredients

    • tablespoons LAND O LAKES® Butter
    • cups thinly sliced zucchini
    • cup chopped onions
    • tablespoons dried parsley flakes
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
    • LAND O LAKES® Eggs, well beaten
    • cups shredded Muenster or mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
    • can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
    • teaspoons yellow mustard

Steps

  • 1Heat oven to 375°F. In 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add zucchini and onions; cook 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Stir in parsley flakes, salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil and oregano.
  • 2In large bowl, mix eggs and cheese. Add cooked vegetable mixture; stir gently to mix.
  • 3Separate dough into 8 triangles. Place in ungreased 10-inch glass pie plate, 12x8-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish or 11-inch quiche pan; press over bottom and up sides to form crust. Firmly press perforations to seal. Spread crust with mustard. Pour egg mixture evenly into crust-lined pie plate.
  • 4Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. If necessary, cover edge of crust with strips of foil during last 10 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.