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Showing posts with label News. Show all posts

Friday, September 13, 2013

Betty Crocker® and Hershey’s® Launch A Sweet for Every Style

Betty Crocker® and Hershey’s® Launch A Sweet for Every Style. Betty Crocker has made life even more delicious with a dozen new baking products launched under a partnership with the Hershey Company. The new lineup offers A Sweet for Every Style’ whether you’re a Choc Star or a Peanut Butta Lova, Betty Crocker and Hershey fans will get to experience a new line of cookie mixes, cupcake mixes and frostings made with the iconic flavours consumers know and love, including Hershey’s®, Reese’s® and Almond Joy®. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

State Farm is offering a grant for us to assist our neighbourhood

Do you have an idea that would make your community a better place to live?  Then you will be happy to know about this State Farm Neighborhood Assist™ grant, which will help us make a difference and create a positive change.  
People from the United States and Canada can submit a cause and get a chance to win a $25,000 from State Farm Neighbourhood Assist™ grant.  This grant can then be used to help benefit their neighbourhood to become a better place. 

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Holiday gift packaging ideas and festive coffees from Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin Donuts packaged coffee will have their new gingerbread cookie flavoured coffee and other seasonal varieties of coffees such as pumpkin spice and mocha mint available for a limited time to celebrate this festive season.
Select bags of Dunkin Donuts seasonal coffees include paper gift tags that make it easy for us to take it as hostess gifts or holiday treats.

Dunkin Donuts has partnered with Cindy Hopper, a craft blogger to come up with these creative gift wrapping ideas.
  • Let the gift and wrapping compliment one another. i.e. place a bag on gingerbread cookie coffee from Dunkin Donuts in a cookie jar, or serve Mocha Mint with a favourite chocolate bar.
  • Make packaging playful and add a small toy i.e. jump rope as ribbon or jingle bells to the top of the gift.
  • Use blown up balloons or colourful tissue paper to make it eye-catching when the recipients open their package.
  • Use palin paper and put prints, or use newspaper comics, wallpaper scraps or even pages from an old atlas or map to make a memorable gift wrap.
  • Add fresh flowers, shells, misletoe when wrapping the gifts.
  • Instead of cardboard box use decorative tins, hat boxes or fruit crates.
  • Focus on the gift tag and use items like recipe cards, lugagae tag or coasters to identify the gift recipients.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Apple spiced donuts

apple spiced donuts
Topped with chocolate glaze or simply rolled in cinnamon, fresh homemade donuts are irresistible.  Donuts are lots of fun and easy to make at home.  It doesn't matter if it is the fluffy yeast style or denser cake variety of donuts that we prefer because this book 150 best donut recipes has a wide selection that we can choose from to make gourmet style donuts.

The book explains in detail about the equipment, common ingredients etc.  The type of ingredients we choose to make our donuts is quite important as it makes all the difference in making good donuts.  The author explains why it is important to use the correct ingredients such as 1 large egg equals 1/4 cup in volume; it is best to use cream that is 35% whipping cream; store brand butter has added moisture so use brand name butter instead.

All the steps in the book are detailed.  There is a section in the beginning of the book with pictures to show us how to make the variety of donuts i.e. raised, cake-based, baked, filled, fritters, one bite, bow ties and twists.  The book is separated by the types of donuts and has lots of recipes for each of these different types.  The end of the book has delicious icings, glazes and sugars that can be used to create an array of delicious possibilities.

Here is a recipe to make dozen Apple spice donuts.

2 1/2 cups cake flour *
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs beaten
3/4 cup whole milk
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup finely chopped apples

* To make cake flour at home: for every 1 cup of all purpose flour I took 2 tbsp of flour away and replaced with 2 tbsp cornstarch.

Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  In another bowl whisk eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.  Add this wet mixture to the flour mixture with a rubber spatula until incorporated.  Fold in the apples.

Put the batter into a resealable or pastry bag.  It is easier to make the bag sit in a tall glass.  Squeeze the batter to one corner of the bag then cut off the corner about 2 cm wide.  Pipe the batter into the sprayed donut pan and fill about 2/3 with batter so there is enough room for the donuts to rise when it is baking.

Bake in a 325 preheated oven for 10 to 14 minutes.  Let the donuts cool in the pan on a rack for 5 minutes then turn out onto the rack and cool completely before icing or filling.

The recipe is adapted from 150 Best Donut Recipes by George Geary © 2012 Robert Rose Inc.www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with permission.  All rights reserved on photographs and written content Torviewtoronto © 2012 unless mentioned. Please Ask First

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Middle Eastern cuisine and Share Your Simple Contest

Using the pre made sauce from Saha helps us make delicious tasting Middle Eastern dishes. I used the Saha middle eastern marinate and sauce to enjoy a variety of meals. I marinated this beef using the Saha shawarma marinate and baked it following the instruction on the bottle.  We enjoyed it in wraps.
The shish taouk sauce from Saha is made with a combination of onion, tomatoes, aromatic spices originated from Turkey and Lebanon.  This tangy sauce combined with yogurt is used to marinate and grill chicken on skewers.  I marinated chicken and mushrooms with this sauce and grilled in the bbq.  The unused sauce stays well in the fridge so we don't have to use it in right away. If you would like to try the sauces/marinates it is available at these retailers and online, which is shipped within Canada and US.

Share Your Simple tips at R.W. Knudsen Family® contest to win one of three $4500 grand prizes or be one of the 14 bi-weekly winners for sharing their tips to make life more simple. The bi-weekly themes are based on topics like "In the Garden," "Back to school," etc.

The R.W. Knudsen Family philosophy is simple; to make great tasting, all-natural organic beverages without compromising standards. The products don't have added sugar, artificial ingredients or preservatives. They will celebrate this contest in three phases featuring one of the brand's signature products and randomly selecting a winner for one of the grand prizes.
The phases are as stated below:
Simple Summer Season: June 5 – July 30 recognizing the simple joys of summer time with R.W. Knudsen Family Spritzer beverages.

Simple Harvest Season: July 31 – October 8 acknowledging the abundant fall harvest and cooking simply with fruit and R.W. Knudsen Family Just Juice® Juices.
Simple Holiday Season: October 9 – December 17 honoring the importance of simplifying the holidays in order to focus on family and friends and enjoying simple treats like R.W. Knudsen Family sparkling beverages.

This contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 18 years and older. Promotion subject to complete Official Rules available at www.facebook.com/rwknudsen. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary.
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Pear jam, home preserving and Global food security

This is the time of the year when we all get excited about thinking of ideas to preserve the summer vegetables and fruits. The Complete book of home preserving has lots of ideas that will come handy. There are about 400 recipes and 48 colour photographs in the book.
The detailed instruction on the book is easy to understand and follow, which beginners will appreciate. It also answers questions the experienced canners may have. There is a produce guide and a glossary that explains everything we need to know from ingredients to canning equipment. The book is separated to seven chapters: getting started, soft spread, fabulous fruits, salsa relish chutney, condiments, perfect pickles, tomato and pressure canning.

When we preserve at home it is free from chemical additives and preservatives. This book gives directions on safe canning and preserving methods. 

I think preserving food to have during off-season is lots of fun, which becomes useful when it isn't in season. I usually make jam with berries, chutney with tomato and pickle vegetables. These homemade goods make delicious gifts that family and friends appreciate.

I made about a cup of pear jam to have with puri.
2 ripe pears
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1 star anise

Combine the peeled chopped pear with the sugar and lemon juice. Let it cook in low heat, you can cover the pan lightly so it will cook in its own liquid. Add the star anise towards the end when the pear get soft and has a jam consistency or it will have an overpowering taste.

I served the jam with puri. We finished the jam in a couple of days, so I am not sure how it will taste if it is kept for a long period of time in the fridge.
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