Friday, June 27, 2014

Local Dealership Commits to Keeping Kids Safe in Etobicoke

Children are our most precious cargo, but when parents don’t know proper car seat safety procedures, they put their children’s lives at risk on the roads.  Chevrolet is dedicated to keeping kids safe and that’s why Courtesy Chevrolet has made a commitment to families in Etobicoke to help keep their children safe with the Safe and Sure Child Car Seat Installation Workshop Program.
Chevrolet is working with Parachute, a Canadian charity dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives, to roll out the new Chevrolet Safe and Sure program to help educate parents and caregivers with hands-on instructions on car seat safety. The program offers free one-on-one workshops with a certified car seat technician who will teach families and caregivers how to use and install car seats in any vehicle so children are safe for every ride no matter the make or model of their vehicle.
Appointment registration is available in advance of this workshop at

WHAT:               Interviews with certified car seat technicians, who will offer car seat safety tips and training

WHEN:               July 3, 2014

TIME:             2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:            Courtesy Chevrolet Ltd.
                        1635 The Queensway  
Toronto, ON
M8Z 1T8

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Inventure Foods, Inc. Adds Kettle-Cooked Potato Chips To Its Successful Line Of Vidalia Brands™ Snack Foods

PHOENIX, June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading snack food innovator, Inventure Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNAK), expands its licensed Vidalia Brands™ snack food lineup today with the introduction of Vidalia® Kettle Potato Chips™, the first premium potato chip to feature the legendary sweet flavor of real Vidalia® onions. Available in Sweet Onion and Sweet Onion Barbecue flavors, Vidalia Kettle Potato Chips will be sold in 4.5-ounce bags with a suggested retail price of $2.39 - $2.49 per package.
Inventure Foods, Inc. Adds Sweet Onion and Sweet Onion Barbecue flavored Kettle-Cooked Potato Chips To Its Successful Line Of Vidalia Brands(TM) Snack Foods
To coincide with this year's onion harvest, the new sweet and savory potato chips are currently in stores, featured alongside Vidalia onions in the fresh produce section of grocery stores nationwide.
"Onion flavors have traditionally fared well in the snack food aisle," said Steve Sklar, senior vice president and general manager for Inventure Foods, Inc. "However, never before has a potato chip been seasoned with Vidalia sweet onions and, I must say, the result is tremendous. The sweetness of these unique onions pairs perfectly with a moderately-salted profile and a crunchy bite. Frankly, it's one of the most distinctive flavors we've ever developed."
Vidalia Kettle Cooked Potato Chips are seasoned with a spice made from real Vidalia Sweet Onions and are made from premium American-grown potatoes cooked in better-for-you safflower and sunflower oils. The chips are gluten-free and feature zero trans fats. In addition, they are naturally 30 percent lower in saturated fat than traditional potato chips and feature 150 calories per serving.
The new potato chips join the existing line of Vidalia® Sweet Onion Petals™ snacks originally introduced last year under the joint licensing agreement between Inventure Foods, Inc. and Vidalia Brands, Inc.
About Inventure Foods, Inc. With manufacturing facilities in Arizona, Indiana, Washington, Oregon and Georgia, Inventure Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNAK) is a marketer and manufacturer of specialty food brands in better-for-you and indulgent categories under a variety of Company owned and licensed brand names, including Boulder Canyon Foods™, Jamba®, Seattle's Best Coffee®, Rader Farms®, TGI Friday'sTm , Nathan's Famous®, Vidalia Brands®, Poore Brothers®, Tato Skins®, Willamette Valley Fruit Company™, Fresh Frozen™ and Bob's Texas Style®.  For further information about Inventure Foods, please visit
About Vidalia Brands™Located in Glennville, Georgia, Vidalia Brands Inc. is a sister company of Bland Farms LLC, the industry leading grower, packer, and shipper of the world famous Vidalia® sweet onion. Vidalia Brands Inc. was started by Sandra Bland over ten years ago offering Vidalia® sweet onion flavored condiments, sauces and salsas year-round. Vidalia Brands is recognized as an innovator in the Vidalia® sweet onion category and has been instrumental in the growth and popularity of the Vidalia® sweet onion.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Home » Banana-Coconut Bread from Scratch (and Quick!)

The other day, my babysitter had dug out my mom’s Banana Bread recipe to make use of some “rotten” bananas. It was yum.
A few days later, I still had some old bananas lying around and was craving some coconut. It was a Sunday spring morning, and before I headed out to clean my garage, I made this with no fuss and no muss.
Minutes later, most of it was already devoured…
Minutes later...
Minutes later
Banana-Coconut Bread from Scratch
  • 2 cups flour  (I used half whole wheat and half white)
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup “rotten” bananas
  • ½ cup coconut
  • 1 pat butter for the top (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix ingredients together. The batter might seem a bit dry, but don’t worry about it! [Note: the original recipe called for all sorts of sifting and sorting and mixing, but I don't have time for that, and turns out it was completely unnecessary.]
  3. Scoop mixture into a loaf pan and dot the top with butter (if you feel like it).
  4. Bake for approximately 50 minutes—or until a knife or wooden kabob stick comes out clean.
  5. Devour.
Next time I might try adding pineapple!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June 22 is National Onion Ring Day

 Bring on the layers of flavor June 22 with an all-American favorite--onion rings!
 Celebrate this tasty classic with a batch of homemade onion rings or
with family and friends at a local restaurant. Be sure to order a basket
or two with your favorite dipping sauce.
National Onion Association logo
Fried or baked, battered or dredged, spicy or sweet, homemade onion rings are
 simple to make. Check out our basic recipe and tips for the Best Ever Onion Rings.
For more golden, crispy, delicious onion ring ideas, see our Pinterest board
 featuring over 50 must-try onion ring recipes.
How do you prefer your onion rings?  Share your favorite rings and sauces
 recipe with the National Onion Association Sunday, June 22 on Pinterest
 and Twitter using #OnionRingDay. We can't wait to see all the layers
of flavor and fun you can toss our way!

About the National Onion Association

The National Onion Association (NOA) is the official organization representing
 the growers, shippers, brokers, and commercial members of the U.S. onion
 industry.  Established in 1913, the association strives to preserve and
 improve the business environment for the industry and educate consumers
 about onion's many uses, nutritional, and health benefits.

 Visit for more information.

Best Ever Onion Rings

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

INDERMICA™ Pro Infusion Facial


Une gamme de traitements antiâge puissants et à action rapide, conçue spécifiquement pour une peau hyperpigmentée, terne et vieillissante afin de réduire les rides et ridules. Elle aide à régulariser et diminuer l’apparition de taches foncées et à protéger la peau des rayons UV. Améliore également l’hydratation et favorise le rajeunissement de la peau.

Ce traitement est conçu pour nourrir, raffermir et rétablir l’allure jeune de la peau. Grâce à une combinaison de la toute dernière technologie et d’ingrédients entièrement naturels, la peau paraît visiblement plus jeune, plus claire, plus uniforme et lumineuse dans aussi peu que huit semaines. Contrairementà d’autres traitements, ce traitement peut s’utiliser toute l’année dans n’importe quel climat. Cependant, il n’est pas recommandé pour une peau brûlée par le soleil ou atteinte de rosacée.

Fait d’ingrédients performants tels que des cellules souches végétales, des agents aviveurs, des antioxydants, des vitamines, des peptides, des protéines et bien plus. le système Indermica™ 360 est un programme complet qui répond à vos préoccupations concernant les soins de la peau antiâge. Votre peau paraîtra visiblement plus jeune, plus uniforme et plus lumineuse dans aussi peu que 8 semaines.

Friday, June 13, 2014

TGI Friday's™ Adds Bacon Ranch Flavor to Popular Potato Skins Snack Chip Line

 As one of the best-selling indulgent snacks, TGI Friday's™ Potato Skins are
undoubtedly, a crowd pleaser. Bacon Ranch is the latest variety to join the
brand's restaurant-inspired Potato Skins line, licensed by leading snack food
 innovator, Inventure Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNAK). The new snack
 chip is currently available in convenience stores and vending machines nationwide.
TGI FrIdays Adds Bacon Ranch Flavor to Popular Potato Skins Snack Chip Line
Bacon Ranch Potato Skins are made from real potatoes and use dual
 sheeting technology to createa dark side and a light side, just like real
 potato skins. The chips are seasoned with the perfect
combination of savory bacon and zesty ranch to create a hearty and
satisfying snack chip.
The suggested retail prices per 1.75-ounce and 3-ounce bags are $1.00
and $1.99 - $2.19, respectively.
"To satisfy the current cravings of our consumers, we're introducing a
 product that combines two
 flavors, bacon and ranch, that are growing now more than ever,"
said Steve Sklar, senior vice president
and general manager for Inventure Foods, Inc. "Flavor development a
nd innovation are always
 top of mind for us. We're looking forward to continuing to build
the brand's portfolio with delicious
snacks that consumers will fall in love with."
Potato Skins are also available in Cheddar Bacon, Sour Cream & 
Onion, Cheddar 
Sour Cream, Jalapeno Cheddar and Chili Cheese.
Since the brand crossed over to the snack chip aisle in 2000,
the TGI Friday's snack line has
become a consumer favorite in grocery, vending and convenience
channels, providing premium
snack options that parallel the exciting flavor combinations on
Fridays' menus. In addition to
Potato Skins, snack line staples include Cheddar Cheese Crunchy Fries,
  Onion Rings a
nd Mozzarella Sticks.

About Inventure Foods, Inc.

With manufacturing facilities in Arizona, Indiana, Washington, Oregon
and Georgia, Inventure
Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNAK) is a marketer and manufacturer of
 specialty food brands in
better-for-you and indulgent categories under a variety of Company
owned and licensed brand
names, including Boulder Canyon Foods™, Jamba®, Seattle's
 Best Coffee®, Rader Farms®,
TGI Friday's™, Nathan's Famous®, Vidalia Brands®,
Poore Brothers®, Tato Skins®,
Willamette Valley Fruit Company, Fresh Frozen
and Bob's Texas Style®.
For further information about Inventure Foods,
please visit

About TGI Friday's

As the original casual dining bar and grill, TGI Friday's offers authentic
 American food and
legendary drinks, served with genuine personal service.  Bringing
people together to socialize and
celebrate the freeing and liberating spirit of "Friday" was the
concept's founding premise,
from which the brand promise "In Here, It's Always Friday®" was born.
 To share that social Fridays™ experience all over the world,
 TGI Friday's proudly serves guests with over 900 restaurants
in more than 60 countries.
 Making every day feel like a Friday wouldn't be possible without
 creating a place where
friends feel free to get together. That's why TGI Friday's takes pride
 in its nearly 8,000 skilled
and knowledgeable bartenders, all of whom compete annually for
the title of the "World's
Greatest TGI Fridays Bartender," now entering its 24th year.
The Fridays guest recognition program, Give Me More Stripes®, gives
 Fridays' closest friends exclusive insider rewards, special event access,
 and menu sneak peeks, and is not only the first loyalty program of
 its kind in the industry, but one of the most
progressive.TGI Friday's believes in having a good time, but also in the
 importance of drinking responsibly.
Additionally, its Responsible Business Program is focused on
 positively impacting the communities
 it serves.  For more information, visit

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CONTACT: Leslie Petersen, Lambert, Edwards &
 Associates for Inventure Foods, Inc.,, 616.233.0500; Nicole Bott,
 Peppercomm for TGI Fridays, 212.931.6168

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Yogurt : The Ultimate Marinade

Grilling & Summer Delights

Grilling myth #1: Marinating meat adds both flavour and tenderness to meat. The truth is, it depends on what’s in the marinade. Some marinades can actually toughen meat. So what’s the one magic ingredient that flavoursand tenderizes better than any other?
Here’s a challenge to throw down to anyone who likes to brag about his secret barbecue sauce. When it comes to grilled perfection – it’s not just about the spice blend. Contrary to what many people think, spices don’t tenderize. There are really only three ways to tenderize meat, and only one of them also helps carry flavour deep into it.

Acids and enzymes

The squeeze of lemon, the shot of vinegar, the big glug of wine: all create an acidic marinade that can be tenderizing, as long as you don’t overdo it. Too much acid, and the protein molecules in your meat will start to toughen. Shrimp are famously easy to toughen in this way, so easy does it. (About one part acid to 4 parts oil.)
A second family of tenderizers owes its action to a specific type of enzyme. Pineapple, papaya, and ginger belong to this family, and can also add delicious flavour to a marinade. But the tenderizing action is very intense, and can actually give meat an unpleasant texture if you use too much, or marinate things for too long.

The magic of dairy

One famous chef gave two marinated chicken breasts an MRI scan: one marinade contained yogurt – the other didn’t. The scan showed that the yogurt-based marinade went deeply into the meat, while the one without yogurt hardly penetrated the surface. What’s yogurt’s secret? No one really knows, but it’s thought that the calcium in yogurt interacts with the proteins in the meat in a way that’s tenderizing. Because it’s similar in many ways to yogurt, buttermilk is also a good tenderizer. Buttermilk is what makes traditional Southern Fried Chicken so tender and succulent.

The wisdom of ages

Yogurt has been used for centuries as a tenderizing marinade in the cuisines of India, Iran, Turkey, Greece, and North Africa. If your mouth waters at the mention of these regional styles of cooking, you’re probably thinking about their characteristically fragrant and flavourful spice blends. Spices ‘bloom’ in yogurt, in the same way they do in hot oil. And since the yogurt also penetrates meat very effectively, it’s the perfect vehicle for delivering the flavour of spices into steaks, chops, fillets, poultry, and skewered meats of almost any kind. You can use virtually any mix of spices and seasonings, or take inspiration from these classic combinations:
Indian tandoori style: garam masala + saffron + ginger + garlic
Greek style: oregano + garlic + lemon
North African style: ras el hanout + harissa + paprika + preserved lemon + garlic
Indonesian satay style: Turmeric + coriander seed + lime zest + ginger + garlic + chile
Don’t forget the salt and pepper! You only need a light coating of seasoned yogurt to make a really delicious and effective marinade. Using re-sealable plastic bags allows you to maximize the contact between the marinade and the meat. Things like shrimp and delicate fillets should only marinate for about 45 minutes – other meats can take between 4 and 12 hours. It really depends on thickness and density.
And the limit to the flavour combinations you can create in the pursuit of perfecting your own signature yougurt-based marinade really only depends on your imagination.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Benefits of Red Clover

11 Amazing Benefits Of Red Clover For:

Skin, Hair And Health

When you see a red clover, you might mistake it for alfa alfa. The red clover leaves are a little greener, but these two herbs have similar flavor. Red Clover has its own place in the world of herbs.
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) is a wild, leguminous, perennial herb that is native to the meadows of Europe, Western Asia, Africa, and now has been naturalized in many other regions of the world. The sweet tasting, tiny pink flowers of the plant are edible and used for garnishing and flavoring salads and beverages. The green leaves are alternate, trifoliate and each leaf is 15–30 mm long and 8–15 mm broad with the outer half assuming a crescent shape. The leafy greens of the herb are used to make sweet herbal tea for therapeutic purposes.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Grow a Garden with Healing Herbs and Plants

Growing Your Healing Herbs and Plants

The joy of most healing herbs and plants is that they’re easy to grow and sometimes “medicine” is as easy as making a cup of tea. And the options are endless when it comes to growing these plants. Some of them fit easily into your existing garden, or you can start a healing garden from scratch. If you don’t have a large stretch of garden space, you can tuck in little healing gardens wherever you have soil, sun and access to water. Many of these plants also do well in containers. Check with your local nursery or a seed catalog to get the lowdown on growing habits and soil needs for the variety you select. And remember to grow your plants as organically as possible. You can’t expect your body to heal when you’re giving it pesticide tea.

Herbs for Digestion

Dill (Anethum graveolens). An enthusiastic grower in most environments, dill can reach at least shoulder-high, with large, bright-yellow flower heads. Its ferny leaves and feathery flowers make it a pretty garden filler in any setting, but remember that this is a healing garden and dill also has work to do. Used throughout the ages as a remedy for babies’ colic, it is also a calming herb that settles digestion and helps promote a calm sleep. Dill seed oil is antibacterial, and chewing a few seeds after a meal will freshen your breath while it helps your digestion.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014


1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon dish detergent
1 cup water
1 piece aluminum foil

1. Heat water in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes.
2. Cut a piece of aluminum foil that roughly covers the bottom of a small bowl (like a cereal bowl).
3. Pour hot water into bowl. Place salt, soda, and dish-washing liquid into bowl. Place jewelry on top of foil and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse jewelry in cool water and dry jewelry completely with soft cloth. Discard solution after use and make a new batch next time.
4. According to, "this works well for gold-filled, brass, German (nickel) silver, and sterling silver. I have even cleaned jewelry with freshwater pearls, shell cameos and mother of pearl with no problem.".

Monday, June 2, 2014

Grilled Halibut With Mango Sauce Recipe

Grilled Halibut With Mango Sauce Recipe


Mango Sauce
1 cup (250 mL) chopped mango (about 1 medium)
3 tbsp (45 mL) fresh lime juice
1 tbsp (15 mL) finely chopped, seeded jalapeno pepper
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1 large garlic clove, finely crushed
1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped cilantro

1 – 1½ lb (500 – 750 g) halibut fillets (about 4)
2 tbsp (25 mL) Old El Paso* Taco Seasoning Mix
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil


•Heat gas or charcoal grill. Combine all mango sauce ingredients. Set aside.

•Combine seasoning mix and oil. Brush over fish.

•When grill is heated, place fish on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill 4 to 6-inches (10 to 15 cm) from medium coals. Cook 5 to 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork, turning once. Serve mango sauce with fish.

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