Thai Shrimp Spirals with Puff Pastry

Pepperidge Farms is offering summer recipes using its puff pastry in the Puff Pastry recipe collection.

The recipe collection features an assortment of simple yet impressive options – made with Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry– for entertaining, including three-step recipes and warm weather delights.

“Summer entertaining is as much about the food as it is about enjoying the long nights and warm weather,” said culinary expert Gail Simmons. “When planning your menu, it’s important to consider items that are not only easy to make, but easy to eat. With the help of puff pastry, any culinary aficionado can create simple and delicious food that is perfect for any outdoor event. One of my favorite dishes is the Thai Shrimp Spirals. This irresistible appetizer features marinated shrimp wrapped in tender puff pastry.”

Thai Shrimp Spirals Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 limes, zested (approximately 2 teaspoons) and juiced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, minced
  • 5 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 20 fresh large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed
  • 1/2 package (17.3 ounces) Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets, thawed
  • All-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons water, divided
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a small mixing bowl, combine the zest and juice from both limes. Stir in the garlic, ginger, and cilantro. Divide the mixture into two mixing bowls. In one bowl, add the one tablespoon of soy sauce and the shrimp. Toss to coat. Allow to marinade for about 10 minutes. Set aside the remaining mixture.

Meanwhile, unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured work surface. Roll the pastry into a 10-in square. Cut into 20 strips, each about 1/2-inch wide. Wrap one pastry strip around one shrimp, starting at one end of the shrimp, overlapping the pastry slightly to enclose the shrimp. Repeat with the remaining pastry strips and shrimp.

Skewer each wrapped shrimp with one 6-inch wooden skewer. Place the skewered pastries onto 2 baking sheets. Beat the egg and 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl with a fork to make the egg wash. Brush the pastries with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.

Bake until the pastries are golden brown, about 15 minutes. While the pastries are cooling, make the dipping sauce by whisking the reserved lime mixture with remaining 4 tablespoons of soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, and 1 tablespoon water. Serve the cooled pastries with the dipping sauce.

Simmons’ complete Pepperidge Farm puff pastry recipe collection, as well as fun recipes, helpful how-to videos, special offers and Simple Elegance, the brand’s monthly e-newsletter, is available at www.PuffPastry.com Plus, consumers can access more than 350 other Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry appetizer, entrée and dessert recipes that make warm weather —and anytime—entertaining a breeze.

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets and Shells are available in the freezer section at major supermarkets, grocery stores and mass merchandisers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $4.95 and $3.88 respectively. For additional warm weather recipes and more puff pastry news, visit www.PuffPastry.com.

ASK THIS OLD HOUSE Coming To Seattle in June

ASK THIS OLD HOUSE® solves the steady stream of home improvement problems faced by homeowners, and the show is heading to Seattle this month. The PBS series will be visiting the Seattle area June 24-28, when the cast and crew will be filming episodes featuring home repair projects with local homeowners that will appear in the 12th season of ASK THIS OLD HOUSE premiering in October on PBS (check www.thisoldhouse.com/tvschedule or your local listings). Some of the projects that the crew will tackle include installing crown molding in a Seattle living room and replacing a front door in Issaquah. Show producers invited Seattle area homeowners to submit their home repair questions to www.thisoldhouse.com/askaquestion in May.

Featuring some familiar faces, ASK THIS OLD HOUSE experts include host Kevin O’Connor, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and landscape contractor Roger Cook.

“We’ve been at it for more than a decade now and have tackled hundreds of projects inside and outside the home,” says Senior Series Producer Chris Wolfe. “Our goal is not only to help the homeowners we visit, but also to show millions of viewers the tools and techniques that will allow them to complete all sorts of projects in their houses.”

Viewers can become fans of ASK THIS OLD HOUSE on Facebook or follow the show on Twitter.

Advanced GT Sonic Toothbrush Now on the Market

Founded in 2010, Dazzlepro is making its mark as a manufacturer of oral health care products. The company has just announced the availability of its new toothbrush, the  Advanced GT Sonic model, which CEO Alex Dastmalchi is calling the flagship of the company’s brand.

DAZZLEPRO ADVANCED SONIC TOOTHBRUSHThe company spent significant time in development and testing for this GT Sonic Model to ensure it provides all of the high-performance features that dental professionals and discriminating consumers look for including 40,000 sonic brushstrokes per minute, three distinct brushing modes, and a UV sanitizing charger base. The unit combines these highly demanded features in one high quality unit that not only looks great on the bathroom counter, it exceeds expectations for performance. The unit is available for immediate shipment at Dazzlepro.com.

 

Help Wanted: 1,000 Cooks in U.S. and Canada

This July, Susan G. Komen® and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) are partnering with KitchenAid to encourage anyone who enjoys cooking and entertaining to turn a summer gathering into a “party with a purpose” by hosting a Cook for the Cure party. The goal of this 1,000 Cooks for the Cure initiative is to enlist at least 1,000 cooks in the U.S. and Canada to host any type of get-together from July 19-28 and simply ask their guests to make a donation to Komen (United States residents) or the CBCF (Canada residents) in any amount to support the fight against breast cancer.

“Participating in this worthy cause is easy, and it’s a great reason to get together with family, friends or colleagues during peak summer entertaining season,” notes Beth Robinson, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid. “Whether hosting a casual office party, barbecue, dessert sampling or multicourse dinner, the idea is to ask guests to bring nothing to the party but a donation in any amount they choose.”

The 1,000 Cooks for the Cure initiative is part of the larger Cook for the Cure® program, an 11-year effort that has raised more than $11.3 million between the U.S. and Canada for the cause through the sale of pink products, celebrity chef auctions and grassroots fundraising events. Funds raised from the parties can be designated for either organizations’ national efforts or local breast cancer initiatives.

Those interested in hosting a party are encouraged to visit CookfortheCure.com to register and obtain a unique host identification number. Registered hosts will be given access to an information kit that includes party ideas, recipes and donation gathering information. To help hosts connect with guests and others planning parties, KitchenAid will feature 1,000 Cooks for the Cure as an event on its U.S. Facebook page, Canada Facebook page and provide updates via its U.S. Twitter handle in the days leading up to the event.

In 2013, KitchenAid will donate $450,000 or more to Komen through the Cook for the Cure® program to support the fight against breast cancer. Product sales will not affect this donation. KitchenAid will also donate $100,000 or more this year to CBCF through its Cook for the Cure® sponsorship and pink product sales. Recent years the program has earned two Gold Halo awards from the Cause Marketing Forum, and has been favorably covered by NBC Nightly News and other major media. Largely through a series of celebrity chef auctions for autographed KitchenAid products, the program has garnered the support of dozens of celebrity chefs, including Mario Batali, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, Jacques Pepin, Martha Stewart and many others.

Iced Tea Maker Brews, Serves and Stores

TAKEYA® has come out with a Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker, which lets you easily create handcrafted, artisan iced tea beverages right at home and serve and store all in one unit. The iced tea maker freshly brews hot tea in minutes and flash chills it in just 30 seconds.

The Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker freshly brews hot tea in minutes and flash chills it in just 30 seconds. Airtight, the Iced Tea Maker locks in the aromas and flavors of the brewed tea, capturing the fullest and freshest flavors. The large, fine mesh Tea Infuser easily twists into the Iced Tea Makers lid and provides ample room for loose leaf tea to bloom and fully release their flavors. The 2-Quart Iced Tea Maker Set retails for $39.99.

Using loose leaf tea, you place the tea into a large, fine mesh tea infuser that twists into the iced tea maker’s lid, allowing ample room for the loose tea leaves to bloom and fully release their flavors. All that flavor and aroma stays in the tea longer because the iced tea maker is airtight once it’s closed. TAKEYA also offers accessories, including a fruit infuser and citrus juicer, to inspire you to create an endless variety of all-natural, flavorful iced tea beverages in minutes!

Loose leaf tea is better

TAKEYA only uses best quality premium loose leaf teas harvested from small artisan farms and private growers throughout the world. The patented brew and Flash Chill process combined with the premium loose leaf teas ensures fresh and flavorful iced tea in every glass. The teas are available in Classic Black, Tropical Black, Fresh Green, Green Mint, Hibiscus Pomegranate and Coconut Lime Rooibos.

T-PAC technology

TAKEYA has created T-PAC technology, which brings a whole new experience to iced tea by offering loose leaf teas and herbal blends in an innovative packet. Foil sealed and pre-measured for consistent flavor and freshness, T-PACs are designed exclusively for the TAKEYA Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker. Each box contains six, 1 quart T-PACs.

The Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker retails for $24.99 for the 2-quart size and $21.99 for the 1-quart size. The Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker is now available in a family of colors: Blueberry, Raspberry, Avocado and Black. Each box of TAKEYA whole leaf Iced Teas includes six pre-measured foil packages, and brewing instructions. The tea boxes retail for $7.99. The accessories range in retail prices from $10 for the citrus juicer and fruit infuser to $15 for the large thermo jacket.

Vermont Harvest Tiger Satay Peanut Sauce Named Finalist for sofi Award

Vermont Harvest’s Tiger Satay Peanut Sauce has been named a Finalist for Cooking Sauce or Flavor Enhancer in the 2013 sofi™ Awards from the Specialty Food Association.

A sofi Award, which stands for “Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation”, is the top honor in the $86 billion industry of specialty foods.

The Tiger Satay Peanut Sauce was one of 110 Finalists, selected by a national panel of specialty food professionals, from 1,885 entries across 30 awards categories from Outstanding Appetizer, Antipasto, Salsa and Dip to Outstanding Vinegar. Noted Chef Marcus Samuelsson will announce the gold winners at a red-carpet ceremony on July 1, 2013 during the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.

“We were thrilled to learn that our Tiger Satay Peanut Sauce made it to the finals,” says Whip Burks, owner of Vermont Harvest. “Our customers always tell us that it’s the best peanut sauce in a bottle, and we are delighted that the judges liked it too. Plus, now that it’s gluten free it’s even better.”

Burks is a classically trained chef from the New England Culinary Institute who decided to purchase the 30-year-old company in 2007. His Tiger Satay and other products are sold at specialty shops around the country and online at www.vtharvest.com.

The sofi Awards are open to members of the Specialty Food Association, a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952. Members consist of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs, with more than 3,000 members in the U.S. and abroad.

“Specialty food makers bring craft, care and joy to the foods they create. To be honored with a sofi Award nomination means the product truly stands out above the rest,” says Specialty Food Association President Ann Daw.

Even for Austin, This is Weird

“Well, it does help if you come to the party having skipped lunch,” says Marjory Wildcraft, the host and creator of the 6th Annual Bug Eating Festival which will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Zilker Park in Austin, TX starting about 7:00 p.m. “Hunger can give you an edge accepting new food.”

It’s a zany experience, party and potluck where people come together to learn about, and experience, eating insects. Alan Davisson is the co-host for the evening. In between grilling up and passing around plates of freshly cooked bugs, Alan offers the lore of edibility, preparing, cooking, and eating insects.

“The kids are usually crowded in the closest,” says Wildcraft. “They just jump right in there and try everything. Not surprisingly, the homeschooling community has been regulars at the event since its inception.”

It’s also a BYOB&B event – Bring your own bugs and bottle.

“Palatability does improve if you’ve had a beer or two. Others need more encouragement. I don’t think my husband will touch a bug until after about a six-pack,” says Wildcraft.

Why on earth would anyone create an event like this? Is it taking the local slogan “Keep Austin Weird” too far?

Marjory Wildcraft regularly appears on radio and television teaching people how to become more food self-reliant and was recently featured as a sustainable living expert by National Geographic. She is a leader in the preparedness movement and has been called the “Martha Stewart of self-reliance.” Wildcraft is best known for her video series “Grow Your Own Groceries.” Wildcraft shows people how to turn their backyards into a food producing paradise.

She apparently isn’t limited to just gardens, small livestock, and backyard food production.

“I knew that insects are eaten all over the world and are rich in minerals. I just never could get myself to eat them,” she said.

She was inspired by Davisson who is an insect edibility experimenter. Then she struck on an idea of throwing a big party and making it fun. It worked, but Wildcraft still had trouble with the yuck factor when she was alone.

“Every year I ask myself, am I ready to eat bugs all on my own without Alan and a big party?” So far the answer has been no. And apparently it is taking a while, as this is the sixth year for the festival.




To get more information about the festival go to:

http://www.growyourowngroceries.org/6th-annual-bug-eating-festival-in-austin-tx-2/



This is definitely an event for those interested in:

– Deep nutrition

– Insects as human food

– Wild edibles

– Backyard food production

– Survival and preparedness

– Free food you don’t know about

– Garden pest control

– How to handle the locusts during Apocalypse



”What the heck,” says Wildcraft with an exaggerated southern drawl. “Here in Texas we got grasshoppers the size of little chickens, and I figured insects have probably got to be the easiest source of food you’ll find in your backyard.”

Belfast Bay Shade Company: Handcrafted Lampshades and Fine Art for the Home

The Maine Botanical Series

Designer/Maker: Dina Petrillo

These artisan-made lampshades come in a variety of botanical motifs printed with a collagraph emboss—Original prints are pulled on etching presses and constructed to last. With more than 40 designs, these shades are highly versatile for use with any lamp style including swag, track, hardwire ceiling hung pendants, floor and table lamps and sconces. The company uses archival materials sourced in the United States and works with domestic distributors and manufacturers. These are fine art lampshades, and each shade is titled, dated and signed by the artist. Made in Waldo County, Maine.

Within the Botanical series there are four shade lines

Bold Graphic: mostly monochromatic inks on brightly colored papers;

A La Poupee: hand-painted plates with 3 or more ink colors;

Chine Colle: multiple translucent paper colors for a layered look;

Custom: a combination of any of the above print methods and selected motifs designed to order.

lampshadeDrum shades come in 11 sizes : 7 x 5″, 7 x 12″, 9 x 10”,  9 x 15″, 9 x 20″, 11 x 9″, 11 x 10″, 12 x 12″, 12 x 14″, 14 x 11″ and 15 x 13″.

Price Range (retail): each of the shade lines in range of sizes.

Graphic:  $180 – $340

A La Poupee: $290 – $450

Chine Colle: $270 – $350

Custom: $430 – $830

Botanical motifs comprise 14 designs: Beech, Brussels Sprouts, Geranium, Grapevine, Hydrangea, Maple, Oak, Nasturtium, Quince, Rhododendron, Squash, Sunflowers, Tomato, and Wisteria.

Materials: archival translucent papers, etching inks, lamp styrene and steel rings

Kickstarter Launch for Wi-Fi Enabled Teddy Bears

MessagePetz, the Wi-Fi-enabled smart Teddy Bears , have launched on crowd-funding site Kickstarter with early “bear” specials starting from $89. MessagePetz is a huggable, soft Teddy Bear that allows parents and children to communicate whilst they’re apart via Wi-Fi messaging.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/messagepetz/make-your-text-messages-huggable

MessagePetz is hoping to raise $45,000 in funding on Kickstarter, where people can “back” the project to receive their own MessagePetz Teddy Bear. Parents are able to send their child’s MessagePetz Bear a ‘hug’, a ‘kiss’, an ‘I love you’ or a personalized message from the free companion app on their smartphone. The Bear’s LED heart lights up to let them know you’re in touch and displays the message on the Bear’s screen, no matter where you are in the world.

Glenn Jones , Co-Founder and CEO, explains: “Families want to stay in touch and messaging apps are very popular, but parents have concerns about when to give their children smartphones. We’ve created a huggable messaging platform for kids four years old and up that is fun, private, safe and secure that solves that problem. Kids instead can send and receive messages with our Teddy Bear – no smartphone required.”

Simply by hugging their MessagePetz, your child lets you know they’ve received your message and can automatically reply without the need of a smartphone. Custom replies from your child can be written in advance such as ‘Peter loves you too!’, and older children can use the free iPhone app or MessagePetz iPad app to compose custom replies. Your special Teddy Bear could also be perfect for you and your partner if you have to spend time apart.

The MessagePetz Bear:

  • Is available for early backers at $89
  • Suitable for ages 4+
  • Is 21 inches tall, made from soft plush textiles
  • Is powered by a re-chargeable Lithium-ion battery
  • The Bear itself does not need a SIM card, the person sending the message needs a phone with a SIM
  • Is supported by the free MessagePetz smartphone and iPad apps, available on iPhone. A native Android app will also be released later this year
  • The MessagePetz apps are private, so only your loved ones can send and receive messages. MessagePetz privacy and security standards are COPPA compliant
  • Multiple MessagePetz Teddy Bears can be associated with one MessagePetz family account – so suitable for larger families

MessagePetz is expected to start shipping by December 2013. You can pre-order your MessagePetz now on their Kickstarter page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/messagepetz/make-your-text-messages-huggable