HOLIDAY 2012 GIFT IDEA: AWARD-WINNING BANG & OLUFSEN/B&O PLAY PRODUCTS ROCKS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

B&O PLAY BY BANG & OLUFSEN RECEIVES CES INNOVATIONS ACCOLADES FOR TWO GROUND BREAKING PRODUCTS

FEATURING AWARD-WINNING ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE AND REMARKABLE DESIGN, NOW GIFT WRAPPED IN NEW HUES FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON.

B&O PLAY‘s premium speaker solution, BEOPLAY A9, has received the highest accolade as the International CES BEST OF INNOVATIONS 2013 DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD in the HIGH PERFORMANCE HOME AUDIO category. The BEST OF INNOVATIONS DESIGNATION is awarded to products with the highest judges’ scores. Criteria is based on overall engineering qualities related to technical specifications and materials, aesthetics and design qualities, the product’s intended use and function, unique features and how the design and innovation of the product compares to others in the marketplace.

BANG & OLUFSEN/B&O PLAY BEOPLAY A9: B&O PLAY’s all new BeoPlay A9 wireless speaker system. (PRNewsFoto/Bang & Olufsen/B&O PLAY)

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like The Holidays At Dunkin’ Donuts With New Seasonal Coffee, Lattes And Red Velvet Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts keeps guests running during the most wonderful time of the year with free Wi-Fi at the majority of its restaurants

For a fast and fun twist on gift-giving, mGift Dunkin’ Donuts Cards with the Dunkin’ App to keep friends and family running

The holiday season is here, and DUNKIN’ DONUTS, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, has made its list (and checked it twice) of beverages, snacks and gifts to keep people running through the hustle and bustle of the season. This year, DUNKIN’ DONUTS’ holiday items feature THREE FLAVORED COFFEE AND LATTES, including new WHITE CHOCOLATE, PEPPERMINT MOCHA and GINGERBREAD, as well as new RED VELVET DRIZZLE DONUTS and RED VELVET MUNCHKINS®.

DUNKIN’ DONUTS also has new PEPPERMINT MOCHA K-CUP® PACKS and PACKAGED COFFEE to enjoy when there’s no place like home for the holidays. Finally, Dunkin’ Donuts is making it easier than ever to make the season bright with fun, festive, affordable gifts such as LIMITED-EDITION HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS and DUNKIN’ DONUTS BRANDED TUMBLERS.
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HOLIDAY MENUS THAT BALANCE NAUGHTY AND NICE: NEW CHEF-INSPIRED RECIPES USE WINTER’S SURPRISE INGREDIENT–CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRIES

PLUS, SHARE NEW RECIPES & GET INSPIRED WITH HOLIDAY PINTEREST CONTEST AND $250 PRIZE

Though it’s tempting to include every indulgent dish on holiday tables, the most successful menus are a balance of both healthful and decadent favorites.

Finding the right combination of delicious and healthy recipes doesn’t require an endless search for exotic ingredients — they’re already on your store shelf. CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRIES can add an unexpected boost to a holiday fruit salad, platter or creative cocktail.

MINI CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY & CHOCOLATE PARTY CAKES

Pleasing to every palate, fresh California strawberries are always available, even in the holiday season. Staggered planting throughout the state’s 12-month growing cycle keeps fresh-picked, ripe California strawberries in the produce aisle all year long.

Blended with cucumber, a dash of hot sauce and the surprise of a tomato, fresh strawberries accent this SPICY & SWEET CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY TONIC for a great pre-dinner cocktail, or without the vodka, a healthy smoothie.

Desserts look more festive and fresh with the addition of strawberries, either as a garnish or a cake filling. Cooked to a consistency of jam and folded into a mixture of cream cheese and butter, fresh strawberries are a delicate counterpoint to these MINI CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY AND CHOCOLATE PARTY CAKES.

SPICY SWEET CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY TONIC

Just in time for the holidays, the CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY COMMISSION is encouraging fans to find their culinary inspiration with a $250-prize Pin-2-Win Contest! Click here for details.

SPICY SWEET CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY TONIC
Makes four 10-ounce servings

INGREDIENTS:
1 pound CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRIES, hulled
1 medium cucumber, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 medium tomatoes, quartered
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
4-6 drops red pepper sauce, more or less to taste
1 tablespoon honey
Dash of salt
4 lime slices for garnish
CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRIES for garnish
4 cups ice
4 ounces of vodka, optional

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place strawberries, cucumber, tomatoes, lime juice, red pepper sauce, honey and salt in a blender. Blend until very smooth.
  2. Fill glasses with ice. Pour mixture over ice and garnish with a lime and a strawberry.
  3. Serve immediately.

Per Serving: 137 calories; 0.6 g fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 304 mg sodium; 17 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 2 g protein

MINI CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY & CHOCOLATE PARTY CAKES
Makes 12 single-serving cakes

INGREDIENTS:
Butter, for greasing pans
2 cups diced CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRIES
1 (15.25 ounce) STRAWBERRY CAKE MIX, prepared to package directions
1 (15.25 ounce) CHOCOLATE CAKE MIX, prepared to package directions
1 (8 ounce) package CREAM CHEESE
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ cups powdered sugar, more or less as necessary
½ teaspoon strawberry extract
2 (12 ounce) packages semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
12 medium CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRIES, sliced, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Grease two large-sized muffin pans with butter and set aside.
  2. Place diced strawberries in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until berries start to bubble, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until very thick, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely.
  3. Prepare strawberry cake according to package directions. Pour batter into one of the muffin pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Prepare chocolate cake according to package directions. Pour batter into the remaining muffin pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Meanwhile, place thickened strawberries in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Add cream cheese and butter, mixing until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar ½ cup at a time, beating between additions until all sugar has been added and mixture is thick and smooth. Cover and refrigerate for at least 40 minutes.
  6. While cakes are still in the muffin tins, slice off the domed tops. Remove cakes from muffin tins and slice each cake into two layers.
  7. Place the slightly larger layers (these will be the cake bottoms) on a sheet of wax paper.
  8. Spread strawberry mixture thickly over the bottoms. Cover with remaining layers of cake. Each cake will have both a chocolate and a strawberry layer.
  9. Place 1/3 cup of the chocolate chips in a small bowl and set aside for garnishing.
  10. Place remaining chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high at 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until chocolate has melted and is very smooth. Pour over tops of cakes, letting drip down the sides. Let set for 20 minutes at cool room temperature, if serving right away. Or, refrigerate until ready to serve. Cakes can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours.
  11. Garnish tops of cakes with slices of strawberries and reserved chocolate chips before serving.

Per Serving: 655 calories; 37 g fat; 79 mg cholesterol; 332 mg sodium; 85 g carbohydrate; 5 g fiber; 7 g protein

THE CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY COMMISSION is a state government agency that represents 600 growers, shippers and processors of California strawberries. With a focus on food safety education, the Commission strategies also include production and nutrition research, trade relations, public policy and marketing communications. For more information, go to CaliforniaStrawberries.com,  Facebook.com/CAStrawberries, or Twitter.com/CAStrawberries.

SOURCE: CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY COMMISSION

http://californiastrawberries.com

CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FARMERS SHARE THE FRUITS OF THEIR LABOR THIS HOLIDAY SEASON AND EXEMPLIFY SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY

Farmers live by the words, “You reap what you sow.” If you are a CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FARMER, those words are never more true than during the holiday season, when growers take time to cultivate their strong ties to the community.

Ed Kelly

In California, strawberries are always in season. Five growing regions in the state ensure that strawberries are available in stores, not just in the peak harvesting months of April through July. In winter, strawberries ship from Southern California. With the warming spring temperatures, production moves north to Santa Maria, and then Watsonville and Salinas. Continue reading

HOLIDAY 2012 GIFT IDEA: QOOQ, THE FIRST CULINARY TABLET MADE FOR THE KITCHEN LAUNCHES IN THE U.S.

NEW INTERACTIVE TOOL FROM FRANCE REVOLUTIONIZES AT-HOME MEAL PREPARATION

French digital company, UNOWHY today announced the U.S. launch of “LA TABLETTE QOOQ“, the first interactive touch-screen tablet made especially for the kitchen. Already a sensation in France, the QOOQ CULINARY TABLET transforms the process of at-home cooking through highly interactive content from leading chefs, helping to simplify meal preparation for culinary experts and novices alike. With a catalog of over 4,000 exclusive recipes from more than 100 of Europe’s most acclaimed chefs, QOOQ provides a step-by-step interactive guide to create delicious appetizers, meals and desserts through real-time HD video, photos and text as tools to guide users. Also, unlike other tablet computers, QOOQ is designed to be spill-proof, non-slip, and survive the wear and tear of the kitchen.

The Qooq Tablet

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OPERATION SMILE KICKS OFF 30TH ANNIVERSARY WITH HOMECOMING MEDICAL MISSIONS TO THE PHILIPPINES, FOLLOWED BY YEAR-LONG SERIES OF EVENTS AROUND THE U.S. AND WORLD

“CHANGE FOREVER” CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES GLOBALLY; FUNDS RAISED WILL HELP OPERATION SMILE MEET THE WORLDWIDE DEMAND FOR SAFE SURGICAL CARE

TOGETHER, WE ALL, THE COFOUNDERS, THE STAFF, THE CELEBRITY SMILE AMBASSADORS, ALL THE VOLUNTEERS—AS WELL AS CITIZENS OF THE WORLD LIKE OURSELVES—CAN SAVE AND TRANSFORM CHILDREN’S LIVES FOREVER.

This fall, OPERATION SMILE (www.operationsmile.org) is launching its 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION with a year-long series of events in the United States and globally. OPERATION SMILE, an international CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CHARITY, has set an ambitious goal to raise significant funds worldwide to eradicate the backlog of children suffering from facial deformities, and decrease the global burden of surgical disease. The anniversary is kicking off this month in the Philippines, where OPERATION SMILE hosted its first-ever surgical mission in 1982. Today, the charity is the largest volunteer-based medical charity providing free cleft surgeries.

OPERATION SMILE (www.operationsmile.org), headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is an international children’s medical charity with a presence in more than 60 countries, whose network of more than 5,000 medical volunteers from over 80 countries is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children. Continue reading