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of Scarborough & Markham April 29, 2011

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FOOD FUN by T. A. Tafoya Where did that come from? Ever wonder how some of your favorite foods came to be? Tidbits takes a look at some fun food facts.

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• According to legend, a Jewish baker in 1683 baked the first bagel. This stirrup-shaped yeast dough was made to honor Jan Sobieski, a renowned horseman and the King of Poland, for saving the people of Austria from Turkish invaders. The baker named the hard roll beugel, the Austrian word for stirrup. The roll soon became a hit throughout Eastern Europe, and over time its shape and name evolved into the modern-day bagel. • What would the bagel be without cream cheese? In 1872, William Lawrence of Chester, N.Y., an American cheese maker, was experimenting with a recipe for Neufchâtel, a soft French cheese. He didn't get it quite right, but what was produced was a much softer, silkier cheese. The cheese maker realized that this new cheese was better suited as a spreadable cheese designed to be consumed fresh. It didn't need to be molded and aged in the Neufchâtel style. He wrapped it in foil, and it was trademarked as Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese in 1880. turn the page for more!

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Page 2 Food Fun (continued): • Have you had your Wheaties today? In the 1920s, a Minneapolis health-spa owner made homemade bran gruel to feed his clients. The mixture helped keep them regular and helped them lose weight. One day, he dropped some on the stove, and it hardened into a crust. After tasting it, he liked it better than what was cooking in the pot. He made a sample batch to show a friend at the Washburn Crosby Company, which later became the General Mills Company. The original mixture was too crumbly, so they came up with a better flake using wheat. Jane Bausman, the wife of a company executive, thought up the name Wheaties. • Don’t skip your Wheaties! A study of 19,000 Americans found that people who skipped breakfast are more likely to gain weight because they tend to overcompensate for the loss of key nutrients at breakfast by eating more fat-rich, high-energy foods later in the day. • The oldest piece of chewing gum is 9,000 years old, but it was in 1906 that the first “bubble gum” was invented by Frank Fleer. His first batch produced a gum so sticky that if it got on your skin the only way to get it off was with vigorous scrubbing and turpentine. His recipe was finally perfected 22 years later by Walter Diemer in 1928. The 23-year-old Diemer was an accountant for Fleer Chewing Gum Company who experimented with new gum recipes in his spare time. His first commercial batch of Dubble Bubble Gum just happened to be pink because that was the only food coloring on the shelf that day. Fleer's gum became the most popular penny candy on the market.

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Save on insurance when buying a new car

For Advertising Call 416.615.2584 Other factors that help determine car insurance rates: • Cars with higher safety ratings will save you money because they keep occupants safer if you are in an accident; • Older cars cost less to insure because the cost to replace or repair them is lower;

(NC)—Dreaming of a new car while looking out at your driveway each day? A new car, whether it’s new off the showroom floor or just new to you, is one of the largest purchases you will make, but remember to consider your insurance costs before you sign the papers and drive off the lot. Insurance rates are partly determined by the type of car you own. “When you have a few cars in mind, you should call your insurance agent to see how much insurance would cost for each model you’re considering,” said Eric Michalko of Allstate Insurance Company of Canada. If a car is difficult to steal or has lower repair costs than other models, this can help to lower your annual insurance rates. “And despite what you’ve heard, red cars are not more expensive to insure than other colours,” said Michalko. ghjghj

• If you have a higher deductible on your policy (e.g. your share of the cost of a claim), then you will lower your monthly insurance rate, though you will have to pay more out of pocket if you are in an accident; • A consistent accident–free and conviction– free driving record will help to keep your rates lower; • Tell your insurance agent if you are only using the car on weekends and not for driving to work. This can help to reduce rates. Most insurance companies, like Allstate Canada, will reduce your insurance rates if you have both auto and home insurance policies with the same insurance provider or have multiple vehicles on your policy. More information about reducing car insurance costs is available online at goodhandsadvice.ca.

Good Housekeeping Shrimp Gemelli

Quick-cooking shrimp and broccoli help put this seafood-packed pasta on the dinner table in just 30 minutes. Salt and pepper 3 tablespoons margarine or butter 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs 2 large (10 to 12 ounces each) onions, thinly sliced 1 pound gemelli 1 pound 26- to 30-count shrimp, shelled and deveined, with tail part of shell left on, if you like 1 pound small broccoli florets 1. Heat covered 6-quart pot of water to boiling on high. Add 2 teaspoons salt. 2. In 12-inch skillet, melt 1/2 tablespoon margarine on medium-high. Add bread crumbs and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Stir in pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper. Transfer to plate. 3. In same skillet, melt 2 tablespoons margarine on medium. Stir in onions and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook 20 minutes or until golden and very tender, stirring occasionally. 4. Meanwhile, add pasta to boiling water in pot. Cook 4 minutes less than minimum time that label directs, stirring occasionally. Add shrimp and broccoli and cook 3 minutes. Reserve 1 cup pasta cooking water. Drain pasta mixture and return to pot. 5. Add onion mixture, reserved cooking water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and remaining 1/2 tablespoon margarine. Cook on medium 2 minutes, tossing to coat. To serve, top with reserved toasted breadcrumbs. Serves 6. ¥ Each serving: About 455 calories, 8g total fat (2g saturated), 112mg cholesterol, 660mg sodium, 72g total carbs, 7g dietary fiber, 26g protein. (c) 2011 Hearst Communications, Inc.


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ARIES (March 21 to April 19)

Temper your typical Aries urge to charge into a situation and demand answers. Instead, let the Lamb’s gentler self emerge to deal with a problem that requires delicacy.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20)

You are aware of what’s going on, so continue to stand by your earlier decision, no matter how persuasive the counter-arguments might be. Money pressures will soon ease.

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20)

By all means, have fun and enjoy your newly expanded social life. But don’t forget that some people are depending on you to keep promises that are very important to them.

CANCER (June 21 to July 22)

You need to wait patiently for an answer to a workplace problem and not push for a decision. Remember: Time is on your side. A financial matter needs closer attention.

LEO (July 23 to August 22)

You now have information that can influence that decision you planned to make. But the clever Cat will consult a trusted friend or family member before making a major move.

VIRGO (August 23 to September 22)

Good news: You’re finding that more doors are opening for you to show what you can do, and you don’t even have to knock very hard to get the attention you’re seeking.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22)

Your gift for creating order out of chaos will help you deal with a sudden rush of responsibilities that would threaten someone less able to balance his or her priorities.

SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21)

Congratulations. Your energy levels are coming right back up to normal -- just in time to help you tackle some worthwhile challenges and make some important choices.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) The sage Sagittarian should demand a full explanation of inconsistencies that might be cropping up in what had seemed to be a straightforward deal.

CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19)

A conflict between obligations to family and to the job can create stressful problems. Best advice: Balance your dual priorities so that one doesn’t outweigh the other.

AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18)

Don’t guess, speculate or gossip about that so-called “mystery” situation at the workplace. Bide your time. An explanation will be forthcoming very soon.

PISCES (February 19 to March 20)

Boredom might be creeping in and causing you to lose interest in a repeat project. Deal with it by flipping over your usual routine and finding a new way to do an old task.

BORN THIS WEEK: You can warm the coldest heart with your lyrical voice and bright smile. You find yourself at home, wherever you are. (c) 2011 King Features Synd.,, Inc.

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For Advertising Call 416.615.2584 Food Fun (continued):

• In 1912, a Cleveland chocolate candy maker named Clarence Crane wanted to make a hard mint that wouldn't melt in the summer heat to boost summertime sales. While at the pharmacy buying bottled flavoring, he noticed the druggist using a hand operated pill-making machine that produced flat, round pills. He contracted with the pharmacy to press the mints into shape. The machinery malfunctioned and stamped the candy with a hole in the middle. After looking at the shape, it reminded him of a life preserver so he called them Lifesavers. • Did you know ketchup didn’t always contain tomatoes? The Chinese invented it in the 1600s, and this mixture had no tomatoes but a lot of pickled fish and spices. In the early 1700s, British explorers encountered the sauce in Malaysia. By 1740, it was a British staple and was then renamed ketchup. Tomatoes became an ingredient in the late 1700s when New England colonists added them to the mixture, and modern-day ketchup was born. Tomatoes may have been added sooner, but they were once thought to be poisonous. Henry J. Heinz introduced bottled ketchup in 1875, and by the 1980s, Heinz Ketchup was in one of every two American households. • In 1905 in San Francisco, an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson was mixing powdered flavoring in a glass of soda and water. He accidentally left the glass with the stirring stick in it on his back porch overnight. He found it frozen the next morning. This gave Epperson an idea, and 18 years later in 1923, he started selling "theEpsicle ice pop" for five cents, later changing the name to Popsicle.

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Affordable projects for any handy homeowner (NC)—Last year many Canadians had to put their home renovation projects on hold as a result of the recession.1 While the economy may be bouncing back, some homeowners are still cautious about starting any new projects. The good news is there are quick and easy renovation projects that are affordable to complete and can help you save money, too. “Renovation projects like topping up your attic insulation can help protect the home from drafts and gaps that can help homeowners save up to 28** per cent on energy costs,” says David Flood, insulation expert at Owens Corning. Start by following these three simple steps to complete your attic re–insulation project: 1. Measure the size of your attic and the amount of existing insulation. To meet the recommended standard of R–50, install up to 15 inches of EcoTouch™ PINK™ FIBERGLAS® insulation. 2. Start at the outer edges of the attic and work your way in, placing batts perpendicular to the joists. Cut holes around vents and allow 3” of clearance around exhaust fans, chimneys and any heat–emitting objects and light fixtures. 3. Install Raft–R–Mate® attic rafter vents between rafters to help provide unrestricted airflow through the soffits into the attic, reducing the risk of condensation.

Topping up your attic insulation using the newest innovation from Owens Corning, EcoTouch™ PINK™ FIBERGLAS® insulation batts, will help you prepare for summer and keep your home cool during the warm months. Not only will you save on energy costs but new EcoTouch™ PINK™ insulation is made from natural*** materials and over 70**** per cent recycled content, the highest in the industry. In addition to the monthly savings you’ll receive on energy costs, there are additional provincial and municipal grants available for homeowners who conduct energy efficient renovations. For more information about available grants visit www.showmethegreen.ca.

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Blood Pressure Management: Try Mushrooms Don’t let arthritis come between you and your garden

(NC)—Spring is a time of renewal. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians mark this rite of passage every year by raking, pruning and planting to make their gardens beautiful. Yet for the more than four million Canadians living with arthritis, the bending, stretching and lifting that gardening entails can seem daunting. Gardening is actually an excellent form of exercise that helps maintain strength and mobility without putting additional stress on your joints. The Arthritis Society offers the following tips for smart, safe gardening: • Always be sure to stretch and warm up before working in the garden. This will help reduce stiffness and decrease your risk of injury.

(NC)—Eating more foods rich in potassium, including fresh mushrooms, may help in blood pressure management According to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, more than 40% of people with high blood pressure aren’t even aware they have it. Do you know what your blood pressure is? If the answer is no, be sure to get your blood pressure checked by a healthcare professional at least once every two years. High blood pressure can damage the lining of arteries anywhere in the body leading to atherosclerosis or narrowing of the arteries. And that’s a real problem as it can double or even triple your risk of heart disease/stroke and increase your risk of kidney disease. The good news is there are ways for you to control high blood pressure, and even prevent it from happening. Being at a healthy weight, cutting back on salt, and eating more foods rich in potassium, including fresh mushrooms, are three of the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s recommended lifestyle changes for controlling blood pressure.

• Use raised flower beds that allow you to stand or sit comfortably while you work.

Fresh Mushrooms Can Help!

• Search for garden products that have been designed to be used by people with arthritis. Tools bearing an “arthritis friendly” logo have received a passing grade by an independent third–party research organization.

Say Good–bye to Sodium

• Use tools that have long handles to avoid bending or stooping. Handles should be as long as your own height. • Pad the handles of your hand tools with foam to enlarge the grip. • Wear a carpenter’s apron with large pockets for carrying frequently used tools. • Make sure your tools are sharp and well oiled. It will make them easier to use. • Switch tasks often and take lots of breaks. •Plan rest areas in your garden–benches, chairs, etc.–or use a rolling stool that you can move easily. • If kneeling, use kneepads or a foam kneeling pad. More tips for living well with arthritis can be found online at www.arthritis.ca.

Pick up more Potassium • Fresh white button mushrooms contain 318 milligrams of potassium (9% of the Daily Value) in each ½ cup serving. Getting a little more potassium will help counteract the effects of too much sodium on blood pressure. Mushrooms Make a Difference • Add ½ cup white button mushrooms to your omelet or scrambled eggs instead of ½ cup cheddar cheese. Benefit: save 349 mg sodium and get twice the potassium (111 mg). • Mix 1 cup of diced grilled portabella mushrooms into pasta or pasta sauce instead of sausage. Benefit: save 632 mg sodium and get almost three times the potassium (630 mg).

• Use ½ cup white button mushrooms with dips • Fresh mushrooms are very low in sodium, instead of corn chips. Benefit: save 552 mg soand because they contain Umami naturally en- dium and get an extra 31 mg of potassium. more nutritional information and delicious recipes ideas hance other foods – no need for salt. Use them For visit www.mushrooms.ca. to boost the flavor in pastas, salads, and stir– fries. • Aim for less than 2300 milligrams of sodium per day, about one teaspoon, from processed foods and salt added during food preparation and at the table. Read Nutrition Facts Labels to check how much sodium is in a food. If the % Daily Value is higher than 20, the food is considered high in sodium. Leave it on the shelf! Watch that Weight • Fresh mushrooms are a perfect choice for weight management, since they have a high water content, are low in fat and contain some fibre: three factors that will help you feel full with fewer calories. That means less room for other calorie–laden foods.


For Advertising Call 416.615.2584 Food Fun (continued):

• In 1930, Ruth Wakefield was making chocolate cookies at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts. She ran out of baking chocolate so she broke a bar of semisweet chocolate into little pieces and added them to the dough. When the cookies came out of the oven, the chocolate hadn't melted. Instead there were little chips of chocolate scattered throughout the cookie. She called her new creation Toll House Crunch Cookies. She later sold the recipe to Nestle. No one can eat just one! In 1853, at the Moon Lake Lodge in Saratoga Springs, New York, a diner sent an order of french fries back to the kitchen because they were too thick. The chef, George Crum, remade the fries thinner this time, but the customer sent those back too. Crum decided to teach the diner a lesson, so he sliced a potato paperthin and fried it until it was crisp. The customer loved them. Soon other customers were asking for potato chips. Today, in the United States, a pound of potato chips costs 200 times more than a pound of potatoes. • Sometimes, a little change can yield big results. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class. • The phrase “busy as a bee” has roots in reality. To make just two pounds of honey, bees have to visit four million flowers, traveling a distance equal to four times around the earth. •

If you find yourself on the wrong end of a bee and get stung, grab an onion. This root vegetable contains a mild antibiotic that tames bee stings and also fights infections, soothes burns and relieves the itch of athlete’s foot.

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