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02 Jul

What started as an alternative to standard-issue military conditioning quickly grew into a life-changing career as Anthony “Flama Blanca” Fuhrman discovered his knack for lifting heavy and moving fast could catapult him to the top of his sport. Find out how this world-class Strongman and Titan Games competitor uses pop music and a larger-than-life persona to conquer the toughest lifts in competition.

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02 Jul

Berry Jam Cake

Even at its hottest, summer is still one of our favorite times to crank up the oven. Our July/August 2019 issue helps you make the most of this season’s fresh produce, from a feature on juicy blackberries and blueberries to a collection of our best-ever summer sweet buns. If you’re in the mood for something light and airy, our berry pavlova packed with Heilala Vanilla is just the recipe for you. We take a deep dive into sourdough to bring you four flavor-packed boules, and our cherry tomato-studded focaccia (this issue’s cover star!) is just begging to make an appearance on your next mezze platter.

Here’s our top recipes from the issue that you’ll want to be baking all summer long! Be sure to pick up a copy of the issue to make these at home, as well as many more recipes that’ll make this your sweetest summer yet.

Strawberry Pistachio Sweet Rolls

Packing a filling with freeze-dried strawberries and chopped pistachios, these sweet buns pack a lot of fruity flavor. A tangy cream cheese drizzle offers an orthodox finish to very unorthodox buns. Don’t miss more of our favorite summer sweet rolls in the issue!

Cheese and Chive Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire pudding is an English side dish made from a batter of eggs, flour, and milk or water—the Brits love a baked pudding. We give the classic version a serious savory upgrade with fresh chives and melted cheese. Find more ways to use your muffin tin you may never have thought of before in the issue!

Rainbow Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Rainbow sprinkles bring crunch and color to these tender drop cookies. We made these with bake sales in mind, as we’re teaming up with No Kid Hungry this summer to raise money to end childhood hunger! Click here to find out how you can get involved by organizing your won Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry, and also to find the recipe to these showstopping cookies!

Chocolate Cherry Sourdough Boule

This loaf is the ideal sourdough: chewy crust, open crumb, and well-developed flavor. For a touch of complexity, we mix in dark chocolate and dried cherries for a sweet and sultry take on classic sourdough. Find our classic sourdough recipe as well as our test kitchen’s top tips for perfect boules in the issue!

Berry Jam Cake

In this one-layer stunner, the pillowy butter cake gets subtle spice from ground ginger while a layer of blackberry and blueberry jam filling adds sweetness to every bite. Topped with sugar for extra crunch, this is the effortless, elegant dessert your summer soirées have been waiting for. Whip up our Berry Jam (used as the filling in this cake) and see why this is the spread we’re putting on everything this summer!

Tomato Sourdough Focaccia

Last but certainly not least, our cover star! With a chewy interior and an addictive caramelized crust adorned with fresh grape tomatoes, this rosemary-scented focaccia has all the tangy comfort of sourdough but without the hassle, thanks to Platinum® Instant Sourdough Yeast by Red Star. This is one recipe you’ll bake on repeat all summer long!

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02 Jul

This easy Greek Salad is made with plum tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, bell pepper, kalamata olives, and crumbled feta cheese. Tossed with a lemon and red wine vinegar vinaigrette dressing, it’s ready for a summer picnic!

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Great Summer Salad

This Greek salad is a favorite of my father’s to make during the summer.

We usually have plenty of tomatoes and cucumbers growing in the garden, and all you have to do is toss in some red onions, olives, bell pepper, feta cheese, a few herbs, and some olive oil and vinegar and you have beautiful, cooling, fresh, Greek salad.

All the best ingredients and flavors of Greek cuisine, all in one easy summer salad!

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What To Serve with Greek Salad

You can serve this salad as a side for just about any of your summer favorites, like grilled chicken or grilled fish. It’s terrific with pita bread that has been brushed with olive oil and toasted or grilled.

Make-Ahead Tips

The dressing for this recipe can be made up to three hours ahead and kept at room temperature.

Except for the tomatoes, all the vegetables can also be chopped a few hours ahead of time and kept refrigerated. Tomatoes are much better when fresh and un-refrigerated, so wait to add those until just before serving.

Toss all the vegetables with the salad dressing and sprinkle with cheese when ready to serve.


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02 Jul

Today it’s time for cider, with a visit to Michigan’s Virtue Cider. Specifically, we’re looking at one of the company’s oldest offerings (the Rose) — and its newest (Mezzo Spritz). Thoughts follow.

Virtue Cider Rose – “A blend of hand-pressed heirloom Michigan apples aged in French oak barrels,” with added botanicals to give it color and a floral character. Fairly dry, with just a bit of honey sweetness ’round the middle. The flowery notes take center stage here, a blend of rose petals and honeysuckle pushing the core apple elements a bit into the background. Some of that slightly yeasty funkiness that’s endemic to cider — and especially Virtue Cider — is here, giving the back end a fairly nutty quality. There’s more alcohol evident than I’d like, particularly on the short finish, though plenty of fizz makes it at least approachable. 6.7% abv. B- / $10 per six pack

Virtue Cider Mezzo Spritz – This low-alcohol offering is a cidery spin on the Aperol Spritz, blending Virtue Cider, sparkling water, and natural botanicals (including the blood orange pictured on the label) to approximate a Spritz in a can… just, you know, with apples in it. The results are… questionable. This tastes nothing like any Spritz I’ve ever had (and that is a high number), with a muddy, almost moldy, character on the heavily vegetal nose. Things don’t get much better from there, and while the bitter elements in the mix are clearly a nod toward Aperol and Campari, there’s no balance present in the form of fresh fruit or lively acidity, though a hint of orange is present late in the game. Any sense of cider is absent. At the end of the experience, the unripe olive character on the finish does at least evoke the odd garnish that’s common in some versions of the cocktail, but it’s way out of place here. 3.5% abv. D / $12 per six pack


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02 Jul

Forget secondhand smoke. Now you have to worry about the secondhand drinking.

One fifth of adults — or an estimated 53 million people in the United States — suffer from other people’s boozing annually, making this “a significant public health issue,” according to a new study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

“One thing to think about with the 1 in 5 number is that it is only limited to a snapshot in time of about a year. So, probably more people have actually been harmed by someone else’s drinking at other times in their life,” study author Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, a senior scientist with the Alcohol Research Group at the Public Health Institute in Emeryville, Calif., tells CNN.

Researchers analyzed responses from 8,750 adults interviewed in 2015 for the National Alcohol’s Harm to Others Survey and the National Alcohol Survey. Subjects were asked whether they experienced any of the 10 types of harms — caused by someone who had been drinking alcohol — in a 12-month period. The damages included everything from traffic accidents, physical abuse, marital problems, property damage and financial issues.

The current research, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, analyzed the data to provide insight for potential alcohol control policies, such as taxation and pricing to reduce alcohol’s harm to persons other than the drinker.

Researchers said that 21% of women and 23% of men experienced at least one negative impact. The most common type of harm reported was threats or harassment.

“For women, the most prevalent [types of harm, after harassment] are family and marital problems or financial problems due to someone else’s drinking and a close third runner-up would be driving-related harms — so riding with a drunk driver or actually having a crash caused by someone who had been drinking,” says Karriker-Jaffe. “For men, [after harassment,] the driving-related harms were the most common, followed by property damage and vandalism.”

Adults under the age of 25 were at a higher risk to experience a broader range of issues from other people’s drinking.

The study also found that women were more likely to report harm caused by a spouse or family member who was hitting the sauce. Men were more likely to report issues that were caused by a stranger.

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02 Jul

Colour Pop Hooked Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a muted, medium orange with warm undertones and a dusting of fine, gold pearl. The texture was lightweight, spreadable, and emollient without being too wet or feeling tacky, which made it easy to use, whether I applied it over bare skin or on top of foundation. The pigmentation was opaque when applied directly from the tube, and it was semi-sheer, buildable in coverage when applied with fingertips or a brush (as expected). This shade stayed on well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

  • MAC Sunbasque (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • Flesh Beauty Glaze (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Too Faced Sugared Peach (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar).
  • Milani Bronze Burst #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • MAC Perfect Bronze (Right) (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • NARS Frenzy (Right) (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • Sephora Passionate (23) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.33 oz. – $24.24 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to “blend effortlessly” with a “natural, skin-like finish” that can be layered or applied on bare skin. The brand recommends applyling directly from the tube for heavier coverage and using a brush to pick up product for less coverage, though the coverage “easily builds colour to your heart’s desire.” They dry down to a semi-set finish–lightly dewy, definitely “natural, skin-like” in appearance, but not overly tacky or really wet-looking. I haven’t found that they migrate or move around much, so the formula is still longer-wearing at seven to nine hours with minimal movement. They have applied well and worn well over foundation thus far, too. They are not transfer-proof but are transfer-resistant; they won’t smear around with an inadvertent touch but aren’t fully locked down.

The pigmentation varied a bit from shade to shade, but most shades were semi-opaque to fully opaque when applied directly from the tube in one “swipe” motion, though I think mimicking this on cheeks isn’t quite as easily done as compared to my arm. I preferred picking up product on my fingertip, patting on the apple of my cheek and diffusing upward and outward, then using a clean fingertip to diffuse and soften the edges as needed. I appreciated that even the deeper hues didn’t seem to “sink” into my pores and were as easy to apply and blend out as very light, more my-skin-but-better (literally, my skin!) hues. I would describe the formula was buildable from semi-sheer to medium with semi-opaque coverage possible, but there’s enough slip in the formula that it starts to sheer out noticeably even when applied more heavily.

The consistency was lightly emollient, lightweight, and thin with good spreadability and movement; it didn’t lift up base products but still worked well over bare skin. I didn’t experience it lifting up or creating patchiness over time on top of foundation, even when I set the foundation initially, but I would recommend (same as I would for most cream-based cheek formulas!) to pair with a less-matte foundation for optimal results (the dewy finish plays well with a more skin-like base).

Oh, the caps have the names of the products, but the rest of the tube doesn’t, so if you have more than one open, take care in getting the right lid back on!

Browse all of our Colour Pop Blush Stix swatches.


Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate, Caprylyl Methicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Paraffin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Hydrated Silica, Ceresin, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Synthetic Beeswax, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Lauryl Laurate, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Microcrystalline Wax, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Water, Hexylene Glycol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492), Mica (CI 77019), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

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02 Jul

Programill PM7 is designed to cover the entire CAD/CAM material range from Ivoclar Digital and it’s optimised for hybrid operation.

The machine changes from wet to dry operation fully automatically.

New innovations made this possible: a newly designed milling chamber, an optimised suction, a unique coolant fluid concept and an automatic self-cleaning function.

When machining PMMA materials, the integrated ioniser neutralises the statically charged particles for easier extraction.

Programill PM7 is the flagship in the Programill series.

The machine sets new industrial standards of performance and range of indications.

Programill PM7 is distinguished by its dynamics and powerful performance.

For more information visit www.ivoclarvivadent.co.uk/en-uk/specials/programill-pm7.

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02 Jul

Homewood Ravensview, a new private mental health facility in North Saanich, north of Victoria on Vancouver Island.

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A new private mental health facility on Vancouver Island that charges clients $700 to $800 a day for lodging, food, and counseling isn’t as private as the marketing implies since it will still collect some fees from the provincial government.

There are 50 health professionals on staff at the 75-bed Homewood Ravensview facility, including four salaried physicians who bill the taxpayer-funded Medical Services Plan each time they see patients for medically necessary purposes. That’s because doctors are required, under provincial statutes, to bill the public health insurance plan for services instead of collecting private payments.

Ravensview bills itself as the first and only private facility in Western Canada that offers physician-led mental health care for conditions like anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. It also offers addiction services. Ravensview representatives have said that mental health conditions often coexist with addictions, and clients will have therapy for all their problems. The four physicians at Ravensview include two psychiatrists, a primary care physician and an addictions specialist.

A six-week stay at Ravensview will cost about $30,000 a person. Most clients will be covered by employee benefit plans or extended health insurance plans rather than paying out of pocket. But since the facility emphasizes it is private, questions have arisen about the financial model in a province where the government has been clamping down on physicians working in private facilities where patients are paying for expedited treatment.

While many mental health patients often have to wait long periods for treatment, Ravensview says in its marketing that clients can start treatment within 24 hours of making the call for help.

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Homewood Ravensview

Robert De Clark, general manager at Ravensview, said the physicians on staff have MSP billings numbers and will bill MSP for any treatment that is both medically necessary and an MSP insured service. That would include assessments and followup visits with psychiatrists.

Ravensview officials declined to comment on whether physicians keep the MSP billings or if they split it with the facility as is the case at other private rehab facilities.

“We aren’t doing anything behind MSP’s back,” he said. 

Meribeth Burton, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health, said in an email: “The ministry recognizes there may be a range of services, some of which are MSP benefits, and some of which are not, offered by public and private facilities.

“The ministry’s concern is that appropriate billing is taking place (both to MSP and to the patient) and that patients clearly understand what choices they are making before receiving services. Practitioners who are enrolled in MSP must not bill the patient a fee for a service that is an MSP benefit, or bill MSP and the patient for the same service.”

Clients of such facilities, she added, should ensure that they aren’t getting charged for services that are normally paid by MSP. If they are, that “would be inappropriate billing.”

The facility, on 28 acres in North Saanich, is solely owned by RBJ Schlegel Holdings, an Ontario company operated by Ron Schlegel. Some versions of a previous story erroneously referred to other family members as being involved.

The B.C. Assembly of First Nations regional chief, Terry Teegee, said Ravensview is a welcome addition as it is “the most comprehensive private mental health, trauma, and addiction centre” in the west. He lauds the fact that care will be culturally sensitive to Aboriginal people.

“Mental health and substance use issues continue to be a priority concern for many First Nations communities in B.C. and across Canada,” he said adding that the work done there will help individuals learn how to realize their potential, contribute to their families and communities and develop better-coping styles.


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02 Jul

Nightfood, Inc, the rapidly growing ice cream company solving America’s $50 billion-dollar nighttime snacking problem, announced that Nightfood sleep-friendly ice cream has won multiple 2019 World Dairy Innovation Awards, winning in the categories for Best New Ice Cream as well as Best Dairy Dessert.

Sleep expert, Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, and Nightfood Scientific Advisory Board member Dr. Michael Breus remarked, “In a few years, the idea of sleep-friendly snacking will seem to have been so obvious.  With the huge majority of at-home ice cream consumption occurring shortly before bed, you wonder why it took so long for a company like Nightfood to burst onto the scene.”

With the overwhelming majority of at-home ice cream consumption occurring in the hours before bed, Nightfood believes its sleep-friendly nighttime ice cream, formulated by sleep and nutrition experts, is the next evolution in the significant better-for-you ice cream category.

Market research giant Mintel identified nighttime specific food and beverages as one of their most “compelling and category changing” trends for the coming years.

Get the full story at finance.yahoo.com.


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02 Jul

These Pecan Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Buttercream are the summer-ready version of pecan sandies. Sunnyland Farms’ hand-harvested Raw Georgia Pecan Halves take center stage in the buttery cookie base, adding irresistible crunch to every bite. A generous swirl of sweet-tart Cherry Buttercream sends this recipe right over the edge. Don’t worry, the buttercream recipe makes a little extra so you can top off your shortbread with it, spread it on a slice of cake, or simply eat it by the spoonful. Trust us, you won’t be able to get enough.

Pecan Thumbprint Cookies with Cherry Buttercream

  • 1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup (133 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks (37 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon (4 grams) vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (85 grams) chopped pecans*, toasted and cooled
  • 2¼ cups (281 grams) all-purpose flour, divided
  • ¾ teaspoon (2.25 grams) kosher salt
  • Cherry Buttercream (recipe follows)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar at medium speed until creamy, 2 to 3 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  3. In the work bowl of a food processor, place pecans and ¼ cup (31 grams) flour; pulse until ground. Add salt and remaining 2 cups (250 grams) flour; pulse to combine. With mixer on low speed, gradually add pecan mixture to butter mixture, beating until combined.
  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls (about 13 grams), and place 2 inches apart on prepared pans. Using your thumb or a ¼ teaspoon, gently make an indentation in center of each ball.
  5. Bake until bottoms are golden brown, 15 to 17 minutes. Remove from oven, and press down centers again. Let cool on pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks. Place Cherry Buttercream in a piping bag fitted with a medium open star tip (Wilton #32). Pipe Cherry Buttercream into center of each cookie.

* We used Sunnyland Farms Raw Georgia Pecan Halves


Cherry Buttercream

  • ¾ cup (170 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ teaspoon (1 gram) almond extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups (360 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (40 grams) pure cherry concentrate*
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, almond extract, and salt at medium speed until creamy, 3 to 5 minutes. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar and cherry concentrate, beating until smooth. Use immediately.



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