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Creepy clown sightings go nationwide
Creepy clown sightings go nationwide
October 20, 2014

The rash of creepy clown sightings in California appears to have spread nationwide, with reported en-clown-ters in Florida, Indiana and New Mexico.

The Wasco Clown, a California photography project by a husband-and-wife team who said they wish to remain anonymous, appears to have inspired copycats that have been photographed and videotaped in Albuquerque, N.M.; Fishers, Ind.; and Jacksonville, Fla.
Jacksonville residents said people dressed in creepy clown costumes have been appearing in security camera footage. One recording shows a clown walking up to a resident's porch, tearing apart a pumpkin and staring directly into the camera before walking away.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said it has not received any complaints about clown crimes.

Albuquerque residents have reported encounters with a blood-stained clown couple posing in locations including the University of New Mexico and Expo New Mexico's Fright Fest.
Meanwhile, police in Fishers are asking residents to call officers if they spot a man seen wandering city streets in a clown costume. The man has reportedly been frightening residents, but he is not believed to have broken any laws.

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Underwear shoplifter Joseph Randle lands endorsement deal out of arrest
Underwear shoplifter Joseph Randle lands endorsement deal out of arrest
October 20, 2014

Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has jockeyed himself from thief to shill - a subtle and brilliant transformation in less than a week's time.

Randle was arrested for shoplifting underwear and a tester bottle of cologne on Monday, an obvious embarrassment for him and for the team. But now, per ESPN, Randle will be hocking MeUndies brand underwear - yes, he landed an endorsement deal out of this mess - and certainly will more than make up for the $29,500 game-check fine the Cowboys levied on him for the arrest.

An unmentionable crime turns into Randle promoting unmentionables. What a country.
Randle was charged with Class B misdemeanor theft of $50 to $500, according to Dallas-area police, and released on bond early Tuesday morning. Although the team fined Randle, he will not be forced to miss any game action.

Under the auspice of penance, MeUndies head of marketing and business development Dan King said Randle also will donate $15,000 or more worth of underwear and other clothing to needy children and will make public-service appearances at Dallas-area schools to warn children and students about learning from their mistakes.

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'Walking Dead' Actress Helps Rescue Colombian Sex Slaves
'Walking Dead' Actress Helps Rescue Colombian Sex Slaves
October 20, 2014

Actress Laurie Holden has moved on from killing zombies on television to fighting sex traffickers in real life. The former Walking Dead star was recently involved in an undercover sting operation in Colombia to take down a notorious sex trafficker. According to ABC News, the mission, dubbed Operation Underground Railroad, was the creation of former CIA and Homeland Security agent Tim Ballard, who recruited "a ragtag group of volunteers" that featured two CrossFit instructors from Utah, a door-to-door salesman, and Holden, who portrayed "Andrea" on The Walking Dead for three seasons.

The mission, which was profiled on Nightline and will be the subject of an upcoming documentary called The Abolitionists, helped liberate around 55 sex slaves, Us Weekly reports, as well as bring down trafficker Marcus Bronschidle. Holden's role in the mission was to distract the girls - some as young as 12 years old - while Ballard and his team exchanged the money with Bronschidle, which was filmed and later used as evidence against the trafficker. The sting was set up as a fake children's birthday party so the traffickers would feel at ease bringing young girls into the house, ABC News writes.

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'American Idol' Is Allowing Fans to Award a Golden Ticket to Hollywood
'American Idol' Is Allowing Fans to Award a Golden Ticket to Hollywood
October 20, 2014

For the first time ever, American Idol fans will have the chance to tell a hopeful "you're going to Hollywood!"

Producers of the Fox singing series have added a new wrinkle, allowing viewers to have a say in which contestant will receive a coveted golden ticket to the show's Hollywood rounds, which begin the week of Oct. 25 (and air in the spring).

Although the panel of Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and fill-in judge Adam Lambert have already made their decisions regarding which singers will make it through to the next round, four hopefuls who have not been seen by the judges will be at the mercy of America via an online poll. The four contestants are Emily Claire Shlesinger from Dallas, Kay Leon from Brooklyn, Raven Symone Basden from Miramar, Fla. and Tyler Clark from Ephraim, Utah.

In short video clips, each of the four give brief explanations of why he or she should be the next winner before performing a song.

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Oats Balance Blood Sugar
Oats Balance Blood Sugar
October 18, 2014

Oatmeal is a breakfast favorite, and for good reason, it helps curb appetite, decreases risk for both colon cancer and high cholesterol, can help balance blood sugar and is incredibly easy to whip up in the morning. Read on for five more things you need to know about your oats.

Nutrient dense. Oats contain manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, biotin, B1, magnesium, chromium, zinc and more. Many of these nutrients contribute to blood sugar balance and relaxation, as well as boosting immunity and more. Oats are also rich in antioxidants which are implicated in the cholesterol lowering and anti inflammatory effects.

Savory. You may be accustomed to sweetening up your oats, but oats' neutral taste makes a prime canvas for more inventive flavor pairings. Savory oats -- are a brilliant way to enjoy the classic breakfast food. They're delicious topped with a poached egg, or turkey sausage, or even some hot sauce and veggies. Now, your morning breakfast could be a great way to get in a serving of vegetables or two.

Fiber rich. A diet rich in fiber helps keep you regular, may lower your risk of colon and rectal cancer, and if you are watching your weight, can make you feel full longer, so you eat less. In addition, certain types of fiber help lower blood cholesterol levels, and can even help to control the rise of blood sugar levels after a meal.

Add some protein. Keep in mind that contrary to what many of us think, Americans generally don't eat enough protein for breakfast. Protein is critical for maintaining muscle mass and more, as proteins are part of every cell, tissue, and organ in our bodies. Protein also helps keep us feeling satisfied longer and our blood sugar more stable - so that we're not hungry soon after breakfast with no ability to concentrate. Oats have protein, but get creative and add other sources like nut butters, chia seeds, have it savory with eggs and sausage, or even mix in some of your favorite protein powder. Adding extra protein will help make your oat breakfast even more of a lasting hit.

What's the difference? Oat groats: unflattened kernels that are good for using as a breakfast cereal or for stuffing. Steel-cut oats: featuring a dense and chewy texture, they are produced by running the grain through steel blades that thinly slices them. Old-fashioned oats: have a flatter shape that is the result of their being steamed and then rolled. Quick-cooking oats: processed like old-fashioned oats, except they are cut finely before rolling Instant oatmeal: produced by partially cooking the grains and then rolling them very thin. Oftentimes, sugar, salt and other ingredients are added to make the finished product. Oat bran: the outer layer of the grain that resides under the hull. While oat bran is found in rolled oats and steel-cut oats, it may also be purchased as a separate product that can be added to recipes or cooked to make a hot cereal. Oat flour: used in baking, it is oftentimes combined with wheat or other gluten-containing flours when making leavened bread.

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Steal This Recipe® Pumpkin & Gorgonzola Risotto with Amaretto Powder
Steal This Recipe® Pumpkin & Gorgonzola Risotto with Amaretto Powder
October 18, 2014

This great fall recipe was 'stolen with permission' from Executive Chef Matteo Calciati of Giano, in the East Village. The restaurant is named after the Roman mythological deity of beginnings and endings who has two faces, looking towards the past and also towards the future. Giano, in the spirit of its namesake, honors both the past and future of Italian cuisine.

The menu, driven by seasonal ingredients is divided into columns, one half features traditional Italian dishes while the other is more contemporary. Traditional appetizers include Insalata di Polipo alla Genovese, a warm octopus and potato salad served with tomatoes, black olives and arugula, dressed with a delicate and aromatic lemon vinaigrette. A modern example would be Fagottini di Manzo Farciti, a trio of domes made from filet mignon carpaccio stuffed with parmesan, goat cheese, and gorgonzola mousses, garnished with candied orange zest for the goat cheese, a balsamic reduction for the gorgonzola and a tuft of arugula for the parmesan.

About the chef: Matteo Calciati moved from Milan to join fellow Italians (also from Milan), owners Paolo Rossi and Matteo Niccoli at Giano. His previous experience has taken him from Lake Como to London and Africa in his quest to perfect his culinary technique, with extensive experience in the specialty restaurants of Milan.

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126 E 7th St
New York, NY 10009
212.673.7200

Pumpkin and Gorgonzola Risotto with Amaretto Powder is served at Giano for $14.
This recipe makes 4 restaurant servings.

Pumpkin and Gorgonzola Risotto with Amaretto Powder Ingredients:
1 onion
10 oz Arborio rice
8 oz pumpkin pulp
3.5 oz gorgonzola
1 glass white wine
1pint vegetable broth
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 Amaretto cookies

Pumpkin and Gorgonzola Risotto with Amaretto Powder Steal This Recipe® Step by Step Instructions:
Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a pan.
Add the onion and fry until browned.
Add the rice, stirring the rice until golden for about 5 minutes.
Add the white wine and keep stirring until the liquid is absorbed.
Continue stirring while adding the vegetable broth.
Add the pumpkin pulp.
Cook the rice, stirring often until the rice is cooked.
Crush the Amaretto cookies in a plastic bag with a rolling pin.
Remove from the heat and add the butter and gorgonzola and stir.
Divide the risotto between 4 plates and top with crushed Amaretto cookies.
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Paint a pumpkin teal for food allergy awareness!
Paint a pumpkin teal for food allergy awareness!
October 18, 2014

eal is one of 2014's top colors for fashion and design, and now you can show your support for kids with food allergies with a chic colored pumpkin at your doorstep. The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization is promoting The Teal Pumpkin Project to raise awareness as well as inspire more inclusion in Trick-or-Treating for kids that suffer from food allergies.

According to research, one in every 13 children are affected by a food allergy. For these children, this means participation in events like Halloween can be limiting. In particular, dairy and nuts are common offenders found in many chocolate candies. Planning for Halloween for parents of children with allergies requires vigilance in order to keep kids safe.

Here's how you can help whether you have a child with allergies or not. Paint a pumpkin teal to let Trick-or-Treaters know you are handing out non-food treats. There are a variety of places where inexpensive treats can be purchased (FARE suggests checking out Amazon and Oriental Trading Company). Also dollar stores will often have good finds or retail outlets such as Party City that carry inexpensive party favors.

For more on the Teal Pumpkin Project, visit the website and visit the Facebook page. And remember that sharing the info through social media and letting your neighbors and community know about the project will create more awareness and fun!

We'd also love to see a picture of your teal pumpkin, so be sure to share on the SupermarketGuru Facebook page.

Check out our FREE Food Allergy Buddy Card for ease in ordering in restaurants and alerting food handlers to your needs.

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Be part of the beer renaissance
Be part of the beer renaissance
October 18, 2014

Supermarkets could soon be in the middle of a blossoming marriage between beer, coffee and other foods.

Several separate events suggest this could happen soon:

The Synek Draft System raised nearly $650,000 on Kickstarter for its patent-pending titanium and nylon bags "that can be filled from brewers' taps with a gallon of beer, or the equivalent of 11 drinks," reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The pressurized bags keep beer fresh for at least 30 days, much longer than growlers' shelf life of a few days," the developer told the paper. This innovative system dispenses premium fresh beer that brewers create -and leaves brewers with "15 to 20 times" the 10% margin a brewer might otherwise make through retail sales. The bags fit into a box that can be plugged into a dispenser [approximately the size of a toaster oven], the paper describes.

At certain Kroger, Weis Markets, and Lunds & Byerly's stores, in-store counters already serve varied imports and domestic beers, including local craft brews, in growlers for on- or off-premise consumption. Local sources tell us the growlers are "making money hand over fist." The growlers seem ideal for tasty, quick refreshment with a friend in a beer café or to quench thirsts at a football tailgate.

If more supermarkets devise ways to sell craft brews (and others) in growlers or Keurig beverage-style dispensers - either for on-site beer cafe or at-home drinking - they'll vie for popularity as social drinking sites, strip distribution costs vs. cans and glass, and make it much easier for people to access their favorite craft brew flavors, says F3. Supermarkets that check local laws may find limited or no restrictions against their installation of in-store beer cafes.

Meanwhile, a Starbucks test of a drink it calls Dark Barrel Latte in a "handful" of Ohio and Florida stores, reported by USA Today, hints at possible demand for beer flavors all day long. The Starbucks "stout flavor" is really a "roasted malt flavor" containing no alcohol.

If suppliers believe demand does exist for beer flavors throughout the day, supermarkets can soon expect an infusion of these in pastas, breads, sauces, prepared meats and numerous categories storewide.

The engine for beer sales is the surging popularity of craft brews and their variety of tastes. The Brewers Association says the production of local beers is 18% ahead in mid-2014 vs. a year ago. Craft beer sales have risen at least 10% in each of the first six-month periods of the past four years.

Over a longer span, U.S. consumption of domestic and import beers has been virtually flat since 1999, says a Boston Consulting Group analysis of Brewers Association statistics. By contrast, craft beer production jumped more than 80% in just the past five years, from 117 million cases in 2008 to 215 million cases in 2013. In this period, small brewers nearly doubled their volume share to 7.8% from 4.0%.

Moreover, BCG notes a surge in U.S. craft breweries to more than 2,500, up from 350 in 1991 and 1,499 in 2001, according to National Beer Wholesalers Association figures.

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From Tom Parsons - Sail Away With Cruise Deals
From Tom Parsons - Sail Away With Cruise Deals
October 17, 2014

If you've been thinking about taking a cruise, this is an excellent time to look because we are seeing some great deals for travel in the next three to four months.

Cruising can be a great option for a vacation because it's like having a 24/7 all-inclusive vacation, with lodging, dining and entertainment included in your cruise price.

Cruises will be more expensive during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays, but we should see deals before and after the holidays. Not only are cruise prices higher during the holidays, but airfares can also be sky high. Those fares also drop before and after the holidays, so you can save not only on cruise rates but also on fares. Most of the cruises listed below are valid for travel in November and January and once we get past the holidays, we should see more deals for travel in February.

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Dream Big America - This Week's Contestants!
Dream Big America - This Week's Contestants!
October 17, 2014

Here are this week's contestants for Dream Big America...

Michel Werner from SYNEK

Nicole Snow from Darn Good Yarn

Angelica Alas from Alas Designs

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