InventHelp Client’s Invention Solves the Problem of Eating Messy Finger Foods (HLW-1332)


PITTSBURGH, PA (PRWEB) September 29, 2014

Finger foods covered in sauce and/or grease, such as chicken wings, ribs or crab legs, leave hands, fingers and nails very messy. This limits the consumer’s ability to pick up a cell phone, fork or even a glass, and often ruins the enjoyment of the meal whether it be at home, a party or a restaurant.

The WING BLING provides an easier way to eat these messy and/or greasy finger foods. It prevents the hands, fingers and nails from becoming messy and covered in grease or sauce. This, in turn, promotes convenience, multi-tasking while eating, cleanliness and overall enjoyment of the meal. Compact, portable and easy to use, it is ideal for households, parties and restaurants.

The original design was submitted to the Hollywood office of InventHelp. It is currently available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, write Dept. 13-HLW-1332, InventHelp, 217 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call (412) 288-1300 ext. 1368. Learn more about InventHelp’s Invention Submission Services at http://www.InventHelp.com – https://www.youtube.com/user/inventhelp

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Montel Williams and Frank Davis Announce New Whole-Food Nutrition Recipe Book, The Simple Scoop, at Natural Products Expo East In Baltimore


Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) September 18, 2014

Stealth Health Revolution co-founders, Montel Williams, Emmy Award-winning celebrity and wellness advocate, and Frank Davis, founder of Food for Health International and Activz Whole-food Nutrition, are pleased to announce the new recipe book, “The Simple Scoop — 150+ ways to make delicious, nutrition-packed meals using Activz whole-food powders.” The Simple Scoop recipe book is the next step in the Stealth Health Revolution mission to help millions of families incorporate whole-food nutrition into their lives. Complimentary copy will be given to the first 200 attendees at a signing event with Montel Williams and Frank Davis at Natural Products Expo East held in the Baltimore Convention Center on September 19th at 12-1:30 p.m. Eastern Time in Activz Booth #5623.

Food for Health International Founder, Frank Davis, started Activz Whole-Food Nutrition because he remembers what it was like to suffer chronic disease. Now years later after a successful experience with whole-foods, Frank is an energetic and active athlete in his late 60s who wants to make it easy for people to give their bodies whole-food nutrition. He created the new recipe book, “The Simple Scoop — 150+ ways to make delicious, nutrition-packed meals using Activz whole-food powders”, as a response to people asking how to use the new line of Activz whole-food fruit, vegetable and grass powders.

It amazes people that Activz has found a way to transform whole-food fresh produce into a powders with the same nutrient content, and they often ask how best to use them, says Frank Davis. The Simple Scoop recipe book is a great place to start for ideas on adding the whole-food nutrition of Activz into your family meals.

“The Simple Scoop — 150+ ways to make delicious, nutrition-packed meals using Activz whole-food powders”, is a beautiful 91-page softbound book that includes over 150 suggestions from customers and the Activz test kitchen for using Activz whole-food powders. Activzs whole-food and organic produce powders are part of an easy-to-use, preservative-free whole-food line, and are available in a variety of organic fruit, vegetable and grass options like organic kale, beet, carrot, mango, strawberry, blueberry-acai and more.

Frank Davis says that the new whole-food nutrition recipe book is also part of the Stealth Health Revolution campaign he recently launched with Montel Williams, Emmy Award-winning celebrity and wellness advocate. Their mission, along with whole-food warriors across the nation, is to help millions of families incorporate whole-food nutrition into their lives and to provide tools to consumers who have long believed they must choose between healthy eating and convenience.

Activz will revolutionize the way the world eats, says Montel Williams. People no longer have to choose between eating healthy and having a convenient, hassle-free diet. Activz has greatly simplified the whole-foods lifestyle.

The Simple Scoop recipes include categories such as easy-to-make, whole-food nutrition baby food, entrees, desserts, beverages, appetizers and 50 Fast Ways to Stealth Health Your Meals submitted by whole food warriors who are trying Activz Whole-Food Nutrition around the world. The Simple Scoop empowers all readers to get whole-food nutrition in every meal.

Details about the Activz produce powder line, and the new Activz recipe book, “The Simple Scoop — 150+ ways to make delicious, nutrition-packed meals using Activz whole-food powders”, will be available at the Natural Products Expo East Show at the Baltimore Convention Center on September 18th-20th at Booth #5623. Montel Williams will join Activzs Frank Davis to sign the new Activz Recipe book and answer questions on September 19th, 12-1:30 p.m. Eastern Time at Booth #5623. For an Expo Media Sample Kit or for more information about Activz, visit http://www.activz.com or call (855) 782-0447.

About Activz Whole-Food Nutrition:

Activz, found in over 700 stores nationwide, is whole-food nutrition, simplified. Activz is a natural products company devoted to providing food actives the living, bioactive nutrition of whole foods in the most convenient forms possible, all while retaining 100% whole-food integrity. The Stealth Health Revolution is a campaign aimed at helping millions of families incorporate whole-food nutrition into their lives and to provide tools to consumers who have long believed they must choose between healthy eating and convenience. http://www.activz.com







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Best 5 Natural Skin Hydrators For Your Beauty Routine Presented by Beauty Research

Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) September 17, 2014

Roughly 8.4 million people in the United States suffer from chronic dry skin, while millions more develop seasonal dryness during the fall and winter months when conditions become more arid across the country. Moisturizers can be used to keep skin properly hydrated year-round, but for women who prefer to use natural skin care products over synthetics, choosing the right moisturizer can be challenging. The latest article by BeautyResearch.com, Best 5 Natural Skin Hydrators, discusses five of the most widely used and rigorously studied natural skin hydrators found in moisturizers and body lotions to help women make informed buying choices.

An emollient is a type of skin moisturizer that supplements hydration levels in the skin tissue and promotes softer, smoother skin. What are some of the best natural emollients used in skin care products today? Why do they stand out among other options that are available on the market? How do the natural emollients differ from one another? To find out, visit BeautyResearch.com or click:

http://beautyresearch.com/blogs/beauty-research/archive/2014/09/17/best-5-natural-skin-hydrators.aspx

A humectant is a second type of skin hydrator that helps moisture from the air bind with the skin to keep it moisturized. What is the best natural humectant found in moisturizers? From where is this natural ingredient sourced? Does it offer other benefits for the skin beyond decreasing the likelihood of dry skin occurring?

Occlusives are the third and final type of skin hydrator. These moisturizers work by sealing moisture into the skin to keep the tissue’s natural protective barrier intact. What is the best natural lanolin? How is it sourced? In what types of products is it often found and for what type of skin is it best suited? To find out more about occlusive and humectants, visit BeautyResearch.com or click:

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Women who wish to use natural skin care products instead of traditional synthetic products must use caution when shopping for body lotions and moisturizers. What is one thing that a woman should do before purchasing a moisturizer or body lotion that is advertised as being natural? Why is this so important? Is there a specific definition or set of criteria that is used to determine whether or not a product is natural? To find out, visit BeautyResearch.com or click:

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“Sugar Alcohols – a Sweet Alternative”

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Health experts recommend that people limit their intake of white or table sugar to 9.5 teaspoons per day or less, but studies show that the average American will eat roughly 22 teaspoons of sugar every day throughout adulthood. For those looking to lower their sugar intake, there are a number of alternatives available, and one option that is growing in popularity is sugar alcohol. This class of natural sweeteners offers some distinctive benefits over table sugar and artificial sweeteners alike. Discover just what a sugar alcohol is. Get the facts about the calorie content in sugar alcohols. Learn about the different types of sugar alcohols that are used in process foods and available for purchase to use in home-cooked dishes.

“Mindy Kaling – Redefining Body Image ”

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Thirty-five-year-old Indian-American actress Mindy Kaling has been making audiences laugh since she debuted on the NBC comedy series, “The Office” back in 2005. Now, she is expanding her fan base, not just with her own FOX sitcom “The Mindy Project,” but also by being a positive body image role model for women and young girls alike. Learn about Kaling’s views on body image. Find out why her message is beneficial for promoting self-acceptance and a healthy attitude about weight management. Read the biggest takeaways from Kaling’s personal views on body image that can help inspire women of all sizes and shapes.

“Earth tones, Nudes, and Gun Metal for Face and Nails”

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While color cosmetics like nail polish, lipstick and eye shadow remain consistently popular among women, certain colors emerge every season as major trends. For Fall 2014, earth tones, nudes and gun metal are all making appearances on the faces and nails of fashion models and everyday women. Get tips on how to select earth tone hues that are flattering for a woman’s unique skin tone. Discover how to create attractive makeup looks using this season’s nude shades for the eyes, lips and nails. Read about the secret to wearing gun metal cosmetics without looking overdone.

About Beauty Research

Beauty Research is a beauty blogging web site started by two experienced skin care enthusiasts wishing to share tips and suggestions. The blog includes all kinds of articles related to celebrities, fashion, women’s health and diet. For more information, visit http://www.beautyresearch.com







Pierson Library Offers Online Continuing Education Courses and Streaming Movies


Shelburne, VT (PRWEB) September 18, 2014

Pierson Library has partnered with RBdigital from Recorded Books (Prince Frederick, MD) to offer two electronic resources: Universal Class and IndieFlix. Universal Class is an online continuing education service providing a diverse offering of courses for personal and professional growth. IndieFlix is a premier online streaming service provider of award-winning independent films, shorts and documentaries from around the world.

Universal Class offers Pierson Library patrons a unique online education experience. With a growing catalog of over 500 courses, Universal Class is committed to providing only the most affordable and highest quality online training. Over 300,000 students around the world have benefited from Universal Class unique instructional technologies. With real instructors guiding the learning, engaging video-based lessons, collaborative learning environment, graded lesson tests, certificates of achievement and Continuing Education Units available for selected courses, students enjoy an engaging and measurable learning experience that helps them master and document their educational goals.

Universal Class offers patrons free courses in Exercise and Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Music, Home and Garden Care, Cooking, Computers and Technology, Health and Medicine, Homeschooling, Job Assistance, Law and Legal, Parenting and Family, Pet and Animal Careand hundreds more.

Every time I tell patrons about the wide variety of free online courses available through Universal Class, I enjoy seeing their surprised reactions, said Lara Keenan, Pierson Library Director. People cant believe that they can learn about virtually anything, with actual instructors, online at their own pacefor free! The Pierson Library enjoys offering community education programming of all types and with the availability of Universal Class, the library can vastly expand its offerings.

Through the librarys website, Pierson Library patrons also have unlimited access to thousands of streaming film-festival hits, including the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more. IndieFlix is available on Apple

Global Healthcare Stakeholders to Gather in Austin for Regulatory Convergence


Rockville, MD, USA (PRWEB) September 11, 2014

The practitioners of a profession that has a profound impact on healthcare around the world, but whose work is not well understood by the general public will gather in Austin, TX, this month when the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) holds its annual Regulatory Convergence at the Austin Convention Center from 27 September through 1 October. 2014 RAPS: The Regulatory Convergence will bring together healthcare product regulators from agencies including US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), scientists, innovators, and representatives from small, mid-sized and large multinational pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies.

Every day, consumers and patients around the world rely on healthcare products they count on to be safe and effective. It may not be well known or understood, but the regulatory professionincluding regulators, industry professionals, researchers and othersplays a critical role in ensuring the safety and efficacy of those products, said RAPS Executive Director Sherry Keramidas, PhD, FASAE, CAE. The Regulatory Convergence is where regulatory stakeholders from different areas and different parts of the world come to learn, network and share ideas. Beyond that, its where the regulatory community comes together to drive regulatory excellence at the individual, organizational and global levels.

While the profession gathers in Austin, it presents an opportunity for healthcare journalists and bloggers to get insight into how medical products and technology are regulated, get the latest regulatory updates and hear directly from the people involved. The 2,000 expected attendees include those responsible for safeguarding public health and those who ensure the products their companies make meet regulatory standards, as well as industry vendors and exhibitors.

Program tracks include Biologics and Biotechnology, Health-Related Foods, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and In Vitro Diagnostics, Regulatory Business and the roundtable-discussion Situation Room sessions. For the full schedule of workshops and sessions, visit http://connect.raps.org/2014raps/schedule, or download the conference program. Follow conference updates and conversations on Twitter using the #2014RAPS hashtag.

Topics to be covered in the more than 70 sessions by 250 speakers include:

Regulatory challenges of bringing a mobile medical app to market
Medical device cybersecurity
Social media rules for the pharmaceutical and other closely regulated industries
3D printing and regulatory implications
Regulation of human cells and tissues
Clinical trials and transparency
Healthcare regulation in emerging markets
International regulatory collaboration and harmonization

See also: 10 Sessions We Can’t Wait to Attend at 2014 RAPS

Speakers will include more than 50 officials from approximately 20 health authorities. Top officials from FDA who will be in Austin include: Ann Ferriter, director, division of risk management operations, Office of Compliance, Center For Devices And Radiological Health (CDRH); Sabine Haubenreisser, MSc, PhD, European Medicines Agency liaison official; Reynaldo (Ricky) R. Rodriguez, Jr., district director, Dallas District; Leah Christl, PhD, associate director for therapeutic biologics, OND Therapeutic Biologics and Biosimilars Team, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER); and Alberto Gutierrez, PhD, director, office of in vitro diagnostics, CDRH.

Several FDA officials will participate virtually, including CDER Director Janet Woodcock, MD; Kimberly Trautman, associate director, internal affairs, Office of the Center Director, CDRH; and Robert “Skip” Nelson, MD, PhD, deputy director and senior pediatric ethicist, Office of Pediatric Therapeutics.

Other international health authority speakers will include officials from the European Medicines Agency; the European Commission; the China Food and Drug Administration; Japans Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency, and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare; the Health Science Authority of Singapore; Health Canada; the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India; the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration; and the ministries of health of Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brazil.

Conference sessions will begin on Monday, 29 September with a keynote presentation on the continuing evolution in global healthcare and changing consumer behaviors and expectations from David Bosshart, PhD, CEO of the Switzerland-based Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.

During the closing plenary on Wednesday, 1 October, expert panelists will tackle a similar topic from a different angle. Martha Brumfield, PhD, from the Critical Path Institute; Mike Ward, Health Canada; Murray Lumpkin, MD, MSc, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and John Lim, Singapore Ministry of Health and the Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School will examine the complexity of delivering healthcare products to consumers around the world in a safe and cost-effective manner while dealing with shifting regulatory paradigms, regulatory science and regulatory capacity.

For those seeking more in-depth instruction on specific subjects, one- and two-day pre-conference workshops on 27 and 28 September will cover essentials of regulatory affairs and regulatory strategy for specific regions and product categories.

Reporters, bloggers and other members of the media who wish to cover all or part of 2014 RAPS should contact Zachary Brousseau, senior manager, communications for RAPS. On-site registration also will be available for media with valid press credentials or a letter from an assigning editor on company letterhead.

About RAPS

The Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) is the largest global organization of and for those involved with the regulation of healthcare and related products, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biologics and nutritional products. Founded in 1976, RAPS helped establish the regulatory profession and continues to actively support the professional and lead the profession as a neutral, non-lobbying nonprofit organization. RAPS offers education and training, professional standards, publications, research, knowledge sharing, networking, career development opportunities and other valuable resources, including Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC), the only post-academic professional credential to recognize regulatory excellence. RAPS is headquartered in suburban Washington, DC, with offices in Shanghai and Singapore, and chapters and affiliates worldwide. RAPS.org

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Got Geese? Start Controlling Them Now


Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 02, 2014

The Canada goose is one of the most common North American pest birds, known for stubbornly returning to the same areas year after year. Populations of year-round resident geese have been exploding in recent years, while migratory birds add to their numbers seasonally.

In the United States, September marks the return of birds from Canada joining the resident flocks, and the problem gets worse as winter goes on. For this reason, Bird-X pest control experts recommend setting up goose prevention devices now when resident geese are no longer attached to their nests, and before new geese move in and get too comfortable. The key is prevention as early on as possible.

Canada geese are complex creatures with extremely sharp sensory capabilities in both hearing and vision. They follow instinctive cyclical behaviors throughout the year. Knowledge of these seasonal variations is essential to implementing successful strategies for long-term Canada goose control.

Because Canada geese are creatures of habit, once a habitat has been chosen they are known for returning year after year. They select areas that meet their needs; grassy areas and especially those with bodies of water, such as golf courses, corporate grounds, and hospital grounds provide these birds with everything they need. Grass itself serves as a nutritious food source, which is why these birds are so often found on lawns. By using a liquid aversion product such as Bird Stop to cover the lawns, birds find the grass no longer appetizing and will seek out grassy areas that taste better. This is the same product used by farmers to protect fruit; it is harmless and commonly used.

Geese also respond to sound technology, but recorded sounds need to be specific to their species (most bird callers are not made for geese). Dr. Philip Whitford, Ph.D., who has studied Canada geese for over 30 years, recorded the only documented natural recording of a Canada goose alarm call. Combined with the Canada goose alert call, these sounds were used to create the Bird-X GooseBuster. Tested by Dr. Whitford over many years, this is the most effective, continuously relied upon goose control product available on the market today.

Visual decoys can also be beneficial, especially when combined with the tactics mentioned above (by creating a multi-sensory attack and making an area as unwelcoming as possible, geese are far less likely to get very comfortable). When placed on property early in the season, freshly returning geese will quickly see that predators have moved into their territory, think this area is not safe, and will move on.

General bird control means the clean-up of any bird mess (feather, droppings, and any remaining nests), as birds look for these markings to recognize safe territory. This is also just good housekeeping, and any responsible building owner, facility manager, or landscaper should be doing this anyway, since bird feces can carry disease, fungus, and other potentially dangerous materials. Geese themselves can be dangerous to humans as they are prone to attack, especially if they are allowed to nest. Furthermore, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 prevents the removal of geese when they are actively nesting until the goslings are old enough to move on safely; therefore prevention is in anyones best interest.

By installing goose control methods now, the risk of a larger goose problem later is greatly reduced. Once nesting starts in later winter and early spring, geese are much more challenging to move; the best opportunity to start a program is now in late summer and early Fall, when adults have recovered from their molt and goslings are capable of leaving.

Bird-X, Inc. is the leading international brand of bird control products since 1964, and is dedicated to protecting human health, wildlife and the environment in which we all live. The Chicago-based company manufactures a complete line of unique pest control products with an unmatched focus on quality, efficacy, and customer service.







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Community Rallies Behind Annual Food Festival

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) September 04, 2014

In its seventh year of gastronomic greatness and backed by popular demand, the Taste of Chamblee food and music festival will yet again dawn the chefs hat and return to the heart of Chamblee (Peachtree and Broad street), October 4, 2014 from noon to 7:00pm, to serve up some of the more culturally diverse cuisine of the Atlanta food festival scene.

The annual main street festival, presented by Discover DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau, proves there is no I in grub, with this years line-up already including Platinum-selling Georgia Music Hall of Famer and multiple Billboard chart top-10 recording artist, Atlanta Rhythm Section, as headlining musical act on the Discover Dekalb main stage, over 20 of Chamblees best kept secrets and main street favorites. Progress has been made to include not only the restaurants housed on Chamblees Antique Row, but also the colorful culinary landscape of Buford Highway and surrounding areas.

Hosting the festival for an expected 5,000 attendees is the newly minted Chamblee Chamber of Commerce, with proceeds benefiting the Chamblee-based nonprofit, Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, that serves uninsured and underinsured Georgians across the state by providing access to the vision and hearing care needed to live healthy and productive lives.

Join your fellow Atlantans in ushering in the new season with good times, good people and even better food. The Taste of Chamblee not only benefits your stomach, it also supports our local businesses, artists, restaurants, and the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, which the whole family can enjoy! Questions? Suggestions? Restaurant nominations? Want to be a vendor? Food? For a full list of local participating restaurants and sponsors, please visit http://www.TasteofChamblee.net #TOC14







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Root Vegetables & Winter Fruits

Have you ever been wandering through your local farmers market or produce area of your super market and see those bizarre looking root vegetables and wonder what the heck they are and how do you eat them?

Root vegetables were a very significant staple throughout the colder months during a time when lettuces and zucchini were not available in months of December, January and February. Thankfully that time has passed and we are able to enjoy these lovely treats with some leafy greens, crisp peppers or squashes.

We decided that there are too many amazing root vegetables and fall fruits that do not get enough credit and should go unnoticed or unused no longer. Below you will find a quick guide to some of our favorites over here at Epic. We hope that at the end of this you are feeling a lot less intimidated about the crazy looking fruits and vegetables and that a whole new world of produce is opened up to you.

Some of our fall favorites that you can find on our menus are Kumquats, Quince, Salsify and Celeriac.
Let’s start with Kumquats; these tiny little orange fruits are both sweet and sour. The skin is edible and is actually where all of the sweetness comes from. You can chop and mince these with some parsley, capers and horseradish to make an impressive relish or muddled with Cachaca and sugar to make a Caipirinha.

Quince is a misunderstood fruit. It is inedible raw but when cooked slowly over a low heat for a few hours they are suddenly bursting with flavor. Quince is a great addition to a traditional apple pie or added to bread pudding for a delicious twist on an old favorite.

Salsify may seem weird but is very tasty. This member of the sunflower family is called the “oyster root” because the flavor is vaguely reminiscent of oysters when cooked. You can boil, steam, cream or mash salsify. Once it is cooked it has the texture of an artichoke and some say the taste is similar.

Celeriac is very flavorful once roasted. It has a sweet and somewhat astringent flavor. When cleaning celeriac be sure to get all of the “skin” off as it becomes quite bitter. It oxidizes quickly so it needs to be dropped in a mixture of water and lemon. Celeriac when roasted makes a silky smooth, delicious soup.

We hope this clears up some of the myth surrounding these root vegetables and fall fruits. Happy cooking!

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Making Bread at Home

Good evening Epic friends & family. It has been awhile since our last post and we thought what better way to get back in the swing of things than with some inside tips on making bread at home.

Here at Epic we truly are a family that likes to get everyone involved with what we do. So I asked one of our talented Chefs, Justin Belluomini, to help me with this. After all who better to ask than the gent that makes the bread here at Epic for our new & delicious lunch menu.

So first we will talk about the ingredients used in all bread making. It is as simple as flour, water, salt & yeast. Yes, there are other ingredients used in some breads but these four truly are the heart of all bread.

I know that the task of making bread can seem daunting, choosing the yeast, the flower and making sure you know how to work with all of the ingredients separately and together. Instant or active-dry- there is no appreciative difference other than instant is more convenient. When choosing flour be sure to select a bread flour to get the optimal results but if you don’t have bread flour then go ahead and use AP flour, just be sure to check your measurements because you will need more flour. This is also true depending on what salt you choose. Kosher salt you will need more, table salt you will need less. If you have a handy scale it is best to weigh everything out.

All breads are made the same way:
First, the ingredients are mixed together, then the bread is kneaded until the gluten is sufficiently developed, the bread is then allowed to rise for a period of time (this is known as bulk fermentation and is where most of the flavor is developed), the bread is then shaped into loaves or rolls and allowed to rise again (this is known as proofing)and then the bread is baked and cooled.
Here is a link to a video on shaping:
title=”Shaping bread”>www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPL2J8OZ&feature=related.

After the bread is baked it needs to cool completely before being cut, otherwise they will come out gummy and less flavorful.

Batch Risen Dough is designed to be made in a large batch, risen and refrigerated for up to a week. When you are feeling like some home-made bread simply snip off 14-16 ounces, shape it and bake it. the bread’s flavor will develop over the next several days and become more intense and even take on some sourness.

Below is our basic recipe for an Italian Batch Risen Dough.
725 grams of 90 degree water
14 grams of instant yeast
25 grams of table salt
925 grams of all-purpose (AP) flour, we recommend King Arthur

*Place water into an 8 quart container & mix the yeast until dissolved, then add salt and immediately add flour, stir with wooden spoon until fully incorporated and let rise at room temperature for about 2 hours covered with a floured with a towel (not terry cloth) or parchment paper sprayed with oil, until it has slightly more than doubled in volume. Refrigerate dough for up to one week or minimum of 2 hours. When you are ready for that home-baked goodness, sprinkle flour across the entire surface of the dough and on your hand (to prevent dough from sticking), pull out around 14-18 ounces of dough. Loosely shape this into a ball and allow it to proof on parchment paper at room temperature for up to 90 minutes. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until the internal temperature is 205 degrees (digital thermometer is preferred.) Let cool completely and enjoy!!

We hope you all have a wonderful & Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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July Fourth

I hope everyone is excited about the upcoming holiday. I know I am. We will be hosting a special happy hour BBQ on our fabulous patio. Also hosting will be Anchor Brewing and Skyy Vodka.
We will be offering a special BBQ menu including first of the season heirloom tomatoes with hand pulled mozzarella, pork shoulder and Schmitz Ranch brisket, rotisserie chicken, baked beans from the wood oven, potato salad, corn on the cob (probably with BACON BUTTER…a preview of High on the Hog)and ice cream cones. All of this with an Anchor Liberty Ale or Skyy vodka cocktail for $35 plus tax and gratuity. There maybe, just maybe (well, most likely will be)some specials on Drakes Bay Oysters as well.
I am super excited. Give us a call and let us know you are coming. It is gonna be a swell time!!
-ben

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Kitchen of Champions

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Celebrating graduation with a slice at Mission Pie

Over my ‘weekend’ I volunteered at the St. Vincent DePaul Society Kitchen of Champions in West Oakland, California. The students were a blast to work with and I am so happy to be a part of their learning experience.
Epic Roasthouse donated all of the flour and butter that we used in the recipes. My wife, Karoline Boehm-Goodnick, general manager at Mission Pie, was with me as well.
I would like to encourage all of you to check out the Kitchen of Champions webpage and help in any way you can. My friend Diana Petes is the Culinary Services Coordinator and can help with any questions you may have.
-ben

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High On The Hog

Pork and Pinot is back. California wineries specializing in Pinot Noir, a western theme (including appropriate music) and lots of pig.
Our annual celebration is back this year on Saturday, September tenth. I’m not going to provide you with lots of details right now (I like suspense) but call 415-369-9955 for more information and to make your reservation.
I will give you a couple food teasers: corn with bacon butter, something roasted on a spit, lots of pulled pork, and plenty of house-made and artisian charcuterie.
We hope to see you there,
-ben

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Wood Burning Brick Oven

As many of you know the soul of our kitchen is a wood burning brick oven. It is made of twenty-two thousand pounds of sand, brick and stone. We burn up to three cords of almond and walnut wood per month.

Many restaurants have wood ovens. We are different because we use ours so much. It is not just a place for pizzas and such. It provides us with a hot and smokey spot to cook everything from giant ribeye steak to Mediterranean sea bass to baby carrots. You can taste the smoke.

Maintaining a live fire for 18 hours a day is a challenge for our cooks and one that teaches us all so much about the act of really cooking. I hope that you appreciate what our oven means to us. Stop bye and peer in sometime.

-ben

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Mothers Day Brunch

First of all thanks to everyone who made Easter brunch at Epic great! If you are looking for a place in San Francisco to celebrate with your mom, Epic is the spot. We will be offering a prix fixe 3 course brunch from 10am to 3pm on Mother’s day and would love to see all of you here.

-ben

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