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NEW YORK (AP) The ASPCA in New York City has started a pilot program that provides free insulated shelters for at risk dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors.
The program is called Gimme Shelter. partnered by New York Cares and the NYPD Community Affairs Office.
Officials say the NYPD has received an increased number of reports about dogs left outside without proper shelter.
The ASPCA says many of the people involved lack the resources or knowledge to provide appropriate housing for their pets.
The pilot program is providing Toms Outlet free dog houses in the 113th Precinct in Jamaica, Queens.
Participants also get ID tags, a bag of dog food, behavioral support for their dogs, and educational materials. Tracci
Aspas bags debut goal for Liverpool
Liverpool’s new Spanish striker Iago Aspas marked his debut with a goal in Saturday’s 4 0 friendly win over Preston at Deepdale.
Aspas signed from Celta Vigo for STG7.7 million ($A12.82 million) during the close season and he gave a glimpse of why Reds manager Brendan Rodgers was so keen to land him with a fine second half strike against the League One side.
The 25 year old curled home Liverpool’s final goal as they eased their way back into action in their opening warm up, a fixture organised in honour of Reds’ legendary manager and former Lilywhites player Bill Shankly.
“Iago works hard, he’s got a trick in and around the box and he excites supporters,” said Rodgers.
“He’s a good guy and he works very hard for the supporters.
“He drifts well in between the lines and always wants to receive the ball, but what I like is that he wants to score goals.
“He’s looking to create and combine or go solo by himself and get a shot in. His goal was a terrific strike.”
Philippe Coutinho, Jordon Ibe and Raheem Sterling were also on the scoresheet for Liverpool in scorching temperatures touching 30 degrees.
There were appearances for Liverpool’s new Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, signed from Sunderland, while Ivory Coast centre back Kolo Toure also featured following his arrival from Manchester City.
Rodgers’ two Spanish imports Aspa Toms Outlet s and Luis Alberto played the second half, with Aspas’s 20 yard left foot curler for Liverpool’s fourth in the 75th minute the highlight.
Luis Suarez, reportedly ke Toms Outlet en to enginner a move away from Anfield, was absent after being given extended leave following his Confederations Cup duty w Toms Outlet ith Uruguay.
Rodgers did no Toms Outlet t speak to the media after the match, wanting to avoid an inquisition over the 26 year old for whom the club have already turned down a STG30 million ($A50 million) bid from Arsenal.
MONTREAL There’s ho hum asparagus and then there’s asparagus in our season, which is right now. These distinctive green shoots of flavour are proving the point that, even though we get good imported asparagus almost year round, there’s no place like home for the best. Already on the market for a few weeks, local asparagus will be in season at least until St. Jean Baptiste day.
Following on fiddleheads, always the first green produce to mature, asparagus is helping launch this year’s promotion by both Quebec growers and the government urging us to seek out and buy Quebec foods. The grower marketer group Association des Jardiniers marachers du Qubec has the slogan “Quebec grown is better and healthier and fresher” (Les qubcois sont bien meilleurs!) while the government uses the logo Aliments du Qubec.
Our efficient food supply system provides us with asparagus almost year round from California, New Jersey, Mexico and Peru. This regular availability has had an advantage for us because store employees are more informed about how to keep asparagus fresh. I often see bunches of asparagus on sale standing in a littler water.
Quebec growers are providing us with better and better asparagus, cut daily, cooled to preserve freshness, and trucked quickly from farms to market. Last spring, I watched the washing and cooling system at one of our best asparagus farms, Primera Productions Cousins Fruitiers in the Lanaudire region. Mario Rondeau, who runs the farm with his cousin Stphane Asselin, turned his family’s former tobacco lands into fields of asparagus, plus a secondary crop of ground cherries.
The sight of bunches of fresh picked asparagus standing in his warehouse with heads up in tig Toms Outlet ht packed containers un Toms Outlet der a 20 minute cold shower was impressive. Maintain both cold and moisture to protect asparagus freshness, said Mario, who recommends refrigerating asparagus wrapped in wet paper towels. His blue and orange label includes cooking tips.
It’s innovation time for many Quebec growers. Mario is working on producing a mid summer asparagus crop. Another major asparagus producer is Cultures de Chez Nous, on the south coast of the St. Lawrence River at St. Brigitte des Saults. It is marketing some asparagus in plastic bags. The packaging allows some air, yet gives the vegetable protection from moisture loss.
Marketing manager Richard Langlois estimates the bags add a week to the vegetable’s shelf life. And this farm is specialized in bagging; it produces leeks its other crop sliced in plastic bags.
Primera’s label recommends boiling or stir frying medium width spears of asparagus three to five minutes, steaming for five minutes, microwaving for three to six minutes, and baking for eight to 10 minutes.
Michelle Rajotte, who with husband Louis Marie Jutras, runs Cultures de Chez Nous, likes her asparagus cooked, cooled, and drizzled with a vinaigrette made of Dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt and freshly ground pepper. For variety, stir chopped fresh herbs and dry shallots into the dressing.
Roasting asparagus is another of her favourites. Arrange in a pan lined with parchment paper, sprinkle with a little olive oil and s Toms Outlet alt, and roast, uncovered, at 450 degrees F., turning once during roasting, until just beginning to become tender, about 10 minutes. It concentrates their flavor and caramelizes their tips. Recently, I made some easy vegetarian tacos by roasting asparagus and placing it inside steamed corn tortillas. (I grilled some spicy fresh chorizo as an accompaniment for the meat eaters at my table.)
1 bunch asparagus (about 1 pound) ends trimmed
3 tablespoons olive oil, dividedGround black pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon chipotle chili in adobo, finely chopped
1/2 small clove garlic, finely chopped
4 cups baby arugula, washed and dried
1 ripe avocado, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch dice
16 small corn tortillas
1 cup crumbled goat cheese or mild feta
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with heavy duty foil. Toss asparagus, 1tablespoon oil, salt and pepper on sheet. Roast until asparagus spears are soft and ends are crisp, 20 to 30 minutes.
2. Whisk together remaining 2 tablespoons oil, salt and pepper to taste, lemon juice, chili and garlic. Combine arugula and avocado in a medium bowl and toss with dressing.
3. Wrap tortillas in a clean, damp kitchen towel and microwave until soft and hot, 1 to 2 minutes, depending on the strength of Toms Outlet your microwave. Put 2 tortillas, one on top of the other, on a work surface, keeping remaining tortillas wrapped and warm as you work. Spoon on some arugula and avocado salad, top with some warm asparagus, sprinkle with cheese, and fold in half. Repeat with the remaining tacos. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.