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Give Comfort Food a Makeover
(NC) As temperatures drop, the urge to indulge in hearty classics takes over. Whether its soup, stew, or mac n cheese, you can satisfy your familys comfort cravings with delicious alternatives to old school favourites.
Swap ingredients and add seasonal vegetables to give classic dishes a makeover. Simple changes such as using sweet potatoes instead of regular spuds add more nutrients to your meals. Pastas like Barilla Protein PLUS add an array of benefits including 14 grams of high quality protein from chickpeas, lentils and egg whites.
Give this Barilla Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Penne recipe a try and share your favourite comfort food makeovers with us!
Barilla Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Penne
1 box Barilla Protein PLUS Penne
2 pounds Brussels sprouts
8 slices raw bacon
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup shallots, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chicken broth, low-sodium preferred
1/4 cup pecans, roasted and chopped
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Cook pasta according to the package instructions. Preheat oven to 350F. In a pot of boiling water, blanch Brussels sprouts for 5 minutes; place drained Brussels sprouts on baking pan in fridge to cool. Once cooled, cut sprouts in half. In an oven-safe skillet, cook bacon until crisp, remove and crumble; pour off all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat. Add garlic and shallots to skillet and saut until soft. To same skillet add olive oil and Brussels sprouts; bake in a 350F oven for 10 minutes until caramelized. Remove from oven and add chicken stock; over medium heat, stir well and heat through. Add pasta, bacon and pecans, mixing well. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving.
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Virtual Tours and Live Streams a Hit on REALTOR.ca
While staying home to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Canadians are spending more time looking at properties on REALTOR.ca, Canadas No. 1 real estate platform*. During the week of March 9, visits to REALTOR.ca dropped by 30%; however, since April 12 traffic has crept back up by 14% and consumer inquiries to REALTORS through the site rose by 25%similar to levels during the same period last year. Despite the pandemic, REALTOR.ca has seen a 14% increase of visitors during the first quarter of 2020.
As COVID-19 is limiting how buyers can visit homes that interest them, REALTOR.ca makes it possible for Canadian REALTORS to virtually showcase listings by integrating video and 3D tours from 10 of the most popular services. Since April 7, REALTORS can also schedule and promote live stream open houses using popular platforms such as Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom and YouTube.
If theres one thing 30-plus years in this business has taught me, its that as an industry we are early adopters of technology, said Costa Poulopoulos, Chair of the Canadian Real Estate Association. With restrictions on how we can continue to serve our clients, Im proud that weve been able to add features for REALTORS that allow them to continue to show homes to interested buyers.
Canada's Manufacturing heavily impacted in March
Manufacturing shipments fell 9.2% in March after climbing 0.4% the prior month. This result was more than double the drop expected by consensus (-4.5%). Lower sales were registered in 17 of the 21 industries surveyed, including transportation (-26.5%), petroleum and coal products (-32.2%), and plastics/rubber products (-10.9%). Alternatively, shipments increased for food manufacturing (+8.2%) and paper manufacturing (+8.4%). With the price effect removed, total factory sales decreased 8.3% m/m, while inventories grew 0.8%. As a result, the real inventory-to-sales ratio rose from 1.56 to 1.72, a bad sign for future production.
Manufacturing sales came in much worse than expected in March, matching their largest one-month decline on record (December 2008). Sales retraced all the way back to their level in June 2016. It should come as no surprise that disruptions from COVID-19 were the chief cause of the decline. Indeed, 78.3% of manufacturing businesses reported being impacted by the pandemic. Transportation saw a significant decline owing to plant closures, while refineries lowered production as demand and prices waned. Not everyone experienced an adverse shock, as evidenced by marked increases for food (groceries) and paper manufacturing (toilet paper) in the month. This will likely be transitory, however, as households rushed to stock up in March. Eight of the ten provinces reported lower sales, with Ontario and Quebec posting the largest declines. All told, given that confinement measures had been in place for only two weeks in March, the April manufacturing picture can be expected to be even worse.
Home sales fell 56.8% from March to April, to the lowest level recorded since the inception of seasonally adjusted data in 1988. The fall was generalized to all the 26 major markets tracked by CREA except Newfoundland and Labrador, where sales rose 13.6%. New listings also fell sharply (-55.7%) but active listings only 8.7%. Therefore, the active-listings-to-sales ratio (our preferred gauge of market conditions) skyrocketed from 4.3 months of inventory in March to 9.2 in April, the largest since the 2008-09 recession.
Source: National Bank of Canada