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How to soften hard brown sugar

Chatelaine | posted Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014

Even in the Chatelaine Kitchen, accidents happen. On one fateful day of testing recipes, I reached for the brown sugar only to realize that it had not been properly sealed and was now a giant, solid rock of sugar. The silver lining? In a test kitchen, accidents such as these are experiments waiting to happen. So one of the associate food editors and I put our noggins together to see if we could rehydrate this tin of dried-out brown sugar.

After a few rounds without success, we figured out a solution that worked. (And definitely a tip worth sharing!)

Here’s what to do:

1. Put your solid lump of dried brown sugar in a microwave-safe bowl.

2. Lay two pieces of paper towel on top of each other. Fold them in half, and then in half again. You should end up with a square of 8 layers.

3. Wet the paper towel square under a gently running tap until it is completely wet through, but not soaked (dripping wet is too wet).

4. Lay the wet paper towel over the lump of brown sugar so it is fully covered. Microwave for 45 seconds on med-low heat. Remove from microwave, flip over and repeat. Remove from microwave and use a fork to scrape off the softened brown sugar that will be on the outer edges.

5. Repeat this whole process until you end up with re-hydrated brown sugar.

Note: The size of your brown sugar determines how many times you’ll have to heat it. The minimum will be approximately five to six times. In our kitchen test (see images below) we had to reheat it ten times.

Check out how we revived our rock hard brown sugar:

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Recipes with brown sugar: So if you’re looking to make our delicious sticky caramel buns or our brown sugar shortbread cookies, no worries if your brown sugar is dried out…now you can fix it!

Week of Nov. 24, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Nov 23rd, 2014

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

You know her from Grey’s Anatomy–Sandra Oh stops by the BT studios Monday.

On Tuesday, Canadian singer Trevor Guthrie talks about his latest work.

And to seal off the week Friday, we gear up for the kickoff of the holiday season–the Cavalcade of Lights preview.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

5 things to do this weekend: Tango festival, Brain exhibit & gourmet foods & wines

Showwei Chu | posted Saturday, Nov 22nd, 2014

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As our regular CityNews.ca series continues, we look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests.

Nov. 21-23, 2014

Tango festival: Fans of the tango can learn and practise their technique at the four-day Tango 8 Fest, which features workshops, mesmerizing performances by Argentinian masters and dance parties. Polish Hall, 206 Beverley St. Until Sunday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. $10 to $40. tango8fest.com.

Brain exhibit: A new exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre, which opened on Wednesday, explores the inner workings of the brain and how it has evolved over time through the use of art, brain imaging, and interactive elements. Brain: The Inside Story is on tour from the American Museum of Natural History and aims to capture the latest innovations in the field of neuroscience. Ontario Science Centre. Until March 29, 2015. $13 to $22. ontariosciencecentre.ca

Ice, Wine & Dine: We may be in a cold snap, but don’t let that prevent you from getting outside and attending this annual culinary event on Elm Street in downtown Toronto. Sample sumptuous eats as well as signature drinks from 18 participating restaurants, including The Queen & Beaver, Pantages Mini Bar and Oro Restaurant. There will also be ice sculptures as well as musicians and performers to watch. Saturday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Elm Street between Yonge and Bay streets. Free admission. wintermagic.ca

Gourmet food & wine expo: Savour gourmet foods, indulge in wine tasting classes with master sommeliers and watch celebrity chefs do their magic on stage at the 20th annual food and beverage expo. Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Friday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. $25 to $90. foodandwineexpo.ca.

Toronto’s premier Christmas show: Christmas shopping has just been made easier with the Seasons Christmas Show marketplace, now in its 10th year, which features over 300 retailers, artisans and entrepreneurs. Friday to Sunday. International Centre in Mississauga. $13 to $15. seasonsshow.com

With files from Patricia D’Cunha

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Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Nov 22

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Nov 22nd, 2014

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Get ready for another busy Saturday night of hockey. There are five games being shown across the country, including four different Canadian teams.

This week, there are two classic Original Six matchups, the Edmonton Oilers going head-to-head with a perennial powerhouse, plus a rare visit in Calgary for the New Jersey Devils.

In the Cheat Sheet each week, we’ll provide everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.

THE 7 P.M. GAMES:

Detroit Red Wings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Scott Oake
Game notes: Detroit has earned at least one point in six straight games vs. Leafs…Phil Kessel, Nazem Kadri, Dion Phaneuf have not recorded a point in Toronto’s last three meetings with Detroit…Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has four goals and one assist in his last four games against the Maple Leafs… Pavel Datsyuk won’t play for the Red Wings.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: Canadiens are 8-1-0 in their last nine regular season games vs. Bruins…Canaidens forward Max Pacioretty has five goals in his last six games vs. Bruins…Bruins forward David Krejci has not registered a goal in his last eight regular season meetings vs. Montreal.

Also on Rogers: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders (City)

THE 10 P.M. GAMES:

New Jersey Devils vs. Calgary Flames 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: Bob Cole, Greg Millen
Game notes: Jaromir Jagr is one goal shy of sole possession of sixth place on the NHL’s all-time goal scoring list (tied with Mike Gartner at 708)… Devils are 1-3-1 in their last five games in Calgary…Flames goalie Jonas Hiller has a 2-2-2 record with a 2.29 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in six career games vs. New Jersey.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Garry Galley
Game notes: Blackhawks are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games in Edmonton (dating back to 2008)…Oilers forward Taylor Hall has 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 13 career games vs. Blackhawks…Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens hasn’t won a game since Oct, 27 (six starts, seven appearances).

BT Extra: Holiday-inspired cocktails

Jennifer Valentyne | posted Friday, Nov 21st, 2014

I make two more drinks at the Seasons Christmas Show.

The hottest Christmas warehouse sales!

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014

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1. REAL DEALS WAREHOUSE SALE

ADDRESS: 358 Humberline Dr. (Humberline and Finch area, north of Hwy. 27)
SHOPPING FOR: Gift baskets, holiday decorations, toiletries, lighting, scarves, wallets, trees, fireplaces
PAY WITH: Cash, major credit cards, bank cards
Sale's on until Dec. 23; Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Monday; 416 248-2020; Realdealswarehousesale.com.

2. CLEARANCE WAREHOUSE SALE
ADDRESS: Queens Plate Dr. (off of Hwy. 27 near Fortinos)
SHOPPING FOR: Gift items, Corningware, toiletries, books, chocolates, cooking and baking, small appliances
PAY WITH: CASH ONLY; ATM on site
Sale's on to Dec. 24; 375 Queens Plate Dr. (off of Hwy. 27 near Fortinos); Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. NOTE: Second location, 10 Bramhurst Ave., Unit 3, Brampton, Clearancewarehouse.ca.

3. MR. B'S WAREHOUSE SALE – starts Nov. 18-Dec. 23
ADDRESS: 1590 Matheson Blvd. (Dixie Rd. and Matheson Blvd. right behind Comfort Inn)
SHOPPING FOR: Gift sets, Christmas wrap, decorations, slippers, scarves, bake wear, toys, cosmetics, bakeware, tons of stocking stuffers, teachers gifts, chocolates/candy and so so much more.
PAY WITH: Cash, major credit cards, bank cards
Tuesday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 905-629-1500; Mrbsfamoussale.com.

4. GANZ WAREHOUSE SALE
ADDRESS: 610 Hanlan Rd. (off Pearce Rd. In Weston Rd.,/Steeles area),
SHOPPING FOR: Holiday items, gift items, candles, jewellery, scarves, plush, collectables, ornaments, one-of-a-kind
PAY WITH: CASH ONLY; ATM on site
Sale's on until Nov. 22; Wed-Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.;

5: WILLIAM ASHLEY'S 39th ANNUAL WAREHOUSE SALE
ADDRESS: 111 Creditview Rd. (Langstaff and Jane St., area),
SHOPPING FOR: Everything! Collectibles, home decor, holiday, cards, gifts, toiletries, jewellery
PAY WITH: Cash, major credit cards, bank card
Sale's on until Nov. 23; Wed. -Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p. Williamashley.com/warehousesale.

6: RITA TESOLIN DESIGNER JEWELRY SALE

Featuring the beautiful baubles of Canadian designer Rita Tesolin, whose fine costume jewelry, sterling silver and semi-precious stones are sure to make the best holiday gifts ever. The sale features amazing below-cost prices -- up to 90% off! -- for a wide array of one-of-a-kind items that have been featured in such magazines as Flare, Elle Canada, Chatelaine, Kleinfelds Canada and others.
PAY WITH: Cash-only.
Sale's on Nov. 20-22 and check with Rita for additional sale dates of Nov. 28-30; 63 Wingold Ave., Suite 110 (west of Dufferin St.); Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 416-784-1221; Ritatesolin.com.

7. WILDLY DELICOUS 13th ANNUAL WAREHOUSE SALE

Home to delicious and eclectic gourmet foods and gifts. Here's your chance to save up to 90% off the most awesome gourmet food products - jam, dips, oil, vinegar, seasonings, salt and sauces, as well as gift items perfect for the season.
PAY WITH: Cash only under $100, plus there's an ATM on premise.
Sale's on to Dec. 22, 114A Railside Rd.; 416-444-2011, Ext. 229; Wednesay-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday; Wildlydelicious.com.

8. AURORA'S WAREHOUSE SALE

The season is certainly in full swing when Aurora's offers it's magnificent fall sale, with savings of up to 80% off a variety of items. Look for deals on everything from tableware to figurines, jewelry to knife sets, cookware to baking dishes, baby gifts, trinkets and a whole lot more.
Name brands include Henckels, Kitchenaid, Le Creuset, Staub, Royal Doulton, Waterford.
PAY: Cards, cash; 1610 Midland Ave. Scarborough; 416-752-9300; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; Monday, noon-6 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m. -8 p.m.; Auroracollectibles.com.

9. McCALL'S BAKERS WAREHOUSE SALE

This sale offers more than 19,000 square feet of space dedicated to baking and cake decorating needs, including cookie cutters, packaging, cake boards, pans, chocolate, sprinkles and so much more. Baked goods include gingerbread cookies and houses. Typically, this is a warehouse store (offering wholesale pricing) for businesses in the industry only - but once a year at this time they're also open to the public starting Monday Nov 24th to Dec 13th. Open Monday to Friday 9am-4:30pm and Saturday 10am-4pm. Closed Sundays.
1290 Fewster Dr., Mississauga; Mccalls.ca.

10. CHERISON ENTERPRISES FALL WAREHOUSE SALE

This sale just brims with the most astonishing gifts and collectibles at up to 90% off the retail, including frames, dishes, mugs, toys, scarves and more. If you're getting married and looking for the perfect bonbonierre, check this place out!
Sale's on until Nov. 29. 625 Rowntree Dairy Rd. Unit 1, Woodbridge, Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 905 882-6168, ext. 320. Cherison.com.

11. WILIAM ASHLEY'S 39th ANNUAL WAREHOUSE SALE

Here's your chance to save up to 90% off everything from housewares to gift ideas, collectibles to jewelry, gourmet food to figurines, toys, baubles, housewares and the best darn Christmas decorations around. More than 30,000 square feet of incredible deals all under one roof.
SALE'S ON UNTIL Nov. 23; 111 Creditview Rd. (Langstaff and Jane St., area); Wednesday -Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p. m; Williamashley.com/warehousesale.

12: SVP SPORTS PREMIUM WAREHOUSE SALE

You want to line up early for this awesome event that features major savings on everything from footwear, athletic apparel, golf equipment, health and beauty, home care and so much more -- with prices up to 70% off retail plus an additional 20% off to celebrate the company's first anniversary. Name brands on the sports side include Puma, Reebok, Keds, Converse, and, on the health-and-beauty side, look for items from Revlon, L'Oreal, CoverGirl, P&G, Okay, Gillette - the list is endless.
Nov. 27- 30, 400 Harry Walker Pkwy. S., Newmarket, Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday -Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Opmsales.com.

13: WINDSOR BRIDAL: Canada's largest bridal liquidation sale ever!
If you're getting married, or know someone who is--or if you just need a party dress -- definitely check out this sale, where bridal dresses are only $199, regularly from $500 to $4,500. The selection is huge, as are the amount of accessories, too, which include veils, headpieces, fascinators, belts, shawls, jewelry, bags and more. Plus there are bridesmaid dresses that can definitely do double-duty during the upcoming party season. Designer names of Alfred Sung, Allure, Paloma Blanca, Jal, Mori Lee, Kenneth Winston and more.
The sale is on until all the goods are gone.

1120 Caledonia Rd. (near Lawrence Ave. W.); Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; check the website Danburysales.com

Canada’s Best Dressed 2014: See who made the list!

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014

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Luxurious designer brands like Gucci and Alexander McQueen may fill the closets of our favourite Hollywood stars, but the boldface names of the fashion world are also staples on red carpets in our own backyard, from Vancouver to Montreal. Each Friday, Hello! takes you inside the country’s most fabulous parties in our Diary of the Week – so having seen how stylish Canadians can be, you can imagine the challenge we faced hand-picking just 50 of the country’s most fashionable citizens for our annual best-dressed list.

When we thought about who to include, a flurry of striking details came to mind: the black rims of Dan Levy’s signature spectacles; a peek of leg beneath Suzanne Rogers’ Emilia Wickstead gown at our Most Beautiful party;the sheen off Joe Mimran’s velvet smoking slippers; the glint of Dina Pugliese’s statement jewelry and so many more.

This year, our feature on the 50 honourees – including actress Shenae Grimes-Beech, hockey star P.K. Subban, actor Joshua Jackson, supermodel Coco Rocha and TV personality Jillian Harris – can’t be found in the glossy pages of the magazine. Rather, we’ve published Canada’s Best Dressed – our who’s who of Canadian fashion plates – as a digital exclusive, along with fun, inspirational tips and anecdotes from the dapper darlings on the list and the big, bold photos you’ve come to expect from Hello!

And the fun doesn’t end there! Come hang out with us on Instagram, where we’ll be peeking inside the closets of some of our best-dressed Canadians, and tell us on Facebook and Twitter whose style you think reigns supreme using the hashtag #HelloBestDressed.

Click here for the full list!

Checking out the world’s largest plane in Toronto

Kevin Frankish | posted Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014

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I got to check out the world’s largest plane–the Antonov 225–at Pearson Airport this morning. Check out my clips below.

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