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Apple and smoked gouda grilled cheese

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014


Apple and smoked gouda grilled cheese

Makes 4 sandwiches


  • 8 slices of rustic bread
  • 100 to 200 grams thinly sliced smoked gouda
  • 1 apple, halved, cored and thinly sliced
  • Butter


  1. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium-low heat.
  2. Layer 4 slices of bread with cheese and apple. Top with remaining slices of bread.
  3. Spread both outside pieces of bread with butter.
  4. Working in batches, add sandwiches to frying pan and cook until crispy and golden, then flip.

Kary’s Helpful Hints:

  • The key to a perfect golden crust and melted centre is low and slow heat.
  • You can substitute pear for apple.
  • Arugula would add a nice peppery bite to this sandwich.
  • The apple adds a nice sweetness eliminating the need for ketchup.

Courtesy Kary Osmond, www.karyosmond.com | Twitter: @KaryOsmond

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DIY pumpkin spice latte

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Oct 7th, 2014


It’s so easy to make your own latte that you can have your guests pouring their own drinks at your next dinner party! Shoana Jensen shows us just how easy it is to do it yourself.

DIY pumpkin spice latte

Ingredients for the syrup:
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup canned pure pumpkin


In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the sugar and water to a simmer and stir, until the sugar dissolves.

Add the rest of the ingredients (cinnamon sticks, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin) and stir to incorporate.

Simmer for about 5 minutes.

Use right away, adding about an ounce of syrup to steamed milk and espresso, or cool and store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Tip: Consider adding whipped cream and a little sprinkle of raw sugar or pumpkin spice to the top of your latte to make it extra special!

Courtesy Shoana Jensen

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Asian-style sheet pan chicken

Cityline | posted Monday, Sep 22nd, 2014


Try this Asian-inspired chicken with rice by Chef Ricardo — a perfect weeknight dinner with great leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch!

Asian-style sheet pan chicken

Serves: 6

Ingredients for rice:

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups parboiled rice

Ingredients for chicken:

  • 6 skinless and boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 broccoli, cut into large florets
  • ¼ lb snow peas, trimmed and halved
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • ½ tsp Tabasco sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sambal oelek


To cook the rice, bring the chicken broth to a boil in a saucepan then add the rice. Cover, reduce the heat and simmer for about 18 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed.

Remove from the heat. Stir and let rest covered for 3 to 5 minutes, until the rice is tender.

For the chicken, preheat the oven’s broiler with the rack in the highest position.

Place the chicken opened flat on one half of a baking sheet.

Place the vegetables on the other half. Drizzle the oil over the vegetables and toss lightly, then season with salt and pepper.

Broil for about 15 minutes or until the chicken and vegetables are cooked. Remove from the oven.

Cut the meat into thin strips. Combine the chicken and vegetables with the hoisin sauce and sambal oelek. Serve with the rice.

Optional: If desired, keep 1 ½ cups of the rice and 1 ½ cups of the chicken for Leftover Chicken Fried Rice.

Courtesy Ricardo Larrivee

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Roasted butternut squash and sweet pear soup

Cityline | posted Friday, Sep 5th, 2014


The Sweet Potato Chronicles ladies bring us a lunchbox-friendly soup packed with all our favourite fall flavours!

Roasted butternut squash and sweet pear soup 


  • 2lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 2 inch chunks
  • 3 shallots, quartered
  • 3 heirloom carrots, cut lengthwise and then in half
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup apple cider or water
  • 3/4 cup pear purée
  • Sour cream or Greek style yogurt for garnish


Preheat oven to 400F.

Place squash, shallots, carrots and garlic in a large bowl and toss with the olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Spread vegetables in a single layer on a large, rimmed baking sheet and roast in the oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until vegetables are fork tender. Let cool for 5 minutes.

Place vegetables and 2 cups of the vegetable broth into a blender or food processor and purée until smooth. Pour the purée into a large sauce pan over medium-low heat and stir in the last cup of broth, milk, water or apple cider, pear purée and the remaining salt. Allow the soup to cook until hot for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve with a dollop of Greek style yogurt or sour cream mixed into soup.

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Spanish-style clams with fava beans, Iberico ham and sherry

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Aug 11th, 2014


Spanish-style clams with fava beans, Iberico ham and sherry

Serves 4


  • 1 kg  fresh clams, cleaned
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp spanish paprika
  • 100g Iberico ham, diced
  • 200g fresh fava beans
  • 100ml dry sherry
  • 2tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Seasoning


  1. Heat the olive oil over a gentle flame.
  2. Add the garlic, onions, ham and cook for 2-3 minutes until the onion starts to soften.
  3. Add the clean clams, stirring so they are evenly coated in the vegetable mixture.
  4. Add the sherry, cover with a lid and steam until the clams just begin to open (about 2-3 minutes).
  5. Add the fava beans, paprika, lemon juice and parsley.
  6. Cover with the lid and cook for a further minute.
  7. Bring the saucepan to the table, remove the lid and serve.

Courtesy Chef Rob Bragagnolo, executive chef, Marben Restaurant, www.marbenrestaurant.com

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Grilled pound cake and peaches

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jul 31st, 2014


Grilled pound cake and peaches


  • 1 store-bought pound cake, cut into 1-inch thick slices
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 5 peaches, halved, stone removed
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • Vanilla ice cream


  1. Preheat BBQ to medium heat.
  2. Brush both sides of cake slices with melted butter. In a bowl, toss together peach halves and maple syrup.
  3. Grill cake slices, uncovered, until grill marks appear, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Grill peach halves, skin side down until grill marks appear, about 3 minutes. Flip peaches and grill for an additional minute.
  4. Top each slice of grilled cake with grilled peach halves and a scoop of ice cream.

Kary’s Tips:

  • Use just ripe peaches for grilling; they’ll hold their shape better when cooked.
  • Whipped cream can be substituted for ice cream.
  • You can use any fruit topping in place of grilled peaches.

Courtesy Kary Osmond, www.karyosmond.com

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Grilled chicken wings

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jul 31st, 2014


Grilling chicken wings is easy, you just need to be mindful of how much heat you’re using. Chicken wings cooked over high heat will melt the fat too quickly, causing annoying flare-ups and burnt chicken wings – no thanks!

Grilled chicken wings


  • ½ cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 3 pounds grilled chicken wings


  1. Preheat the grill with all burners set to high.
  2. Brush grill grate clean.
  3. Turn down one side of the grill to low.
  4. Place chicken wings on side set to low.
  5. Place chicken wings on side set to low.
  6. Grill chicken wings, with the lid down, turning once, until chicken is cooked, 20 minutes.
  7. Move chicken wings to the high heat side and grill uncovered until skin has crisped, about 5 minutes.
  8. Remove chicken wings from BBQ and toss in favourite sauce.
  9. Mix together hot sauce, melted butter and grilled chicken wings. Serve.

Courtesy Kary Osmond, www.karyosmond.com

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5 ways to make the best s’mores ever + our fave recipes

Suzanne Gardner | posted Monday, Jul 21st, 2014


Soft, gooey marshmallows. Sweet, melted chocolate. Crispy, honeyed cookies. When it comes to everyone’s favourite campfire treat, some might wonder why you’d mess with perfection, but we’re always interested in pushing the boundaries of deliciousness! If you want to make your s’mores extra special this summer, check out our five ways to update this classic dessert.

Chocolate: To make great s’mores, you’ve got to start with great chocolate. Hershey’s is a great, affordable choice, but we also love splurging on gourmet brands like Ghiradelli. For a fun flavour boost, try using flavoured or filled chocolate such as peanut butter chocolate (or a peanut butter cup!), mint chocolate, caramel chocolate, or raspberry chocolate.

Cookies: Who says you have to stick with plain graham crackers? Try mixing things up a bit with chocolate graham crackers, or try using your other favourite cookies like peanut butter, gingersnaps, or even chocolate chip.

Fruit: We love the idea of adding sweet fruit to your s’mores! Strawberries, raspberries, or bananas would be obvious choices to pair with chocolate, but we think some fresh, summer peaches or juicy pineapple would also be delicious! Don’t have any fruit on-hand? A swipe of your fave jam would also be yummy!

Spreads: Nutella, peanut butter (or your fave nut butter), dulce de leche, lemon curd…any of your favourite spreads are totally fair game for trying out on your s’mores!

Toppings: Sometimes a little sprinkle of salt or cinnamon can go a long way! Toasted coconut or crushed nuts also add a nice crunchy texture and a big flavour punch.

With so many great options to add into your s’mores, we really don’t think you can make a bad combo! But if you need some help to push you in the right direction, here’s a few of our faves:

  • Strawberry banana s’more: Graham crackers + sliced strawberries + sliced bananas + chocolate + marshmallow
  • PB & chocolate s’more: Chocolate graham crackers + peanut butter cup  + sliced bananas + marshmallow
  • Mint chocolate s’more: Chocolate graham crackers + mint chocolate + marshmallow
  • Strawberry nutella s’more: Graham crackers + sliced strawberries + Nutella + marshmallow
  • Ginger peach s’more: Gingersnaps + sliced peaches + marshmallow
  • Chocolate salted caramel s’more: Chocolate graham crackers + dulce de leche + dark chocolate + sprinkle of salt + marshmallow
  • Lemon meringue s’more: Graham crackers + lemon curd + marshmallow
  • Tropical s’more: Graham crackers + toasted coconut + pineapple + marshmallow

What kind of s’mores will you be making ’round the campfire this summer? Share your fave combos in the comments below!

Plus, check out more of Cityline’s delicious eats over at Cityline.ca.

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