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Atlanta Falcons-style fried chicken and waffles

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Nov 19th, 2013

Atlanta Falcons-style fried chicken and waffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 (3lb) fryer chicken, cut into 8 pieces,
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Buttermilk waffles:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • ½ bottle beer
  • ½ cup maple syrup

Method:

  1. Heat enough vegetable oil to come about 1-inch up the sides of a large, deep cast iron skillet to 350 degrees F.
  2. Rinse the chicken under cold running water and do not dry; leave wet. In a large sealable bag, combine the flour with the Cajun seasoning. Add the chicken pieces 1 at a time, seal, and shake to coat evenly. Remove and place on a wire rack over a baking sheet and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Carefully add the chicken to the hot oil and fry, turning once, until golden brown and the meat is cooked through, 20 to 30 minutes (the thighs and legs will take longest to cook). Remove and drain on paper towels. Remove the pan from the heat and with a slotted spoon, scoop out any browned bits remaining in the pan and drain on paper towels.
  4. Mix together the beer and maple syrup over low heat for 10 minutes.
  5. Preheat a waffle iron and lightly grease. Into a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients together.
  6. In a clean bowl, beat the eggs. Add the butter and buttermilk and beat to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix well.
  7. Pour the batter into the hot waffle iron and cook until golden brown and lightly crisp. Remove and if desired, top with a slice of butter, and serve with the chicken and maple syrup.

Courtesy Chef Michael P. Clive, @michaelpclive

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Phyllo pastry stuffed with chicken and leeks

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Nov 12th, 2013

Phyllo pastry stuffed with chicken and leeks

Ingredients:

  • 1 roasting chicken, cooked
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 5 cups white button and Cremini mushrooms, quartered
  • Fresh thyme, chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 leeks, white and pale green parts, thinly sliced
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled

Method:

  1. Remove the skin from the roasting chicken and discard. Remove the meat from the bones and chop into small pieces.  Transfer to a large bowl and season with oregano and fresh cracked pepper. Set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add the mushrooms, thyme and a pinch of salt.  Once the mushrooms start to release liquid, add the wine. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the all of the liquid has evaporated.  Remove from heat and transfer to the bowl with the chicken.
  3. Heat the olive oil in the same saucepan over medium heat.  Add the shallot, leeks and pinch of salt.  Cook until the shallots and leeks are soft, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and transfer to the bowl with the chicken.  Set aside to cool.
  4. Add the crumbled feta cheese to the cooled filling and mix.  Your filling is now complete and ready to be added to the phyllo pastry.
  5. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a small saucepan over low heat.  Remove from the heat and skim away any foam.  Use only the clarified butter and avoid the white milk solids that have settled on the bottom of the pan.
  6. Gather two of the phyllo sheets and cover the remaining sheets with a damp cloth to avoid drying out.  Lay the two sheets of phyllo along the bottom of a 9-x13-inch (33×23 cm) shallow baking dish.  Allow the sheets to overlap in the center of the pan and the excess to hang over the sides of the pan.  Brush the sheets lightly with some of the melted butter.  Arrange another six sheets of phyllo in the same manner, brushing each sheet with melted butter.  Add the filling and spread it evenly in the pan.
  7. Gather the excess phyllo pastry hanging over the sides of the pan and fold over to enclose the filling.  Brush each layer with melted butter.  Lay the remaining two layers of phyllo pastry on the very top and allow the phyllo to wrinkle and fold to create a ruffled top. Brush with melted butter.  Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove from the refrigerator and lightly sprinkle the top of the pastry with water.  Place in the middle of a preheated oven and bake at 350°F (180°C) until golden brown and crispy, about 45 minutes.  Cut into serving pieces and serve warm or cold.

Courtesy 3 Greek Sisters

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Spooky Halloween desserts

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Oct 31st, 2013

Rich chocolate pudding cake

Makes 10 servings

Ingredients:

Cake Batter:

  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) quinoa flour
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) skim milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) canola oil

Topping:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) boiling water
  • 1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) pure vanilla extract or espresso or coffee.

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line 10 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir the flour with the cocoa powder, granulated sugar and baking powder until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the milk with the egg and canola oil. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, just until combined. Divide evenly between the 10 muffin cups.
  4. Whisk the boiling water with sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla, espresso or coffee. Pour carefully and evenly over the batter. Bake for 20 to 24 minutes or until the cake bounces back when lightly touched.
  5. Let cool slightly and serve warm.

lollipopmairoct31-featuredFruit & nut clusters

Makes 12 clusters

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz (170 g) bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped – use 70-75% cocoa mass
  • ½ cup (125 mL) quinoa puffs – see sidebar
  • ½ cup (125 mL) dried cranberries
  • ½ cup (125 mL) whole almonds, coarsely chopped

Method:

  1. Line a baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper. OR to make the Cluster Pops use a silicon mini muffin pan.
  2. Place chocolate in medium microwaveable bowl. Microwave on Medium power for 2 minutes (stirring after one minute), until completely melted. Depending on your wattage this could take longer, the trick is to add more time in 5 second intervals. You don’t want to scorch the chocolate. Stir until chocolate has completely melted.
  3. Add puffs, cranberries, and almonds; stir to combine.
  4. Drop 12 equal spoonfuls of the chocolate mixture on prepared baking sheet or into the mini muffin pan. Place stick in the centre and let set.
  5. Let set until firm, approx 30 minutes or place in fridge until firm. Store refrigerated in airtight container. Serve at room temperature. OR when totally set gently remove from the muffin pan and serve.

Gingersnaps

Makes 40 cookies

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup (125 mL) canola oil
  • 1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) molasses
  • 1 omega-3 egg
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp (280 mL) quinoa flour
  • ¾ cup (185 mL) brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) finely grated fresh ginger

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat together oil and sugar using either an electric mixer or a wooden spoon and some elbow grease.
  3. Add molasses and egg. Beat until fluffy. (Takes about 2-3 minutes with a mixer and about 5 with a wooden spoon.)
  4. Stir in quinoa and brown rice flours, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and fresh ginger until the dough comes together.
  5. Scoop out teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet. Try using a mini scoop for the dough.
  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. For a chewy Gingersnap bake for 12 minutes, for a crispy one bake for 14 minutes.
  7. Let cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute, remove from parchment paper and let cool completely on a wire rack. Store in air tight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Courtesy Mairlyn Smith, www.mairlynsmith.com

Wookie curry in a hurry

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Oct 31st, 2013

Wookie curry in a hurry

Serves 4 humans or 1 wookie

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, pulled of all its meat
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 cups white rice, cooked

Method:

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and peppers, sauté, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle with the curry powder and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  3. Add the yogurt and cream and simmer gently for 3 minutes. Stir in the salt, pepper, and tomatoes. Cook for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Divide the rice and chicken among individual bowls, spoon the sauce over the top, and sprinkle with the cilantro.

Courtesy Michael P. Clive, www.michaelpclive.com

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Butternut squash done two ways

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Oct 30th, 2013

Butternut squash soup

Yields: serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 2 butternut squash peeled and seeded (use one for the soup and save the other for P2)
  • 2 granny smith apples, peeled and cored
  • 2 red onion, peeled
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • salt and pepper to coat for roasting and some for seasoning at end
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock

Method:

  1. Cut the butternut squash, onions and apples into 1-inch cubes (approximately the same size so they cook in the same time).
  2. Place the cut squash, onions and apples on a sheet pan and coat with the olive oil and salt and pepper.
  3. Roast in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until soft, do not burn.
  4. In a large Dutch oven or soup pot on top of the stove, add the half of the roasted butternut squash (reserve the balance for Produce 2) onions and apples, and then add the broth.
  5. Bring to a boil. Turn down to low and then mash all the vegetables with the broth together. You can use an immersion blender or a food processor till fully processed and the consistency you like.
  6. Add the curry powder and check for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if needed, serve immediately.

butternuthummus-featuredButternut squash hummus

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • Half of the remaining Roasted Butternut Squash from Cook Once

Method:

  1. Add roasted squash at room temperature or from the fridge to your basic hummus recipe and enjoy a sweeter variation. Squash is also a great immune booster so a wonderful alternative to regular root vegetables. See our Humble Hummus recipe.

Courtesy Marlene MacPherson, www.rogerstv.com/marlenesharvest

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Steak with fruit kabobs

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Oct 28th, 2013

Steak with fruit kabobs

Ingredients:

  • 1 1 lb. beef sirloin into inch cubes
  • 1 medium granny smith apple into eight cubes
  • 1 medium orange into 8 cubes
  • steam sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 cup cilantro

Method:

  1. Marinate everything but the plum for 20 minutes. Turn steak to coat
  2. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator for 20 minutes, turning occasionally
  3. Cover and reserve remaining marinade in refrigerator
  4. Place on wooden skewers and place on the grill
  5. Serve with salad or rice

Courtesy Rob Rainford

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Grilled pork tenderloin

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Oct 28th, 2013

Grilled pork tenderloin

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Jamaican jerk spice paste
  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 1 mango peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup each of finely chopped red pepper and celery
  • 1/4 cup each of finely chopped green onion and coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 each of salt and pepper
  • Lime wedges

Method:

  1. Brush the jerk paste all over the tenderloin. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes or in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours
  2. Meanwhile, toss the mango with the red pepper, celery, green onion, coriander, lime juice, oil, honey, salt and pepper and set aside
  3. Lightly grease the grill and cook
  4. Transfer to a cutting board and tent with foil. Let it rest for five minutes and serve with mango chutney

Courtesy Rob Rainford

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The Perfect Sandwich Duo: Roasted chicken & Grilled portobello mushroom

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Oct 17th, 2013

Roast chicken with pear & brie sandwich

Serves 1

Prep Time: 10 min; Total Time: 10 min

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices Dempster’s Healthy Way Double My Fibre!
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) prepared caramelized onion jam
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) mixed salad greens
  • 3 thin slices bartlett pear
  • 2 thin slices of brie cheese
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and sliced

Method:

  1. Spread one slice of bread with caramelized onion jam and Dijon mustard.
  2. Top with mixed greens, pear, Brie cheese, chicken and remaining bread slice to form sandwich.

Grilled portobello mushroom with pesto aioli sandwich

Serves 1

Prep Time: 5 min; Cook Time: 10 min; Total Time: 15 min

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices Dempster’s Healthy Way Say No to Fat & Sugar!
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) prepared pesto
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) reduced fat mayonnaise
  • ¼ tsp (1.25 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 1 medium Portobello mushroom, cut into thick slices
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Olive oil
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) Shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Packed alfalfa sprouts

Method:

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. Mix together pesto, mayonnaise and mustard, set aside.
  3. Toss mushroom slices with oil. Place on grill and cook for 5 minutes per.
  4. Spread pesto aioli over one slice of bread.
  5. Top with cabbage, mushroom, alfalfa sprouts, and remaining bread slice to form sandwich.

Courtesy Mairlyn Smith, www.mairlynsmith.com

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