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Savoury garlic mac and cheese

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Sep 16th, 2013

Savoury garlic mac and cheese

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups scoobi doo pasta, uncooked
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tub (270 g) Philadelphia Savoury Garlic Cooking Creme
  • 2 cups Kraft Double Cheddar Shredded Cheese, divided

Method:

  1. Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt.
  2. Meanwhile, cook and stir bacon in medium saucepan on medium heat until crisp. Drain fat. Add onions to same pan; cook 5 min. or until crisp-tender, stirring frequently. Add Cooking Creme and 1-1/2 cups shredded cheese; cook and stir on medium-low heat 2 min. or until heated through.
  3. Heat broiler. Drain pasta, reserving 1/3 cup cooking water. Gradually stir in reserved pasta water into sauce. Add pasta; mix lightly.
  4. Spoon into 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; top with remaining shredded cheese. Broil, 6 inches from heat, 2 min. or until golden brown.

Cooking know-how:  Thoroughly drain cooked pasta because excess water clinging to the pasta will dilute any sauce that you add.

Courtesy Philadelphia Cream Cheese, www.phillycanada.com

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Oven rotisserie chicken with broccoli and cashew nut rice

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Sep 12th, 2013

Sometimes the convenience of ordering-in is hugely enticing.  This recipe fills the home with that mouth-watering restaurant-style rotisserie chicken aroma. Paired with rice and broccoli, this makes a delicious meal for the whole family.

Oven rotisserie chicken with broccoli and cashew nut rice

Serves 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 chicken legs
  • 1 package Maggi So Juicy Rôtisserie
  • 4 spring onions, sliced
  • ¼ cup cashew nuts
  • 1 cup converted white rice
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 small head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) or 320°F (160°C) for convection oven.
  2. Place the chicken legs into the bag with the sliced spring onions and follow the cooking instructions on the pack.
  3. In a large, dry, frying pan, toast the cashew nuts gently, stirring frequently until golden, then transfer to a plate.
  4. Cook rice according to pack instructions and set aside (covered).
  5. Heat half the oil in the same pan and stir fry the broccoli until tender.
  6. Transfer into a bowl and keep covered.
  7. Heat the remaining oil and add the beaten egg to the pan, cooking like an omelette and breaking it up into pieces.
  8. Add the rice to the pan with the broccoli and cashew nuts, reheat until piping hot then serve with the chicken.
  9. Pour oil in a pan and quickly sauté the broccoli until tender. Cover to keep warm.
  10. Remove the chicken from the oven, leave to cool for a minute then cut the bag open and gently tip the contents into a dish.
  11. Slice the chicken breasts into chunky pieces on a board, keeping the chicken breast shape together.
  12. Serve the mash potato topped with the chicken and remaining sauce with a side of broccoli.

Courtesy Christian Pritchard, www.ChrisCooking.com

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Juicy mixed herbs chicken with sweet potato mash and sautéed broccoli

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Sep 12th, 2013

As we get into colder autumn days,  the warm, creamy potatoes provide comfort and play the perfect partner to this herbaceous chicken.

Juicy mixed herbs chicken with sweet potato mash and sautéed broccoli

Serves 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 40-45 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 package Maggi So Juicy Mixed Herbs
  • 1 large Russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • Freshly ground black pepper and salt
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium head of broccoli, cut into florets

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) or 320°F (160°C) for convection oven and cook the chicken according to the pack instructions.
  2. About 15 minutes before the end of the chicken cooking time, place the diced potato into boiling water for 5 minutes, then add the sweet potato and cook until the potatoes are tender. Roughly mash, adding butter, salt, and pepper to taste, then mash thoroughly.
  3. Heat the oil in a pan and quickly sauté the broccoli until tender. Cover to keep warm.
  4. Remove the chicken from the oven, leave to cool for a minute then cut the bag open and gently tip the contents into a dish.
  5. Slice the chicken breasts into chunky pieces on a board, keeping the chicken breast shape together.
  6. Serve the mash potato topped with the chicken and remaining sauce with a side of broccoli.

Courtesy Christian Pritchard, www.ChrisCooking.com

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Quick and easy juicy garlic chicken with veggie stir fry

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Sep 12th, 2013

This recipe is quite versatile as you can make it less spicy for the kids or add some extra zing with chili sauce.  You can even make it a little more exotic by adding curry spices to the noodle dish.  The world is your oyster. The chicken’s garlic seasonings lend themselves well to whatever part of the culinary world you’d like to visit – in under an hour.

Quick and easy juicy garlic chicken with veggie stir fry

Serves 4

Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 package of Maggi So Juicy Garlic Seasoning
  • 12 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 small onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 carrot, sliced thinly
  • 450g package of egg noodles
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil (optional)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 green onions, finely sliced
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds (optional)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) or 320°F (160°C) for convection oven and cook the chicken according to the pack instructions.
  2. Put a large pot of water on the stove for the egg noodles and allow it to come to a rolling boil.
  3. About 15 minutes before the end of the chicken cooking time, heat the canola oil in a large frying pan or wok and stir fry the mushrooms until golden. Add the broccoli, onion, and carrot, and continue to cook for about 5 minutes, over high heat.
  4. Cook the egg noodles according to the pack instructions. Once cooked through, drain and set aside.
  5. Remove the chicken from the oven, leave to cool for a minute then cut the bag open and gently tip the contents into a dish. Transfer the chicken breasts to a board and slice diagonally. Pour garlic juices from the dish over the vegetables.
  6. Add the cooked noodles to the pan with the vegetables and toss to combine.
  7. Season with the sesame oil (if using) and lime juice. Serve the stir fry with the sliced chicken, scattered with green onion and sesame seeds (if using).

Courtesy Christian Pritchard, www.ChrisCooking.com

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How to Feed a Family: Orange chocolate mini muffins

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Sep 10th, 2013

How to Feed a Family: Orange chocolate mini muffins

Ingredients: 

  • 1 ¾ whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ cup cocoa pwdr
  • 1 ½ tsp baking pwdr
  • ½ tsp chia pwdr
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 lg eggs
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup orange juice (pulp free)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup mini milk chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or line mini muffin tin
  2. In a medium size bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa pwdr,baking pwdr,chia pwdr and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric  mixer,cream the butter with the sugar. Add the eggs, yoghurt,orange juice and vanilla. Mix on low until combined. Slowly add the flour mixture to these wet ingredients. Once well mixed, stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Fill each muffin cup, leaving ¼ inch  from the rim. Bake on centre rack for 25-30 min, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Let cool in tin.

Courtesy Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh, www.sweetpotatochronicles.com

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How to Feed a Family: Glazed green vegetables

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Sep 10th, 2013

How to Feed a Family: Glazed green vegetables

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch asparagus trimmed
  • 2 handful green beans trimmed
  • 3tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Salt pepper
  • 1 cup peas (frozen are fine)

Method:

  1. Place the asparagus and beans in a medium-sized frying pan.
  2. Add enough water to not quite cover the veggies.
  3. Add the butter, sugar and a pinch salt and pepper. Place lid on top.
  4. Simmer over med heat until the veggies are almost tender, 3 min.
  5. Add Peas and cook for 1 min. Shake pan so everything gets covered in the glaze. Check the beans to see if they’re tender as you like and serve.

Courtesy Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh, www.sweetpotatochronicles.com

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How to Feed a Family: Corn pancakes

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Sep 10th, 2013

How to Feed a Family: Corn pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups cornmeal
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 4 scallions trimmed and chopped from white to beginning of green

Method:

  1. Pour frozen corn into small bowl and set aside to thaw. Separate the eggs and whip up whites into soft peaks
  2. In another bowl, mix the egg yolks with buttermilk and oil
  3. In yet another bowl, mix together cornmeal, flour, baking soda, baking pwdr,salt and sugar.
  4. Add the egg yolk mixture to dry ingredients and stir to combine. Stir in thawed corn and scallions. Gently fold in the egg whites. Allow batter to stand for 10 min before cooking.
  5. Heat small amount of vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Pour ¼ cup of batter for each pancake in to hot pan, allow bubbles to form along the edges of the pancakes, flip and cook for a couple of minutes. Serve with tzatziki and salsa.

Courtesy Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh, www.sweetpotatochronicles.com

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TIFF Cocktails: ‘The Torontini’

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Sep 4th, 2013

An elegant cocktail rich with honeyed fruit and notes of liquorice, it has the generous and subtle almond notes of GREY GOOSE vodka at its heart.

TIFF Cocktails: ‘The Torontini

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts ​Grey Goose vodka
  • 2 parts ​fresh apricot juice
  • 1 part ​freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2/3 ​maple syrup
  • 1/3 ​apricot brandy
  • Dash of absinthe

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake and double strain into a martini glass.
  3. Garnish with orange zest.

Courtesy Joe McCanta

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