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The comfort cookies you’ll want to bite into this Fall

kyle.mack | posted Wednesday, Oct 9th, 2019

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Makes: 26

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Makes: 26

 

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup (125 mL) Becel® Original

1 1/4 cups (300 mL) all-purpose flour

1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda

1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

1/2 cup (125 mL) firmly packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar

1 egg

1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract

1/2 cup (125 mL) HERSHEY’s CHIPITS Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1/4 tsp (1 mL) flaked sea salt

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

 

  1. In large bowl, beat together Becel® Original, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla until blended. Gradually add flour mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.

 

  1. Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of batter onto ungreased baking sheets, about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are golden.

 

  1. Remove from oven; sprinkle with flaked sea salt. Let cool for 2 minutes in pan on rack; transfer cookies directly to rack and let cool completely.

Tip: Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) finely chopped pecans or walnuts to cookies, if desired.

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Spiced Caramel Snickerdoodles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Makes: 26

 

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup (125 mL) Becel® Original

1 1/3 cups (325 mL) all-purpose flour

1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda

1 tsp (5 mL) cream of tartar

1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt

3/4 cup (175 mL) granulated sugar, divided

1/4 cup (60 mL) firmly packed light brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract

1/2 cup (125 mL) HERSHEY’S CHIPITS Sea Salt Caramel Chips

2 tsp (10 mL) ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp (2 mL) each ground ginger and nutmeg

1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; set aside.

 

  1. Beat together Becel® Original, 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl. Beat in egg and vanilla until blended. Gradually add flour mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in sea salt caramel chips.

 

  1. Stir together remaining sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cayenne pepper in a shallow bowl or plate.

 

  1. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls. Roll balls in sugar mixture, then place on ungreased baking sheets, about 2 inches (5 cm) apart.

 

  1. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are golden. Let cool for 2 minutes on rack; transfer cookies directly to rack and let cool completely.

Tip: For Spiced Caramel Snickerdoodle Sandwich Cookies, simply spread cream cheese frosting and store-bought caramel sauce between 2 cookies.

Antoni Porowski On Success and His Foodie-Future

Kyle Mack | posted Tuesday, Oct 1st, 2019

Antoni in the Kitchen, the debut cookbook by Antoni Porowski, provides an intimate look into the life of the Queer Eye foodie. As the food and wine expert on Queer Eye, the heartwarming reboot of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Antoni has charmed viewers around the globe with his recipes and brown eyes alike. Peppered with culinary-anecdotes of his past, Antoni steps beyond traditional celeb-cookbook territory and shares his heritage with readers.

Dina Pugliese sat down with Antoni ahead of his cooking class, in partnership with Scotiabank Amex, to talk about cooking-culture and how he has paved his way outside of Queer Eye and into a foodie-future.

D: How did you go about choosing the 100 recipes for the book?

A: The decision to come up with 100 recipes wasn’t my own, it was thanks to my genius editor and co-author Rux Martin and Mindy Fox, when they first came up with that I was intimidated. I don’t write recipes down, I don’t understand measurement. Everything is in the palm of my massive gigantic hand, and I sort of had to learn how to do all of that. When I decided that I wanted to make this my memoir, with queer eye we help other people and as all five of us go off into our side projects and other things we are passionate about, we get to sort of look at our own stories. My memoir has been through food. It is how I’ve said I love you to so many people, its how I show up for other people, its how I say I’m sorry, it’s my polish heritage, food is everything for me. All the important conversations I’ve ever had have been around the table, around a meal.

D: You are the heart of Queer Eye, and have a huge sense of empathy – that’s not something that can be taught. Does that come from your upbringing? Where did you get this sense of empathy?

Antoni Porowski for Breakfast Television – Taken by Kyle Mack

A: I think I am just a very sensitive person and I take on other people’s emotions; Sometimes to my betterment and sometimes to my detriment. I don’t know how to not be like that, I feel for people.

D: Queer Eye showcases such intimate conversations, people must feel safe in your presence. You don’t feel judged by Antoni, you just want to share.

A: I am judgemental enough with myself, I don’t like to be like that with our people. It’s kind of like “treat others the way you want to be treated”; I know that’s a thing we hear all the time but it’s the simplest things in life that our school teachers, parents, and mentors have taught us…they are all true.

D: The Golden rule – Do unto others! applies at all times, in all ways.

A: The Golden Rule!

D: You talked about how you had self-doubt when going into Queer Eye, yet you have maintained this sense of humility.  How do you deal with all of this success and all of this fame?

A: I think that it is a daily reprieve. I have days where I am more anxious and I get overwhelmed by the gravity of it. It is a lot going on, but I try to keep things as simple as I can. I have a lot of conversations with my father who reminds me every day to be humble. I think that it is a thank you to my parents for raising me right; I was a brat when I was a kid, but I think I’m just trying to figure out, and I’m doing my best.

D: With the cookbook, the Emmys, the fans, do you feel worthy now?

A: By saying that I am worthy of it, it kind of assumes that I deserve everything that I have and I don’t think anyone deserves this, but I can say that I am immensely grateful for it and I don’t take it for granted – I remember every single day. When I walk into my apartment and see the life that I have, the friends that I met, my castmates, the way that I can show up for my family, I am an incredibly grateful man.

D: Speaking of your family, Johnathan recently went public with the news that he is HIV positive. It’s been a pivotal point in breaking down stigmas when it comes to the diagnosis, do you applaud him for having the bravery to do that?

A: 100%. I think that we have this incredible platform – I don’t think any of us knew what this show was going to be. For Johnathan, it took a lot but he also knows that he doesn’t want people to feel lonely or whatever it is that people are going through. He has lived a life and a half, squared, to infinity and beyond, and he is using that platform to show people that they are not alone in their experience and that they are perfectly imperfect. I have a lot of respect for him.

 

 

Mike Yawney reviews the Ninetendo Switch

kyle.mack | posted Wednesday, Sep 25th, 2019

Two years after introducing the ground-breaking Switch, Nintendo has released an updated version of the popular console. The Nintendo Switch Lite cuts back on some of the features, but in return eases the burden on your wallet. We’ve had a chance to use the new system over the past week. Read our review to decide if the Lite version is right for you and your family.
Smaller and Lighter
Nintendo has created a more compact version of the Switch, making it ever so smaller, and lighter. The Switch Lite comes in at roughly 120 grams lighter than the original. On paper, it doesn’t seem like a lot, but it’s noticeable. Size-wise, imaging removing one of the Joy-Cons from the original Nintendo Switch. This gives roughly you the footprint of the new version.
It’s surprising to see how the subtle changes in size and weight make such a big difference on how it feels in your hands. Switch Lite feels much more like a portable console compared to the original Switch. Part of the reason is it’s more stable. Since the Joy-Con controllers can’t be removed you don’t get the slight wiggle that you did on the original Switch.
D-Pad Makes a Comeback
Dual analog sticks have become the norm of modern-day consoles. While they work great for shooters and adventure games, the accurate control needed to play older 8-bit, even 16-bit just Isn’t there. Thankfully Nintendo has reintroduced the classic D-pad into the design of the Switch Lite.
If you tried playing some of the classic NES and SNES games on the Nintendo Switch you may have noticed the controls feel slightly off. The D-pad makes playing those classic titles much more enjoyable, Even newer versions of classic games like Tetris 99 just play better with the D-pad.
The Screen
Sure, smaller footprint means a slightly smaller screen. The screen size has dropped from 6.2 inches down to 5.5 inches. Will you notice it? Probably not. The resolution remains the same. It still looks beautiful
Battery
Just how good the battery life on the Nintendo Switch Lite is compared to the Switch really depends on which model of Switch you own. The original Switch, released back in 2017 held 2.5 to 6.5 hours worth of charge. Recently Nintendo launched a newer version which has a better battery life of 4.5 to 9 hours. The Switch Lite will get you anywhere between 3 and 7 hours. A slight upgrader if you owned the original
Games 
Strange to say this but if you are thinking about buying the Switch Lite you need to know that not all games are playable on the system. There are a few games that simply don’t support handheld mode which is the ONLY mode supported by the Switch Lite.
Games like 1-2 Switch, Just Dance and Nintendo Labo/Labo VR all require either HD Rumble or motion control. This is not an option on the Switch Lite. The Joy-Cons are non-detachable. The number of games that you cannot play is few, however, they do include favorites like Super Mario Party.
Game Sharing
This could be an issue for families with more than one Nintendo Switch. Nintendo forces you to dedicate one Switch in your home as a primary Switch. Any other Switches in the household will be considered secondary Switches. While you can transfer digital games, even saves from the primary Switch to a secondary Switch, the secondary Switch MUST be connected to the internet to play these titles. If you cannot connect at least once every three hours, you will not be allowed to play the game. You can also ONLY play games through the account that originally purchased them, which could be problematic if parents are buying games for kids from their account.
Some users (including myself) have found that dedicating your Switch Lite as the primary console alleviates this problem as it won’t have to go online for authorization…but if someone back home wants to play they would have to play through the owner’s account, not their own. This could cause problems for cloud saves if they did log into the game owner’s account.
Another workaround is to buy physical game cartridges instead of digital files. The only downside here is you have to carry those little things around with you wherever you go…and hope no one loses or misplaces one.
No Docking Allowed
This may be a deal-breaker for some. The Original Switch was called Switch for a reason, You could place the portable console in a docking station and use it like a traditional console along with your television, This latest version can’t be connected to a TV. It’s portable only. For some, it may not be a big deal. Personally I use my Nintendo Switch on the go and have maybe only docked it one or two times in the past two years.
The Bottom Line
Nintendo’s new Switch Lite feels much more like a portable console than the original Switch ever did. It’s more compact, more stable and has quickly become my go-to for gaming on the go. If you want to play your favorite Nintendo games on the go then this is the console for you! It feels like the perfect portable gaming machine. It just becomes problematic in households with multiple Switch consoles and multiple gamers. You’ll need to come to an agreement on who plays what games and where so you don’t have to buy multiple copies of digital titles.

August 2019 Summer BT Book Club – Daisy Jones and the Six & Commander in Cheat

Leah Sarich | posted Tuesday, Aug 27th, 2019

Here’s the summer edition of the BT Book Club. We chatted about two books… the very buzz worthy Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid and the non-fiction title Commander in Cheat:How Golf Explains Trump by Rick Reilly. Thanks as always to Allison Streit from the Calgary Public Library, the BT Book Clubbers Ian Busby, Amber Owen and behind the scenes Tammy Byrka.  Next up for September is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Read the book with us before the movie comes out! Happy reading!

June 2019 – Becoming by Michelle Obama

Leah Sarich | posted Friday, Jun 21st, 2019

Yet another exciting and divisive BT Book Club discussion! This one about Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming. Thanks again to Allison Streit from the Calgary Public Library, Ian Busby, Amber Owen and you… for reading along! Next up, is the very buzzy Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

May 2019 – The Gown by Jennifer Robson

BT Calgary | posted Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Such an exciting meeting of the BT Book Club!! Author Jennifer Robson joined us on Facebook Live to answer our questions about her wonderful novel The Gown. Thank you very much to Jennifer for her time and insight (including her dream cast if the book were to hit the big screen.) Thanks also to Allison Streit of the Calgary Public Library, fellow book clubbers Ian Busby and Amber Owen and of course thanks to you, our readers! Next up, Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming. See you then!

The Gown by Jennifer Robson is an enthralling historical novel about one of the most famous wedding dresses of the twentieth century—Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown—and the fascinating women who made it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Complete Book List

BT Calgary | posted Monday, Apr 29th, 2019

Upcoming Books

  • September 2019 – The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • October 2019 – Recursion by Blake Crouch
  • November 2019 – The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

 

Past Books


2019

  • August 2019 – Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump by Rick Reilly
  • July 2019 – Daisy Jones and the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • June 2019 – Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • May 2019 – The Gown by Jennifer Robson
  • April 2019 – Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
  • March 2019 – Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • February 2019 – An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • January 2019 – Educated by Tara Westover

2018

  • December 2018 – Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva
  • November 2018 – Tangerine by Christine Mangan
  • October 2018 – The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  • September 2018 – Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • August 2018 – Artemis by Andy Weir
  • July 2018 – Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  • June 2018 – H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  • May 2018 – Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson
  • April 2018 – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  • March 2018 – Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro
  • February 2018 – Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield
  • January 2018 – Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

2017

  • December 2017 – How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  • November 2017 – The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  • October 2017 – I See You by Clare MacIntosh
  • September 2017 – Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  • August 2017 – The Girls by Emma Cline
  • July 2017 – The Assistants by Camille Perri
  • June 2017 – The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • May 2017 – You Will Know Me by Megan Abbot
  • April 2017 – The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
  • March 2017 – Neverhome by Laird Hunt
  • February 2017 – My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

BT Book Club – You Will Know Me

Leah Sarich | posted Monday, Apr 24th, 2017

youwillknowmebook

Here it is… the next book for the BT Book Club!! You Will Know Me is a thrill ride. The New York Times  says of author Megan Abbott “she resumes her customary role of black cat, opaque and unblinking, filling her readers with queasy suspicion at every turn.”

It’s the story of Katie and Eric Knox and their talented gymnast daughter Devon. Devon is an Olympic hopeful and the family has done everything it can to support her. Then, a tragedy strikes their gym community weeks before a very important competition and the Knox family must figure out how far they’ll go to make sure their daughter succeeds.

Allison Streit from the Calgary Public Library says BT Book Clubbers will love this book for its fast pace and relatable characters. We’ll be chatting about You Will Know Me on Facebook Live on May 15th. Pick up your copy at the local library today! Happy reading!

 

 

 

 

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