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Tomato Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

BT Calgary | posted Wednesday, Oct 21st, 2015

The key to making this dish a knockout starts with great tomatoes. Pick nice and ripe but still firm ones for best results.


  • 2ea Bacon Strips (cut small)
  • 100ml Canola Oil
  • 100ml Wine Vinegar
  • 30ml Dijon Mustard
  • To Taste Salt
  • To Taste Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • 6ea Ripe Tomatoes (approx. one per person)


  1. Sauté bacon until fat has rendered and a light brown color has been achieved.
  2. Place in blender (including fat); add grape seed oil, mustard, and vinegar.
  3. Blend at a low speed to begin with then increase speed until the vinaigrette is smooth.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Cut tomatoes in wedges and toss with dressing. Season again to taste.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Serves 6

*Serving suggestion- Garnish with crispy bacon and flavored oils like chive oil if desired. Also adding greens like basil, nasturtium, dandelion or arugula will add a nice twist to this salad.

Courtesy Chef Paul Rogalski

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Dempster’s Sundried Tomato Bage Kale & White Cheddar Strata

BT Calgary | posted Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015

Courtesy dempsters.ca
Serves 6 – 8


  • 6 (1 pkg) Dempsters’ Sundried Tomato Bagels (cut into large cubes)
  • 1 large White onion (minced)
  • 3 cloves Garlic (finely minced)
  • 1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups Fresh kale (chopped)
  • 1 Pinch Grated Nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp Butter (unsalted)
  • 3 cups Aged white cheddar (finely grated). Reserving 1 cup to top Strata.
  • 8 large Eggs
  • 2 cups Milk (2% is ideal)
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a sauté pan on medium heat add olive oil and sauté onion for approx. 3 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and sauté for an additional 30 seconds. Add chopped kale. Let cook until wilted. Season with salt and pepper. Then remove from heat.
  4. Butter the bottom of a 12″x9″ baking dish. In buttered baking dish combine Dempsters’ Sundried Tomato Bagel cubes, kale & onion mixture plus 2 cups white cheddar cheese.
  5. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together eggs, milk, nutmeg and Dijon mustard. Once combined slowly pour it over the bagel mixture. Ensure bagels soak up the liquid. Top strata with the remaining cup of white cheddar.
  6. Bake Strata for 35 minutes, or until it is set in the centre.
  7. Chef’s Tip: Let Strata set for 10 minutes before serving.
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