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Turkey Meatballs w/Cranberry & Boursin

BT Calgary | posted Monday, Dec 4th, 2017

You can cook the the meatballs in the oven and then plate them up, or you can make them in the slow cooker and keep it on low so that the dish stays warm while you entertain. Just have the cheese on the side so your guests to top their meatballs as they like.


— Courtesy Theresa Toth — 


  • 1 two pound package frozen turkey meatballs
  • 1 can cranberry sauce
  • 1 package of Boursin Cranberry/Black Pepper cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large casserole dish, add the meatballs and the cranberry sauce and stir to combine. Cover with foil and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Stir and cook for another 10 minutes until hot. Remove from the oven and place on a platter with toothpicks on the side.
  3. Top with crumbled cheese and chives.

— Enjoy! —

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Savory Chowder

BT Calgary | posted Monday, Nov 6th, 2017

This version is dairy free, gluten free and can even be made vegetarian if you omit the bacon. Coconut milk gives it that smooth consistency and has an Asian twist thanks to the lime & cilantro finish. The result is a hearty chowder which is full of so much flavor it pleases everyone.


— Coutrtesy Teresa Toth —


  • 1 tablespoon sesame or olive oil
  • 1 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup bacon, chopped
  • 2 cups Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 can baby corn, chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • Pinch of chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • Fresh pepper
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, saute the onion, pepper and bacon in the sesame oil until the veggies are softened and the bacon is crisp, approx 5 minutes.
  2. Add the potatoes, corn and tomatoes and stir.
  3. Add seasonings and vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Add the coconut milk and lime juice and heat thoroughly.
  5. Spoon into individual bowls and top with cilantro.

— Enjoy! —

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Recipe Remix: Coq au Vin

BT Calgary | posted Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

This recipe uses leftover chicken to make a delicious Coq au Vin which comes together in a fraction of the time it would take to cook the original recipe.


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— Courtesy Theresa Toth — 


  • 1 whole barbecued/baked chicken or 2 cooked chicken thighs, 2 legs, 2 breasts (or any combination of them)
  • 1 cup raw bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups cremini mushrooms, halved
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 cup cognac
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary


  1. Remove any skin from the chicken and set the meat aside.
  2. In a large pot, heat the bacon, onions, mushrooms and olive oil over medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes or until the bacon is crispy, mushrooms nicely browned and the onions are translucent.
  3. Add the garlic and flour and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the cognac & red wine to deglaze the pan (there should be lots of bits stuck to the bottom of the pot) then add the chicken stock, tomato paste, salt & pepper, thyme and rosemary and bring to a boil.
  5. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes until thickened.
  6. Discard the thyme and rosemary.
  7. Serve on its own or alongside potatoes and other veg.

— Enjoy! —

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Apple Beer Mac & Cheese

BT Calgary | posted Tuesday, Apr 12th, 2016

Mac&CheeseCourtesy Chef Nicole Gomes

This easy gourmet macaroni and cheese is a favourite! The sweetness of the apples and addition of the sharp beer really add a new dimension. You can fancy it up even further by adding your morning’s leftover bacon or last night’s roast ham.

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: about 30 minutes
Baking time: 45 minutes
Makes 6 to 8 servings


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche
  • 1/2 strong IPA beer
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg


Pasta Apple Cheese Layer

  • 3 cups mini lamaconi or elbow pasta
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 cups peeled and grated Golden Delicious apples (about 3 large)
  • 3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs, toasted
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups lightly packed shredded Black River Medium Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup lightly packed shredded Canadian Muenster cheese
  • 1 cup lightly packed shredded lightly packed shredded Gunn’s Hill Five Brothers cheese
  • 1 cup lightly packed shredded Sylvan Star Canadian Smoked Gouda Cheese
  • 1 cup lightly packed shredded Canadian Raclette Cheese



  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. In a large pot, melt butter on medium-high heat. add flour and bay leaf and whisk until smooth; cook for 2 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Whisk in milk in a slow steady stream.
  4. Whisk until smooth; bring to boil.
  5. Reduce heat and summer, whisking constantly, until thick enough to coat spoon, about 8 to 12 minutes.
  6. Turn off heat. Whisk in creme fraiche, beer, mustard, salt, and nutmeg.
  7. Remove and discard bay leaf.


Pasta Apple Cheese layer:

  1. In large pot of boiling, salted water, cook pasta 3 minutes under the package directions. Drain and rinse light. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in medium skillet, melt butter on medium heat. Add apples and any accumulated juices; saute until soft, about 2 minutes. In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs and oil; set aside.
  3. Spread one-half of the pasta in 13X9 – inch glass baking dish. Pour one-half of the sauce, top with one-half each of the Cheddar, Muenster, Five Brothers, Smoked Gouda and Raclette cheeses. Top with one-half of the apples and stir lightly. Repeat with remaining pasta, sauce, cheeses and apples; stir lightly. Springkle evenly with reserved breadcrumb mixture on top.
  4. Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake uncovered until hot, breadcrums are light golden brown and edges are bubbling – about 45 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Enjoy!
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Braised Beef Curry

BT Calgary | posted Friday, Apr 8th, 2016



  • 500 g boneless Canadian Beef Blade or Shank, cut into 1-1/2 inch cubes, trimmed
  • Salt and pepper
  • Canola oil
  • 1 large onion, cut lengthwise into wedges
  • ½ inch piece unpeeled gingerroot, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp green curry paste
  • 1 can (400 mL) coconut milk
  • 1 EACH: carrot and sweet pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • ½ cup halved green beans
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped kale


1 Season beef cubes all over with salt and pepper. Heat a splash of oil in a heavy Dutch oven or cast iron roaster over medium-high heat until sizzling; add half the beef and brown all over in 2 batches. Remove from pan; set aside.

2 Add onion and gingerroot to pan; sauté until just softened. Stir in broth, scraping up brown bits from bottom of pan. Stir in curry paste and coconut milk. Add reserved beef and any juices.

3 Cover tightly; cook in a 325°F oven for 1-1/2 hours. Add carrot, sweet pepper and green beans; cook for another 20 to 30 minutes, until veggies are tender. Remove slices of gingerroot and stir in kale. Serve spooned over steamed rice.

Courtesy canadianbeefcentreofexcellence.ca

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Recipe Remix: Quick Spanish Paella

BT Calgary | posted Monday, Mar 7th, 2016


Paella is one of those dishes which is so versatile and came be made with almost any type of meat. For this mixed variety I have included chicken, chorizo sausage and prawns which seams to satisfy all tastes. The chorizo gives it just enough heat without being overpowering. The ultimate short cut in this dish is to use Spanish style rice which is already seasoned, but if you are using plain white rice, I would recommend adding a can of diced tomatoes to the mix.

Courtesy Theresa Toth, easypeasyeats.com


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups chorizo sausage, sliced
  • 1 pound chicken breast, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups Spanish style rice (or short grain rice)
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup raw prawns,
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped


  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the onion, bell pepper, chicken and sausage.
  2. Cook for 5 minutes until the meat is browned and the veggies are soft.
  3. Add the paprika, thyme, chili powder and salt and pepper and stir.
  4. Next add the rice and chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  5. Lower to simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring,until the rice is almost done.
  6. There should be some liquid remaining in the pan.
  7. Add the prawns and frozen peas and stir to combine.
  8. Cover with a lid and simmer for 5 minutes until the prawns are cooked.
  9. Serve with a squeeze of lemon and fresh parsley.


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Master Mixes from Sue Spicer

BT Calgary | posted Monday, Feb 29th, 2016


This recipe makes at least 12 cups of mix to which other ingredients are added for fast, nutritious meals. This is a very adaptable recipe, increase or decrease amounts as required by taste and number of servings needed. Divide into 2-3 cup packages to make meals for 4 servings. Freeze for up to 4 months.

  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 4 lbs lean ground beef, poultry or lamb
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 2 Sweet red or green peppers, diced
  • 6 stalks celery, diced
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large peeled carrots, grated (optional)
  • 1 large zucchini, grated (optional)

Master Mix must be prepared in batches to sear meats and provide added flavour. Otherwise, the released liquid steams the ingredients resulting in tougher texture and less flavour.

  1. On medium high, heat 1Tbsp (15mL) oil in pan a large wok or skillet. Add ½ the ground meat sauté until browned on all sides. Remove, reserve and repeat using all ground meat.
  2. Do not clean skillet, this adds flavour. Add a small amount of oil to pan. Stir in 1/2 vegetables and sauté in 2 batches just until soft. In a large bowl combine meat and vegetables. Cool.
  3. Divide into desired servings. 1 Master Mix for 4 servings is approx. 2 cups, more if you have larger appetites, i.e. teenagers! Pack into freezer storage bags or containers.
  4. Label with name, date and quantity. Freezes up to 3 months.


FAST FOOD FRESH for FOUR! Take 2 cups Master Mix and…

  1. TOSS with pasta and your favourite prepared sauce
  2. STIR into broth with 1 drained can of corn and rice, pasta or lentils for chowders
  3. SEASON with Oriental or Curry sauce, fresh grated carrots, lettuce & sprouts
  4. COMBINE with beans, corn, chilies, tomatoes and Mexican style seasonings
  5. BAKE in a piecrust with 1 pkg. drained frozen spinach, 4 eggs beaten with milk, sprinkle with cheese, for 40 minutes in moderate oven.
  6. STUFF crepes, wraps, cannelloni, lasagna, baguettes, quesedillas, squash, baked potato


Use this versatile mixture in as the dry and fat portion of most cookie, muffin, scone, pancake recipes. Add the liquids and sugar asked for in the recipe with the master mix.

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking POWDER
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  1. Blend flours, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. With your hands work in the shortening until mixture is crumbly.
  3. Store in an airtight container in a cool place for 6 weeks, or freeze up to 3 months.



  • 2 cups Master Baking Mix
  • 1 cup milk or yogurt
  • 1-2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar, or as directed by another recipe


  1. Stir until just combined with any additions such as 1 cup berries, banana pieces, choc chips. Bake in muffin cups for 20 miinutes until a knife inserted into the muffin comes out clean.
  2. Makes 12 small muffins.
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One Pot Greek Chicken Spanakorizo

BT Calgary | posted Thursday, Jan 21st, 2016


A recipe for Greek Chicken Spanakorizo with brown rice.

A recipe for Greek Chicken Spanakorizo with brown rice.

Courtesy Sue Spicer  foodbydesign.ca                                                                                                                            PER SERVING (1/4 recipe):

671 calories
19 g fat
5 g saturated fat
137 mg cholesterol
757 mg sodium
67 g carbohydrates
8 g fibre
3 g sugars
54 g protein
% RDI: 20% calcium, 25% iron
8% vitamin A, 35% vitamin C.


  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each sea salt and pepper
  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) chili flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) USA long grain brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) dry white wine
  • 4 cups packed baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) crumbled feta
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped parsley


  1. In a bowl, combine 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp zest, 1 tbsp oil, salt and pepper and chicken.
  2. Marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Heat a large Dutch oven or deep skillet over medium high heat, sear chicken pieces on both sides to a golden brown; remove to plate.
  4. In same pot sauté onion, garlic, oregano and chili flakes with 1 tbsp oil until onions are softened, stir in rice. Add broth, wine and remaining lemon juice; bring to a boil. Stir in spinach, reduce heat to a low simmer and top with chicken pieces. Cover with a tight fitting lid and cook for 40-45 minutes undisturbed until chicken juices run clear and rice is tender.
  5. Stir in 1 tbsp zest, feta, oregano and parsley just before serving.

Makes 4 servings



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