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Chef Eric’s Mozzarella TaterTots

BT Calgary | posted Wednesday, Dec 30th, 2015

Courtesy Chef Eric Larcom.


  • 2 large kennenbeck potatoes
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil


  1. Peel and one inch dice Kennenbeck potatoes.
  2. Blanch potatoes in 300°F oil until very Al’dente…Let cool.
  3. Pulse in food prcessor until the poptatoes are the size roughly of a lentil.
  4. Mix in grated mozzarella and for into 1″ X 2″ cylinder, be sure they are packed tight.
  5. Fry in 350°F oil until golden brown.


Serve with your favorite condiment.


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Chef Devan’s gourmet grilled cheese

Cityline | posted Monday, Dec 7th, 2015


What takes these grilled cheese sandwiches to the next level are the condiments — like sliced mango and homemade smoked ketchup — and a mix of cheeses!

Mango, Brie and aged cheddar grilled cheese with green onion pesto and smoked tomato ketchup

Makes 4 sandwiches


  • 1 semi-firm mango, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups aged cheddar, grated
  • 8 slices Brie
  • 8 slices of white rye bread
  • Unsalted butter

Green onion pesto

  • One bunch green onions, stems removed, rough-chopped
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly-cracked black pepper


  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp fresh-cracked black pepper


In a pot on medium heat, add vegetable oil. Add onions, salt and pepper and caramelize onions for approximately 10 minutes. Add garlic and stir for 1 minute before adding all other ingredients. Stir ketchup often and reduce for approximately 10 minutes until it becomes thick. Blend and pass through a fine sieve. Ketchup can be stored in the fridge for up to 10 days.

Blend all ingredients for the green onion pesto until incorporated. Store in the fridge up to one week.

Brush 4 slices of bread with 1 tablespoon of pesto each, then lay cheddar, mango, Brie and more cheddar evenly across all 4 slices. Cover with 4 slice of bread.

In a large frying pan on medium-low heat, add enough butter to lightly coat the pan. Place as many sandwiches as can fit in pan and brush tops with butter. Brown sandwiches for approximately 3-4 minutes a side until cheese melts. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

Remove and serve with ketchup.


Blueberry, balsamic and havarti grilled cheese with garlic-basil mayo

Makes 4 sandwiches


  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 4 slices of Havarti
  • 8 slices of egg bread


  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise


For aioli, blend ingredients in a blender and remove to an appropriate vessel, ideally a squeeze bottle.

In a sauce pan on medium heat, add blueberries, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Cook for approximately 5-7 minutes until all ingredients combine well. Finish with lemon zest.

Place 4 slices of bread on a clean surface, and add 1 slice of Havarti, 2 tablespoons of blueberries, and top with a sprinkling of white cheddar. Cover with four more slices of bread.

In a large frying pan on medium-low heat, add enough butter to lightly coat. Place as many sandwiches as can fit in pan and brush tops with butter. Brown sandwiches for approximately 3-4 minutes a side until cheese melts. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.


French onion soup grilled cheese


  • 1 baguette
  • 2 cups Gruyère, grated
  • Unsalted butter


  • 2 yellow onions, finely sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup beef stock
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 tsp parsley, finely chopped


In a large sauce pan or medium pot on high heat, add butter and oil. When butter begins to bubble, add onions and cook until golden brown. Add garlic and cook for one more minute. Add thyme, beef stock and red wine and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until the onions take on a deep brown colour, approximately 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in parsley and allow to cool.

Slice baguette into half-inch slices. Cover half of the slices with Gruyère, 1-2 tablespoons of onions and more Gruyère. Cover with the rest of the slices of bread.

In a large frying pan on medium-low heat, add enough butter to lightly coat. Place as many sandwiches as can fit in pan and brush tops with butter. Brown sandwiches for approximately 3-4 minutes a side until cheese melts. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

Courtesy Devan Rajkumar

White Chocolate Mousse

BT Calgary | posted Thursday, Dec 3rd, 2015


  • 8 medium egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 200g (one canister) Cococo Chocolatiers White Chocolate Morsels
  • 5 oz. or 2/3 cup whipping cream, 33-36%
  • 1 piece or 1 tsp. liquid vanilla bean natural vanilla extract
  • One standard pouch or 2.5 tsp. gelatin (soaked as per directions)
  • Slightly less than 2.5 cups medium peak whipped cream 33-36%


  1.  Whip the sugar and yolk until pale and light.
  2. Heat the cream and vanilla to just below boiling, approximately 80 degrees C.
  3. Add to the white chocolate and soaked gelatin.  Mix well.
  4. Allow to cool, mix in whipped eggs and fold in the whipped cream.
  5. Pipe the mousse into desired cups or chocolate shells.  Allow to cool and decorate as desired.


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Chocolate Martini

BT Calgary | posted Thursday, Dec 3rd, 2015

Chocolate Martini for one:


  • 1/3 cup Brandy (Grand Marnier/Cognac/Williams etc.)
  • 1/3 cup White crème de cacao
  • 3 Tbsp. 33-36% whipping cream
  • 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 1/3 cup Cococo Chocolatiers Bitter Sweet Chocolate Morsels


  1. On a stovetop, warm the cream and milk to approximately 80 degrees C.
  2. Add to chocolate and mix together.
  3. In a shaker with ice, add the brandy and crème de cacao, then add the chocolate mixture.
  4. Shake, strain and pour into a chilled glasses.


Virgin Chocolate Martini for a group:


  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Cream
  • 200g (1 canister) Cococo Chocolatiers Bitter Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1/4 Grapefruit, Orange or Apple Juice


  1.  On a stovetop, warm the cream and milk to approximately 80 degrees C.
  2. Add to chocolate and mix together.
  3. In a shaker with ice, add choice of juice and the chocolate mixture.
  4. Shake, strain and pour into chilled glasses.


Tip: Rim glasses with chocolate shavings.  First dip the rim into a simple syrup (one part sugar and one part water) and gently dip into shavings.

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Lidia Bastianich’s chocolate-hazelnut cake

Chatelaine | posted Monday, Nov 30th, 2015




  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan. Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler or a metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Let it cool slightly. Grind the hazelnuts in a food processor until they are fine but not pasty.
  • In a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until they are foamy. Add the sugar, and beat until the whites form stiff peaks, about 2 minutes. In a clean bowl, with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and chocolate-hazelnut spread until light, about 2 minutes. Add the yolks, salt, and brandy, and mix until smooth. Add the melted chocolate and ground hazelnuts, and mix until smooth. Remove the bowl from the mixer.
  • Stir about a quarter of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it, and then gently fold in the remaining egg whites. Don’t overmix. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake until a tester comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes. Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes, then open the spring and remove the side ring. Let the cake cool thoroughly before serving. Slide a broad metal spatula, or two, under the cake to separate it from the metal pan bottom, then lift and set the cake on a serving plate.

Recipe from Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine, 2015.

Chicken Alphabet-Noodle Soup

Today's Parent | posted Wednesday, Nov 25th, 2015


Preparation time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Makes: 6 adult servings

Bring some fun to the dinner table with this educational Chicken Alphabet-Noodle Soup. It’s great for overcoming a cold or flu, too.


  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 900-mL carton chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, diced
  • 1/2 cup alphabet pasta, or any other small pasta
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley


    • Heat a large pot over medium. Add oil, then onion, celery and carrot. Cook until onion starts to soften, about 3 min.
    • Add chicken broth, water, thyme and salt. Boil, then add chicken and pasta. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until chicken is completely cooked through and noodles are tender, about 10 min.
    • Stir in parsley. Ladle into bowls.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent February 2015 issue, this recipe has a triple-tested guarantee from the Chatelaine Kitchen powered by GE.

Dempster’s Bagel Recipes

BT Calgary | posted Wednesday, Nov 25th, 2015

Apple Butter Bagel Recipe

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Slow Cooker Apple Butter


  • 5 ½ lbs Apples (peeled, cored & finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. Lemon juice
  • 4 cups Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. Ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp. Salt


  1. Place prepared apples with lemon juice into a slow cooker on high heat and cover.
  2. Cook for 30 minutes
  3. Mix sugar, cinnamon, cloves & salt. Once combined add to apples in slow cooker.
  4. Cook for a further 30 minute on high
  5. Stir and reduce to low heat and remove cover. – continuing to stir occasionally until sauce is reduced to desired thickness (approx. 4 hours).
  6. Served on a Freshly Toasted Cinnamon Raisin Bagel


Moroccan Inspired Cauliflower Dip for Bagel Chips

Moroccan Inspired Cauliflower Dip for Bagel Chips


  • 1 Cauliflower (diced finely)
  • ¼ cup Vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp. Tahini
  • 3 tbsp. Lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. Cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 3 tbsp. Sesame seeds
  • 1 ½ tbsp. Freshly grated ginger
  • 1 ½ tbsp. Ground Coriander
  • Salt to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 450C.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl toss cauliflower, oil, ginger, coriander & salt. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for approx. 40 minutes.
  3. Let cool slightly
  4. In a food processor add tahini, lemon juice & cilantro.
  5. Add cooled baked cauliflower and pulse slightly until chunky.
  6. Serve with Bagel Chips & Garnish with sesame seeds.


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Chicken Thighs and Chorizo Ragout

BT Calgary | posted Thursday, Nov 19th, 2015


Served with butter and parmesan pappardelle (recipe below) Serves 4

Courtesy Cactus Club culinary director Rob Feenie



  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. chili flakes
  • 17.5 oz. diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp. capers, drained
  • ¼ cup Nicoise olives
  • 1 cup dry chorizo sausages diced to ¼” dice


  1.  Toss chicken with flour, salt and pepper.
  2. In large shallow Dutch oven (or large shallow pot), heat half of the oil over medium high heat; brown chicken, in batches and adding some of the oil if necessary. Transfer to plate and reserve. Drain excess fat from pan.
  3. Heat remaining oil in pan over medium heat. Add onions, chorizo and garlic. Sauté until tender, approximately 3-4 minutes. Add chili flakes and stir. Deglaze with white wine.
  4. Stir in tomatoes, chicken stock and tomato paste. Bring liquid to a boil.
  5. Add capers, olives and portion of chopped parsley. Check for seasoning in this point and adjust if necessary.
  6. Return chicken and any juices to pan. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened and juice run clear when chicken is pierced, about 30 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with parsley. Transfer to serving dish and serve with pappardelle.



  • 17.5 oz. uncooked pappardelle
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp. chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Heat large pot with salted water. Bring to a boil and cook pappardelle noodles following manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. In mean time heat large frying pan and add butter.
  3. While butter is melting, transfer cooked noodles to a frying pan with butter and toss well.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and add grated parmesan cheese
  5. Add chopped parsley and toss well. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve with chicken.
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