Hasselback Potatoes

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Prep Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 1 hour.

Ingredients

4 Yukon gold potatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
6 slices bacon, diced
3 green onions, sliced
Sour cream, to serve

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425F.

2. The key to great hasselback potatoes is thinly slicing each potato into an accordion like shape, without slicing right through to the bottom. Place a potato on a large serving spoon. Slice 1/8-inch to ¼-inch slices along the potato, slicing until you hit the spoon. Alternatively, slice on a cutting board and make sure you stop slicing at least ¼-inch before you hit the bottom of the potato.

3. Place the sliced potatoes on a baking sheet. Brush with half the oil olive, salt and pepper. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, brush the remaining oil, salt and pepper over the potatoes and continue baking for an additional 30 minutes, until the potatoes are golden brown and crispy.

4. While the potatoes are cooking, cook bacon in a large frying pan over medium heat until crispy. When ready to serve, sprinkle bacon and green onions over each potato. Serve with sour cream.

Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese

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Prep Time: 5 min.
Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

1 lb (500 g) elbow macaroni
¼ cup butter
¼ cup flour
1 tsp salt
4 cups whole milk
1 tbsp sriracha
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 butternut squash, roasted and flesh mashed
3 cups sharp cheddar cheese

Directions

1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Rinse under cold water to cool and set aside.

2. In a large pot melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and salt and whisk to combine. Let cook, 1 minute. Add milk, mashed butternut squash, sriracha and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer. Let mixture simmer until thickened, about 4 min. Reduce heat to low and add cheese. Add in pasta and stir to combine.

3. Serve with a green salad or bake in the oven in a 9 x 13” casserole dish and top with more cheese and bread crumbs for a crispy topping.

Oven baked caramel corn

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Prep Time: 5 min.
Total Time: 50 min.

Ingredients

1 tbsp vegetable oil
½ cup popcorn kernels
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup golden syrup or corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 250°F (120°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large pot or Dutch oven heat oil over high heat. When oil is very hot add popcorn kernels and cover with lid. Let kernels pop, shaking the pot often, for about 4 min. When popping slows or stops remove from heat and tip popcorn into a large bowl.

3. In a medium sized saucepan stir together butter, sugar and golden syrup. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and let bubble until mixture turns amber in colour, about 4-5 min. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract, salt and baking soda. Pour over popcorn and toss well to combine.

4. Pour popcorn mixture onto prepared tray in an even layer. Bake for 30 min., until dark golden. Remove from oven and mix popcorn with a spatula. Let cool completely. Break into pieces before serving.

BBQ chicken pizza

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Prep Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 1 hour, 30 min.

Ingredients

Pizza Dough

1 pkg (8g) active dry yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
1 tsp sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing

Pizza Toppings

½ cup pizza sauce
¼ cup BBQ sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ cup sliced red onion
1 cup shredded, cooked, deli chicken
¼ cup chopped cilantro

Directions

1. In a large bowl combine water with yeast and sugar. Let sit until bubbly, about 10 min. Add flour, salt and olive oil. Mix until mixture comes together to form a dough. Knead for 10 min., until dough is smooth and elastic. Use extra flour for dusting if the dough is sticky. Place dough in a clean, greased bowl and cover with a damp tea towel to double in size, about 1 hour.

2. Roll out dough into a large rectangle, until ½-inch thick. Heat BBQ to medium heat. Before grilling pizza, have all of the ingredients prepped and ready to go on a large baking sheet next to the BBQ. Brush top of dough with olive oil. Place on hot grill, olive oil side down. Cook, 2-3 min., until just cooked. Flip dough and quickly add sauce and toppings. Close the lid and let pizza grill for 3-5 min., until cheese has melted and dough is cooked through. If dough smells like it’s scorching or burning on the grill, move it to a cooler spot on the grill to continue cooking. Let cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Corn fritters with spicy lime dipping sauce

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Prep Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 30 min.
Makes: 24 fritters

Ingredients

Fritters

2 eggs
1 cup milk
2 cups flour
2 tsps baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 ½ cups corn kernels
¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
Vegetable oil, for frying

Dipping Sauce

½ cup plain yogurt
½ cup mayonnaise
2 tsp srirarcha
1 tbsp lime zest
1 tbsp lime juice
¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
Lime wedges, to serve

Directions

1. In a large bowl combine egg and milk. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients into milk mixture and mix until just combined. Mix in corn kernels and cilantro.

2. Heat vegetable oil in a large pot over medium high heat. When oil has reached 350F add fritter mixture by the tbsp. Cook until golden brown, turning halfway through cooking, about 2-3 minutes. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.

3. To make dipping sauce combine yogurt, mayonnaise, sriracha, lime juice, lime zest and cilantro. Serve with warm corn fritters.

Chocolate Chip & Walnut Cookie – Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Prep Time: 15 mins.
Total Time: 30 mins.

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips

Preparation Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in vanilla.
3. In a separate bowl mix together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Stir into butter and sugar mixture until combined. Mix in chocolate chips and walnuts.
4. Using an ice cream scoop (about 1/3 cup scoop), scoop batter onto prepared baking sheet, spacing 2-3-inches apart. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown at the edges. Remove to a rack to cool completely.
5. Sandwich cookies with a big scoop of your favorite ice cream.

Best BBQ Chicken

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Prep Time: 5 mins.
Total Time: 40 mins.

Ingredients:

4 chicken drumsticks, bone-in, skin-on
4 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin-on
2 chicken breast, bone-in, skin-on, cut in half
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup BBQ sauce

Preparation Instructions:

1. In a large bowl toss chicken pieces with olive oil and a good seasoning of salt and pepper.
2. Preheat grill to medium heat. Once grill is hot, place chicken pieces on grill. Turn chicken pieces every few minutes for about 15-20 minutes.
3. After 20 minutes, start basting chicken pieces with BBQ sauce.
4. Continue cooking chicken for an additional 10 minutes, turning and basting with sauce often. Cook until chicken is no longer pink in the middle and the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165F. Let chicken rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with grilled vegetables.

Tips for the best BBQ chicken

• Make your own homemade BBQ sauce. You can mix up the flavor, spices and fresh herbs.
• Always season your chicken pieces well with salt and pepper or use a spice rub.
• Preheat your BBQ well before placing chicken on the grill.
• Always cook chicken until it’s almost cooked through before adding BBQ sauce. The sugar in the BBQ sauce will caramelize and burn if you put it on too soon.

BBQ chicken

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Prep Time: 5 mins.
Total Time: 40 mins.

Ingredients:

4 chicken drumsticks, bone-in, skin-on
4 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin-on
2 chicken breast, bone-in, skin-on, cut in half
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup BBQ sauce

Preparation Instructions:

1. In a large bowl toss chicken pieces with olive oil and a good seasoning of salt and pepper.
2. Preheat grill to medium heat. Once grill is hot, place chicken pieces on grill. Turn chicken pieces every few minutes for about 15-20 minutes.
3. After 20 minutes, start basting chicken pieces with BBQ sauce.
4. Continue cooking chicken for an additional 10 minutes, turning and basting with sauce often. Cook until chicken is no longer pink in the middle and the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165F. Let chicken rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with grilled vegetables.

Tips for the best BBQ chicken

• Make your own homemade BBQ sauce. You can mix up the flavor, spices and fresh herbs.
• Always season your chicken pieces well with salt and pepper or use a spice rub.
• Preheat your BBQ well before placing chicken on the grill.
• Always cook chicken until it’s almost cooked through before adding BBQ sauce. The sugar in the BBQ sauce will caramelize and burn if you put it on too soon.

Fruit Cobbler

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

Filling:
5 cups mixed berries
1 tbsp cornstarch
¼ cup sugar

Dough:
1 cup flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup butter, cut into small cubes
1/3 cup milk

Preparation Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a 9 x 9” baking pan mix together berries, cornstarch and sugar.
3. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut butter into flour mixture and rub in using fingertips until small chunks remain. Pour in milk and mix until just combined. Dollop batter over top of fruit mixture in pan.
4. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until topping is golden brown and fruit is bubbling. Serve with ice cream.

Watermelon and feta salad

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Ingredients:

1/2 watermelon, diced into bite-sized cubes
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup chopped mint

Dressing:
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
Pinch of salt & pepper

Preparation Instructions:

1. In a large bowl toss together watermelon, feta and mint. Tip mixture onto a large serving platter.
2. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon, salt and pepper.

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