Bug-like dates are stuffed with blue cheese and almonds, making them the perfect sweet and salty treat for Halloween. Just watch how quickly they crawl off your serving platter! If the dates are difficult to stuff, cut them in half first.?
This moist breakfast loaf gets its vibrant flavour from sweet ripe strawberries. If they're not in season, you can still make this recipe year-round; simply use frozen strawberries instead of fresh, as out-of-season varieties are more tart than sweet.
Portion size10 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: May 2016
Cream Cheese Icing:
quarter pkg (250 g pkg)
10% cream or
1 1/2 cup
hulled fresh or
plain Balkan-style yogurt
1 1/2 cup
1 3/4 teaspoon
per each of 10 servings: about
Total fat14 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate49 g
Loaf: In small saucepan, cook strawberries, 2 tbsp of the sugar and 1 tbsp water over medium-high heat, stirring often and breaking up strawberries with spoon, until strawberries are broken down and mixture resembles chunky jam.
Whisk cornstarch with 1 tsp water; stir into strawberry mixture. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Scrape into bowl. Refrigerate until chilled, about 20 minutes. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Meanwhile, in large bowl, using fingers, rub remaining sugar with lemon zest. Whisk in yogurt and eggs; gradually whisk in oil. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into lemon zest mixture in 2 additions.
Stir half of the batter into strawberry mixture until combined. Alternately drop spoonfuls of white and strawberry batters into parchment paper–lined 8- x 4-inch (1.5 L) loaf pan. Using butter knife, gently swirl batters to create marble effect.
Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until loaf springs back when lightly touched and cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Transfer to rack; peel off parchment paper. Let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Wrap in plastic wrap; store at room temperature for up to 24 hours.)
Cream Cheese Icing: While loaf is cooling, in bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until light and fluffy; beat in icing sugar and cream until smooth. Spread over top of loaf. Refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: For a pretty garnish that adds a pop of colour, top your loaf with quartered fresh strawberries.
These hand-held cups not only take less time to make than a full-size strudel but also result in less mess for guests. Use sweet-tart baking apples for the best flavour.
Prep time20 minutes
Total time1 hour & 15 minutes
(such as Northern Spy, Braeburn, Gala or Golden Delicious), peeled, cored and thinly sliced
frozen phyllo pastry
Per piece: about
Total fat11 g
Saturated fat5 g
Total carbohydrate33 g
In large skillet, melt half of the butter over medium heat; cook apples, stirring often, until tender, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in almonds, honey, lemon juice and salt. Scrape into bowl; refrigerate until lukewarm, about 20 minutes.
In small microwaveable bowl, microwave remaining butter until melted. Place 1 sheet of the phyllo on work surface; keep remaining sheets covered with damp towel (to prevent drying out). Lightly brush phyllo with some of the remaining butter. Top with second sheet of the phyllo; lightly brush with some of the remaining butter. Repeat with remaining phyllo and some of the remaining butter. Halve layers lengthwise; cut crosswise into thirds to make 6 squares.
Press 1 square into bottom and up side of each well of 6-count muffin pan, leaving overhang. Divide apple mixture among cups; fold overhang over top of filling. Brush tops of phyllo with remaining butter. Bake in 350°F oven until golden, 28 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes; transfer to serving plates. Dust with icing sugar.
This Chinese classic gets a wholesome makeover by replacing the meat with loads of fresh vegetables. Korean hot pepper paste isn't traditionally found in ma po tofu, but it adds a nice kick. Look for it in the Asian section of your grocery store, or substitute with one teaspoon of sriracha.
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: April 2016
20-minute whole grain
vegetable oil or
quartered lengthwise and cut crosswise in scant 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick pieces
trimmed and cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm) lengths
In saucepan, cook rice according to package instructions.
Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet or wok, heat oil over medium-high heat; stir-fry carrot, three-quarters of the green onions and the ginger until carrot is beginning to soften, about 4 minutes. Add green beans and mushrooms; stir-fry until green beans are beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in black bean garlic sauce and hot pepper paste; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Whisk cornstarch with 1 cup water; stir into vegetable mixture. Bring to boil; boil, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium. Add tofu; cook, stirring gently, until tofu is coated and warmed through, about 3 minutes. If necessary, add water, 1 tbsp at a time, to reach desired consistency.
Divide rice among serving bowls; top with ma po tofu. Sprinkle with remaining green onions.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Use medium-firm tofu in stir-fries. It has a delicate texture yet doesn't fall apart as easily as soft tofu.
This indulgent pasta can be thrown together even on the busiest weeknight. Mushrooms cook faster when spread over a large surface, so choose your largest nonstick skillet. Top with an extra sprinkling of Parmesan, if desired.
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: September 2014
pkg (227 g)
whipping cream 35%
per serving: about
Total fat20 g
Saturated fat12 g
Total carbohydrate72 g
In large pot of boiling lightly salted water, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Reserving 1/3 cup of the cooking liquid, drain.
Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat; sauté garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add cremini and shiitake mushrooms and thyme; sauté until
just softened, about 3 minutes.
Stir in pasta, reserved cooking liquid, Parmesan cheese, cream, lemon zest, lemon juice and pepper; cook, stirring, until sauce is slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in parsley.