Simple syrup is an essential cocktail ingredient that every DIY bartender should know how to make. The batch makes more than you'll need for a single pitcher cocktail, but it keeps in the fridge for up to 1 month. Use any leftovers for other cocktails, or to sweeten non-alcoholic beverages such as iced tea and lemonade.
Portion size2 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: January 2015
per tbsp: about
Total fat0 g
Saturated fat0 g
Total carbohydrate8 g
In saucepan, bring sugar and 1 cup water to boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool for 20 minutes. Refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 1 month.)
This creamy dressing is perfect for any summertime salad. Serve with baby gem lettuce, grilled shrimp and fresh tomatoes for the perfect alfresco dinner. Or, try spreading it onto wraps and sandwiches.
Prep time8 minutes
Total time8 minutes
, peeled and pitted
plain Balkan-style yogurt
, coarsely chopped
Per 1 tbsp: about
Total fat1 g
Total carbohydrate1 g
In blender, purée together avocado, yogurt, lime juice, honey, wasabi, salt and 6 tbsp water until smooth. Add cilantro and green onion; pulse until finely chopped. With motor running, add water, 1 tsp at a time, to reach desired consistency. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 5 days.)
brussels sprouts, trimmed and thinly sliced
( about 2 1/2 cups)
prepared pizza dough
Per serving: about
Total fat29 g
Saturated fat11 g
Total carbohydrate49 g
Finely grate lemon zest to make 1 tsp; juice lemon to make 2 tbsp. Set aside.
In large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage, breaking up with spoon, until crisp and golden, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in brussels sprouts and pinch pepper; cook, stirring, until brussels sprouts are tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Scrape into bowl; stir in lemon zest.
On lightly floured work surface, roll out or press dough into 12-inch circle. Transfer to greased pizza pan. Prick all over with fork. Sprinkle with half of the mozzarella and ¼ tsp pepper. Bake on bottom rack of 500°F oven until crust is light golden and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
Top pizza with sausage mixture; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. Bake until bottom of crust is golden and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Drizzle with lemon juice.
We've simplified traditional huevos rancheros by layering the ingredients in a zesty brunch casserole. Assemble the dish the night before so that, in the morning, all you need to do is crack the eggs, garnish and pop the casserole into the oven. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and some sliced avocado or a side salad.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: May 2016
flour tortillas (6 inches/15 cm)
drained and rinsed
shredded Monterey Jack cheese
light-tasting olive oil
finely grated or pressed
bottled strained tomatoes (passata)
chipotle chili in adobo sauce
seeded and finely chopped
per serving: about
Total fat21 g
Saturated fat10 g
Total carbohydrate26 g
Red Sauce: In saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder and cumin; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in strained tomatoes, chipotle chili, sugar, oregano, pepper, salt and 1 cup water; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes.
Casserole: Halve 2 of the tortillas. Spoon 1 cup of the sauce into 13- x 9-inch (3 L) baking dish, spreading to coat bottom. Layer 2 of the remaining tortillas in opposite corners of dish; arrange 2 of the tortilla halves, flat edges facing out, in remaining opposite corners to cover bottom of dish. Top with beans, spreading evenly. Spoon half of the remaining sauce over top. Sprinkle with 2 cups of the Monterey Jack. Repeat layers with remaining tortillas, sauce and Monterey Jack. (Make-ahead: Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for up to 12 hours. Continue with recipe as directed, adding 14 minutes to bake time.)
Using back of spoon, make 8 shallow wells in top of casserole; crack 1 egg into each. Sprinkle with green onions and salt. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven, rotating dish halfway through, until egg whites are set yet yolks are still runny, 22 to 26 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: You can freeze leftover chipotle chilies in recipe-friendly amounts. Spoon the chilies, leaving space between each,onto a long piece of plastic wrap; fold the plastic wrap over to enclose the chilies, and twist the wrap between each to form beads. Freeze in an airtight container for up to three months. Snip off the beads with scissors as needed.
Our best-in-class take on this classic treat has a buttery flavour, a chewy centre and a subtly crisp exterior. Oh, and you can tweak the recipe to make them crisp or soft, too.
Portion size60 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: September 2015
1 1/4 cup
chocolate chips or chunks
per cookie: about
Total fat6 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate17 g
In large bowl, beat together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time; beat in vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda; stir into butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. (Make-ahead: Shape into disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze in freezer bag for up to 1 month. Bring to room temperature before continuing with recipe.)
Roll by 2 tbsp into balls. Arrange, 3 inches (8 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets; flatten slightly.
Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 350?F (180?C) oven until tops are no longer shiny, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on pans for 2 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days.)
Change it up: The Ultimate Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Omit 1/2 cup of the flour. Arrange dough on baking sheets as directed; flatten to 1/2-inch (1 cm) thickness. Bake as directed.
Change it up: The Ultimate Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prepare dough and arrange on baking sheets as directed (do not flatten). Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Transfer directly to 350?F (180?C) oven and bake until tops are no longer shiny, about 12 minutes.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Baking sheets vary in thickness and finish, which affect the doneness of cookies. A heavy, shiny uncoated baking sheet will allow the cookies to bake most evenly.