Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Squares

 

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Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Squares

Delicious Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Squares


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Ingredients
  1. Brownie Base
  2. Three 1-oz (30 g) squares unsweetened chocolate
  3. 1/3 cup (75 mL) butter
  4. 1/4 cup (60 mL) raspberry jam
  5. 2 large eggs
  6. 1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
  7. 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
  8. 1/2 cup (125 mL) all-purpose flour
  9. Topping
  10. 2 tbsp (30 mL) heavy or whipping (35%) cream
  11. 2 tbsp (30 mL) raspberry jam
  12. 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  13. Four 1-oz (30 g) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped
  14. 1 cup (250 mL) fresh raspberries
Directions
  1. To make base: Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line an 8-inch (20 cm) square pan with foil; grease and set aside. Combine chocolate, butter and jam in a saucepan. Stir over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat. In a large bowl, beat eggs until foamy. Mix in sugar, vanilla and chocolate mixture. Stir in flour, just until blended. Spread batter evenly in pan and bake for 20 to 35 minutes or until set. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  2. To make topping: Combine cream, jam and butter in a saucepan. Heat to a simmer, stirring constantly until melted. Remove from heat and add chocolate, stirring until smooth. Let stand until cool but still soft, about 30 minutes.
  3. Spread topping over brownie base. Immediately top with raspberries and chill until cold. Cut into small squares.
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Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

Quinoa has become a staple in many homes, and stuffed peppers are a family favorite. These come together easily and are even better for lunch the next day.

Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers


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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup (125 mL) quinoa, rinsed
  2. 1 cup (250 mL) ready-to-use vegetable broth
  3. 4 large bell peppers (any color)
  4. 1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
  5. 8 oz (250 g) mushrooms, chopped
  6. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  7. 1 red onion, diced
  8. 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  9. 1/2 tsp (2 mL) hot pepper flakes
  10. 2 cups (500 mL) chopped baby arugula
  11. 1/3 cup (75 mL) crumbled feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Cut stem end off bell peppers and remove seeds. Trim bottom of peppers to stand flat in a small baking dish. Remove stem and dice pepper tops. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Sauté diced pepper tops, mushrooms, garlic, onion, salt and hot pepper flakes for 10 minutes or until vegetables are golden and liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat and stir in cooked quinoa and arugula. Spoon filling into peppers and sprinkle with feta. Bake for about 20 minutes or until peppers are softened and filling is ho
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Soy Ginger Flank Steak

This is the absolute easiest thing to grill when you have a crowd coming over. Just be sure to plan far enough ahead to let the steak marinate — you need to let those flavours make their way into the meat

Soy Ginger Flank Steak

Serves 4


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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 to 2 lb beef flank steak 750 g to 1 kg
  2. 4 garlic cloves, minced 4
  3. 1 thumb-sized piece fresh ginger, grated 1
  4. 1/3 cup sugar 75 mL
  5. 1 tsp hot pepper flakes 5 mL
  6. 1/4 cup soy sauce 60 mL
  7. 1 tbsp vegetable oil 15 mL
  8. 1 tbsp lime juice 15 mL
  9. Additional vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Give steak a quick rinse in cold water and pat dry. Lightly score meat in a 2-inch (5 cm) diamond pattern. In a shallow glass baking dish or a heavy plastic freezer bag, combine garlic, ginger, sugar, hot pepper flakes, soy sauce, oil and lime juice. Add steak, turning to coat. Cover or seal and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight. If you think of it, give the meat a turn every couple hours or so, so that the marinade does its duty on both sides.
  2. Preheat barbecue grill to high and brush grill with vegetable oil to prevent sticking. Once the grill is nice and hot, place steak on the grill and reduce heat to medium. Grill for 5 minutes per side for medium doneness (add a minute or two if you like your meat well done). Transfer to a platter, cover with foil and let rest for 10 minutes, then slice thinly across the grain.
  3. Serves 4 to 6.
  4. Tip: If you have a bigger group of people (and enough room on the grill) marinate and cook two or more steaks at once.
  5. Pack up the marinated steak in your cooler or freeze for a longer drive and thaw in the refrigerator when you get to where you are going.
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Best of Bridge Weekday Suppers


It is finally here! Time to celebrate and enjoy Best of Bridge Weekday Suppers. It is chock full of recipes that are perfect for helping to get you through the week, any time of the year. 

For many of us, October officially kicks off entertaining season and is the perfect time of year to enjoy so many seasonal and tasty foods. We hope that you are able to pop into a market, visit a farm, or harvest your own garden bounty and enjoy it with those that you love. 

And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, thoughts of family gatherings are strong with all of us. We love sharing these special times along with delicious food with family and friends, while creating memories for our children and grandchildren. Whether you are making dinner this Thanksgiving or have been asked to bring a dish, Best of Bridge has you covered.

Happy Thanksgiving and Harvest Time! 

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Pork Canitas

A pot of flavorful braised pork shoulder is a great way to feed a small crowd — set out tortillas or taco shells and accompaniments like salsa verde, avocado, cilantro, lime wedges and sour cream, and let everyone build their own. If you like, swap beef brisket for the pork shoulder, for beef carnitas — “little meats.”

Pork Carnitas


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Ingredients
  1. 4 to 5 lb boneless pork shoulder 2 to 2.5 kg? blade roast, trimmed and cut ? into 3- to 4-inch (7.5 to 10 cm) ? pieces
  2. 2 tbsp chili powder 30 mL
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Vegetable oil
  5. 1 to Basic Chicken Stock (page 28), 250 to?2 cups ready-to-use chicken broth 500 mL? or water
  6. 1 tsp ground cumin 5 mL
  7. 1 bay leaf 1
  8. Soft flour tortillas, warmed
  9. Accompaniments
  10. Salsa Verde (page 263)
  11. Sliced avocado
  12. Fresh cilantro
  13. Lime wedges
  14. Sour cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Place pork on a cutting board and pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with chili powder and salt, rolling the pieces around with your hands to coat. Set a
  2. heavy, ovenproof braising pan over medium-high heat and add a generous drizzle of oil. Brown the meat in batches, transferring it to a plate as you go. Pour off any excess fat and add a splash of water to the pan, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Return all the meat to the pan and add enough stock to come about halfway up the meat. Add cumin and bay leaf.
  3. Cover the pan, put it in the oven and bake for 21⁄2 to 3 hours or until meat is very tender and can be pulled apart with a fork. If it seems too liquidy, place the pan back on the stovetop and simmer, uncovered, until any excess liquid has reduced. Set the pot out on the table with warmed tortillas and your choice of accompaniments and let everyone assemble their own carnitas. Serves 8 to 10.
Notes
  1. Accompaniments
  2. Salsa Verde (page 263)
  3. Sliced avocado
  4. Fresh cilantro
  5. Lime wedges
  6. Sour cream
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Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde


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Ingredients
  1. 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  2. 1/2 cup (125 mL) packed fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley leaves (about 1 small bunch)
  3. Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  4. 1-1/2 tbsp (22 mL) lemon juice
  5. 1 tbsp (15 mL) red wine vinegar
  6. 1/3 cup (75 mL) olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, combine garlic, parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice and vinegar; pulse, scraping down the bowl a few times, until very finely chopped. With the motor running, through the feed tube, add oil in a thin stream and process until nearly smooth (it will be very green, with some flecks remaining). Keeps in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  2. Makes about 1/2 cup (125 mL).
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Salsa Verde

The name just means “green sauce.” This recipe — not to be confused with the Mexican sauce of the same name, made with tomatillos — is so easy to make, and is a perfect accompaniment to rich meats. We particularly like it with pork shoulder steaks.

2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup (125 mL) packed fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley leaves (about 1 small bunch)
Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
1-1/2 tbsp (22 mL) lemon juice
1 tbsp (15 mL) red wine vinegar
1/3 cup (75 mL) olive oil

In a food processor, combine garlic, parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice and vinegar; pulse, scraping down the bowl a few times, until very finely chopped. With the motor running, through the feed tube, add oil in a thin stream and process until nearly smooth (it will be very green, with some flecks remaining). Keeps in the fridge for up to 3 days.Read More

Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Serves 4


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Ingredients
  1. 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  2. 2 to 3 green onions, chopped
  3. 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  4. 1 garlic clove, crushed
  5. 2 tsp grated fresh ginger 10 mL
  6. 1⁄2 cup hoisin sauce 125 mL
  7. Butter or leaf lettuce leaves
Instructions
  1. Combine chicken, green onions, red pepper, garlic, ginger and hoisin sauce in the bowl of a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or until chicken is very tender.
  3. Shred the chicken with two forks. Serve in a bowl, with lettuce leaves alongside to fill, wrap and eat.
Notes
  1. Serves 4 to 6
  2. Variation
  3. Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps: Ditch the ginger and swap 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) Buffalo-style hot pepper sauce (such as Frank’s RedHot) and 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) butter for the hoisin sauce.
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Seafood Kabob

No fuss gourmet. Serve this with salad for a  low cal and delicious dinner

 

Seafood Kabob


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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz scallops 250 g
  2. 12 oz raw shrimp (tails on) 375 g
  3. 1 cantaloupe melon (30 balls) 1
  4. 1 honeydew melon (30 balls) 1
  5. 1⁄4 cup lemon juice 60 mL
  6. 2 tbsp butter, melted 30 mL
  7. 1⁄4 cup brie cheese (remove skin) 60 mL
  8. 1⁄4 cup light cream 60 mL
Instructions
  1. On six 8-inch (20 cm) skewers, alternate seafood and melon balls. Mix lemon juice and butter. Broil kabobs 10 minutes, turning and brushing occasionally with lemon juice mixture. (Seafood should be opaque.) In a small saucepan, melt cheese and gradually whisk in cream. Drizzle the cheese mixture over kabobs. Broil until golden brown. Serve over rice. Serves 6.
Notes
  1. Note: 2 lbs (1 kg) of firm fish such as monkfish, shark or swordfish is a tasty alternative to the scallops and shrimp.
  2. What you seize is what you get!
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Lavender Butterscotch Blondies

Dried lavender — the kind that can be added to baked goods to give it a distinctive flowery taste — is becoming more and more readily available across the country. But once you’ve got your hands on a jar of these little purple buds, what do you do with it? A little bit of lavender goes a long way; the flavour is strong and you have to make sure it complements your other ingredients. That said, if the flavour appeals to you, a pinch of lavender can take an otherwise ordinary dessert from plain to special occasion-worthy.

We’re big fans of blondies. Like brownies, they’re chewy and delicious, but without the fudgey-ness there’s more room to play with different flavours and add-ins. These blondies combine lavender with good ol’ butterscotch chips for an easy, but slightly fancier treat. Read More

Chicken Breasts Stuffed With Asparagus

Celebrate the rites of spring

Chicken Breasts Stuffed With Asparagus


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Ingredients
  1. 4 Whole chicken breasts, halved, boned and pounded
  2. 24 medium asparagus spears, lightly blanched
  3. 1/4 cup butter, melted
  4. 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  5. 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  6. 1/4 cup white wine
  7. 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
  8. 1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  9. 2 Tbsp. finely chopped parsley
  10. Book Reference – The Best of the Best – Vol. 1 (Page: 212), Aces (Page: 120
Instructions
  1. Prepare chicken and asparagus. Combine butter, mustard, garlic and wine. Dip chicken breasts in this mixture to coat. Place 3 asparagus spears on each breast and roll securing with a toothpick. Mix bread crumbs, Parmesan and parsley together and roll breasts in this mixture. Bake 30 minutes at 350 F. Serves 4 – 6. Pass the blender hollandaise sauce and hear the raves.
Notes
  1. Serves 4 – 6. Pass the blender hollandaise sauce and hear the raves.
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Traditional Strawberry Jam

It’s strawberry season! The flavor, texture and appearance of this jam outshines a store-bought version every time. The difference is amazing and store-bought can’t hold a candle to jam you make at home, where you hand-select the fruit and other ingredients and add a little love to every jar. 

Traditional Strawberry Jam


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Ingredients
  1. Strawberry jam is one of the most popular preserves to make, especially when local fruit is in season. This recipe uses the long-boil method, with no added pectin.
  2. 6 cups crushed strawberries 1.5 L
  3. 3 tbsp lemon juice 45 mL
  4. 5 cups granulated sugar 1.25 L
Instructions
  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, combine strawberries and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Add sugar in a steady stream, stirring constantly. Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to medium-high and boil rapidly, stirring often and reducing heat further as mixture thickens, for 20 to 22 minutes or until thickened. Test for setting point (see page 24). Remove from heat and skim off any foam. Stir for 5 to 8 minutes to prevent floating fruit.
  2. Ladle into sterilized jars to within 1⁄4 inch (0.5 cm) of rim; wipe rims. Apply prepared lids and rings; tighten rings just until fingertip-tight. Process jars in boiling water canner (see page 27) for 10 minutes. Transfer jars to a towel-lined surface and let rest at room temperature until set. Check seals; refrigerate any unsealed jars for up to 3 weeks. Makes about five 8-ounce (250 mL) jars.
  3. Tip: If you leave the lemon juice out of strawberry jam, it will not set — strawberries are not high enough in acid.
Notes
  1. Tip: If you leave the lemon juice out of strawberry jam, it will not set — strawberries are not high enough in acid.
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Pineapple, Rhubarb, Watermelon and Mango Sorbets

Sorbet is so simple to make – and the flavour is amazing

 

Pineapple, Rhubarb, Watermelon and Mango Sorbets


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Ingredients

Simple Syrup
  1. 1 1/2 cups water
  2. 1 1/2 cups berry sugar
Pineapple Sorbet
  1. 1 large whole pineapple, peeled and cored
  2. 2 cups simple syrup
  3. 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Rhubarb Sorbet
  1. 5 cups diced rhubarb
  2. 1 1/4 cups simple syrup
  3. 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Watermelon Sorbet
  1. 1/4 medium-sized watermelon, skin and seeds removed
  2. 1 cup simple syrup
  3. 3 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Mango Sorbet
  1. 3 ripe mangoes, peeled
  2. 1/2 cup simple syrup
  3. 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Instructions

To make Simple Syrup
  1. In a small saucepan bring water and sugar to a boil. Simmer until sugar has dissolved. Yields 2 1/2 cups.
PINEAPPLE SORBET
  1. Cut pineapple into chunks and puree in food processor. Mix 2 1/2 cups pureed pulp with simple syrup and lemon juice. Strain through sieve. Freeze in a 9″x13″ glass baking dish or an ice cream maker. When solid, break into pieces and pulse in chilled food processor until smooth. Store in plastic container in freezer for up to 2 weeks.
RHUBARB SORBET
  1. Puree rhubarb in food processor. Strain through sieve or cheesecloth, pressing to extract all of the juice. Discard pulp. Mix juice together with simple syrup and lemon juice and freeze in a 9″x13″ glass baking dish or an ice cream maker. Process as for Pineapple Sorbet.
WATERMELON SORBET
  1. Cut watermelon in pieces and puree in food processor. Mix 3 cups of puree with simple syrup and lemon juice. Freeze in a 9″x13″ glass baking dish or an ice cream maker. Process as for Pineapple Sorbet.
MANGO SORBET
  1. Cut mango pulp from pit and puree in food processor. Mix 1 3/4 cups mango puree with simple syrup and lemon juice. Strain through sieve. Freeze in 9″x13″ glass baking dish or an ice cream maker. Process as for Pineapple Sorbet
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A Sunday Suppers Favourite – Browned Butter Blondies

A pan of blondies can be stirred together in 5 minutes and slid into a warm oven as everyone sits down to eat; when it’s time for dessert, it’s ready. If you like, bake them in a 9-inch (23 cm) round cake pan and serve in slightly fancier wedges, with a scoop of ice cream.

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Asparagus and Brussels Sprouts Carbonara

Pasta carbonara (also known in less fancy circles as “bacon ‘n’ eggs pasta”) is delicious, but in the springtime, it’s nice to lighten up the classics with some green veg. This version of carbonara brings in Brussels sprouts and asparagus for some spring flavour. If you have a food processor, use it to get your sprouts nice and thin — if you don’t have one handy, just trim off the ends and loose outer leaves (and wash them!) and slice them as thinly as possible with a sharp knife. Read More