How to Make Crispy Brussels Sprouts in the Oven

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Too many times! Have I been plagued with soft, unsatisfying roasted brussels sprouts. I try to crank up the heat, coat them with oil and salt, and keep a close eye. But somehow they’re never as good as when restaurants do it. I want crispy edges and a slight crunch, and a slightly sweet caramelized flavor on these mini cabbage heads. But how??? HOW?!!!!!

When Molly Baz was working on this new recipe for roasted brussels sprouts with a warm honey glaze, there was a debate in the office about the ideal texture of a roasted sprout. It turns out some people want the BS so crispy they’re no longer soft—at all—while some like a crispy exterior and tender interior. That’s determined by cook time (go close to 35-40 minutes for full crisp). The crispy exterior, however, is achieved by preheating the sheet pan itself in a 450° oven. You’re essentially treating the baking sheet like a sauté pan, searing an entire side of the brussels sprouts. Without preheating the pan, they’d overcook before they got to the ideal crispy state.

That’s pretty much it, honestly. You cut the sprouts in half, toss in olive oil, salt and pepper, and then arrange them cut-side-down on the hot-hot sheet. Use tongs! Move fast. Then they’ll roast for 20-25 minutes, until deeply browned. They’ll be seared on one side, and fully cooked within in that time. But if you’re in senior food editor Chris Morocco’s camp, you might want them to lose all moisture and become completely crunchified, which might take 10-20 more minutes. “Learn your brussels sprout,” Molly advised, looking deeply into my eyes.

But we’re not done yet. What seals the deal with this recipe is the warm honey glaze. While the brussels sprouts (or “brussies” if you’re Molly) roast, heat up honey in a saucepan for around 5 minutes, and then doctor it up with sherry vinegar, red pepper flakes, and butter. It thickens to the consistency of maple syrup at which point you toss it with the brussels sprouts, sliced scallions, and lemon zest. The sweet-spicy-acidic glaze is good on any cruciferous vegetable, noted Molly, like cauliflower, but not so much on already sweet veg like carrots or parsnips.

This is the kind of recipe that’s your go-to side all season long. It just goes with everything. Like, dare I say, Thanksgiving turkey. Or a big leg of lamb. Or a bowl of pasta. A weeknight grilled cheese. At some point I have to end that list, and the time is now.

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A rumble and a boom: Earthquake rattles western Nova Scotia

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A 3.1 magnitude earthquake shook parts of western Nova Scotia on Saturday morning.

Earthquakes Canada reports that the quake occurred just off the coast in the area of Mavillette, N.S., near Meteghan, at 10:32 a.m.

Tina Helprin, who lives in Saulnierville Station, said she was sitting in her rocking chair in the kitchen when the quake happened.

« All of a sudden in the distance we heard like a rumble, like if it was going to be thunder and it rolled for like two or three seconds and then there was a loud boom and then it rolled again. It finished with another rumble of about two or three seconds, » she said.

Helprin said the entire house shook and her border collie, Cree, ran up to her, « petrified. »

« I just looked at my husband with big eyes and he looked at me right away.… I said, ‘That was not thunder.’ And he said, ‘Nope, it sure wasn’t,' » she said.

Felt from Digby to Yarmouth

Earthquakes Canada seismologist Michal Kolaj said the agency had received about 60 reports from residents between Digby and Yarmouth by Sunday morning.

« This earthquake isn’t terribly unusual for the region, » Kolaj said, adding that quakes are felt in the area every couple of years.

In 2015, a 3.6 magnitude tremor shook the area about 60 kilometres southwest of Digby on Canada Day. In 2016, a 3.0 magnitude quake was centred about 19 kilometres north of Yarmouth.

More recently, according to Earthquakes Canada, a 3.3 magnitude quake occurred 332 kilometres off Louisbourg on Sept. 16, and a 2.5 magnitude quake happened 17 kilometres west of Hammonds Plains on Sept. 5. Those two earthquakes were not felt by residents, the agency says.

Kolaj said there were no reports of damage from the quake on Saturday morning, and none would be expected, given the magnitude.

The seismologist encouraged residents to report their experience of the earthquake to help researchers understand how quakes of different magnitudes are felt.

Read more articles at CBC Nova Scotia 

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Coconut-Curry Braised Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Okay, this is going to seem a little bit out there, but trust us: It works. Place a cold, dry large Dutch oven on the stove—no heat yet! Nestle all of your chicken thighs in there, skin side down, so that there is as much skin-to-pan contact as possible (it’s fine if they’re crowded together). Then turn the heat under the pan to medium. As the pan becomes hotter and hotter, the skin will start to release some of its fat and then get extra crispy and brown, a process that will probably take around 15-20 minutes. (Try not to fuss with the thighs too much while this is happening, just let them be. This is a good time to do some of the prep work outlined in the next few steps.) When the skin is deeply browned—we’re only cooking the skin side right now—use tongs to transfer the thighs skin side up to a plate. Turn off the heat under the Dutch oven, but reserve it—we’re going to build our braise in it, and we want all of that fat and any browned, stuck-on bits, which will lend richness and flavor to the finished dish.

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Sidewalk Labs launches research grants to study human behaviour

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How can behaviour-based incentives encourage people to use green bins and recycle more?

Sidewalk Labs, the firm behind the proposed “city of the future” on Toronto’s eastern waterfront, wants to know.

In mid-September, 10 grants of between $10,000 and $15,000 each were awarded to research teams at several universities in Toronto and the surrounding area, including OCAD, the University of Toronto, McMaster, Waterloo and Ryerson, to explore these questions and others.

If the Sidewalk project gets the go-ahead, the “smart city” would include data-rich technology aimed at improving urban life, such as sensors that could measure air quality, traffic and noise.

According to Sidewalk Labs, the 10 research projects relate directly to the “six pillars” of the overall Sidewalk Toronto vision: mobility, sustainability, innovative building designs, a digital platform, affordability and a great public realm.

One team will review measurements used to evaluate neighbourhood quality of life; another will explore how messaging has influenced waste diversion rates.

A team will look into community governance models in Canada, such as ratepayers and neighbourhood safety groups. Another team will delve into how bicycle-counting technology is operating in some cities around the world, technology that’s used to tabulate the numbers of cyclists who use bike paths or pass through intersections.

Other topics being studied include the evolving neighbourhood retail landscape in Toronto, urban parks as habitat networks, and in-home health monitoring using internet technology.

The research reports are due in late November and the findings will feed into a master plan for the Sidewalk development, slated to be completed by the end of the year or early in 2019.

“Data is a phenomenal resource that can help us to make good decisions that support healthy communities and integrate people,” said OCAD president Sara Diamond, who is also director of the school’s visual analytics laboratory and co-lead on a research project that will explore how culture bonds individuals and communities.

Diamond is working with her co-lead Alia Weston, an assistant professor at the school, along with a group of graduate research assistants to define which influences, scenarios and conditions lead to natural human bonds, caring and compassion in neighbourhoods.

The topic will be explored through the lens of arts and cultural events happening at the “hyper-local” level, Diamond said.

“We’re looking more at day-to-day stuff — people getting together to play music, for example,” she said, adding another example might be library events that use books, internet access and even musical instruments in outreach activities.

Her team will also examine arts and cultural activities conducted with aging patients at Baycrest Health Sciences.

“We’re looking at good examples in Toronto, but also international examples of where arts and culture are used to build a sense of community and develop bonds within communities,” she added.

Diamond said her group’s research will draw from data analysis, as well as an extensive review of existing literature, both historical and contemporary.

Her team will also delve into the role technology can play in functional relationships between individuals. As part of this, her team will look at a digital device designed in Ontario that tweets reminders to plant owners or their neighbours about when it’s time to water a plant.

The “smart city” project has garnered widespread controversy over concerns that the data collection might violate the privacy rights of people who would one day move into the district, or individuals who may just be passing through it.

Worries have also been raised that all of this data could be monetized, but Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff has promised that these concerns are unfounded.

In the meantime, Sidewalk Labs is moving full steam ahead in its bid to understand the types of people it could house in the future and what their needs will be.

Sidewalk is spending $50 million in due diligence work prior to the master plan. That includes the money for the research grants and roundtable discussions on accessibility issues where Torontonians with various disabilities have been invited to provide input. (The actual project, if approved — Toronto city council will have a major say in that — would likely be completed some time in the next four or five years).

One of Sidewalk’s goals is to house a diverse group of residents of different ages, and economic and cultural backgrounds.

“Among the things we know are true about quality of life is that there must be a strong sense of community. We must be thinking about how do you make people feel comfortable as quickly as possible in a setting,” said Rit Aggarwala, chief policy officer for Sidewalk Labs.

Shauna Brail, a senior associate in the innovation policy lab at U of T’s Munk School of Global Affairs, said the research surrounding the Sidewalk plans shows the proposed development isn’t just about “physical infrastructure, but also social infrastructure.”

“We need to think about what kinds of social infrastructure we’re putting in place in all kinds of real estate and new developments in cities. I think developers are thinking more frequently about how their places connect with people and what people’s lives will be like in those spaces.”

Laura Anderson, assistant professor in McMaster’s department of health research methods, evidence and impact, will be working with three master’s of public health students at the school to research the best methods for measuring happiness and well-being at the neighbourhood level.

In a statement Anderson said she’s “excited” that this work will create the opportunity for the graduate students to gain experience answering “real-world public health problems using innovative technology.”

Meanwhile, the University of Waterloo team exploring messaging and garbage diversion will examine “barriers” that may prevent us from sorting waste properly.

Take textiles, for example.

Lead researcher Jennifer Lynes, associate professor at Waterloo’s school of environment, enterprise and development, said 5 to 7 per cent of household waste in landfills is textiles that could easily be recycled or reused.

“Right now, what do people do with them? They donate them to Value Village, etc. But you have to go there, and some people just say, ‘Oh I’m just going to throw it in the garbage.’”

She noted the city of Markham has textile diversion bins.

“It’s things like that. What kind of programs or strategies can we develop to reduce those barriers?” said Lynes, who will be working with a student researcher.

As the research teams work to complete their reports, and probably a long while after, the Sidewalk project will likely continue to face questions from detractors about data monetization and privacy protection.

Sidewalk will use the data and analysis the research teams obtain, but that information will remain “under the control” of those teams, Aggarwala said.

Donovan Vincent is a housing reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @donovanvincent

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New Brunswick woman dead after single-vehicle crash in Bayside – New Brunswick

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A New Brunswick woman has died after a fatal crash on Route 127 in Bayside, N.B., on Saturday.

Police say they responded to the scene of the crash shortly after 10:50 a.m.

The Mounties believe the crash occurred when the vehicle left the road and rolled over.

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The lone occupant, a 51-year-old woman, was ejected from the vehicle.

She died at the scene as a result of her injuries.

Police say their investigation is ongoing and are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them at 506-466-7030.

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‘It’s only a house’: 84-year-old woman to rebuild after tornado rips through home

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It was Ruth Campbell’s good fortune a fracture, which led to a hip replacement, kept her in hospital for nearly two weeks before a ferocious tornado cut through Arlington Woods, and her home.

It might have even saved her life.

The 84 year-old was recovering in hospital when the storm snapped mature pine trees on her property. One tree nearly severed her four-bedroom bungalow in two. Another wiped out the side of the home.

Emergency workers needed a crane to remove the trees embedded in the house.

Ruth Campbell was recovering from a hip fracture in hospital when the tornado tore through her Arlington Woods bungalow causing so much damage the home will have to be rebuilt. (Stu Mills, CBC )

Pointing at the gaping hole in her childhood home’s kitchen ceiling, it is hard for Jan Dunn, Campbell’s daughter, to imagine what might have happened if her mother had been at home on Sept. 21.

A clear tarp put over the hole to protect against the rain is shredded and flapping in the wind. A panel of fluorescent lights is dangling from a piece of drywall. Cupboards have collapsed on one another and soil and tree leaves are strewn everywhere.

The tornado, Dunn said, struck right when her mother would have been preparing dinner.

« I knew where my mom sat at that kitchen table and if she hadn’t been in hospital I’m sure she would be killed, because the tree landed on the kitchen table right at the seat she sat at every night. »

A massive pine tree struck the home and destroyed most of Ruth Campbell’s kitchen, including a cabinet with her mother’s antique china dishes. (Stu Mills, CBC )

To say it’s been a trying few months for Campbell would be an understatement. Six weeks ago — before her hip replacement and the destruction of her home — her husband of 60 years died.

« My mom has a had a lot of loss, the family has had a lot of loss, » Dunn said. 

Campbell, sitting in her wheelchair in the hospital, took the loss of her home in stride.

« Well it’s been very abrupt for one thing, » she said laughing. « I don’t know, well, it’s only a house and it can be replaced. »

Campbell said her family was the second to move onto the street. The home has always been « in the woods » she said, and « had everything we needed to raise our family there. »

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Once restored, she plans on moving back into the house.

« I don’t see any reason why not, once they get the house built…I’ll go back there to live, » she said. « I really hope so. »

Experts have told Campbell’s daughter they are « 99-per-cent sure » the house would have to be demolished and rebuilt with an estimated move-in date of December 2019.

In the interim, Dunn has found a spot at a retirement home for her mother to live. For now, the challenge is finding clothes that aren’t damaged. 

Jan Dunn stands at the back of the tornado-damaged Arlington Woods bungalow where her 84-year old mother lives and where she grew up in. (Stu Mills CBC )

« We got her wedding dress out, my wedding dress and my daughter’s wedding dress out the first day. »

Both women praised the team of volunteers from Arlington Woods Free Methodist Church who came over the morning after the tornado to help clean up and pack Campbell’s belongings that hadn’t been destroyed. Dunn said she had to work quickly to get things out of the house because engineering experts say the entire roof could cave in at any time. 

 « Trying to say goodbye is trying to find pieces of my childhood as I am going through the house and things are in disarray, »  Dunn said.

« We will restore. We will heal as a family and we will move forward and it doesn’t change the memories of living here and growing up here. »

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Selon Couillard, la CAQ n’est pas vraiment nationaliste

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Le chef libéral, Philippe Couillard, a testé samedi une nouvelle ligne d’attaque contre ses adversaires caquistes, en leur reprochant de ne pas vraiment être nationalistes.

Devant une poignée de militants rassemblés dans la circonscription de Louis-Hébert, que son parti a perdu en octobre 2017 aux mains de la Coalition avenir Québec, Philippe Couillard s’est demandé « pourquoi » le parti de François Legault ne « parle pas de culture ». « Quand on dit qu’on est nationaliste et qu’on ne parle pas de la culture québécoise, vous ne trouvez pas qu’il y a un problème, vous ? », a-t-il demandé aux quelques dizaines de personnes venues l’écouter.

Le Parti libéral n’a consacré aucune annonce à la culture au cours de la campagne électorale, préférant s’appuyer sur sa nouvelle politique culturelle, dévoilée en juin.

La CAQ s’est quant à elle engagée à maintenir la politique du gouvernement Couillard et à la bonifier par l’ajout, entre autres, de 25 millions de dollars par année pour assurer deux sorties scolaires par élève.

Un discours et un lapsus

Mais pour Philippe Couillard, il n’y a pas que ça. Il a reproché à son adversaire caquiste de « ne pas parle[r] de notre langue, sauf pour dire que nos petits-enfants ne parleront pas français, ce qui n’a aucun sens ». Il l’a montré du doigt parce qu’il n’est « pas là au rendez-vous lorsqu’il faut parler de la gestion de l’offre » ou parce qu’il « ne parle pas de l’accaparement des terres ».

Et encore : dans un discours où il a répété que François Legault tentait de « berner » les Québécois, le chef libéral a lancé que « personne » ne soutient les politiques du leader de la CAQ.

Le constat est inquiétant pour « quelqu’un qui est à veille… », a-t-il commencé avant de constater son lapsus. « Il dit lui qu’il veut devenir premier ministre : il n’y a personne qui soutient ses politiques », s’est-il repris.

« Ne faites pas de surlecture de lapsus », a ensuite suggéré Philippe Couillard aux journalistes. « J’ai juste dit que lui pense qu’il est à la veille de devenir premier ministre. Mais ça n’arrivera pas. Il ne deviendra pas premier ministre », a-t-il attesté.

Pas « confiance » aux sondages

Même s’il a reconnu à plusieurs reprises au cours des derniers jours que la course est « serrée », le chef libéral a dit faire abstraction des sondages, qui donnent une avance à la Coalition avenir Québec. « Vous savez les sondages, j’ai plus ou moins confiance là-dedans. On verra le 1er octobre. C’est un élément parmi d’autres », a-t-il déclaré. « Et on a eu tellement d’exemples où ça n’a pas reflété le résultat final. Attendez le 1er octobre. »

Les derniers coups de sonde placent son parti au coude-à-coude avec Québec solidaire dans les intentions de vote chez les francophones. Mais Philippe Couillard — qui est élu dans Roberval — ne s’en dit pas inquiet. « Je laisse de côté les sondages, je vais être élu dans un comté à 100 % francophone », a-t-il insisté. « Je vais être à Rivière-du-Loup aujourd’hui. Je m’excuse la, mais c’est un comté 100 % francophone. »

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Toronto is segregated by race and income. And the numbers are ugly

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In Toronto, the colour of money is mainly white.

New demographic charts show a strikingly segregated city, with visible minorities concentrated in low-income neighbourhoods and white residents dominating affluent areas in numbers far higher than their share of the population.

U of T professor David Hulchanski has done a lot of work on the city’s demographics, especially relating to income.
U of T professor David Hulchanski has done a lot of work on the city’s demographics, especially relating to income.  (Colin McConnell / Toronto Star file photo)

The new charts come from University of Toronto Prof. David Hulchanski and his research team, known for using census data to illustrate growing income inequality in the city. Their latest effort flags the role of discrimination in that inequality, with lopsided racial breakdowns that surprised the researchers.

“It’s starker than we would expect,” Hulchanski said in an interview.

Hulchanski revealed the new charts last week in the Netherlands at a conference called “Urban poverty and segregation in a globalized world.”

Using the 2016 census, his team calculated that 48 per cent of Toronto’s census tracts are low-income neighbourhoods, where the average individual income is $32,000 before taxes.Fully 68 per cent of residents in these neighbourhoods are visible minorities while 31 per cent are white. (Whites make up 49 per cent of Toronto’s population.)

The main ethno-cultural communities in these low-income neighbourhoods are all overrepresented compared to their share of the city’s population. Black residents, for example, are 9 per cent of the population but make up 13 per cent of residents of low-income neighbourhoods.

High-income neighbourhoods are almost a reverse image. They make up 23 per cent of Toronto’s census tracts, with average individual incomes of $102,000 before tax. Fully 73 per cent of residents in these neighbourhoods are white, far higher than their share of the city’s population. The rest are visible minorities, of whom only 3 per cent are Black.

Whites are also overrepresented in middle-income neighbourhoods, where the average income is $49,000.

“Money buys choice. And people with the most choice are choosing to live in certain areas,” Hulchanski says, explaining the disproportionately high concentration of white residents in high- and middle-income communities.

Choice also partly explains the makeup of low-income neighbourhoods. Some members of ethnic groups prefer to live where their communities are most numerous, giving them easy access to the shops and cultural or religious services that facilitate integration or simply make life more enjoyable.

York University Prof. Carl James, who reviewed Hulchanski’s charts, questions how free the choice actually is for visible minorities.

“We have to think about how the system might have enabled and co-operated in making it possible for some people to access high income neighbourhoods and to stay in those neighbourhoods, or operated to keep others out of those neighbourhoods. It’s not just individual choice. Many other structural things work in relation to choice.”

Studies indicate that discriminatory barriers to good jobs and housing play a determining role.

“Discrimination is not at the same level as in the United States,” Hulchanski says, “but that doesn’t make it any better for those who face that problem here.”

The researchers split the city into high-. and low-income categories by comparing neighbourhoods that were 20 per cent above or below the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area average. Middle-income was within 20 per cent. The team then used census data to see the makeup of those communities.

Evidence of discrimination is reinforced by another chart produced by Hulchanski’s team, showing relatively high levels of education in low-income neighbourhoods. Half of all residents in those areas have a post-secondary degree: 25 per cent from a university and 25 per cent from a community college.

Hulchanski questioned why half the city has average gross incomes of only $32,000 when so many people in those low-income neighbourhoods have relatively high levels of education. “That doesn’t make sense, except for discrimination,” he said.

Another worrying sign for Hulchanski is that 57 per cent of residents in Toronto’s low-income neighbourhoods are immigrants, including established ones who arrived before 2006. Only 31 per cent of residents in high-income areas are immigrants, including 23 per cent who arrived prior to 2006.

The racial segregation of Toronto neighbourhoods is in the context of research, also from Hulchanski’s team, illustrating the growth of low- and high-income neighbourhoods in Toronto, while middle ones steadily disappear.

The polarized income trend dates back to the 1990s, caused by federal and provincial cuts in transfer payments and social assistance, along with tax cuts, rising housing costs and the disappearance of well-paid manufacturing jobs, Hulchanski says.

Government policies caused the income polarization, and only government policies can reverse it, he argues. Hulchanski warns that in Europe, where the trend is less severe, income polarization and ethnic segregation has contributed to the rise of far-right populist movements and outbreaks of violence.

“How long can this continue?” Hulchanski asks. “There is no sign of the trend reversing yet.

“Will there be riots in Toronto? Who knows?”

Sandro Contenta is a reporter and feature writer based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @scontenta

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This Broccoli Ricotta Toast Is Fall’s Official Stuff-on-Toast Moment

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The “stuff on toast” trend—which is still happening, may it live forever—is basically about piling one delicious thing on top of another. Oh, and bread. Maximalism may not have a place in every category of food (I could live without turducken, glazed donut breakfast sandwiches, and cherpumple, but when it comes to toast (and also pasta), no tasty topper shall be turned away.

This summer, we declared one recipe THE tomato toast of the season. Well, the season’s changing, and so is our go-to toast. These Broccoli and Garlic-Ricotta Toasts with Hot Honey are a scene-stealer: Every single part of this 30-minute recipe—starting from the oil-slicked bread and moving to the roasted garlic mixed into ricotta, charred broccoli, and spicy honey thinned with vinegar—sounds delicious. So how could it not be good? (No bizarre plot twist here: It is very good!)

You walk the walk, but do you brocc the brocc?

The hardest part will be getting to the moment where you build the, ahem, tartines: Not because any step is difficult (toast, roast, stir—it’s a cinch!) but because it takes a great amount of willpower to not eat every component as it’s ready. You’ll have a bread snack as you wait for the oven to heat; you’ll grab a floret or five of singed broccoli as soon as it comes out of the oven; you’ll steal a swipe of ricotta with your finger before you smear it on the toast.

But try to persevere. Because as tempting as each part is on its own, it’s begrudgingly true what Jack Johnson says: the salty broccoli, mild and milky ricotta, and zingy hot honey are better together. And bread is the logical vessel.

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Multiply this by 10 and you have a full meal.

The recipe has you make snack-sized portions, the sort of elegant appetizers you might serve at a dinner party on the weekend, when 10 p.m. bedtimes do not apply, or—if you’re really an adult—to satiate you as you prepare the real meal. But I’m greedy! I cut fat, dinner-sized slices of sesame bread, then slathered them thick with the garlicky cheese and mounded the broccoli precariously high. Et voilà: What was once an hors d’oeuvre is now a legitimate meal.

Most mind-bogglingly of all, this recipe included a FREE TIP that will change the way I roast garlic forever. Rather than roasting a whole head wrapped in an aluminum foil pouch, which can take nearly an hour, you roast individual cloves, still in their skins, on the same tray as the broccoli. When they’re cool enough to handle, squeeze them out like toothpaste (so, from the top of the tube, duh) for that earthy-sweet roasted garlic flavor in half the time.

Will I roast garlic every time I roast vegetables now that I know this speed-demon secret? There’s nothing stopping me. Will I add said roasted garlic to a bowl of ricotta—or cream cheese, or hummus, or tomato sauce—now that I know how much it could use the upgrade? There’s nothing stopping me.

And will I ever eat broccoli without roasting it to oblivion and plopping it on a bed of cheese? Just no.

Enter the enchanted broccoli forest:

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City wants to know how Kingstonians would like to revamp the gateway to downtown – Kingston

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One of the busiest intersections in Kingston will soon be seeing a facelift.

The city wants to beautify the intersection at Princess and Division streets because officials say it currently doesn’t present a nice introduction to the city’s downtown.

Earlier this year, city councillors voted in favour to put funding towards sprucing up the intersection.

The area is congested and has been going through a lot of reconstruction that is expected to be completed by the end of this year.  The city wants the community’s input in how they should revamp the gateway to downtown.


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Global News spoke with Colin Wiginton, the cultural director with the City of Kingston.

“It’s a great opportunity to really talk about not just art and public art but also how we can think differently about our streets and how they are designed,” said Wiginton.

The city set up a booth at the Princess Street Promenade Saturday afternoon so they could chat with Kingstonians and hear what they have to say.  Wiginton found a lot of diversity in the city’s suggestions.

“People immediately think let’s get some green space going and I love that idea. There’s also been a lot of discussion about seeing Indigenous culture represented. I find that really fascinating. Of course, people always love the idea of incorporating some sort of interactive or playful element,” says Wiginton.


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This is just one of many community engagement sessions that the city has planned.  There will be more opportunities in the near future for residents to provide suggestions, which will then be discussed and presented to the city staff as recommendations in 2019.

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