Courtesy of Jamie Kinney


Prep Time: 15 min. Cooking Time: 13 min. Servings: 4-6

Ingredients: 2 tsp olive oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced

Directions: 1. In a deep saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion and garlic, stirring often, for 3 minutes or until tender. 2. Stir in basil and oregano; cook for 30 seconds. 3. Stir in tomatoes; increase heat to high and bring to boil. 4. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently, for 7 minutes or until slightly thickened. 5. Reduce heat to low and add 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the cheese at a time to saucepan, stirring constantly and adding the next handful when cheese is melted. 6. Place saucepan on heat-proof trivet on table or, if desired, transfer to fondue pot over flame to keep warm. 7. Serve with assorted vegetables, meatballs and breadsticks for dipping, using fondue forks if desired. 1/2 tsp each dried basil and oregano 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) crushed tomatoes 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 4 cups assorted vegetables (mushrooms, sweet peppers, etc.) 2-1/2 cups cooked meatballs (or bite-size pieces of chicken, ham or beef) 12 multigrain breadsticks BUDGET-FRIENDLYDIYDESIGNIDEAS Here are three DIY design ideas that are just as friendly on the wallet as they are fun: Wall stencils. Forgo wallpaper and grab a stencil and paint supplies instead. If you can convince a friend or family member to help, purchase two stencils to make the job go faster. Instead of stenciling the whole room, opt for just one wall for an eye-catching statement. Faux marble table. Marble contact paper is a thing! This DIY works best with a smaller table that has a metal frame so you can inset the paper. This will help hide the edges and make it appear as if it has a solid marble top. Bold curtains. Even if you can’t sew, you can create flowing curtains out of colourful patterned fabric thanks to products like fabric glue and iron on fabric tape. Cut the fabric to the size you require, leaving an inch around the sides and bottom and a few inches on the top. Glue or tape a hem around the edges and a folded opening at the top where the curtain rod can slide through.

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