Kick-off the festivities with these recipes for crowd-pleasing apps.
These sweet-tangy pastries are ideal for easy holiday entertaining.
Get the recipe: Apple and Canadian Blue Cheese Tartlets with Icewine Glaze
While the dip is cooling, slice up a fresh baguette and some crudités for dipping.
Get the recipe: Bubbly Bacon and Butternut Dip
We're bringing back the cheese ball with these bite-size versions of the retro party snack.
Get the recipe: Mini Cheese Balls
This baked one-pan version of rösti is our secret to feeding a crowd without spending the evening in front of the stove.
Get the recipe: Crispy Salmon-Topped Rösti Squares
Serve these bite-size fresh mozzarella balls with toasted baguette slices.
Get the recipe: Lemon Pepper Bocconcini
Store-bought pickled beets make a super quick and tasty garnish.
Get the recipe: Smoked Cheddar Pancakes with Pickled Beets
It doesn't get more retro than cheese fondue, and this twist on the classic Swiss recipe offers a hit of Calvados at the end.
Get the recipe: Beer and Cheese Fondue Dip
Topped with crispy golden panko bread crumbs, these jalapeños are full of satisfying spicy flavour.
Get the recipe: Crispy Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeños
These cute individual-size pies are delicious served either hot, as an elegant starter with a salad, or cold, eaten out of hand with a little HP sauce.
Get the recipe: Mini Leek and Bacon Pies
Serve these veggie patties warm or at room temperature with a dollop of sour cream or our Chunky Applesauce.
Get the recipe: Mini Potato Zucchini Latkes
Sausage rolls are a sure hit at cocktail parties.
Get the recipe: Sausage Rolls with Honey Mustard Dip
With a perfect balance of creamy, spicy, sweet and savoury, we guarantee there will be no leftovers.
Get the recipe: Savoury Cheddar Cheesecake Spread
Serve this rich, creamy spread at room temperature with crackers or toast points.
Get the recipe: Wild Mushroom Pâté
Bring a little bit of Asian flair to the dinner table with this elegant recipe for spring rolls.
Get the recipe: Shrimp Spring Rolls and Yin Yang Marinated Vegetables
Move over, plain old french fries! Try an array of root vegetables served with our Chive Mayo dip.
Get the recipe: Rainbow Root Fries with Chive Mayo
Everyone will be reaching for these tasty sliders.
Get the recipe: Lazy Cheeseburger Sliders
Canadian Living's home and garden director shows off her curves in a body con dress.
Photography by Carlyle Routh. Hair by Jukka/Davines/Plutino Group. Makeup by Jodi Urichuk/Bite Beauty/Plutino Group.
Have you ever flirted with the idea of trying a daring style but weren't quite sure how to pull it off? We found six women who were intrigued by a trend they usually avoid, then we gave them the support and style advice to help them make it their own. Here, Canadian Living's home and garden director, Sarah Gunn, steps out in a body con dress.
Much like Sarah's decor esthetic, sunny hues and pretty pastels are her wardrobe mainstays, along with ladylike fit-and-flare frocks. But there's one item of clothing Sarah has always admired on other women yet hasn't slipped into herself: a body-conscious dress. "I have curves—some in the right places and some not—and I'm not sure how to enhance the good ones and hide the bad ones in a formfitting style," says Sarah.
Karl Lagerfeld dress, $189, thebay.com. Earrings, bracelets, ring and shoes, bananarepublic.ca. Clutch, coach.com.
The first step to feeling confident in a body-hugging dress is a good foundation, a.k.a. undergarments. Sarah donned a Shapeez Tankee slip ($125, shapeez.com), an all-in-one bra, slip and shaper that helps eliminate visible bra lines and back bulges while slimming the waist and the stomach. When it comes to choosing a fitted dress, keep it sophisticated; we selected a style with elbow length sleeves and a high neckline, allowing Sarah's silhouette and her legs to be highlighted. Finally, the dress features black panels on the sides, which ever so slightly cinch the waist, helping to create the illusion of a more defined midriff.
Shop the trend:
Floral dress, $80, express.com
Zippered dress, $420, marc-cain.com
Scuba dress, $100, reitmans.com
Aspen dress, $129, bebe.com
Body con dress, $140, lechateau.com
Felicity & Coco dress, $137, nordstrom.com
Dex dress, $79, thebay.com
Dress, $210, armaniexchange.com
Franca sweater dress, $178, guess.ca
Body con dress, $50, dynamiteclothing.com
We've rounded up five of the best cookbooks on store shelves now that any foodie on your list will love.
1. Appetites by Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever
Appetites is Bourdain's first cookbook in over 10 years. The recipes are a mish-mash of memories based on meals he ate growing up—the same ones he now makes for his own family—plus assorted favourites from his culinary adventures around the world. We love that all the recipes are steeped in satisfying comfort; his take on the Macau-Style pork chop sandwich is absolutely delicious.
Appetites, $47, indigo.ca.
2. Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten
For years, Ina Garten fans have watched her cook meals for Jeffery on Barefoot Contessa. We love that this book is as much a love letter as it is a collection of recipes. Ina’s recipes are the ones you want to cook over and over again—she has a knack for turning the everyday into something special.
Cooking for Jeffrey, $45, indigo.ca.
3. Taste & Technique by Naomi Pomeroy
Everyone wants to elevate their home cooking in one way or another, and that’s exactly what Naomi Pomeroy helps us do with Taste & Technique. Naomi’s detailed directions make French classics so simple to cook at home. The lacquered duck confit on the cover draws you in to this cookbook and keeps you coming back for more.
Taste & Technique: Recipes To Elevate Your Home Cooking, $54, indigo.ca.
4. Everything I Want to Eat by Jessica Koslow
The title says it all—turns out we want to eat everything Jessica makes. She covers everything from eggs to drinks and all the in-betweens with a light hand and a lot of fun. Plus, this is food for everyone! She’s cleverly layered in tips on making recipes gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian. If you only make one thing, try "Sqirl’s Sorrel Pesto Rice Bowl."
Everything I Want To Eat, $50, indigo.ca.
5. Power Vegetables! by Peter Meehan and the Editors of Lucky Peach
Vegetables are often an afterthought when we cook, but with Power Vegetables, that’s all about to change. These “Mostly Vegetarian” recipes highlight the delicious versatility of vegetables and take them beyond side dish status. Here, they shine as main courses and even dessert. Looking for a holiday appy? The Leek Terrine is a great make-ahead.
Power Vegetables!, $47, indigo.ca.
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