Sweet spices, winter fruit and sparkling white wine give this sangria a nod to the holiday season. For a pretty garnish, add a star anise to each glass before pouring in the sangria.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: January 2016
cored and thinly sliced
cored and thinly sliced
peeled and cut in segments
bottle (750 ml)
per each of 8 servings : about
Total carbohydrate27 g
Place cranberries in heatproof bowl. In small saucepan, bring sugar, star anise, cinnamon sticks and 1/2 cup water to boil, stirring frequently; pour over cranberries. Let cool completely.
In pitcher, combine cranberry mixture, apple, pear and salt. Let stand for 2 hours, stirring twice. Stir in clementines, orange-flavoured liqueur and bitters. Add ice cubes; pour in sparkling wine. Serve immediately.
Creamy ricotta gives these lemony cookies a soft, cakey texture. To get the most defined crackled tops, be sure to generously coat the cookies with icing sugar before baking.
Portion size36 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2015
1 1/3 cup
extra-smooth ricotta cheese
each baking soda and
per cookie: about
Total fat3 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate13 g
In large bowl, beat butter with 1 cup of the granulated sugar until fluffy; beat in egg, ricotta, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla, beating well after each addition. Using food colouring, tint to pale yellow, beating to combine. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder; stir into sugar mixture just until combined.
Place remaining granulated sugar and the icing sugar in separate shallow bowls. Roll dough by heaping 1 tbsp into balls. Roll 1 ball in granulated sugar to coat; roll in icing sugar to coat. Repeat with remaining balls.
Arrange, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 350°F (180°C) oven until bottoms are golden, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool on pans for 2 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in single layer in airtight container for up to 2 days. Or freeze in single layer on baking sheets until firm, about 1 hour; freeze in airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Thaw at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.)
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Use a toothpick to add the food colouring one drop at a time, beating well after each addition.
This classic warm-you-up stew becomes even more comforting when made with well-marbled pot roast rather than the usual stewing beef. The fat melts slowly as it cooks, tenderizing the beef into juicy melt-in-your-mouth morsels. A slow finish in the oven gives the stew its rich, hearty texture.
Prep time50 minutes
Total time2 hours & 30 minutes
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2015
boneless beef blade roast
cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm cubes)
dry red wine
mini white potatoes
scrubbed and quartered
cut in 1 1/2-inch thick (4 cm) chunks (halve bigger pieces)
sodium-reduced beef broth
drained and rinsed
per each of 8 servings: about
Total fat27 g
Saturated fat11 g
Total carbohydrate21 g
In large bowl, whisk together flour, salt and pepper; toss with beef to coat.
In large Dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp of the butter and the oil over medium heat; working in small batches, cook beef, stirring, until browned, about 20 minutes total. Using slotted spoon, remove to bowl; set aside.
Add remaining butter to Dutch oven; cook celery and onion over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add wine; cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits, for 2 minutes.
Return beef and any juices to Dutch oven. Add potatoes, carrots, thyme, parsley and bay leaves. Stir in broth and Worcestershire sauce; bring to boil, stirring occasionally to loosen any remaining browned bits from bottom.
Cover and braise in 350 F (180 C) oven for 45 minutes. Stir in cocktail onions; cover and braise for 15 minutes. Uncover and cook until vegetables are tender and beef offers no resistance when pierced with tip of knife, 30 to 40 minutes. Stir in peas; cook for 5 minutes.
Skim any fat from surface of stew; remove thyme, parsley and bay leaves. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Change it up - The Ultimate Beef and Mushroom Stew: In large Dutch oven, melt 1 tbsp butter over medium heat; cook 1 pkg (227 g) button or cremini mushrooms, trimmed, stirring occasionally, until tender, golden and no liquid remains, about 7 minutes. Using slotted spoon, remove to bowl; set aside. Continue with recipe as directed, returning mushrooms to Dutch oven along with beef.