Serve these tasty olives warm or at room temperature. Lightly crushing them with the bottom of a pan before using allows the flavours to set in. They are great on their own but can be paired with sliced hot salami or other deli meats. Don't forget to set out a small bowl where guests can discard the pits.
Amaretto-soaked ladyfingers, fluffy mascarpone cream, tangy lemon curd and sugared almonds—what's not to like about this layered dessert? Make it a day ahead, then top with the whipped cream and almonds just before serving.
Portion size20 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: April 2015
1 1/2 cup
sliced natural (skin-on)
(about 4 inches/10 cm long)
tub (475 g)
2 1/2 cups
whipping cream 35%
per each of 20 servings: about
Total fat37 g
Saturated fat20 g
Total carbohydrate44 g
Toss almonds with egg white to coat; stir in 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar until well combined. Spread on parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 350?F (180?C) oven, stirring once, until light golden, about 12 minutes. Let cool on sheet. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 2 days.)
While almonds are baking, in large heatproof bowl, whisk together egg yolks, 1-1/2 cups of the granulated sugar, the lemon zest and lemon juice. Place bowl over saucepan of simmering water; cook, stirring, until thick enough to coat back of spoon, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in butter, 1 tbsp at a time. Strain through fine- mesh sieve into clean bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on surface. Refrigerate until curd is thick enough to mound firmly on spoon, about 1 hour. (Make- ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days.)
While lemon curd is chilling, in saucepan, cook remaining granulated sugar with 1/4 cup water over medium heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool completely. Stir in amaretto. Quickly dip both sides of ladyfingers in amaretto mixture; arrange in single layer in 13- x 9-inch (3 L) baking dish.
In large bowl, beat together mascarpone, icing sugar and vanilla until smooth. In separate bowl, beat 1-1/2 cups of the cream until stiff peaks form; fold into mascarpone mixture. Spoon mixture over ladyfingers, spreading to edges. Spread lemon curd evenly over top. Cover and refrigerate for 12 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before continuing with recipe.)
In bowl, beat remaining cream until stiff peaks form. Spoon over lemon curd, leaving border of curd. Sprinkle with almonds.
Brisket is a hearty main often favoured for Sunday dinners. Here, it's a fuss-free weeknight option—just throw the ingredients together in the morning and come home to fall-apart-tender meat. Serve with mashed potatoes and tender-crisp saut?ed green beans to round out the meal.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: November 2015
brisket pot roast
per serving: about
Total fat24 g
Saturated fat9 g
Total carbohydrate28 g
Arrange onion in bottom of slow cooker; place beef on top. In bowl, whisk together cranberry sauce, chili sauce, ginger, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, salt and pepper; pour over beef. Cover and cook on low until beef is tender, about 8 hours.
Carefully scrape any cranberry mixture off top of beef. Remove beef to cutting board; tent with foil. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
While beef is resting, skim fat from juices in slow cooker. In small bowl, whisk cornstarch with 3 tbsp water; whisk into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until thickened, about 10 minutes. Serve with beef.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: A double brisket is made up of both lean and fatty meats, so you can have your choice at the dinner table. If the brisket's too large for your slow cooker, you may need to cut it in half to fit.
Weeknight entertaining is a breeze when you put your slow cooker to work! Adding a bit of flour to the sauce at the end of cooking turns it into a rich gravy to serve alongside the roast. Green peas and mashed sweet potatoes make great accompaniments to this hearty cold-weather dish.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2015
boneless beef pot roast (top or bottom blade, or cross rib)
sodium-reduced beef broth
liquid honey and Worcestershire sauce
per each of 8 servings: about
Total fat25 g
Saturated fat10 g
Total carbohydrate12 g
Sprinkle beef with 1/2 tsp of the salt and 1/4 tsp of the pepper. Set aside.
In slow cooker, combine onion, garlic and bay leaf. Place beef over top. Whisk together broth, vinegar, tomato paste, mustard, honey, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary and remaining salt and pepper; pour over beef. Cover and cook on low until beef is tender, 8 to 10 hours.
Transfer beef to cutting board; remove any butcher's twine. Keep beef warm.
Discard bay leaf. Skim fat from surface of cooking liquid. Whisk flour with 1/4 cup water; whisk into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until thickened, about 15 minutes. Stir in parsley.
Thinly slice beef across the grain; serve with sauce.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: For the most flavourful sauce, choose a good-quality balsamic vinegar. Taste the sauce before serving; if it's very tangy, stir in up to one tablespoon of granulated sugar until dissolved sweetness.
These wings can get sticky as they bake, so line your baking sheet with greased nonstick foil or parchment paper for easy turning.
Portion size24 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: March 2016
salt and pepper
all-purpose flour or
per piece: about
Total fat4 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate1 g
In bowl, sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with flour; toss to coat. Arrange on lightly greased nonstick foil– or parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven, turning once, until crisp and golden, 45 to 50 minutes.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Chicken wings that are sold separately and trimmed are a real time-saver. If you can't find them at your local grocery store, cut the tips off of whole chicken wings, then cut each wing in half at the remaining joint.
Change it up:
The Ultimate Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings In small saucepan, stir together 1/3 cup cayenne pepper sauce (such as Frank's RedHot Original), 2 tbsp butter, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce and 1/2 tsp onion powder; bring to boil. Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature. Prepare wings as directed; toss with sauce just before serving.
The Ultimate Crispy Barbecue Chicken Wings In saucepan, stir together 1 cup ketchup, 1/3 cup fancy molasses, 2 tbsp cider vinegar, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 cup water; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 20 minutes. Prepare wings as directed, brushing with sauce before last 5 minutes of baking.