Pressing super-fluffy russet potatoes through a ricer is the key to creating the smoothest mash you've ever tasted. Doing it a day ahead is a serious time-saver: Simply stir together your ingredients and reheat 12 minutes before dinner!
Portion size10 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: October 2015
peeled and cut in chunks
1 1/4 cup
per each of 10 servings: about
Total fat8 g
Saturated fat5 g
Total carbohydrate36 g
In saucepan of boiling salted water, cook potatoes until fork-tender, about 15 minutes; drain well. Press potatoes through potato ricer. (Make-ahead: Spread onto parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet; let cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Continue with recipe, adding 8 minutes to cook time.)
In large saucepan, heat together cream, butter, salt and pepper over medium heat until butter is melted. Add potatoes; cook, stirring frequently, until smooth and hot, about 4 minutes.
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.
Blood oranges add a splash of colour to this winter salad. Choose oranges that feel heavy for their size, and store them in your refrigerator or in a cool, dry place for up to a week.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time15 minutes
Portion size12 servings
small blood oranges or
Cara Cara navel oranges
red wine vinegar
, finely grated or pressed
salt and pepper
extra-virgin olive oil
torn red or
green leaf lettuce
, trimmed, cored and thinly sliced
thinly sliced red onion
Per serving: about
Total fat9 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate7 g
Finely grate orange zest to make 1 tsp. Remove remaining peel and pith from oranges; cut oranges crosswise into generous 1/4-inch thick slices. Set aside.
In small bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, honey, orange zest, garlic, salt and pepper. Gradually whisk in oil in thin steady stream until well combined. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 5 days.)
In large bowl, combine lettuce, fennel, red onion and oranges. Drizzle with vinaigrette; toss to coat. Serve immediately.
Classic pecan pie gets a bite-size makeover with these crunchy pecan-packed squares. Toothsome shortbread is the perfect base, adding a delightful contrast. Chill the squares before cutting for a smooth, easy slice.
Portion size36 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2014
1 1/2 cup
per square: about
Total fat10 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate16 g
Shortbread Crust: In large bowl, beat butter with icing sugar until fluffy; beat in vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk flour with salt; stir into butter mixture in 2 additions. Press into bottom of parchment paper–lined 9-inch (2.5 L) square cake pan; prick all over with fork. Bake in 350?F (180?C) oven until edges are light golden, about 14 minutes. Let cool slightly.
Meanwhile, in small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; whisk in brown sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; whisk in honey, vinegar, vanilla and salt. Whisk in eggs.
Sprinkle pecans over crust; pour egg mixture over top. Bake on baking sheet in 350?F (180?C) oven until egg mixture is set, 50 to 55 minutes. Let cool completely in pan; cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Lift out onto cutting board; using serrated knife, cut into squares. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; refrigerate for up to 5 days.)