Squash is plentiful now, so you'll want to include this vegetable in many meals. For four servings, cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds.
Portion size4 servings
Peel and cut butternut squash into cubes. In large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook for 20 minutes or until tender. (Or microwave at High in microwaveable dish covered with vented plastic wrap for about 18 minutes, stirring halfway through.) Drain and return to pot. Mash with butter, salt and pepper.
Dried figs, crunchy pistachios and chai-inspired? spices give these humble hermit cookies a sophisticated flavour. Look for dried Mission figs in the produce section of your grocery store. For best texture, choose the softest ones.
Portion size30 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2014
1 1/2 cup
each ground cardamom and
each ground cloves and
each baking soda and
chopped dried Mission
chopped unsalted shelled
per cookie: about
Total fat6 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate14 g
In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg, cream and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, baking soda and salt; stir into butter mixture until almost blended. Stir in figs and pistachios, using hands if needed, to form soft dough.
Drop by rounded 1 tbsp, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, onto 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 5 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Makeahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 5 days.)
Chorizo sausage adds spicy heat to this hearty winter soup. The fat left in the pan after cooking the meat infuses the cabbage with flavour. If you're not a fan of sweet potatoes, you can substitute with the yellow-fleshed variety.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time30 minutes
dry-cured chorizo sausage
(about 2 total), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
Quarter head green
, thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
, peeled and cubed
, drained and rinsed
sodium-reduced chicken broth
Per each of 8 servings: about
Total fat18 g
Saturated fat7 g
Total carbohydrate26 g
In Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook sausages, stirring often, until crisp, about 5 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to plate. Set aside.
In same pan, stir-fry cabbage and caraway seeds over medium-high heat until cabbage is tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Scrape into small bowl. Set aside.
In same pan, bring sweet potatoes, beans, broth and 3 cups water to boil. Reduce heat to medium, partially cover and simmer until sweet potatoes are tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
Ladle 2 cups of the soup into blender and purée until smooth; return to pan. Stir in sausages, cabbage mixture and thyme; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until warmed through, about 5 minutes.
You probably have all of the ingredients for these puffy pancakes in your fridge and pantry right now! And since they're both delicious and quite quick to make, they're an ideal last-minute brunch dish for any season.
Portion size6 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: May 2016
per serving: about
Total fat7 g
Saturated fat5 g
Total carbohydrate24 g
In blender or large spouted bowl with whisk, mix together eggs, milk, flour, sugar and salt until smooth.
Heat 10-inch (25 cm) cast-iron or ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat; add butter, swirling pan until melted. Pour in batter. Transfer to 475°F (240°C) oven; bake until puffed and browned, about 13 minutes. Using spatula, gently loosen pancake from pan.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: The Dutch baby pancake is traditionally served with fruit and other sweet toppings, but it also lends itself to savoury flavours.
(about 915 g), peeled and cut in 3/4-inch (2 cm) chunks
mini red-skinned potatoes
cut in 1/2-inch (1 cm) chunks
sodium-reduced chicken broth
whipping cream 35%
Flaky Butter Herb Pastry:
1 2/3 cup
per serving: about
Total fat26 g
Saturated fat14 g
Total carbohydrate33 g
Flaky Butter Herb Pastry: In food processor, pulse flour with salt. Add 1/4 cup of the butter; pulse until combined. Add remaining butter; pulse until mixture forms pea-size pieces, about 5 times. Drizzle ice water evenly over mixture (not through feed tube). Pulse 6 to 8 times, until loose ragged dough forms (do not let mixture form ball). Transfer to floured 20-inch (50 cm) length of waxed paper; press dough into rectangle. Dust with flour; top with another 20-inch (50 cm) length of waxed paper. Roll out to 15- x 12-inch (38 x 30 cm) rectangle; remove top sheet of waxed paper. Sprinkle with parsley.
Using bottom sheet of waxed paper to lift, fold 1 long edge over one-third of pastry; fold opposite long edge over top (pastry will form 15- x 4-inch/38 x 10 cm rectangle). Starting from 1 short end, roll up tightly into cylinder; flatten into 5-inch (12 cm) square. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.)
Meanwhile, in Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt 2 tbsp of the butter over medium-high heat; working in batches, saut? chicken until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to bowl.
In same Dutch oven, melt remaining butter over medium heat; cook mushrooms, shallots, thyme and bay leaf, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden, about 6 minutes. Add wine; cook, stirring until no liquid remains, about 2 minutes.
Stir in rutabaga, potatoes, carrots, salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Stir in broth and chicken with any juices; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender-crisp, about 12 minutes.
Whisk flour with 1/2 cup water; stir into chicken mixture. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquid thickens and vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes. Stir in peas, cream and parsley; cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice. Discard thyme and bay leaf.
Scrape mixture into 13- x 9-inch (3 L) baking dish; let cool for 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate until cold; cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Increase baking time by 15 to 20 minutes.)
Meanwhile, on floured work surface, roll out pastry to 15- x 11-inch (38 x 28 cm) rectangle (large enough to? fit top of baking dish and leave 1-inch/2.5 cm overhang). Transfer to rimless baking sheet; refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
Arrange pastry over top of baking dish, pulling taut over rim. Whisk egg yolk with 1 tsp water; brush over pastry. Using sharp knife, cut 3 to 4 steam vents in pastry. Bake on rimmed baking sheet in 425 F (220 C) oven until pastry is puffed and golden, about 35 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes before serving.