Fresh basil, hearty beans, piquant sun-dried tomatoes and al dente pasta make the perfect summer salad.
Portion size12 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: July 2007
(19 oz/540 mL)
drained and rinsed
oil packed sun dried tomatoes
extra virgin olive oil
red wine vinegar
Per serving: about
Total fat14 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate30 g
Dressing: In bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper.
In large pot of boiling salted water, cook fusilli until tender but firm, about 10 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water; drain well and place in large bowl. Add zucchini, beans and tomatoes; pour dressing over top and toss to combine. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Our set-and-forget version of this classic Easter dish is a win-win: Your oven is free to make the holiday ham and the slow cooker's gentle heat creates incredibly tender and creamy potatoes. You'll need at least a six-quart slow cooker for this recipe.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: April 2015
peeled and cut in scant 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick rounds
trimmed, cored and thinly sliced
whipping cream 35%
per serving: about
Total fat9 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate26 g
In large bowl, gently toss together potatoes, fennel, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper until well combined. In small bowl, whisk cream with potato starch until smooth.
In lightly greased slow cooker, layer half of the potato mixture. Sprinkle with one- quarter of the Gruyère and half of the bacon. Pour in half of the cream mixture. Top with remaining potato mixture, another quarter of the Gruyère and the remaining bacon and cream mixture.
Cover and cook on high until potatoes are tender, about 4-1/2 hours. Turn off slow cooker; sprinkle with remaining Gruyère. Cover and let stand until cheese is melted and some of the liquid has absorbed, about 15 minutes.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: We've made this dish without gluten by using potato starch as a thickener, but feel free to substitute with all-purpose flour if gluten isn't a concern for your guests.
A French term that means "paving stone," pavé describes the brick shape of this elegant dessert. Whisky often has notes of vanilla, caramel and chocolate, making it a lovely complement to desserts featuring those same flavours.
Chocolate Whiskey Pavé: Line 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving 4-inch (10 cm) overhang. Set aside.
In heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt butter with chocolate, stirring, until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in whisky. Let cool for 15 minutes.
Beat cream until stiff peaks form; whisk one-quarter into chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining whipped cream. Scrape into prepared pan, smoothing top; fold overhang over top. Refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.) Unwrap and let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes; using hot knife, slice pavé crosswise.
Sponge Toffee: While pavé is chilling, in 6-cup (1.5 L) saucepan, bring sugar, corn syrup and 3 tbsp water to boil over medium heat, stirring just until sugar is dissolved. Boil, without stirring but brushing down side of pan with pastry brush dipped in cold water, until candy thermometer reads 300°F (149°C) or 1 tsp mixture dropped in cold water forms hard brittle threads, about 12 minutes.
Remove from heat; standing back and averting face, pour in vanilla. Add baking soda, whisking just until combined, about 2 or 3 times. (Mixture will bubble, sputter and increase in volume.)
Pour into parchment paper–lined 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan (do not scrape bottom of saucepan). Let cool in pan, undisturbed, for about 2 hours. Using serrated knife, cut toffee into bite-size pieces. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 1 month.) Serve with pavé.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: For puffed, airy sponge toffee, resist the urge to scrape the bottom of the saucepan when pouring the syrup into the loaf pan. Otherwise, the denser syrup that collects at the bottom will deflate the lighter syrup as it settles in the loaf pan.
When you layer silky chocolate mousse with crunchy meringue, the meringue becomes soft and chewy, making this cake easy to slice with a hot, sharp knife.
Portion size12 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2016
(about 1 oz), melted
chocolate-covered malted milk balls (such as Maltesers)
cream of tartar
1 1/4 cup
Malt Chocolate Mousse:
milk powder (such as Ovaltine)
(about 2 oz), chopped
(about 2 oz), chopped
1 1/2 cup
whipping cream (35%)
per serving: about
Total fat17 g
Saturated fat10 g
Total carbohydrate35 g
Chocolate Meringue: Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Using 8-inch (3 L) springform pan as guide, trace 2 circles, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, onto parchment paper. Turn parchment paper over. Set aside.
In bowl, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until soft peaks form. In separate bowl, whisk sugar with cocoa powder; beat into egg white mixture in 2 additions until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold in vanilla. Spoon into outlines on parchment paper, smoothing tops and leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) border around inside edge.
Bake on bottom rack in 225°F (110°C) oven until dry and crisp, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Turn off oven; let cool in oven for 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container in cool dry place for up to 5 days.)
Malt Chocolate Mousse: While meringues are cooling, line bottom and side of 8-inch (3 L) springform pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
In small saucepan, add 3 tbsp water; sprinkle gelatin over top. Let stand until absorbed, about 5 minutes. Cook over low heat until melted. (Do not boil.)
Meanwhile, in heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, whisk malt powder with boiling water until dissolved. Add unsweetened chocolate and dark chocolate; melt, stirring, until smooth. Stir in vanilla and salt. Stir in gelatin mixture. Let cool, stirring occasionally, until lukewarm, about 10 minutes.
Beat cream until stiff peaks form; whisk one-third into chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining cream.
Assembly: Place 1 of the meringues in bottom of prepared pan, trimming to fit if necessary; pour half of the mousse over top. Repeat with remaining meringue and mousse; cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until set, about 6 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.) Remove cake from pan; peel off parchment paper.
Garnish: Drizzle cake with chocolate; top with malted milk balls.
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.