Freestone peaches are the best for making jam since the fruit doesn't cling to the stone, making them easy to pit. If you can get peaches with a red blush, they add a beautiful rich colour to the jam.
Portion size250 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: July 2008
light fruit pectin crystals
3 1/2 cups
Per 1 tbsp (15 mL) : about
Total fat0 g
Saturated fat0 g
Total carbohydrate11 g
In large Dutch oven and using potato masher, mash peaches to make 4 cups (1 L). Add lemon juice.
Mix pectin with 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the sugar; stir into peaches. Bring to full rolling boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining sugar and return to full rolling boil; boil hard, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from heat; skim off foam.
Using funnel, fill hot 1-cup (250 mL) canning jars, leaving 1/4-inch (5 mm) headspace. Cover with prepared lids. Screw on bands until resistance is met; increase to fingertip tight. Boil in boiling water canner for 10 minutes. (See Canning Basics )
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.
A drizzling of salty feta, tangy Greek yogurt and bright citrus gives loads of flavour to these sweet potato wedges. The almonds lend a satisfying crunch to the tender potatoes and creamy sauce, but feel free to omit them, if you prefer.
Prep time10 minutes
Total time40 minutes
Portion size4 servings
, peeled and cut in 3/4-inch thick wedges
, lightly mashed
2% plain Greek yogurt
natural (skin-on) almonds
, toasted and chopped
Per serving: about
Total fat11 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate37 g
In large bowl, toss together sweet potatoes, olive oil, garlic and 1/4 tsp of the salt. Arrange in single layer on parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Roast in 425°F oven, turning once, until tender and edges are golden, about 35 minutes. Transfer to serving dish.
While sweet potatoes are roasting, in microwaveable bowl, microwave feta on high until warmed, about 10 seconds. Stir in yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, pepper and remaining salt.
Spoon yogurt mixture over sweet potatoes. Sprinkle with almonds and oregano.
Cheesy, creamy broccoli soup is a family-friendly dish that's a great way to get kids to eat their veggies. The crispy Cheddar croutons add a satisfying crunch. For a lighter finish, replace the sour cream with Greek yogurt.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2016
leeks (white and light green parts only)
yellow-fleshed potatoes (about 450 g total)
peeled and (cut in 1/2-inch (1 cm) cubes
Broccoli Soup: Cut stem from broccoli head; cut head into florets to yield 5 cups. Trim bottom end from stem; peel outer layer. Slice stem to yield 3/4 cup. Set aside.
In Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook leeks, potatoes and broccoli stem, stirring occasionally, until leeks are softened, about 12 minutes. Add garlic, savory and mustard; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Stir in broth and 2 cups water; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in broccoli florets; simmer until broccoli stems and potatoes are tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in Cheddar until melted; stir in parsley.
Working in batches, purée soup in blender until smooth. Pour into clean Dutch oven or large saucepan; heat over medium-low. Whisk in sour cream, salt and pepper; cook until heated through. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)
Cheddar Croutons: While soup is simmering, in bowl, toss baguette with oil to coat. Arrange in single layer on parchment paper–lined baking sheet; sprinkle with Cheddar. Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven, turning once, until baguette is golden and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Break apart croutons; serve over soup.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: When blending a hot soup, work in small batches and remove the vent from your blender lid, covering the hole with a folded tea towel to relieve any pressure caused by escaping steam.
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.