In a hurry one night, I created this Baked Macaroni & Cheese Casserole. I used regular macaroni pasta, the cheeses that I had on hand and a little something extra - Sun Dried Tomatoes in Oil. My family loves Mac & Cheese, it's our favorite "Comfort Food" and they say that this is the best version that we've had to date, declaring that it's "Perfect"! Served along with a Green Salad and some Crusty Bread or Buns you'll have an Excellent Family Dinner!
Portion size6 servings
Credits :Bonita Salisbury
(1/3 of a 900 gram box)
sun dried tomatoes
in oil (drained)
Drain the Sun-Dried Tomatoes on paper towels & then cut into slivers. Lightly grease a 2 1/2 to 3 litre Casserole Dish with butter or margarine and set aside. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bring a large pot of water to the boil and add the dried Macaroni pasta and the Sun-Dried Tomatoes to the boiling water. Timing it from the point when the water comes back to the boil, cook the Macaroni & Tomatoes, uncovered, for approximately 10-12 minutes or to suit your particular measure of "Bite" (I like mine cooked a little more tender, not "La Dente" and I find that Baked Macaroni Casseroles seem to turn out better if the pasta is boiled to a softer stage but definately NOT mushy). While the Macaroni & Tomatoes boil, prepare the cheeses: Shred the Smoked Gouda and add it to the Kraft "Tex Mex" and the Parmesan in a large enough bowl to be able to mix it together with your hands. Mix throughly with your hands. Remove all the plastic coverings from the cheese slices, (depending on the size and shape of the Casserole dish, you will need enough slices to cover the Macaroni & Cheese mixture in 2 layers). When the Macaroni & Tomatoes is cooked, pour it into a large colander (strainer) and drain very well. Pour hot, well-drained Macaroni & Tomatoes back into the now empty pot that they were boiled in and mix in the pepper and the bowl of mixed cheeses being sure to mix throughly, (remember to save all the cheese slices for layering in the next step when you add everything to the Casserole dish). Spoon the Macaroni & Cheese into the Casserole dish in 2 layers, spreading each layer out evenly in the dish and covering each layer with a layer of the cheese slices. Bake in the over (uncovered) for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese melts and browns to your liking.
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.
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.
The holidays wouldn't be complete without sweet, buttery shortbread, so we've perfected a classic. This one has a crispy snap but still melts delicately in your mouth.
Portion size24 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2014
per cookie: about
Total fat8 g
Saturated fat5 g
Total carbohydrate12 g
In stand mixer with paddle attachment, or in bowl using wooden spoon, beat together butter, icing sugar, vanilla and salt until light and fluffy; stir in flour just until combined.
Press dough into parchment paper– lined 9-inch (2.5 L) square cake pan. Using palm of hand, flatten to make smooth, even surface. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Using knife, score surface of dough into 24 rectangles; prick each cookie several times with fork. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
Bake in 300 F (150 C) oven until firm and pale golden, about 55 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes; cut through score lines. Let cool completely in pan. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.)
Change it Up - Shortbread Rounds: On lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/3-inch (8 mm) thickness. Using 2-inch (5 cm) round cookie cutter, cut out shapes. Arrange, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper– lined baking sheets. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 300 F (150 C) oven until firm and pale golden, about 20 minutes.
Shortbread Wedges: Press dough into parchment paper– lined 8-inch (1.2 L) round cake pan; using palm of hand, flatten to make smooth, even surface. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Using knife, score surface of dough into 16 wedges. Continue with original recipe.
This Chinese classic gets a wholesome makeover by replacing the meat with loads of fresh vegetables. Korean hot pepper paste isn't traditionally found in ma po tofu, but it adds a nice kick. Look for it in the Asian section of your grocery store, or substitute with one teaspoon of sriracha.
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: April 2016
20-minute whole grain
vegetable oil or
quartered lengthwise and cut crosswise in scant 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick pieces
trimmed and cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm) lengths
In saucepan, cook rice according to package instructions.
Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet or wok, heat oil over medium-high heat; stir-fry carrot, three-quarters of the green onions and the ginger until carrot is beginning to soften, about 4 minutes. Add green beans and mushrooms; stir-fry until green beans are beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in black bean garlic sauce and hot pepper paste; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Whisk cornstarch with 1 cup water; stir into vegetable mixture. Bring to boil; boil, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium. Add tofu; cook, stirring gently, until tofu is coated and warmed through, about 3 minutes. If necessary, add water, 1 tbsp at a time, to reach desired consistency.
Divide rice among serving bowls; top with ma po tofu. Sprinkle with remaining green onions.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Use medium-firm tofu in stir-fries. It has a delicate texture yet doesn't fall apart as easily as soft tofu.