In skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook sausages and hot pepper flakes, stirring and breaking up meat until browned and crisp, about 8 minutes.
Add tomatoes, water, oregano and salt ; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until spoon scraped across bottom of pan leaves space that doesn't fill in, about 30 minutes.
Polenta: Meanwhile, in large Dutch oven or saucepan, bring 10 cups of the water and salt to boil. Slowly whisk in cornmeal until thickened. Reduce heat to low. Using wooden spoon, stir often until smooth and very creamy, about 25 minutes, adding more of the remaining water to maintain creaminess.
Add half of the tomato sauce; stir to combine. Cook, stirring, for about 10 minutes to combine flavours.
Add half of the cheese; stir until melted. Serve with remaining sauce and cheese. Sprinkle with parsley.
Slice-and-bake cookies are great for time-pressed cooks because there's no rolling or cutting out shapes—simply form the dough into a log, chill and slice.
Portion size60 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2015
Chocolate Almond Topping:
semisweet chocolate (about 10 oz)
melted and slightly cooled
sliced natural (skin-on)
each almond extract and
semisweet chocolate (about 2 oz)
melted and slightly cooled
per cookie: about
Total fat5 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate9 g
Cookies: In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in almond extract and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, ground almonds and salt; stir into butter mixture in 2 additions. Knead chocolate into dough just until combined.
Divide dough into thirds. Working with one-third at a time, place dough on large piece of plastic wrap. Covering loosely with plastic wrap, shape into 8-inch (20 cm) long log; twist ends of plastic wrap to seal. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze in airtight container for up to 3 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before continuing with recipe.)
Trim ends of logs; slice dough into 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick rounds, reshaping as needed. Arrange, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Bake in top and bottom thirds of 350°F (180°C) oven, switching and rotating pans halfway through, just until firm and no longer shiny, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on pans for 2 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 1 month.)
Chocolate Almond Topping: Drizzle chocolate over cookies; top with almonds. Refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 5 days.)
The aroma of baking banana bread is enough to drive just about anyone wild with anticipation. Our best version— made using the surprising (and mysteriously effective) technique of "marinating" the bananas in a buttermilk and baking soda blend—delivers on all counts. It's moist, buttery, sweet and chockfull of banana flavour.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: March 2014
1 1/2 teaspoon
2 1/4 cups
1 1/2 teaspoon
per each of 16 slices: about
Total fat10 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate32 g
Stir together bananas, buttermilk and baking soda. Let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
In large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until combined; beat in egg, vanilla and banana mixture. Stir in flour mixture until combined; scrape into greased 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan.
Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven until cake tester inserted into centre comes out clean, 60 to 70 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes. Turn out onto rack; let cool completely.
Change it up -? Chocolate Chip Banana Bread: Stir 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips into flour mixture.
Cinnamon Banana Bread: Whisk 1/2 tsp cinnamon into flour mixture.
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.
Browning the chicken and cooking the biryani in the same pan keeps cleanup to a minimum and infuses the rice with flavour.
Prep time20 minutes
Total time45 minutes
Portion size4 servings
bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
onions, thinly sliced
sodium-reduced chicken broth
Per serving: about
Total fat21 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate42 g
Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 tsp salt and pinch pepper. In Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat 1 tsp olive oil over medium-high heat; cook chicken, turning occasionally, until golden, about 7 minutes. Transfer to plate.
Drain all but 4 tsp fat from pan; cook onions over medium-high heat, stirring, until golden, about 6 minutes. Stir in broth, rice, thyme and 1/4 tsp salt, scraping up browned bits; bring to boil.
Arrange chicken, skin side up, over rice mixture. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed and chicken is no longer pink inside, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, for 10 minutes before serving.