This versatile ingredient adds unbelievable flavour to sweet and savoury recipes. Bonus: It's Canadian (!) and is a natural, minimally refined alternative to sugar and corn syrup.
This moist cake tastes like a blend of two of our country's most-loved doughnut flavours: sour cream and maple-glazed.
Tangy mustard, sweet maple syrup and robust rosemary make the perfect flavour combination for baked squash wedges. To add a little kick, use spicy Italian sausages instead of the mild ones.
Do you know what takes a salad from just OK to outstanding? Cheese and bacon. This indulgent salad is sweet and salty, with the perfect amount of tanginess. If you would like to make the dressing ahead of time, warm it up before pouring it over the greens to make sure they wilt.
Brining is a super-easy make-ahead solution that adds flavour and prevents meat from drying out, so it's great for pork. We've used boneless pork loin chops for easier slicing.
This dessert sings with the all-Canadian taste of real maple syrup. Each serving is topped with crunchy maple pecans (add a dollop of whipped cream, if you like) for a decadent dessert.
This classic recipe for dense candy- shop fudge will be an instant family favourite. It's essential to have an accurate candy thermometer, because if it's only a few degrees off, you may have difficulty getting the right texture.
Simple pantry ingredients make a flavourful sweet-and-sticky glaze for juicy chicken thighs. Feel free to use frozen broccoli for the couscous, if that's what you have on hand. (Psst, it's cheaper than fresh broccoli, and precut florets will cut down on prep time.)
Finding a breakfast that gives you a boost and keeps you going until lunch can be tricky. These whole grain waffles made with protein-rich Greek yogurt and topped with nutritious berries and more yogurt will start the day off right.
Three forms of maple add just the right amount of sweetness to these simple cookies. Maple sugar is available in the baking aisles of large grocery stores or in gourmet food shops. Use leftover maple sugar to flavour coffee and oatmeal or in place of white sugar in selected dessert recipes.
Oat flour has a mild, slightly sweet and nutty flavour that makes these pancakes a satisfying breakfast. Find oat flour in health food stores or make your own.
Canada, meet your new favourite cookie. We've done our country's iconic flavour justice by adding maple to the flaky cookie dough, then topping them off with a syrupy glaze.
These beautiful cookies make for an elegant holiday gift. Bake them in small batches, keeping a watchful eye so they don't brown too quickly. To achieve the delicate curved shape, drape the cookies over a rolling pin while still warm.
When you're at the deli counter, ask for the ham to be sliced slightly thicker than regular sandwich thickness. The chives tend to sink to the bottom of the crêpes, so roll them chive-side-out for a pretty presentation.
Maple syrup and maple-flavoured whisky liqueur bring a touch of Canada to this holiday classic. Individual turnovers make for easy entertaining. Freeze the unbaked turnovers and bake them straight from the freezer. If maple-flavoured whisky is unavailable, you can substitute brandy.
This indulgent maple-infused custard is made even sweeter by adding a seasonal buttery pear topping. To ensure that the custard is set in time for dessert, make the pots de creme well in advance of your guests' arrival.
This mild sauce is not only excellent for basting, but it's also delicious to serve at the table for dressing up any grilled mains. It pairs well with pork, chicken or fish.
Soaking walnuts in water overnight rids them of any bitter aftertaste. This butter may appear dry, but don't worry -- it is extremely smooth and creamy, and spreads very easily.
Mix it up by using a variety of white and dark meat so that they all get their favourite pieces. Be sure to cut chicken breasts in half crosswise, through the bone, to make them more similar in size to the thighs and drumsticks.
Slow-cooked then quickly finished on the grill, sweet and sticky glazed ribs are guaranteed to impress your guests. Pork side ribs are also called St. Louis–style ribs, but back ribs are equally delicious.
Grilling the salmon on water-soaked cedar planks infuses it with a delightfully smoky taste, plus the sauce gives it a golden glaze. If you can't do this outside, bake it on planks in a 425°F (220°C) oven for about 12 minutes.
A sticky maple syrup glaze on the pork makes these loaded fajitas slightly sweet and a favourite among kids. Save yourself some prep work by arranging the toppings on a platter and letting everyone assemble their own at the table.
The warm, heady spices of pumpkin pie shine through in this crisp, golden granola. If you close your eyes, it's kind of like eating pie for breakfast!
These wholesome cookies are great not only as an on-the-go breakfast but also as a midday snack. Dates are a source of protein and iron, giving you the energy you need to get through a busy day. And when puréed into paste form, they add natural sweetness and moisture to baked goods.
Make your own delectable custardy tarts instead of buying them. We've subbed in the very Canadian ingredient maple syrup for the more common corn syrup. Plus, we've included variations on the classic, with chocolate and pecans instead of raisins.
This twist on strawberry shortcake uses sweetened mini versions of bannock, a traditional aboriginal bread, in place of the usual biscuits. The maple-kissed toffee sauce adds an extra Canadian touch.
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In our October issue we talk about the benefits of incorporating Retinol into your skin-care regime. While you may experience anti-aging benefits of the over-the-counter vitamin A derivative, Dr. Gary Goldenberg, Medical Director of Dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York City, makes the case for going straight to a dermatologist for an anti-aging prescription.
The general consensus from skin-care professionals is that vitamin A is one of the best anti-aging treatments out there. But the difference between an over-the-counter retinol and a prescription retinoid can make or break your anti-aging approach to skin-care. So why choose a prescription? We spoke to Dr. Gary Goldenberg of the Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York City to find out.
Being monitored by a dermatologist is never a bad idea
“I think that using a vitamin A derivative is a good idea,” says Dr. Goldenberg, “but for people who seriously want to improve the appearance of their skin, they really should use a prescription retinoid.” This is partly because prescription treatments are monitored more closely because of the potential side effects of more potent ingredients. Vitamin A can cause local skin reactions, and have potential side effects for pregnant women, which your dermatologist will warn you about. Talking to a professional is never a bad idea when incorporating unfamiliar ingredients into you regime.
Pharmaceutical grade products are scientifically backed
For over the counter retinols, the highest percentage of vitamin A you can receive is 1 percent, which—while usually mild enough for sensitive skin—can be less effective. “You may as well use a prescription product,” says Dr. Goldenberg, “we have scientific proof that the product actually does something.” Not all over-the-counter treatments have been scientifically tested. Although many cosmetics companies do aesthetic tests (determining whether skin looks and feels better), they will not necessarily dig deeper (to see if wrinkles are being treated at a cellular level). Dr. Goldenberg recommends sticking with a regime for 6 months to see visible results.
Get more bang for your buck
Even over-the-counter retinols can be expensive. We’ve often shilled out money for “wonder products” that haven’t left us with any obvious results. “If there’s a product that you like because you like the way it makes your skin look and feel, by all means go ahead and use it,” says Dr. Goldenberg, “But if you’re expecting miracles from a product that is chock full of antioxidants you’re probably not going to get them.” If you’re spending time and money pursuing an anti-aging treatment, you should be getting the most effective treatment.