Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Credits: Jeff Coulson
Be the star of the show with our 11 ultimate potluck dishes.
These brownies are Food Director Annabelle Waugh's secret recipe and are sure to be a hit at any potluck! We now use it as our classic brownie recipe at Canadian Living. You'll see that they live up to their name.
Creamy and comforting? Check. Rich and delicious? Check. This simple, classic side has everything you could ever ask for in a potato gratin. We guarantee you'll make it again and again – and again!
We gave our classic caesar salad a nutrient boost by adding tender baby kale. Crunchy pumpernickel croutons and Parmesan crisps really put this salad above the rest.
Serve this saucy pulled pork as sandwiches piled high on buns, with bowls of garnishes, such as pickled jalapeños, sour cream, shredded cheese and thinly shredded red cabbage (or better yet, red cabbage slaw), and let guests build their own sandwiches.
This recipe can easily be left to simmer away in a slow cooker for eight hours before adding the chicken. It yields a large quantity of sauce that freezes well if you're feeding a smaller group. Serve over hot steamed basmati rice.
This version of potato salad has all the comfort of a fully loaded baked potato and can be made ahead of time so it's ready when you need it.
No one will be able to resist these flaky savoury sausage rolls. Make them in advance of any party and reheat in the oven before serving.
Vegetarians won't feel left out of the pot luck with these delicious bites and your meat-eating guests will appreciate them too.
Our foolproof 5-ingredient roasted garlic dip couldn't be simpler to make. Serve it with your favourite vegetables, or alongside festive Christmas Tree Veggie Tray.
I know what you're thinking: Who brings biscuits to a potluck? One bite of Mile-High Bacon Cheese Biscuits and the answer will be you! They combine easy-to-work-with dough and the layering technique of puff pastry. They're great at brunch with poached eggs, with soup or – my favourite – warm from the oven with a slice of tomato and shredded iceberg lettuce tucked inside. Instant BLT.
This twist on an Italian classic combines lightly spiced layers of creamy mascarpone cheese and citrus-flavoured ladyfinger cookies in an everyday baking dish that's perfect for a large crowd. Top with praline dust just before serving so that it keeps its crunch.
Instead of reaching for the phone, try these takeout recipes you can make at home.
Always check packaged food labels for gluten, including ketchup (Heinz is gluten-free), sriracha, fish sauce and broth (homemade stock is best – and safest).
Everyone needs a fried rice recipe in his or her repertoire, because it's great for using up leftovers.
Serve these burgers to people who don't like lentils and they'll soon be converted!
Sub in different vegetables depending on what you have in your crisper to make unique brown rice sushi.
East meets West in these tasty little bites. We've doubled up on the spring roll wrappers, which provides extra crunch and prevents the filling from bursting out.
This recipe can easily be left to simmer away in a slow cooker for eight hours before adding the chicken.
Roasting all but one of the garlic cloves pumps up flavour to the max without having the overpowering taste of raw cloves.
No need for messy, greasy deep-frying with these crunchy baked wings. They make a fun meal for two – just add some sliced baby cukes, carrots and cherry tomatoes for a crunchy, fresh side.
Put down that takeout menu! This healthy spin on beef and broccoli will leave you feeling full and guilt-free.
This Vietnamese favourite is easy to make and is just as suitable for a main course as it is for an appetizer.
The essence of this Vietnamese pho lies in the long-cooking, rich beef broth which forms the base of the soup - the slow cooker is the ultimate tool for the task.
Our foolproof dough delivers the most amazing pizza crust you'll ever taste. The long rising time results in a lovely texture and extra-rich flavour.
This twist on a takeout favourite is made with sautéed chicken instead of greasy fried beef.
There's no need to dial up dinner when you can make this takeout classic – better, cheaper and faster – at home.
Even kids who hate fish with devour these fish fingers, and our Sweet Potato Oven Fries provide enormous amounts of vitamins A and C.
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Learn how feng shui techniques can declutter your home and create positive space in your life.
Do you want to bring happiness, good fortune and wellness into your life this year? Turn to the positive energies of feng shui as your guide. The ancient Chinese art of living in harmony with your environment can help spruce up your home and simultaneously create balance and joy.
Bridget Saraka, the Saskatoon-based owner of Feng Shui by Bridget, says the practice offers life-changing benefits. "Feng shui is about creating a space that's not only pleasing to your eye, but also pleasing to all your senses, so that your home supports and enriches your life," she says. "How we live has a profound impact on what our experiences will be. When you apply feng shui principles to your home, you can attract a great new year."
If your home is cluttered, dimly lit and has poorly arranged furniture, feng shui principles state that your life will be filled with obstacles and present few opportunities for growth. As a result, your job, relationships, finances and health can become stagnant. By making a few small changes, you can revitalize your space and your life. Here are six simple tips to get started:
1. Make your front door visible to receive blessings
In feng shui, a hard-to-read house number or a blocked walkway to a door will prevent positive energy from entering the home. "Have an address that's easy to see from the street and a path from your front door into your home that isn't cluttered with obstacles," says Saraka. "If the universe can't find you, how can fortunate blessings find you?"
2. Add colour for good health
Taupes and other neutral colours are popular in home decor, but they might contribute to low moods and energy levels during Canada's long, dark winters. "They're the wrong colour palate for Canadians because many of us suffer from seasonal affective disorder," says Saraka. From a feng shui perspective, these colours absorb the winter light, leaving Canadians feeling depressed and directionless.
To boost health and energy, start by painting your walls. "Choose a colour that's warm yet still reflects light – soft yellows, soft greens – colours that give a feeling of the sun and nature," says Saraka. "Green makes all colours pop, plus it's about life, vitality, growth and new vibrations." If you can't afford to paint, use colourful accessories—accent pillows, throws, live flowers, lighting in dark corners—to ignite powerful energy shifts in your home. "It's the easiest and most affordable way to do it," says Saraka.
3. Edit your belongings
Clear the bad vibes that accompany clutter. "Go through your home with a keen eye to what no longer serves you. If you haven't worn or used it within a year, donate it," says Saraka. "If it's broken and you're not going to repair it, remove it from the space. This editing practice opens up your home so you have room to experience a new chapter." Items that hold upsetting memories should be removed, too.
4. Let indoor plants and water bring prosperity
¨Want to attract wealth this year? Bring plants and a water fountain into your home. "Jade plants and fountains are symbols that represent wealth and finance in feng shui," says Saraka. Your health may also benefit from plants and flowers inside the home. "They purify the air," says Saraka, "And as you nurture the plant, you're nurturing yourself."
5. Position furniture for safety
If you don't feel safe and comfortable in your home, your furniture placement might be to blame. "Feng shui is first and foremost about comfort and safety," says Saraka. "Make sure that the largest piece of furniture in any room is in a position where you can see the door. If the sofa or head of the bed is against the same wall as the door, you can't see who is coming in. This creates a sense of vulnerability."
6. Use essential oils to attain happiness
Essential oils can help clear negative energy and add happy vibes to your home. "Put distilled water in a spritzer bottle, add three to six droplets of oil, and then spritz the air," says Saraka. If someone has been ill, Saraka recommends a blend of frankincense and cinnamon. ¨"To infuse a space with joy, use rose and orange essential oils. Rose is about love. Orange is about joy. So you're infusing joyful love into your space." Essential oils can be purchased from most health-food stores.
For more feng shui tips, check out how you can declutter your car.
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From serious fringe to embroidered leather, there's no denying that '70s rock-star style influenced all things fashionable this fall. Whether you embraced the trends the first time around or it's all-new territory, here's how to interpret these retro styles in a modern way.
Photography by Raina + Wilson | Hair and makeup by Olivia Colacci/Benefit/JudyInc.com | Shot on location at Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre in Calgary
With the band
Dip your feet into rock-star style with a moto jacket. This season's update comes in anything but black (we adore this rich midnight blue), with plenty of embroidered detailing. Pull our all the stops with a hint of lace and a dose of red, the colour of rock royalty.
Faux-leather jacket, $158, shop.guess.ca. Lace tank top, $40, and earrings, hm.com/ca. Blouse, $95, bananarepublic.ca. Pants, $45, oldnavy.ca.
Twist and shout
Move and shake your way into the fringe trend with a playful swishy skirt. Think less Zelda Fitzgerald doing the Charleston and more Tina Turner performing—like a boss—in something glittering. FOr a modern touch, pair it with a simple T-shirt and a denim jacket, then top the look off with a wide-brimmed hat with an eye-catching accent, such as a leather band or a velvet strip.
Denim jacket, $196, and hat, esprit.com. Bodysuit, $25, dynamite.ca. Sequinned skirt, $834, jcrew.com. Necklace, bracelet and ring, bananarepublic.ca. Boots, hm.com/ca.
She's got the moves like...
You can thank Mick Jagger for the popularity of dandy-esque cravats and wildly printed scarves. Add a flamboyant flair to your everyday jacket-and-blouse combo by donning a patterned scarf. Intensify the rock-star edge with a vivid velvet blazer and slacks in a windowpane plaid.
Velvet blazer, $215, and brooch, bananarepublic.ca. Button-down blouse, $70, hm.com/ca. Pants, $175, scotch-soda.com. Drake's London for J. Crew scarf, $85, jcrew.com.
This season, David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust persona—in all its colourful and sparkling glory—inspired scored of designers, resulting in unique trouser silhouettes, chunky-soled boots and sequins galore. Rather than going full-on glam rock, try elements like a star-speckled blouse with a pair of leather culottes.
Sheer blouse, $145, scotch-soda.com. Faux-leather culottes, $79, shop.guess.ca. Earrings and rings, bananarepublic.ca. Boots, hm.com/ca.
Pretty in punk
This ensemble tempers the roughness of punk with the prettiness of the ballet. Embrace mixing and matching prints and replace classic metal studs with pearls and cutouts with a tulle-covered skirt. The clashing motifs are a cohesive duo because the colours are the same: black and white—and chic all over!
Sweater, $60, gapcanada.ca. Skirt, $510, marc-cain.com. Earrings, bananarepublic.ca. Michael Michael Kors shoes, michaelkors.ca.
After a brief hiatus, leopard has returned, prowling across countless catwalks this season. In its latest incarnation, the dimensions have gone from micro to macro and come in every hue imaginable, from realistic to our-of-this-world colour combinations.
Sweater, $39, and skirt, $34, joefresh.com. Headphones, wearefrends.com. Necklaces, bananarepublic.ca.
Worn casually with jeans or a fanciful frock, a shag coat (or, in out shoot, cardigan) truly embodies the rock-star esthetic. For a modern update, pair this fuzzy topper with an elegant blouse and skinny trousers—steer clear of flared bottoms or it will look costumey.
Cardigan, $199, winners.ca. Satin blouse, $85, earrings and ring, bananrepublic.ca. Pants, $45, oldnavy.ca. Boots, calitspring.com.