Double-Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake<br>Photography by Jeff Coulson Credits: Double-Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake<br>Photography by Jeff Coulson
Roast Turkey With Nutty Stuffing</br>Photography by Jeff Coulson/TC Media Credits: Roast Turkey With Nutty Stuffing</br>Photography by Jeff Coulson/TC Media
1. Remember to thaw: If the turkey is frozen, it will take at least a few days to thaw in the fridge. Never thaw a turkey at room temperature.
2. Use a large roasting pan: The roasting pan should be large enough that the turkey does not touch the sides and ideally should have a few inches of room around it.
This helps for better air flow and even cooking. Just make sure the pan (and turkey) actually fits in your oven.
3. Don't stuff: Filling the turkey cavity with stuffing increases the cooking time, which can lead to a dryer bird. Besides, my favourite part of the stuffing is the crispy bits, which you can only get if the stuffing bakes separate from the bird.
Pop the "stuffing" into a casserole dish and into the oven while the turkey is resting. Click here for downloadable information on turkey roasting times.
4. Don't tie your turkey: Tying the turkey is just a waste of your valuable time.
Tying the legs together (or going all out and trussing the whole bird – tying snugly with kitchen twine so the wings and legs stay close to the body) does make for a nice presentation, but it increases cooking time. We suggest leaving the legs as is, and tucking the wings under the breast so they don't burn.
5. 325°F all the way: 325°F is the perfect temperature for roasting a turkey. It's not too hot that the bird will burn before it's done, and not too cool that the turkey takes forever. Some recipes start at a higher temperature and then reduce to 300 or 325°F, but if you don't get the timing right, the turkey might get too dark.
Cooking at 325°F the whole time yields a nicely browned and still juicy turkey.
6. Baste often: Basting the turkey while roasting helps to develop a nice overall colour as well as keeps it juicy. We recommend basting every 30 or 45 minutes. Use a turkey baster to suck of the juices from the pan (or use a pastry brush or spoon) and drizzle the juices over the top of the turkey. Sometimes the juices can accumulate in the cavity of the turkey. Carefully tip the turkey so the juices run out and there is something to baste with.
7. Tent with foil: If the turkey is getting too browned before it's cooked, cover loosely with a piece of foil. This will limit the browning while the turkey continues cooking.
8. Use a thermometer: Just because the turkey looks cooked, doesn't mean it is cooked. The only way of ensuring it's done is to use a thermometer. We like a digital instant-read thermometer because it gives the most accurate reading. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the breast, if it reads 170°F, then the bird is cooked.
9. Let it rest: Once the turkey comes out of the oven, let it rest on the counter, loosely covered in foil for at least 30 minutes. This will let the juices redistribute and cool the turkey down a bit so it is not too hot to eat. Also, this gives to time to finish the side dishes and make the gravy. Just be sure to add the resting to the total time and time everything accordingly.
10. Carve in the kitchen: Although a beautifully presented bird brought to the dining table is the idealized picture of Thanksgiving, I always carve the turkey in the kitchen. Carving a turkey can be a messy job. Doing it in the kitchen means less mess, and less stress at the dining table. Start by removing the legs and thighs (remove the bone and cut up the thigh meat), cut away each breast from the bone and slice.
Check out these tips on how to have the best Thanksgiving ever.
Lemony Red Pepper and Asparagus Pasta Salad <br> Photography by Joe Kim Credits: Lemony Red Pepper and Asparagus Pasta Salad <br> Photography by Joe Kim
Planning a picnic or family barbecue anytime soon? Give yourself one less thing to worry about and go for one of our easy pasta salad recipes. It's sure to be a hit!
Pasta salads are great to make ahead, and are absolute tops for large groups. They also take the cake for being an extremely versatile dish – with a host of added ingredients, toppings and dressings, simple pasta salads can go from humble side to star entrée in no time.
We asked Test Kitchen food specialist Amanda Barnier to share some top tips for preparing pasta salads, and why they're a crowd favourite. Here's what she had to share:
Pasta salads: the perfect make-ahead dish
"Pasta salads can easily be prepped in advance and can feed a crowd with little effort," Amanda says. "It can be made in advance and cooled immediately after cooking."
One important tip to remember, she adds, is to "add dressing the day it's being served, because it will quickly absorb the dressing."
Pasta salad favourites
"I like using cheese filled tortellini for a hearty salad. Soba and rice noodles are great with Asian dressings, whole grain and coloured pastas," Amanda says.
How to store pasta salads
"Keep salads well wrapped and refrigerated," she says. "Salad has the same storage life as its ingredients. Seafood is best eaten within 2 days, and chicken (within) 2 to 3 days. If traveling, be sure to store pasta salads in coolers packed with lots of ice."
"Proteins should not be within 4 C and 60 C for longer than a four hour period," she adds.
The long and short of it: best pasta shapes
"Short shapes are best with vinaigrettes and creamy dressings, and chunky ingredients such as chopped vegetables and beans," Amanda says.
"Long pasta shapes are better used with thinly sliced vegetables, proteins, herbs, spices and vinaigrettes."
Tips for making pasta salad
"If making a pasta salad in advance, rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process and drain well," she advises. "Add dressing just prior to serving. Pasta quickly absorbs liquids; if the dressing is added too soon, the pasta will absorb it."
So whether you prefer chunky pasta salads with a cool, creamy dressing perfect for summer picnics, or entrée-worthy pasta salads with long rice noodles and a tangy vinaigrette, you're sure to find a new favourite with from our collection.
Easy pasta salad recipes:
Lemony Red Pepper and Asparagus Pasta Salad
A bright vinaigrette makes this pasta salad the ultimate dish to serve at any summer party.
Photography by Joe Kim
Mediterranean Orzo Salad
This salad highlights many fresh flavours of the Mediterranean and is at its best when made with good-quality olive oil.
Photography by Jeff Coulson
The Best Macaroni Salad
This is a great keeper salad and perfect for a picnic or BBQ. Just make sure you pack it with plenty of ice packs to keep it nice and cold, both during transportation and at the table.
Photography by Annabelle Waugh
Chicken, Broccoli and Bocconcini Pasta Salad
Make this pasta salad for the whole family—the kids will love the mild dressing and round bocconcini cheese, while the adults will appreciate it as a light alternative to a sandwich.
Photography by Jeff Coulson
More great pasta salad recipes:
Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad
This salad is simple to assemble for a quick family meal.
Warm Spinach and Ham Pasta Salad
Dressed with Dijon mustard and white wine vinegar, this penne pasta salad is a winner topped with goat cheese and cherry tomatoes.
Winter Vegetable Pasta Salad
Cook everything together in one pot for this easy warm salad.
Pea, Pepper and Pasta Salad
This make-ahead salad is perfect for toting to a potluck barbecue or picnic. Toss the salad with the dressing right before serving so the peas stay bright green.
Summer Pasta Salad
Serve this light summery salad with crispy, homemade Parmesan Breadsticks.
Mediterranean Fusilli Salad
Fresh basil, hearty beans, piquant sun-dried tomatoes and al dente pasta make the perfect summer salad.
Warm Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Salad
The dressing lends a taste of summer any time of year. The red peppers provide vitamins A and C and potassium. Quick and easy to make, this salad is perfect to take to a last-minute potluck or picnic.
Grilled Sausage, Pepper and Bocconcini Pasta Salad
This delicious pasta salad is made with tasty Italian sausage and lots of colourful peppers.
Bow-Tie Pasta Salad
This easy, colourful salad has the sunny fresh tastes of Greece.
Tuna Pasta Salad
Using tuna packed in both oil and broth means you'll need less oil in the dressing.
Salmon Pasta Salad
Start with melon wedges to whet your appetite for this quick and light dinner.
Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad
Grilled market-fresh veggies meet marinated olives and artichokes in this healthy dish made with whole wheat rotini. So chock full with taste and texture, carnivores won't complain about this vegetarian dish.
Party Parmesan Pasta Salad
Try this hearty salad studded with salami, olives, tiny tomatoes, roasted pepper and fresh basil.
Smoked Salmon Pasta Salad
This easy tasty pasta salad is loaded with calcium. Omit the banana peppers if your child is not a fan of hot food.
Deli Pasta Salad
Add 1-1/4 cups (300 mL) extra pasta to the pot at dinner the night before to have enough for this lunchtime salad the next day.
Sirloin Steak with Green Bean Pasta Salad
Sirloin steaks paired with green beans and tomatoes make this salad a hearty entrée.
Looking for more great recipes? Try our best potato salad recipes.
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It wouldn't be fall without a few delicious pumpkin recipes. Here are our very favourite ones.
Transform leftover pumpkin puree into a speedy five-ingredient dessert that's sure to become your full-fledged fall obsession.
Get the recipe: No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake For Two
This twist on an Italian classic combines lightly spiced layers of creamy mascarpone cheese and citrus-flavored ladyfinger cookies in an everyday baking dish.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Praline Tiramisu
This stunning layer cake will make an extraordinary ending to any Thanksgiving meal.
Get the recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Layer Cake with Chocolate Icing
Can't decide between cheese cake or pumpkin pie? Treat yourself to the best of both worlds with these fabulous pumpkin cheesecake squares.
Get the recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Pie Squares
This classic pie uses sugar, or pie, pumpkins, which are abundant in the fall.
Get the recipe : Fresh Pumpkin Pie
A classic mouse can be fussy to prepare properly, but our no cook method uses a food processor to whip pumpkin, yogurt and cream into a silky-smooth (and foolproof!) treat.
Get the recipe : Pumpkin Amaretti Mousse
A gingersnap cookie crust, spiced pumpkin cheesecake filling and whipped cream cloud topping make this heavenly fall dessert absolutely irresistible.
Get the recipe : Pumpkin Cheesecake With White Chocolate Almond Bark
Taking a bite into one of these soft, moist cookies is like eating the top of a pumpkin cupcake.
Get the recipe : Spiced Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing
Draining pumpkin puree maximizes its flavour, eliminates excess water and makes a thick, luxurious filling.
Get the recipe : Classic Pumpkin Pie with Yogurt Whipped Cream
Calling all ginger lovers! This festive cake deliciously covers ginger from every angle, from fresh to ground to the pièce de résistance-attractive crystallized ginger garnish.
Get the recipe : Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake with Caramel Sauce
Pumpkin purée keeps these cute cakes moist and gives them rich flavour.
Get the recipe: Mini Pumpkin Cakes
Gooey sticky buns are perfect for a crowd on a cozy holiday morning.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Sticky Buns
Studded with chocolate chips and crystallized ginger, this moist marbled loaf makes the best fall-flavoured afternoon treat.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Loaf
These single-serving-size pumpkin pies are a fun and easy-to-assemble take on the classic Thanksgiving dessert.
Get the recipe: Mini Pumpkin Tarts
A brown butter spread gives flaky spiced pumpkin scones nutty flavour and an extra touch of sweetness.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Scones with Whipped Brown Butter Icing
The warm, heady spices of pumpkin pie shines through in this crisp, golden granola.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Pie Granola
Pumpkin is a common ingredient in Thai cooking. Pie pumpkins are not always available in grocery stores throughout the year, but butternut squash makes a great alternative.
Get the recipe: Thai Pumpkin Coconut Soup
Using a blender to mix the milk and chocolate gives this indulgent drink a lovely frothy texture.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate
If you think fall is synonymous with pumpkin pies and spiced lattes, this recipe will be your go-to all season long.
Get the recipe : Fresh Pumpkin Purée
Adding amaretti cookies to the creamy mascarpone filling gives this rolled cake a welcome crunch.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin and White Chocolate Bûche de Noël