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A few quick tips that will help you create a beautiful artisanal cheese board that will wow a crowd.
From coast to coast, Canadians are making some seriously world-class cheese.
Hit up your local cheese shop and get to know our country’s offerings, then showcase your favourites on an artisanal cheese board that reflects your style and taste.
The ideal cheese board should include three or four types of cheese: hard, semi-firm, soft and blue.
To please many tastes, consider including both cow’s and goat’s milk cheeses.
Add dried fruit, such as cranberries and apricots, as well as fresh figs, sliced pears and a selection of good quality crackers and crusty bread.
Check out our tips for creating an impressive charcuterie board.
The DIYers on your list will find endless inspiration in This Can Be Beautiful by Tiffany Pratt.
All just a click away, these creative ideas will make shopping for any DIY and craft lovers on your list a cinch.
Great for last minute shoppers, this easy, illustrated polar bear pattern and instruction booklet downloads instantly after purchase. Use the handy shopping list to gather supplies you'll need to bring your polar bear to life.
Polar bear sewing pattern, $6, Little Softie Shop.
This stylish denim and leather case has a spot for favourite needles, circulars and everything else needed to knit or crochet.
Knitting needle case, $58, Jesabelle.
This kit has all the materials needed to make and sew a yummy donut felt pin cushion.
Donut sewing kit, $11, etsy.ca.
Each pouch in this crafty advent calendar contains a miniskein of hand-dyed merino yarn and a printed sentiment or tip.
Limited edition yarn advent calendar, $79, purlin-js.myshopify.com.
Thanks to caster wheels, a foam lining and adjustable side straps, this durable trolley will transport a sewing machine safely and smoothly.
Sew Easy ABS sewing machine trolley, $130, fabricville.com.
Perfect for the crafty gal on your list, HGTV star and designer Tiffany Pratt’s new book is packed with 45 creative and straightforward projects for home, wardrobe, beauty routine, travel style and more.
This Can Be Beautiful by Tiffany Pratt, $25, tonicliving.com.
Great for quickly creating tags for gifts and crafts, this tag maker punches heavier materials than standard punches.
Fiskars tag maker, $40, amazon.ca.
Pair this Canadian-made magnetic bookmark with a crochet book and your shopping for your favourite crocheter is done!
Crochet yarn ball magnetic bookmark, $6, craftedvan.com.
A modern take on vintage-style projects, this book teaches the basics of weaving with useful information on basic stitches, tools needed and even how to make your own looms.
On the Loom: a Modern Weaver’s Guide, $30, indigo.ca.
Compact enough to take on the go, this kit includes instructions to make scarves, hats, blankets and more.
Martha Stewart Crafts Lion Brand yarn knit and weave loom kit, $70, fabricville.com.
The seamstress on your list will love this pink enamel sewing machine pin!
Sewing machine pin, $16, cityofindustryshop.com
Kick-off the festivities with these recipes for crowd-pleasing apps.
These sweet-tangy pastries are ideal for easy holiday entertaining.
Get the recipe: Apple and Canadian Blue Cheese Tartlets with Icewine Glaze
While the dip is cooling, slice up a fresh baguette and some crudités for dipping.
Get the recipe: Bubbly Bacon and Butternut Dip
We're bringing back the cheese ball with these bite-size versions of the retro party snack.
Get the recipe: Mini Cheese Balls
This baked one-pan version of rösti is our secret to feeding a crowd without spending the evening in front of the stove.
Get the recipe: Crispy Salmon-Topped Rösti Squares
Serve these bite-size fresh mozzarella balls with toasted baguette slices.
Get the recipe: Lemon Pepper Bocconcini
Store-bought pickled beets make a super quick and tasty garnish.
Get the recipe: Smoked Cheddar Pancakes with Pickled Beets
It doesn't get more retro than cheese fondue, and this twist on the classic Swiss recipe offers a hit of Calvados at the end.
Get the recipe: Beer and Cheese Fondue Dip
Topped with crispy golden panko bread crumbs, these jalapeños are full of satisfying spicy flavour.
Get the recipe: Crispy Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeños
These cute individual-size pies are delicious served either hot, as an elegant starter with a salad, or cold, eaten out of hand with a little HP sauce.
Get the recipe: Mini Leek and Bacon Pies
Serve these veggie patties warm or at room temperature with a dollop of sour cream or our Chunky Applesauce.
Get the recipe: Mini Potato Zucchini Latkes
Sausage rolls are a sure hit at cocktail parties.
Get the recipe: Sausage Rolls with Honey Mustard Dip
With a perfect balance of creamy, spicy, sweet and savoury, we guarantee there will be no leftovers.
Get the recipe: Savoury Cheddar Cheesecake Spread
Serve this rich, creamy spread at room temperature with crackers or toast points.
Get the recipe: Wild Mushroom Pâté
Bring a little bit of Asian flair to the dinner table with this elegant recipe for spring rolls.
Get the recipe: Shrimp Spring Rolls and Yin Yang Marinated Vegetables
Move over, plain old french fries! Try an array of root vegetables served with our Chive Mayo dip.
Get the recipe: Rainbow Root Fries with Chive Mayo
Everyone will be reaching for these tasty sliders.
Get the recipe: Lazy Cheeseburger Sliders
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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