Asian-Style Turkey and Cabbage Noodle Soup
There are few things we love more than spending a cold afternoon in the kitchen, preparing a hearty soup. We've got all sorts of winter warmers, from noodle soups to creamy purees–all you need is some crusty bread for dunking.
Bold Asian flavours and thick, chewy udon noodles turn each bowl of this quick turkey soup into a meal that's as exciting as it is comforting. For a spicy kick, add a few dashes of sriracha.
Get the recipe: Asian-Style Turkey and Cabbage Noodle Soup
The light tomato broth in this soup is utterly delicious as is, but it really comes to life with the addition of creamy avocado, fragrant fresh cilantro, and crunchy radish slices and tortilla strips. Corn tortillas give this dish authentic Mexican flavour, but flour tortillas will work just as well if you have them on hand.
Get the recipe: Mexican Tortilla Soup
Rotisserie chicken adds a pleasant oven-roasted flavour to this soothing vegetable- and-noodle soup. It also cuts prep time dramatically.
Get the recipe: Spinach and Chicken Soup With Parmesan
Fennel seeds are milder in flavour when preground than when whole or freshly ground; if you're starting with whole seeds, grind them using a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder, and use only half the amount called for in the recipe.
Get the recipe: Tomato and Bean Soup with Crispy Bacon
Cheesy, creamy broccoli soup is a family-friendly dish that's a great way to get kids to eat their veggies. The crispy Cheddar croutons add a satisfying crunch. For a lighter finish, replace the sour cream with Greek yogurt.
Get the recipe: Broccoli Soup with Cheddar Croutons
This dish takes the rich flavours of beef Stroganoff and transforms them into an easy one-pot soup.
Get the recipe: Beef Stroganoff Soup
Warm up cool evenings by filling empty tummies with hearty soup. Sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese over top or add a handful of cooked noodles to make leftovers new again.
Get the recipe: Hearty Meatball and Fennel Soup
Roasting the cauliflower adds extra depth of flavour to this simple yet delicious soup. Don't be afraid to let the cauliflower turn a very deep golden colour (without burning it, of course)— the darker it is, the richer the roasted taste will be.
Get the recipe: Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Cheddar Crostini
At your next feast, start with gorgeous, personalized two-tone autumn soup. Pour our ruby red beet soup and zingy ginger-carrot soup into the same bowl. Then add a custom message with yogurt lettering.
Get the recipe: Two-Tone Root Vegetable Soup
We've packed all the flavours of your favourite comfort food casserole into a satisfying soup that comes together in a fraction of the time. Freeze any leftover tomato paste from the can in tablespoon-size portions for later use.
Get the recipe: Shepherd's Pie Soup
Warm spices add exotic flair to this veggie-packed soup. You'll find halloumi, a firm cheese that holds its shape when cooked, in the cheese aisle of many supermarkets or in Middle Eastern grocery stores. Serve it atop the soup as a decadent garnish.
Get the recipe: Tomato and Vegetable Soup With Halloumi
You can thaw and peel the shrimp while the soup is cooking, but to quickly get dinner on the table after work, prep the shrimp the night before. That way, you'll be able to throw them into the slow cooker when you get home and then sit down to a warm, soothing meal in less than 15 minutes.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Curry Coconut Shrimp Soup
If tomato soup is your favourite comfort food, you'll love this creamy homemade version. The rich texture and slightly acidic, herbaceous flavour far surpass anything you'd find in a can. Bonus: It's easy to make, especially if you have prepared tomato sauce on hand.
Get the recipe: Herbed Cream of Tomato Soup
If you can't find chanterelle or oyster mushrooms, use a mix of shiitake and cremini, which are more affordable and available year-round. For the creamiest texture, make sure to use an upright blender, rather than an immersion blender, to purée the soup.
Get the recipe: Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup with Herbed Bread Crumbs
On a cold, dreary day, there's no dish more soothing than a steaming bowl of chicken soup. In this one-pot version, we've poached the chicken in the savoury broth to intensify the chicken flavour and added a touch of cream for a velvety, rich consistency.
Get the recipe: Thick and Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
The best tuques, beanies and hats that will keep you stylish—and warm Image by: Free People
Keeping warm doesn't mean sacrificing style—even when it's just your winter hat.
Much like our other winter wear (boots, scarves, jackets), we really need our hats to keep us warm. That's priority number one. But, it helps when our head-topper picks are also stylish. Because when the weather gets cold—we're talking really, really, cold—you can't get away with ditching your tuque to save a good hair day. So you may as well find a tuque you love. One that's cute, trendy and reflects your personal sartorial tastes—and one that also happens to keep you warm.
Here are some of our favourite tuques of the season. Make sure to click through, because a lot of these styles are now on sale!
Ottawa 2017 hat, $38, roots.com.
Miss Selfridge badge beanie, $32, asos.com.
Icon shotting star beanie, $34, urbanoutfitters.com.
Merino Wool striped tuque, $35, gapcanada.ca.
Arborist Hockey toque, $30, drakegeneralstore.ca.
Two-tone knit tuque, $33, ae.com.
HBC stripe tuque, $60, thebay.com.
Leopard print beanie, $30, mango.com.
The North Face knit beanie, $32, sportinglife.ca.
Pull & Bear logo hat, $20, asos.com.
Knit beret, $37, freepeople.com.
Tna slouchy grey hat, $35, aritzia.com.
Redhot multi-colour stripe hat, $45, sportinglife.ca.
BCBGeneration Knit Tuque, $38, thebay.com.
Camo hat, $24, urbanoutfitters.com.
River Island embellished hat, $36, asos.com.
Neutral marled beanie, $30, gapcanada.ca.
Multi-coloured pom pom hat, $18, zara.com.
Rainbow stripe beanie, $50, freepeople.com.
Babaton ombre hat, $55, aritzia.com.
Kate Spade rosette hat, $78, thebay.com.
Looking to revamp your wardrobe? Now's the time to get shopping—everything's on sale!
We know the holiday season—and all the indulgence that goes with it—can take a serious hit on your bank account. But with the long stretch of sub-zero temperatures and blankets of snow ahead, it's nice to pick up a couple of new fashion items to keep you fresh. Our tip? The best bargains are surprisingly scored after the Boxing Day madness, so we went ahead and collected our top contenders to have you starting 2017 off right.
Wilfred Free skirt, $35 (from $85), aritzia.com.
L&L Relaxed Straight Denim, $24 (from $60), additionelle.com.
Wool blend coat, $80 (from $180), hm.com.
London Rebel mules, $56 (from $80), asos.com.
Suede shift dress, $15 (from $43), oldnavy.ca.
Velvet blazer, $50 (from $159), zara.com.
Marecchia boot, $50 (from $100), aldoshoes.com.
Sequin dress, $80 (from $180), eloquii.com.
Nude flounce top, $17 (from $25), forever21.com.
Utility cords, $40 (from $70), gapcanada.ca.
Plaid jacket, $129 (from $215), bananarepublic.ca.
Embroidered blouse, $30 (from $90), zara.com.
Classic flannel shirt, $9 (from $30), oldnavy.ca.
L&L Lace blouse, $16 (from $40), additionelle.com.
Minimum lace top, $52 (from $90), asos.com.
Fluffy coat, $90 (from $180), mango.com.
Textured stripe utility jacket, $60 (from $108), gapcanda.ca.
Wilfred dress, $85 (from $145), aritzia.com.
Faux leather knee-high boots, $37 (from $61), forever21.com.
Lace midi dress, $40 (from $90), zara.com.
Fluffy sweater, $30 (from $60), mango.com.
L&L Faux Shearling Coat, $84 (from $210), additionelle.com.
Merino wool sweater, $43 (from $85), bananarepublic.ca.
Photography by Stacy Van Berkel
The kitchen probably has the most traffic in your home, which means it can also be the messiest. Keep your counters and cabinets clutter-free with these clever storage ideas.
1. Looking good
Display your pretty serving pieces on open shelves and use decorative baskets to house the less attractive and infrequently used kitchen necessities (think small appliances and tools).
2. Mix it up
Varied storage keeps items of different sizes in their place: deep drawers for medium-to-large appliances, stacked shelving for wine bottles and shallow drawers for spices.
3. Within reach
Keep the items you need most, such as cereal and snacks, between waist and eye level, and move the rest of the goods up high or down low.
4. All access
A pull-out pantry allows you to see inventory at a glance and helps keep supplies organized so that nothing gets pushed to the back and out of view.
5. Now you see it
Cabinets that are tucked behind a sliding door will provide a functional space-saving solution to a typical pantry. This storage system can be built along an unused wall in a kitchen. Use it to conceal mismatched boxes, jars and canned goods.
The biggest advantage in a kitchen is accessibility, yet the most common blind spots I see are cabinet shelves that are too high and wasted space between shelves. Whether you've just moved in or you've settled into a kitchen, it's worth the time to adjust shelving to fit the contents and to lower shelves so you can reach what you need. After adjusting the height, you can often add an extra shelf to accommodate wide narrow items, like trays.
— Marie Potter, Professional Organizers in Canada, Vancouver