Canadian Living recipes get a lot of love online and we've rounded up 25 of our most-searched recipes, from beef stew and lasagna to pancakes and carrot cake. And the list wouldn't be complete with our #1 recipe of all time: classic scalloped potatoes!
With a nice hint of garlic, these potatoes are a delicious addition to any meal and are much lighter than those with a cream-laden gratin. To slice them easily, cut a little piece off the bottom of each potato to stabilize it on the cutting board. Serve with your favourite baked fish or chicken.
This classic warm-you-up stew becomes even more comforting when made with well-marbled pot roast rather than the usual stewing beef. The fat melts slowly as it cooks, tenderizing the beef into juicy melt-in-your-mouth morsels. A slow finish in the oven gives the stew its rich, hearty texture.
Serve this saucy pulled pork as sandwiches: piled high on buns, with bowls of garnishes, such as pickled jalapenos, sour cream, shredded cheese and thinly shredded red cabbage (or better yet, red cabbage slaw), and let guests build their own sandwiches.
Our most popular recipe ever! This moist carrot cake is welcome at birthdays, weddings, reunions and all special occasions.
These wings can get sticky as they bake, so line your baking sheet with greased nonstick foil or parchment paper for easy turning.
Whether runny or firm, with raisins or nuts, butter tarts are treats that never go out of style. Because any sugar filling that overflows the pastry hardens quickly and sticks to the pan, be sure to remove the tarts as directed. Or count on family members to hang around the kitchen waiting to eat the tarts that stick and break.
Weeknight entertaining is a breeze when you put your slow cooker to work! Adding a bit of flour to the sauce at the end of cooking turns it into a rich gravy to serve alongside the roast. Green peas and mashed sweet potatoes make great accompaniments to this hearty cold-weather dish.
If comfort food is what you're after, nothing beats a generous helping of creamy, oozy mac and cheese. This recipe is the yummiest version – and the only one you'll ever need.
The decadent pie crust and the perfect touch of cinnamon in this recipe are evidence that you will make this pie more than once in your lifetime.
Lasagna is the go-to meal that feeds a crowd and leaves everyone asking for seconds. We have many different lasagnas in our repertoire, but this one is classic in its simplicity.
Simple aromatic herbs lend gentle flavour to the meat, and a butter rub makes the skin crisp and golden.
Fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, these potatoes truly deserve their “ultimate” status. Duck fat is the key to their rich flavour, but you can customize the taste by switching up the type of fat.
A splash of vanilla and a small pat of butter are the secret ingredients in these decadent, fluffy pancakes.
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.
Chock-full of a variety of seafood, fish and vegetables, this rich soup is inspired by a similar chowder served at the Masstown Market, near Truro, N.S.
The traditional (and indulgent) toppings of crispy crumbled bacon and sour cream really bring these perogies to life.
The aroma of baking banana bread is enough to drive just about anyone wild with anticipation. Our best version delivers on all counts. It's moist, buttery, sweet and chockfull of banana flavour.
Inspired by sunny Italy, our flavourful chicken cacciatore is rich with herbs and spices that are both healthy and savoury. Whether it's served over pasta or on its own, this Italian dish is sure to please your taste buds.
This recipe combines the snap and the melt-in-your-mouth qualities we've come to love in shortbread.
This classic salad is traditionally assembled in front of patrons at fine-dining restaurants.
This traditional pea soup is the ultimate in Quebec-style comfort food.
These brownies have become The Test Kitchen's secret weapon for parties, showers, gifts and other occasions. The combination of rich dark chocolate and a subtle crunch from chopped toffee bars is what makes them the best brownies you'll ever make.
This simple pork tenderloin is a healthy spin on everyone's favourite Greek culinary staple: souvlaki. We've swapped sweet potatoes for the traditional white potatoes and added other colourful veggies to boost the nutrient content.
If the stomach is indeed the way to a loved one's heart, then this ultra-decadent chocolate cake is sure to seal the deal. Just as easy and versatile as a cake mix— but way more moist and delicious—it's a recipe you'll want to make again and again.
Pull this mildly seasoned, comforting chili together in minutes. It's loaded with veggies and lean protein—perfect for growing minds and bodies.
Photography by Carlyle Routh
We asked six of the biggest names in the nail world to dish on the must-have mani of the season. Here’s what they had to day about hot hues, cool effects and what’s inspiring them now.
Among the fashion industry and celebrity elite, Tom Bachik is one of North America’s most sought-after “man”-icurists. The southern California native spent his early years skateboarding and competing on the BMX circuit, but that all changed when his wife got pregnant and he needed to find a job that would provide for this growing family—fast. A hairstylist cousin suggested he get his manicure licence, so he did, thinking it would be a short-term solution. Then, Bachik realized he was good. Twenty years later, he’s an industry icon, repping L’Oreal as the company’s global nail designer and spokesperson, and regularly working with such stars as Jennifer Lopez, Anne Hathaway and Blake Lively.
This season, Bachik is feeling vampy, opulent tones. “Think ‘90s fashion, where dark, rich tones were no longer considered goth,” he says. “We’re going back to that kind of regal colour family.” Bachik notes that it’s not just that lacquers are darker but also that colours are more saturated, so they look deep and lush. When it comes to nail art, he’s inspired by bold stripes, geometric shapes and texture. “I think dry brushing is a cool look,” he says. “It gives you that textured, layered effect, like a tweed jacket.”
Pro tip: “To get the dry brushing effect, wipe off the excess polish; I use a piece of paper to wipe each side of the brush. The key is putting a small amount of pressure on the tipoff the brush, almost holding the brush straight up and down. All the little tips of the hairs on the brush are depositing colour, so you’re almost getting a splash of colour going across.”
Tom’s colour crushes
L’Oreal Paris Le Vernis a L’Huille by Colour Riche in Bleu Royal and Greige Amoureux, $10 each, lorealparis.com.
Checkerboard prints, geometric motifs and kaleidoscope shapes are some of Madeline Poole’s kooky—yet very cool—signature manicures. The New York resident and Sally Hansen global colour ambassador is one of the most talented and recognized nail artists in the industry: Her work has been spotted in magazines, at Fashion Weeks and on the digits of celebrities.
This fall, Poole feels nostalgic for the classics, such as rich navy, energetic orange and a whole spectrum of greys, from heather to charcoal. But her top tip is Sally Hanson Colour Therapy in Unwine’d: “It’s deep enough to feel burgundy while still reading like a rich red,” she says.
The look she created here melds two trends: semicircles and a futuristic French manicure. “Both of these trends also look great on their own—and the semicircle at the tip is quite easy to recreate at home.”
Madeline’s colour crushes
Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Steely Serene and Unwine’d, $13 each, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Prim, not proper
She lives, breathes and dreams nail polish, which explains why Leeanne Colley is one of Canada’s top manicurists. Her work has graced the hands of some of the world’s hottest celebrities and supermodels at Fashion Weeks in New York and Toronto, and her talent has been featured in countless magazines.
In her home base of Toronto, Colley is best known for her to-die-for nail-art skills and her award-winning salon, a manicure hot spot for editors, influencers and loyal clients.
Her “it” mani for the season was inspired by a dress from the Alexander McQueen Fall 2016 show. “I often follow what’s happening on the runways for inspiration,” says Colley. “Both fashion and beauty inspire each other.”
Leeanne’s colour crushes
CND Vinylux Weekly Polish System in Black Pool, $12.50 and CND Creative Play Nail Lacquer in Blush on U, $8.50, cnd.com.
Revlon’s been in the nail game since 1932, but it was only this year that the company added a global nail authority to its team: Instagram-famous Los Angeles manicurist Chelsea King. The self-proclaimed “former tomboy” discovered her affinity for nail polish when her mom ordered a mandatory manicure for her senior prom. It was love at first swipe. As for her first enamel purchase? “It was actually a Revlon colour—a mint green,” says King. “I thought it was so unique.”
Though King usually favours darker lacquers for fall, this autumn she’s fallen for warm metallic with a twist: a matte topcoat. “It looks very interesting; it’s a finish you wouldn’t expect,” she says. As for length, King is a proponent of short nails. If you have petite nails, stay away from square tips. “Rounded nails, following your natural shape, can help elongate short nail beds.”
Chelsea’s colour crushes
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in Jackpot and Lucky Us, $9, Revlon.ca.
Rita Remark takes the cake for being one of the most beloved nail artists in the industry. It could be because this sunny Canadian is friendly, warm and engaging, but what it really comes down to is her passion for nail polish.
In 2013, polish powerhouse Essie took note of Remark’s handiwork and hired her as its lead artist in Canada. After Remark hones her skills and showcased high-impact designs in editorials and at Fashion Weeks, the Essie higher-ups recognized her talents, giving her the impressive title of global lead educator in 2015.
“Beautiful but a little bit tough,” is how Remark described this matte-meets-metallic marbleized mani, inspired by the look she created for Helder Diego at this past Toronto Fashion Week. “For a long time, we’ve been doing clean, graphic nail art,” she says, “But there’s something about this look that puts the art in nail art.”
To get the look, Remark applied a hunter-green base colour, then, when it was still wet, she splashed a few small drops of white enamel over top. Remark then applied plastic wrap and peeled it off quickly to create the smoky pattern. She used a matte topcoat for a stone-like effect and painted on gold veins with a detail brush. “It shouldn’t be symmetrical. It’s good if one nail has a little more gold.”
Rita’s colour crushes
Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Wrap Party, $14, and Essie Nail Polish in Fifth Avenue, $10, essie.ca.
If anyone understands the importance of keeping you nails on point, it’s Melissa Forrest. The Toronto-based manicurist has been in the industry for 20-plus years, working with everyone from major beauty brands to come of Canada’s top magazines.
“Fall colours typically help to bring our eyes to a more demure palette,” says Forrest. But this season, she feels the enamel shades are becoming earthier and more decadent. As for nail art, she says decked-out digits are still going strong, especially bold and linear designs. “I’m a big fan of ‘60s fashion, which translates to black, white and precise graphics.”
Melissa’s colour crushes
QUO by Orly Color Amp’d Flexible Color in Stadium Way, $11, and Quo by Orly Instant Artist in White, $5, shoppersdrugmart.ca.
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Blended families are more common than ever, representing close to 13 percent of Canadian households. But you can say buh-bye to those Brady Bunch clichés—successfully combining two families into one unit can be complicated. Here's how three different couples made it work.
The team players: The Posner-Goldman family
Their blend: Melissa Posner has two children from a previous marriage, Adam, 6, and Ella, 4. Since she met Mitchell Goldman in September 2012, they have had their own daughter, Marlowe, 3, and moved in together. The older kids also spend two weekends each month with their biological father.
Their story: Melissa and Mitchell had instant chemistry. On their first date, they shared a sense of humour and felt like they had known each other forever. Still, they took their time incorporating Mitchell into Adam's and Ella's lives. "After about six months of dating, I invited Mitchell to meet the kids," says Melissa. "We would have hot chocolate or ice cream together. We chose a neutral place or a fun activity so there was no pressure or expectation on anyone's part."
These days, the kids call him Mitchy Daddy or Daddy. But it's been a big adjustment for the couple—especially for Mitchell, who went from zero kids to three. They see a blended-family specialist for help ensuring that the older children feel on par with the toddler and to foster equality when it comes to parenting and decision-making. "Counselling has really given us a chance to communicate and raise any issues that come up," says Melissa. Rebecca Murray, a marital and family therapist and director of the Montreal Therapy Centre, approves. "Seeing a therapist is a great way to get the tools and coping mechanisms parents need to blend successfully," she says.
Therapy was especially helpful for Mitchell. "As a new stepfather, it was difficult to judge whether the kids accepted me and to know what role I'd play in their lives," he says. As their relationship evolved, it became important to include him in decisions, rules and discipline. "This involved a new layer of change for us, and sometimes that process was forgotten, which made me feel like a bystander," he says. Now, Melissa consults with him on everything from the kids' gymnastics schedule to family vacations, a practice they discussed in therapy.
To make them feel special, the older children were each given roles to help feed or change baby Marlowe. They also get to have fun big-kid outings, such as bike rides with Mitchell to McDonald's on weekends. Plus, Mitchell makes spending time with Adam and Ella a priority, often giving them breakfast, driving them to school and attending their hockey games and swimming lessons. "It's something he wanted to do naturally," says Melissa. "He's an excellent father."
The takeaway: It's all about inclusion. "I like how Mitchell is involved in family decisions and not made to feel like an outsider," says Murray. "Treating all of the kids equally is important, too. Children are really in tune to fairness, justice and injustice. If the older kids perceive the biological child is being treated differently, they will act out."
The empty nesters: The Munn-Jurgens family
Their blend: Andrew Munn, 58, and his children, Elizabeth, 24, and Henley, 22, are now a family with Anna Jurgens, 54, and her kids, Sandy, 27, Robyn, 24, and Geoffrey, 22. The couple moved into Anna's house a year ago, and they are now building a three-bedroom home nearby where their grown children can gather for visits home and for holidays. Their story: Andrew and Anna lived on the same street for 12 years before they became romantically involved. They started as neighbours coping with divorce and raising children, then they became friends who enjoyed activities like biking together. Eventually, it became something more. By the time Anna and Andrew moved in together, after five years of dating, their children had already spread out across the country for school and work.
"I guess we avoided some potential issues that younger blended families can experience, as our kids were adults when we got together," says Anna. "But we had other issues with raising them as single parents as well."
Andrew's kids were just two and four when their parents separated in 1996, and they had to adjust to alternating weeks with their mom and dad. Anna's were 12, 10 and seven when she separated in 2002. Andrew and Anna both found single parenthood exhausting and lonely. They worried about how their divorces affected their children and wondered if they would find love and happiness again. When sparks finally flew between them, their children were happy.
"It's easier when kids are grown and out of the house," says Murray. "It could have less of an impact on the kids' day-to-day lives, and adult children are more likely to be understanding and accepting of their parents' new relationship."
Plus, there was no pressure for the older children to bond with each other. "We never expected them to act like brothers and sisters or be best friends," says Andrew. "You can't push grown children to have relationships; we had to accept that and know it was OK. Luckily for us, they all get along." The takeaway: Even if grown children are protective of their parents, feelings are less likely to be as intense or emotionally charged. "Just because you love your partner doesn't mean the whole family will get along," says Murray. "To be able to ask for respect is important, even if there isn't a relationship and closeness."
The communicators: The Gourley-Sims family
Their blend: Aliesha Gourley, 34, and her three kids, Broc, 13, Payge, 10, and Josh, 8, moved in with her partner, Jason Sims, 41, and his two kids, Jayden, 11, and Jaxson, 9. While Aliesha has a joint-custody arrangement with her ex, Jason sees his kids only twice a month.
Their story: Things moved fast for these old friends who reconnected on Facebook after splitting from their partners. After five months of dating, Aliesha and Jason introduced the kids to one another. They quickly realized how expensive it was to maintain two homes and decided it would make more financial sense if they lived together. In February 2014, less than a year after they began dating, they rented a house fit for their five kids. But chaos reigned early on, while the couple struggled to find common ground when it came to disciplining the children.
It takes time for the step-parent to grow into a more parental role, says Murray, and children may push back during the transition, saying things like, "I don't have to listen to you—you're not my mom!"
This is exactly what Aliesha and Jason encountered. "My kids know my tone—even the look on my face—and will behave as soon as they hear it," says Aliesha. "But Jason is a Disney dad; he doesn't discipline his kids because he wants them to enjoy their time together. They would get away with unacceptable behaviour, so I eventually had to pull him aside and tell him he had to discipline them."
After many arguments over how to treat their kids fairly and give them the appropriate attention, they realized they should be able to speak openly about parenting beliefs. "Now, we communicate about what strategy to use," says Aliesha. "We talk about what happened and we try to deal with our own kids—not each other's—because it's easier and it's what works for us." All of the children understand they will be treated equally.
"It sounds like Jason and Aliesha are doing well in terms of communication," says Murray. "Blending families and raising kids can put a lot of strain on a relationship, so it's important to be able to turn to your partner for support and to preserve the strength of the couple's relationship."
The takeaway: "It's always advisable to let the biological parent take the lead with parenting and disciplining their own kids," says Murray. "Kids are less likely to resent it coming from their own mom or dad, especially if the kids are older when the couple gets together."
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