Wednesday, December 17, 2014


NEW YEAR’S EVE: Recipes for slow candied bacon and winter orchard Scotch

Not everything for New Year’s Eve needs to be fussy, bubbly or frilly. It’s OK to ring in 2015 with something richer, smokier and deliciously darker.

Sweet and delicious, fudge a perfect treat to make during holidays

LONDON, Ont. — The story goes that fudge was “invented” in the U.S. in the 1880s when someone trying to make another type of candy misjudged the temperature and took it off the stove too soon. They liked the soft, smooth confection that resulted and fudge — and the saying “oh, fudge!” meaning “oops” — were born.

Chef behind bustling farm operation turns sights to helping home cooks

LONGMONT, Colo. — It was the first deep freeze of the season in Colorado, snow thick underfoot and the temperature in the single digits, when Eric Skokan accidentally left a 35-pound bag of onions in the car.

One-pot wonder: Entertain with fondue for a fun and festive party

TORONTO — When company comes calling unexpectedly, pull out the fondue pot, melt together a few ingredients and you can put together an impromptu and festive dinner with little effort.
Chef Corbin Tomaszeski calls the communal-style dining “easy and uncomplicated and inexpensive. You can put whatever you want on a fork and dip it in fondue.”
It’s also nostalgic.

Fondue trio: Chocolate with raspberry or peanut butter and jam, cheddar-jalapeno

Fondue is perfect for easy entertaining during the holidays, says chef Corbin Tomaszeski.

Edible gifts: Pretty marshmallows, glamorous vanilla vodka, biscotti

Making edible gifts for family and friends is easy to do, plus you always know the ingredients they contain.

CHRISTMAS DESSERT: Recipe for Christmas gingerbread trifle

Gingerbread is such an iconic flavour — and aroma — of Christmas, yet it can be a letdown as a dessert for the big day.

CHRISTMAS BRUNCH: Recipe for sweet potato and salmon hash bake

Sure, you could do pancakes or muffins, just as you have so many years before. But maybe this year you should consider stepping up your Christmas brunch offerings. Maybe this year you should consider a baked hash made from sweet potatoes and Yukon golds topped with smoked salmon, poached eggs and — to be a little decadent — caviar.

Lobster three ways: Deviled eggs, cucumber crostini and skewers with tenderloin

While delicious at any time of the year, lobster is ideal to feature during holiday entertaining because it is so versatile.
Matt Dean Pettit, author of “The Great Lobster Cookbook: From Claw to Tail,” suggests creating canapes or skewers featuring lobster.

CHRISTMAS DINNER: Go Italian with lobster manicotti fra diavolo

A robust Italian dinner feels just about right for Christmas. It’s rich and comforting and — particularly in the case of our lobster manicotti — decadent without being fussy.

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