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Serve Green Salad with Pear Dressing for Thanksgiving

Digging into the Thanksgiving Day feast is a joy, but preparing it takes work. This Green Salad with Pear Dressing is a simple but elegant first course, and it will take some of the stress out of the gig. And — bonus! — it’s lighter than the usual holiday recipe. How did we do it? …

Root Vegetable Gratin is tasty side dish for Thanksgiving

The side dishes on our annual Thanksgiving menu almost always include mashed potatoes and roasted root vegetables. This year I decided to change up the routine by combining the two, adding a little cream and topping off the hybrid with some crunch. It’s heartier that way and tastier, too. This recipe calls for a pound of turnips …

Serve Cornish hens instead of turkey for Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Day, why not follow presidential custom and grant your turkey a pardon? Sure, the big bird has always been at the centre of the traditional feast, but cooking it is almost always a headache. The problem is how long to cook it. Sometimes a 16-pound turkey is cooked to perfection in three hours …

Ginger Tea is a soothing drink

With the arrival of the cold-and-cough season, you may be thinking about cooking up a big batch of chicken soup as a cure for what ails us. I love the stuff, too, but I suggest you stock up on some fresh gingerroot instead. Ginger, of course, is one of the many flavours to be found …

Flexible Frittata is thick, satisfying omelet

What to do on a busy weeknight when you poke your head into the fridge and discover a variety of souvenirs left over from previous meals — including veggies, protein and starch? Just reach for a carton of eggs and turn the whole thing into a one-skillet meal. Leftovers? Not at all. The Flexible Frittata …

Pumpkin Coconut Squares are scrumptious treat for Halloween

Here’s a scrumptious treat for Halloween. It happens to be too delicate to give away to the trick-or-treaters, but it’s just right for y-o-u and your family and friends at a Halloween party or dinner. Preparing Pumpkin Coconut Squares takes some time, but it’s mostly waiting time, not hands-on time. This beauty is four layers …

Serve Butternut Squash & Leek Soup with Gruyere Pesto Toasts

As we head into the fall, our local markets are beginning to feature winter squash. Each variety has its charms, but one of the standouts is butternut squash. Like its brethren, it becomes creamy when cooked and pureed, with no need for cream or thickener. Flavor-wise, though, it wins. Most butternut squash recipes tell you, …

Five ingredient chicken wings are a crowd pleasing dinner

At the end of a long fall day — after dealing with all the seasonal demands of work and school — you don’t want making dinner to be a big deal. What’s called for is something that’s idiot-proof and crowd-pleasing. This recipe for Five-Ingredient Mexican-Style Chicken Wings presents us with everything that makes chicken delicious — skin, …

Sever egg rolls from the restaurant by making these at home

Who doesn’t love an egg roll? For generations it’s been Chinese cuisine’s No. 1 hit in America. And why not? They’re ubiquitous, they’re fried, they’re delicious, and you can eat them with your hands. Unfortunately, egg rolls are restaurant food. Making them at home can seem too daunting. First, there’s a ton of prep. Second, …

French Onion Soup Burgers are perfect entree for Labor Day

If you’re a fan of traditional French onion soup — and who isn’t? — you’re going to love this burger. It’s kitted out with all of the ingredients that make the soup such a treasure — tender, browned onions, beef broth, red wine, Gruyere cheese and French bread — and finally lathered up with mustard …

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