If you’ve never tried kale raw in a salad, try it in this fruit-and-nut salad. Balsamic condiment, pine nuts and pecorino give it an Italian feel. The recipe easily doubles for a crowd, perfect for a holiday meal.
Fresh & Crispy Kale Salad
Chorizo Corn Bread Stuffing
Do not crumble corn bread too finely for this stuffing; 1-inch (2.5 cm) chunks work best. If using to stuff a turkey, stuff loosely and roast until a thermometer inserted in centre of stuffing reads 165°F (74°C). You can bake any remaining stuffing in a separate dish.
Mediterranean Green Bean Toss
Tender-crisp green beans spiked with capers and olives make a quick and tasty side dish to turkey or whatever else may be roasting in the oven.
Silky Smooth Pumpkin Pie
Whether you love it or hate it, at least a handful of dinner guests at Thanksgiving will expect pumpkin pie for dessert. Give the people what they want with this perfectly-spiced, creamy version. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.
Butter tarts are a Canadian classic. How to make them more Canadian? Why, add a little maple syrup! If your family does not like raisins, leave them out- buttertarts are equally delicious without them.
Apple Cranberry Crisp
We added cranberries for a tart twist to a cool-weather classic. No need to thaw the cranberries first- they easily cut in half. You can serve crisp warm or at room temperature, making it a good make-ahead dessert for the holiday meal. Serve with vanilla ice cream for an extra-special treat.
Don’t be intimidated by making your own pie crusts- keep this basic recipe in your recipe files. It perfectly fits a 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate, without trimming away extra dough- simply tuck the extra underneath for double thickness at the edge. If your circle is less than perfectly round, you can trim one side after fitting it into pie plate and add to opposite side. If using for a savoury pie, such as tourtiere, omit the sugar.
Bourbon Maple Pecan Pie
Canadians love pecan pie, a southern specialty. We’ve added a good amount of maple syrup for some local flavour. Heavenly, but heavy! Make when you have guests to share it with.
Herbed White Bean Soup
Herb and roasted garlic flavours give a lift to this warming soup. A perfect accompaniment to roasted poultry, or add bread and salad for a simple meal.
Scalloped One Potato, Two Potato
Scalloped potatoes are an all-time favourite. Sweet and white potatoes combine in this update of a dish that’s usually high in fat. We used stock instead of cream to reduce the fat.