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Essential spices for summer barbecuing
At the beginning of the season, restock your cool, dark, and dry cottage pantry with fresh spices—old, flavourless back-of-the-cupboard spices have no business touching the meat you’re going to lovingly smoke for several...
Tips and tricks for cooking with chiles
Poblano: Thick, green to red smoky-sweet flesh, ideal for stuffing. Dried, it’s an ancho.
New Mexico, Anaheim: Two similar, narrow chiles with smooth green to red flesh.
Cubanelle: Yellow-green, thin flesh....
Delightful dried fruit recipes
The pantry I grew up with always had jars of dark raisins, golden sultanas, and tiny currants for baking, and dried figs, apricots, apples, and prunes for breakfast cereals and desserts. Today, bulk food markets offer all the...
Every year the Thanksgiving turkey dominates the conversation. It demands to be noticed, what with its oversized roasting pan and long cooking time. What the cottage cook can have fun with instead are the side dishes, the...
Eggs are an easy and versatile food that can be served at any meal. There are hundreds of ways to cook eggs—we've picked out the basics that everyone should know.
A good general rule, with only a few exceptions, is to cook...
Who can deny the versatility of an egg? Eggs are a staple of breakfasts and baked goods, the basis of foods from the hearty omelet to the delicate meringue. How well do you know your egg facts? Read on for your primer on...
8 winter harvest recipes
We think of late autumn and early winter as a time to wind down and cocoon as long nights and cold, brittle days approach. Colourful summer fare, grilled and eaten outdoors, is past us now, and if we’re honest, we’ve had...
5 harvest recipes
The trip to the cottage takes longer at this time of year. It’s not the traffic—it’s that there are simply too many enticing stops along the way. I just can’t drive past the stands at the farmers’ gates, piled high with...
5 BBQ roasts
Don’t pass by the large cuts of meat next time you cruise the butcher’s counter looking for ideas to feed the family or a group of friends at the cottage. Cooked on the barbecue with simple seasoning and a hint of smoke, a...
10 great board-gaming snacks
No matter what time of day, at the cottage there’s always a game afoot. Die-hard poker players bluff until sun-up, Risk and Monopoly masters strategize all afternoon, charades and Pictionary fiends get creative through warm...