Jane Rodmell


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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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6 summer salads

Salads equal eating pleasure, particularly in summer at the cottage. They give us infinite variety—a quick, healthy, easily assembled lunch; a light supper; a side dish for a sandwich or grilled meats. They serve a full-scale...

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How to crisp crusts

Even when the cracker supply has been demolished, you need never be at a loss for suitable accompaniments for dips, spreads, or salsas. Watch these carefully while they’re baking; they’ll very quickly go from golden to...

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7 hearty breads & sandwiches

For the cottage cook, sandwiches have much to recommend them: They’re easy, quick, and adaptable. So well suited to casual meals, they can be served without cutlery, and usually without plates. The best cottage sandwiches, like...

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4 easy skewers

Need something easy to make and bring out to the dock for a large group of people? Try these quick and fun solutions: Gingered melon and prosciutto Cut a canteloupe or honeydew melon into bite-sized pieces. Toss with juice...

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Maple staples

Maple Butter Beat together 2 tbsp (30 ml) maple syrup, 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) soft butter, and 1⁄4 tsp (1 ml) cinnamon until fluffy. Serve on toast and scones. Maple cream Beat 3⁄4 cup (175 ml) whipping cream until soft...

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4 ways to thicken gravy

A rich turkey gravy made from good stock or the juice that collects in the roasting pan is, for many, the best side dish there is — the bridge that links all the flavours on the plate. Here are four ways to thicken it, excerpted...

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