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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
Beat 3⁄4 cup (175 ml) whipping cream until soft...
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...
New pantry staples
New: Penne, orzo, rice noodles
Old: Long-grain white rice
New: Basmati rice, long-grain brown rice, short-grain rice, couscous, quinoa, kasha, wheat berries
Beans and legumes
Turkey tips and cooking time
Basic turkey talk
At least a week ahead, confirm your dinner guests, plan the menu, and order the turkey (if using a fresh bird). Purchase turkey parts to make stock for gravy, prepare the stock, and freeze.
Allow about 1...
Grilling techniques for large birds
If you’re using a charcoal grill, have more charcoal or briquettes on hand than you think you’ll need — a full 10 lb (4.5 kg) bag to be safe. If you’re cooking on a gas grill, be sure to check your propane...