The flurry of activity in the kitchen during the holiday season is akin to the Olympics of home cooking. With an endless stream of gatherings with friends, family and colleagues, your oven and stovetop (and you!) are lucky to get a few minutes of peace and quiet in between entertaining at home and prepping for potlucks and cookie exchanges. While it may all seem daunting, there’s a reason we do this cook-a-thon year after year: We secretly love it. There’s comfort in the tradition of rolling out buttery pastry with Bing Crosby crooning in the background, and sheer joy in watching kids’ eyes light up when they’re given the freedom to decorate their very own festive cookies. There’s also that moment of pride when you place your flawlessly cooked turkey on a table surrounded by your favourite people. But no matter how confident you are in the kitchen, everyone could use a little help when planning holiday menus. In this special issue, we’ve included more than 100 of our best holiday recipes, both savoury and sweet, to guide you through preholiday get-togethers, Christmas meals and New Year’s parties. Looking for treats you can make ahead and stash in your freezer? Turn to page 5. Need a show-stopping roast to wow guests? You’ll love the standing rib beauty on page 64 (it’s easier to make than it looks!). We’ve also teamed up with Canadian Living’s Home & Garden director, Sarah Gunn, to give you plenty of inspiration for gifting your baked goodies, plus making a great impression with DIY decor. Enjoy!