Happy Hol­i­days!

Canadian Living - Holiday Entertaining - - Contents -

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!

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