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hol­i­days are over, there is a de­cid­edly slower pace to our re­main­ing win­ter week­ends. The over­whelm­ing de­sire to stay in­side makes them ideal for tack­ling a project or try­ing some­thing new, spread­ing it out over a cou­ple of leisurely days. It also makes stay­ing in your PJs all day much more ac­cept­able be­cause you will have proof of your labours with some­thing to show for it at the end

This is­sue is full of ideas with just those types of week­end in mind. If you’re keen to be on-trend, how about learn­ing the art of smok­ing? In Smoke Sig­nals on page 52, Christo­pher

St. Onge presents a soup, a main, two desserts and a cock­tail to help get you started. Judg­ing by the num­ber of web­sites, blogs, Face­book and In­sta­gram posts, sourdough is an ob­ses­sion, and one that you can mas­ter— check out our “starter to fin­ish” guide on page 77 for ex­pert tips and ad­vice. Prep­ping any of our Sun­day Suppers on page 35 is a re­ward­ing way to spend the day, with ev­ery­one pitch­ing in to help and re­viv­ing the tradition of tech­nol­ogy-free fam­ily din­ners.

While we’re all en­joy­ing the great in­doors, our Cana­dian ath­letes are gear­ing up for the Win­ter Olympics. If you’re get­ting the gang to­gether for a view­ing party, our Korean menu on page 46 (com­plete with cock­tails and beer) is the ideal feast to serve, es­pe­cially if you di­vide it up and make it a potluck. Of course there are lots of other sports in play at this time of year, from the Su­per Bowl to Spring Train­ing—with hockey and bas­ket­ball in be­tween. We’ve got recipes for what­ever your view­ing plea­sure might be in Fan Fare on page 65.

As win­ter drags on through Fe­bru­ary, shake o the dol­drums by try­ing some­thing new. If you love gin in the sum­mer, our warm gin cock­tails on page 23 are cer­tainly worth a try. Tahini is an in­gre­di­ent you’ve likely heard and won­dered about; sam­ple it in both sweet and savoury recipes start­ing on page 29. Or con­sider any of Char­lene Rooke’s New Rules of Wine on page 58. They are all about a much more ca­sual, laid-back ap­proach that’s per­fect for this time of year.

What­ever project, pas­time or ex­per­i­ment you choose, we hope you en­joy the is­sue and the sea­son. See you in the spring!

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