Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Canadian Living Best Recipes Ever

Canadian Living Best Recipes Ever
Tested-Till-Perfect Recipes from the Hit Show

Written by the Canadian Living Test Kitchen
Paperback, 352 pages

Canadian Living Magazine is a Canadian Institution. For over 35 years, the magazine has brought us information about family, style, health and, most importantly, food! They even have a television show on CBC, Best Recipes Ever.

This new book by the same name brings us the tested-till-perfect fan favourites, designed for today's busy lifestyles.

The pages are bright and glossy, with lots of colourful photos and tons of tips and optional variations on the recipes.

Chapters include:
Beat the Clock
Meat-Lover Mains
Around the World
Lighten Up
Party Fare
Eggs and Brunch
Family, Friends and Fun

In our KitchenPuppy test kitchen, we had the delight of whipping up:

I like to have what I call a "fridge salad" on hand. Something that is easy to access for intermittent healthy snacking and lunchbox filing.This Quinoa Barley Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette is nutty and chewy and satisfying and bursting with nutrition - the perfect healthy salad to have on hand.

Baked Egg Rolls! These are awesome, and can be assembled way ahead of time so that you look like a culinary genius when you pop them in and out of the oven. There's even a recipe for Chinese Plum Sauce to go with it!

Mmm, Cheesy Broccoli Baked Potatoes!!! Need I say more? Maybe I should say it slowly - c-h-e-e-s-e and b-r-o-c-c-o-l-i and p-o-t-a-t-o-e-s and, wait for it... b-a-c-o-n! Yup, this one is a family-pleaser to be sure, and a meal on its own. I love how the broccoli and mashed spud innards become part of the cheese sauce. I saved a bit of this liquid gold of lumpiness to put on my eggs the next day. Delicious!

And if you read my sidebars you know that I make bran muffins (for healthy tummies!) a couple of times a week. I was excited to try Canadian Living's Cranberry Flax Muffins, which had the triple goodness of whole wheat, flax and bran, livened up with sweet dried cranberries. Perfect!

We really enjoyed cooking up Best Recipes Ever for you this week. It is well thought out, well presented, and bursting with delicious dishes for every occasion. A definite hit!