Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Make it Tonight

Canadian Living: Make It Tonight
Delicious, no-fuss dinner solutions for every cook 
Updated Edition
by Canadian Living Test Kitchen
Paperback, 240 pages

One of the best, and healthiest things you can do for yourself and your family is to make your own food. I know, not everyone has time to spend hours in the kitchen, or even one hour in the kitchen. Help is on its way.

Canadian Living Magazine, Canada's number one lifestyle magazine, has come out with an updated version of their 2007 classic, Make it Tonight. It features 55 new recipes as well as the fan-favourite Tested Till Perfect fare. Lots of full-coloured photos and handy tips make the book lively and easy to follow.

Make it Tonight is perfect for the beginner to intermediate cook, and those with busy lifestyles who still want to get a good dinner on the table.

Ingenious cooking methods and timetables make feeding your family a snap. Make it Tonight!

Chapters Include:

1. Make It Tonight…in 15 to 20 Minutes
2. Make It Tonight…in 30 Minutes
3. Make It Tonight…with Five or So Ingredients
4. Make It Tonight…in One Pot
5. Make It Tonight…from the Pantry
6. Make It Tonight…in the Toaster Oven
7. Make It Tonight…in the Slow Cooker
8. Make It Tonight…and Freeze for Later
9. Make It Tonight…on the Barbecue
10. Make It Tonight…for Company
11. Make It Tonight…Breakfast for Dinner
12. Make It Tonight…Side Dishes and Salads
13. Make It Tonight…Sweets and Treats

In our KitchenPuppy test kitchen, we whipped up:

Blueberry Streusel Muffins from the Sweets and Treats chapter. Canadians are huge blueberry fans, especially the ones in my house. And if there is a crunchy, sweet topping on those cakey muffins? All the better!

And the Herbed Feta Dip from the For Company chapter. Simple to whip up, this creamy dip is just perfect for crudités to go with your grilled dinner or to serve up for appies and snacks. It'll take you longer to venture out into your herb garden for the oregano and parsley than it will to make this delicious dip.

And, because I can't help but get a little bready.. I baked up this Simple Soda Bread from the Breakfast for Dinner chapter. Soda bread falls in the category of quick bread as it doesn't require yeast and rising times. Bake this wholesome loaf, cleverly seasoned with caraway and currants, in under an hour!

And of course it's grill season, so we fired up these delicious Grilled Pork Chops with Apple Rings from the On the Barbecue chapter.
Sweet, smokey spices are rubbed on the chops and grilled to perfection. Accenting the dish is grilled apple rings, brushed with maple syrup. Delicious!

Last but not least, and carrying on with our apple theme, we had the Baked Apples with Figs and Almonds for dessert last night, with a dollop of creamy yogurt on top. I am a huge fan of baked apples, and also find that it is a great way to use up any apples that are starting to soften. This recipe has an almost granola-ish filling set off beautifully with some Amaretto.