LCBO Food & Drink Holiday 2022
Welcome to the Holiday 2022 issue of LCBO Food & Drink.
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Ingredients • 750 mL red wine • 125 mL brandy • 3 tbsp sugar
• ½ cup cranberries • 1 orange - sliced • 1 apple - cored and sliced • 3 cinnamon sticks • 4 star anise • 2 rosemary sprigs
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Things are a little di erent here in California,
that’s for sure. But the Holiday spirit, that’s
universal. We have so much to be thankful for
and so many reasons to celebrate. Happily,
there are California wines for every occasion,
milestone and moment.
BERINGER KNIGHTS VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
LA CREMA SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR
MEIOMI CABERNET SAUVIGNON
JOSH CELLARS CABERNET SAUVIGNON from November 7 to 27, 2022 $19.95 now $17.95
from November 7 to 27, 2022 $34.95 now $31.95
$46.95 LCBO 352583
Release on Nov 19th, Vintages LCBO.
Wine Enthusiast American Winery of the Year
Three times awarded Top 100 Winery of the Year by Wine Spectator
93 pts Robert Parker
Round and juicy, our Cabernet Sauvignon has flavours of blackberry, toasted hazelnut and baking spice, complemented by hints of vanilla and toasted oak.
Aromas of fresh boysenberry, blackberry, and cassis, alongside dark berry fruit notes of fig, black cherry cola, and currants. Lively and well-balanced with vibrant acidity, chewy tannins, and a long, smooth, satisfying finish.
Meiomi Cabernet Sauvignon is made with grapes from esteemed coastal winegrowing regions. This California Cabernet Sauvignon features aromas of dark berries with plush, velvety, full flavour.
Aromas of blackberry, cherry, and leather, with flavors of raspberry and boysenberry on the palate. Subtle hints of espresso and cocoa round out the fine tannins and balanced acidity on the long finish.
Certified Napa Green Winery
7 DEADLY ZINS OLD VINE ZINFANDEL
2020 SAND POINT CHARDONNAY
THREE THIEVES CABERNET SAUVIGNON
$24.95 now $21.95 from Nov 28 to Jan 1
$15.95 now $13.95 from Nov 28 to Jan 1
90 pts Wine Enthusiast
The wine is infused with French and American oak, which beautifully complements the dark berry, black currant and cherry flavours, lending hints of warm spice and vanilla. Sustainable / vegan
Layered with smooth tropical fruit and mellow oak notes, our Chardonnay is both a sustainable sipper and holiday crowd favourite.
Heaps of jammy berry fruit are followed by aromas of leather, oak and spice notes. The palate is layered, showing flavours of dark fruits, currants and to ee
through a lingering spice-touched finish
Sustainably Certified – Lodi Rules & CSWA
Look for this logo for wines crafted sustainably from 85% or more grapes from certified sustainable vineyards.
Product of California
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The perfect balance
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HOLIDAY 2022 Contents
Features 124 GUEST STARS
How to be the most popular guest? Bring one of these
dishes to the party! BY MICHELLE RABIN 132 CENTRE STAGE
Mocktails so good you won’t notice what you’re missing! BY MARCELLA D I LONARDO 138 HOOKED ON CLASSICS Timeless festive recipes with ideal matches and year round changeups. BY MONDA ROSENBERG AND JAMES CHATTO 146 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT From Martinis to dessert—a deluxe menu for New Year’s Eve. BY ERIC VELLEND 154 BUBBLES BY THE SEA Pair the perfect sparkling wines with an array of sophisticated
seafood appetizers. BY ESHUN MOTT AND DICK SNYDER 160 THE SWEET SPOT
BY JAMES CHATTO 124
Old glories—sweet and fortified wines are making a comeback.
ON THE COVER Celebration Croquembouche, page 233
Photography by Maya Visnyei
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MAYA VISNYEI
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In Every Issue
Side Notes Spectacular side
Inside Scoop The latest bits, bites and sips to keep you in the know. BY ERIC VELLEND
dishes that may very well steal the show. BY IRENE MATYS Festive Sippers Drink your dessert— cocktails insired by
favourite holiday treats. BY MARCELLA D I LONARDO
A Splash of Cognac A chocolate tart that is full of the festive spirit. BY MICHAEL ELLIOTT
Taste of the Tropics A range of recipes that showcase the look and
flavour of coconut. BY MIRANDA KEYES
Lift Your Spirits Master the fine art of pairing cheese with spirits. BY TONIA WILSON- VUKSANOVIC Cheap and Cheerful Festive recipes that won’t break the bank. BY MICHELLE LUCAS LARVING Well Stocked Stock your bar—and find your house wines—with an eye to good value. BY CHARLENE ROOKE AND ERIC VELLEND Sweet Exchanges Giftable goodies to share with friends this season. BY MICHELLE LUCAS LARVING A Beginner’s Guide to Scotch Expert advice to help select a bottle with confidence. BY VICTORIA WALSH
Oh, Snap! Versatile ginger lies at the root of sweet and savoury delights. BY ERIC VELLEND Higher Standards Top-shelf cocktails call for the finest spirits in the bar. BY CHARLENE ROOKE Dumplings 101 Master homemade dumplings with our step-by-step guide. BY CHRISTOPHER ST. ONGE
Brews Worthy Seasonal beers to stock up on with snacks to
serve alongside. BY JESSE VALLINS
Pulling Focus Nothing tastes as good as pull-apart breads straight from the oven. BY VICTORIA WALSH No Matter the Occasion Host and hostess gifts for every seasonal celebration. BY MICHELE SPONAGLE
Just Desserts A little liqueur makes a simple dessert unforgettable. BY JESSICA HURAS
PHOTOGRAPHY BY (LEFT) DARREN KEMPER; (RIGHT) ROB FIOCCA
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CONTRIBUTORS Roberto Caruso, James Chatto, Marcella DiLonardo, Michael Elliott, Lindsay Guscott, Christine Hanlon, Jessica Huras, Darren Kemper, Miranda Keyes, Michelle Lucas Larving, Catherine MacFadyen, Irene Matys, Andrea McCrindle, Eshun Mott, Vincent Noguchi, Jim Norton, Michelle Rabin, Charlene Rooke, Monda Rosenberg, Shelly Shnier, Christine Sismondo, Dick Snyder, David Sparshott, Christopher St. Onge, Michele Sponagle, Ronald Tsang, James Tse, Jesse Vallins, Eric Vellend, Maya Visnyei, Victoria Walsh, Tonia Wilson-Vuksanovic, Genevieve Wiseman
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SEASONAL SPINS Give classic recipes a tasty twist
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From our President & CEO
Dear Friends, As we start preparing for the holidays, it’s hard to believe that the end of the year is in sight. This is the season when we take a moment to reflect on the last 12 months and look optimistically towards what lies ahead. And of course, it’s also a time when many of us gather to celebrate with our friends and loved ones. Our team works very hard to make it easy for you to find the right products to mark your celebrations and choose the perfect gifts for the adults in your life. In fact, we start working with our trade partners 12 months in advance to plan our holiday products. It is a collaborative process designed to provide you, our customers, with innovative products and gifts for the holiday season. This year, you can look forward to new holiday flavours in your favourite seasonal products, local craft beer and cider gift packs, sparkling wine and spirit advent calendars and premium product sampler kits, to name just a few possibilities. Be sure to check out the full gifting catalogue at LCBO.com or in your local LCBO store. And if you still can’t decide what to purchase, a gift card remains an easy option that will please even the most discerning wine, beer or spirit aficionado on your list. We would love to hear your feedback on our gifting offerings, so I encourage you to complete our “voice of the customer” survey found on the back of your LCBO receipt. Don’t forget, you also benefit when you shop with your Aeroplan card at the LCBO over the holidays. When you purchase a product on bonus between November 6 and 26, you will be entered into a contest for a chance to win Air Canada flights. If you’re shopping online, make sure to check out our one-day mega Aeroplan promotion on December 7, with great offers to help with all your gifting needs. So while you are completing your holiday gift list, you’re also getting closer to earning the next vacation, gadget or LCBO gift card of your own. For those looking to simplify the shopping process, we continue to offer convenient ways to shop with us at LCBO.com, including Home Delivery in 2 to 5 business days, Deliver to Store in 5 to 14 days and Same-Day Pickup within 2 hours—now available at more than 370 stores across the province. As we approach the end of the year, we also take stock of the ways we have given back to the communities in
which we live and work—not to mention our plans for the future. Together with our customers and industry partners, the LCBO is making a meaningful impact and helping to create a more sustainable Ontario. I am filled with pride to share that in the recent fiscal year we transferred a $2.55 billion dividend to the Government of Ontario which helps fund key local and provincial public programs and services including health care, education and infrastructure, and we raised more than $16 million in charitable donations to support the health and well-being of Ontario’s diverse communities. I invite you to learn more about the work we do for the good of Ontario through the Spirit of Sustainability platform (between pages 120 and 121) and donate in-store between December 1 and 31 to raise money for Children’s Health. On behalf of the LCBO, I hope you have a happy and safe holiday season. And please remember that if you are drinking these holidays, do not drive. Do your part to keep our roads safe for everyone.
GEORGE SOLEAS President & CEO, LCBO
PHOTOGRAPH BY JAMES TSE
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Celebrate the Season!
Whether it’s just one big event or several gatherings spread over the month of December, getting together with family and friends is an irrefutable part of the holiday season. Even if you’re not hosting, you’ll likely be asked to (happily) contribute in some way, and we hope this issue will help guide you down the path for choosing just the right dish or drink to serve or bring, whatever the occasion. First, we turn your attention to “Guest Stars” on page 124. When you are asked to bring something to a party, it’s usually a starter, side or dessert—or a drink. We asked Michelle Rabin to reimagine those courses in unique and flavourful ways that are sure to get you invited back. Focusing solely on side dishes, Irene Matys takes those to impressive new heights, starting on page 53—you’ll never serve microwaved veggies again. If you’d like to host a holiday dinner party but don’t feel confident in your cooking skills, “Hooked on Classics” (page 138) presents six festive dishes that will lay the foundation of
on page 219 has unique ideas for a range of seasonal celebrations. If there is any time of year where you dust off the baking equipment, it’s the holidays—and we say go ahead and indulge! Starting with four new recipes for your baking swaps on page 105, this issue has something for every level of experience and taste preference. There’s a budget-friendly chocolate fudge cake on page 92, an oh-so-trendy Basque Cheesecake flavoured with ginger on page 188, a snowy white take on an Australian Lamington cake full of the flavour of coconut on page 73, and, last but not least, a decadent Chocolate Cognac Tart on page 248 that makes for a grand finale at any feast. On behalf of the Food & Drink team, we wish you a safe, happy and delicious holiday season—please don’t forget to tag us in your celebrations!
your recipe repertoire and are also worthy of seasonal change-ups all year long. Or, better yet, spread the work around with friends to tackle the New Year’s Eve menu on page 146. If you’re not cooking, make an impression by gifting or serving something decidedly festive and special. In “The Sweet Spot” on page 160, James Chatto suggests just the right sweet wine to share with friends whether it be for starters or dessert. A festive cocktail is a great way to greet your guests; you’ll find drinks with the same beloved flavours as holiday treats on page 63, top-shelf cocktails for a touch of decadence on page 191, and five new mocktails starting on page 132 that look as delicious as they taste. For gifts, turn to our “Beginner’s Guide to Scotch” on page 115 for expert advice on how to choose a bottle; and for host gifts, “No Matter the Occasion”
From long-awaited reunions and festive feasts to some quiet time by the fire, each and every holiday moment is worth toasting. If you’re looking for a special gift to celebrate time spent with family and friends, look no further than the LCBO. It’s the destination for gifts that are at the heart of any occasion.
JODY DUNN Editor, LCBO Food & Drink
PHOTOGRAPH BY JAMES TSE
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FOR THE HOST WITH THE MOST The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
Glowing like a bottle of old gold, The Glenlivet 12 Year Old is crafted to impress—and it does, as the most award-winning expression in the portfolio. Over the course of 12 meticulous years, Master Distiller Alan Winchester guides this single malt through a combination of cask types, resulting in a complex, elegant, and balanced Scotch whisky. Though the bottle deserves pride of place in any collector’s cabinet, it’s made for holiday sharing with notes of ripe citrus and winter spice, and a comforting toffee aroma.
NEXT-LEVEL GIFTING If the holidays have you feeling extra generous, consider surprising the discerning whisky drinker in your life and upping the stakes with The Glenlivet 14 Year Old, the latest expression from this legendary distillery.
FOR TOASTING SPECIAL OCCASIONS J.P. Wiser’s 10 Year Old
Velvety on the tongue and spicy on the palate (think: rich sultanas and warm cinnamon), J.P. Wiser’s 10 Year Old Triple Barrel lends itself to vibrant celebrations. This Canadian whisky is laid to rest for a minimum of 10 years, but the rich flavours are ready to savour in an instant. When your guests sip this apricot-coloured liquid, they’ll taste nostalgia: stewed red apples, homemade orange marmalade, honey, and butterscotch. J.P. Wiser’s 10 Year Old is a heartfelt gift and a moment to remember.
NEXT-LEVEL GIFTING Present a bottle with a pair of whisky glasses for an elevated festive experience.
Rabbit Hole Cavehill FOR SAYING “THANKS FOR EVERYTHING”
Fueled by creativity and a motto of “Find what you love and go all in,” this award winning four-grain bourbon whiskey has a unique depth of flavour, thanks in part to barrels that are slow-toasted over a wood fire. As you bring the glass to your nose, you’ll catch scents of fresh apples and inviting spices, and as you drink, your tastebuds will recognize honey, mint, vanilla, and creamy custard. A sip of Cavehill is like a warm hug on a crisp winter’s night.
NEXT-LEVEL GIFTING Add a homemade fruitcake or dark chocolate-dipped orange peels to complement Rabbit Hole Cavehill’s rich flavours.
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Stir ¼ tsp (6 mL) hot chocolate powder and 4 oz hot milk in a warmed mug. Stir in 2 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream. Top with whipped cream, chocolate sauce and marshmallows. (Optional garnishes include chocolate sprinkles, chopped chocolate fingers and diced brownies.) Grab a spoon and dig in! Baileys Hot Chocolate
Baileys Espresso Martini
Add 2 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream, oz espresso and oz vodka to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice. Shake until ice cold, about 2 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with coffee beans. Serve immediately.
‘Tis the season for
Treating For many people, the holidays are a perfect time for treating, so why not try Baileys Original Irish Cream? It’s a wonderful addition to the holidays. From a splash in coffee, to a glug in desserts, to yummy cocktails, Baileys can complement any festive moment. To get you started, we’ve got two delicious cocktail recipes. After a brisk outdoor skate, how about warming your toes by the fire with our decadent Baileys Hot Chocolate? For an annual viewing of your favourite Christmas movie, you could shake up a round of creamy Baileys Espresso Martinis. And if you’re looking for an easy, showstopping dessert, consider our Baileys Volcano, a tempting trio of brownies, Baileys Original Irish Cream and chocolate sauce. ‘Tis the season for treating! You can find plenty of holiday and other Baileys-based drinks at LCBO.com/FDBaileys. Happy holidays!
Stack 2 large, square brownies on a plate. Using your hands, mould brownies into a volcano shape. Using a teaspoon, scoop out hole at top. Drizzle volcano with 3 tbsp (45 mL) chocolate sauce. Pour 2 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream into hole. Garnish with raspberries. Demolish volcano before it erupts!
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The latest bits, bites and sips to keep you in the know. BY ERIC VELLEND Inside Scoop
From colourful liqueurs to festive garnishes, it’s easy to infuse your bar with holiday spirit. For some fun ways to add merry twists to your favourite drinks this December, check out our handy guide on the next page. Festive Twist SEASONAL SIPS
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RONALD TSANG; FOOD STYLING BY LINDSAY GUSCOTT; PROP STYLING BY SHELLY SHNIER
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SEASONAL SIPS Colour Code
From a splash of colour to festive garnishes, here are some fun ways to bring holiday spirit to your bar.
GREEN Whether you’re serving Vodka Sodas or Martinis, a splash of McGuinness Melon (LCBO 631234, $20.95) will turn clear drinks Grinch-green. You could also amp up a Gimlet or Daiquiri with a rim of green sanding sugar.
BLUE Blue is the colour of Hanukkah, and with a bottle of McGuinness Blue Curaçao (LCBO 631200, $20.95) in your bar, you can give Margaritas and Sidecars eight days of spirit. A rim of flaky sea salt or white coarse sugar will complement, adding icy sparkle.
RED Cranberry juice will turn most cocktails redder than Rudolph’s nose. Sub it in for OJ in a Mimosa or add a splash to a Gin and Tonic. You could also make a naturally red drink like a Negroni more festive with a few cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.
TREAT OF THE SEASON HIP TO BE SQUARE
Crunchy and chewy Rice Krispie squares are dead-easy to make and loved by one and all. For the holidays, we’ve infused the iconic treat with eggnog flavours then drizzled them with white chocolate and, for a final flourish, sprinkled on Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. It’s a fun no-bake treat to make with the kids and delicious with a cold glass of ’nog.
Recipe on p. 235
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While shopping at the LCBO, you can earn Aeroplan® bonus points on every purchase (one point for every $4) plus extra on limited-time promotions. Here are three great-value Ontario VQA wines that will rack up some points. They’re perfect for gifting or entertaining, and the offer is good until November 26. For more information, including other offers and how to sign up, visit lcbo.com/aeroplan.
Konzelmann Pinot Blanc VQA LCBO 219279, $15.95
ASK AN EXPERT That’s a Wrap
Pelee Island Cabernet Franc VQA LCBO 433714, $13.95
When it comes to gifting food and drink, baskets are out. “Instead, display them in a gift box,” says Corinna vanGerwen, a professional gift stylist based in Toronto.
“Use something with hard sides and a lid, and line it with paper crinkle shred. Lay everything down so you can see the labels and fill the gaps with more shred.” When choosing food and drink items, vanGerwen has a few tips: “Products should have nice packaging, not just taste good. And go for things that people aren’t necessarily going to buy for themselves.” Finally, decorate the box with seasonal embellishments, such as a sprig of greenery or ornaments. Gift-boxing has environmental advantages, as everything is recyclable or reusable, plus anyone can do it. “If you’re all thumbs, it’s a great way to wrap stuff.” You can find everything for gift-boxing and wrapping at creativebag.com, and for more gifting and wrapping ideas visit Corinna’s website at corinnavangerwen.com.
Creekside Syrah VQA LCBO 66654, $15.95
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Stocking Stuffers for the Home Bartender Affordable gifts for the mixologist on your list. BY JESSICA HURAS 4 THINGS
ONE MORE THING…
Every wine drinker should have the two-step Rabbit Zippity Waiter’s Corkscrew ($16, cocktailemporium.com )
with a retractable foil cutter and a nonstick spiral.
1. MINI LIBRARY Mixologists of all skill levels will love this concise collection of cocktail recipe books. Each title focuses on a different base ingredient and all feature blank pages at the end for making your own notes and recording ideas. The Mini Bar: 100 Essential Cocktail Recipes, $27, indigo.ca 2. POPMUSIC Take the stress out of opening bubbly with this Champagne cork popper. A small twist releases the cork and keeps it in control, capturing it in a built-in catcher for easy disposal. Final Touch Cork Popper, $20, thecraftybartender.com 3. PIN UP These gilded cocktail pins keep garnishes from floating around drinks, while adding an elegant flourish to the glass. Stored upright in a shot glass, the stylish picks will also dress up a bar cart. Gold Art Deco Cocktail Pins, $26.99/4, cocktailemporium.com 4. YUMMYGUMMIES From white wine to Pina Colada to Gin & Tonic, Squish’s extensive line of shapely drink-flavoured gummies has a candy to match almost everyone’s favourite tipple. Bonus: There are plenty of vegan options. Squish Cocktail Gummies, $6.99/125 g, squishcandies.ca.
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ENTERTAINING Bite Vision
If surprise guests show up over the holidays, it’s nice to put out something more interesting than a bowl of chips. Stock up on a few pantry items and basic ingredients, and you’ll be ready to whip up dozens of hors d’oeuvre on the fly. Start with these handy examples, and we bet you’ll soon be inspired to create your own instant canapés.
Cherry tomato half
SUSTAINABLE OLEO-SACCHARUM 101
Before you juice up a big bowl of citrus, remember there’s also a lot of flavour trapped in those peels. The cocktail syrup oleo-saccharum (Latin for “oil-sugar”) is the key to unlocking it. The process is simple: strips of citrus zest (removed with a Y peeler to minimize bitter white pith) are mixed with sugar and allowed to sit. The sugar extracts the oils, and it turns into a potent syrup. Favoured by 19th-century bartenders, oleosaccharum will amp up punch, a French 75 or any citrus-based drinks including lemonade. Using our Lemon Oleo-Saccharum recipe (at lcbo.com/fdholiday22) as a blueprint, try your hand at concocting your own with a variety of citrus peels, from mandarin to lime to grapefruit.
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THE GLENLIVET 14 YEAR OLD. Selectively finished in ex-cognac casks for a rich and intense flavour .
ENTERTAINING Big Mix Up
Whether you crave a bar-quality drink at home or need a special gift, check out the premium bottled cocktails at the LCBO. New to the shelves, On the Rocks Effen Cosmopolitan (LCBO 26678, 375 mL, $22.95) uses Dutch vodka and natural ingredients to create the iconic Cosmo. Simply shake with ice and serve straight up with a lime wheel. For fans of darker spirits, Ontario-made BarChef Project The Toasted Old Fashioned (LCBO 546994, 375 mL, $28.10) blends Canadian whisky, maple syrup and toasted camomile for a balanced, complex libation. Just pour a serving into an ice-filled lowball and add an orange twist.
BAR HACKS HOW TO “VEGANIZE” YOUR COCKTAILS Thanks to the work of crafty bartenders, there’s no shortage of cool hacks for replacing eggs and dairy in cocktails these days. Here are four tips for plant-based mixing over the holidays. BY CHRISTINE SISMONDO 1 Most Hot-Buttered Rum calls for a “batter” made from sugar, baking spice, butter and ice cream. Skip the dairy and use a mix of virgin coconut oil and cashew milk instead. 2 Surprise your guests with a dairy-free version of Eggnog that’s every bit as decadent as the original but features a combination of coconut cream, full-fat coconut milk and oat milk. 3 A tangy Cranberry Fizz isn’t nearly as festive without a frothy, foamy top. Instead of egg whites, get the same effect with Versawhip (cocktailemporium.com), a modified soy protein. 4 For plant-based whipped “cream,” bartenders beat aquafaba (canned chickpea liquid) with cream of tartar, oil and sugar. It creates a rich, fluffy topper for Irish Coffee.
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Stocking Stuffers for the Home Cook Affordable gifts for the chef on your list. 4 THINGS
1. BREAD WINNER A thin but sturdy carbon-steel blade and a no-slip handle have made this knife one of most the favourably reviewed kitchen tools on Amazon. Mercer Culinary Millennia Bread Knife 10-inch Wavy Edge Wide, $28.68, amazon.ca. 2. GREAT CANADIAN ORNAMENTS A wide selection of food and drink–themed ornaments is highlighted by kitschy Canadian classics, including bagged milk, all dressed chips and a Bloody Caesar. Food and Drink Christmas Decorations, from $4.99, retrofestive.ca. 3. PIECE OF CAKE A wire whisk BlenderBall inside a big flexible bottle allows you to measure, shake and squeeze out pancakes with less mess and fuss than the typical flapjack session. Whiskware Pancake Batter Mixer, $22.70, amazon.ca. 4. BASTE LAND The flexible head scoops up 1 tbsp (15 mL) of liquid at a time and drizzles it through the brush. Perfect for everything from basting turkey to glazing buns. Dreamfarm Brizzle Basting Brush, $20.99, shop.nicetys.com.
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GIFTING Celebrity Brands Gift Guide
Since many celebrities are fixtures in the world of beverage alcohol, consider buying a bottle tied to a giftee’s favourite musician, actor or athlete. Here’s a star-studded guide to celebrity drinks.
IF THEY LIKE BRAD PITT Miraval Rosé VINTAGES ESSENTIALS 342584, $24.95
IF THEY LIKE SNOOP DOGG 19 Crimes Snoop Dogg Cali Red LCBO 18116, $19.95
IF THEY LIKE LEBRON JAMES Lobos 1707 Tequila Reposado LCBO 25141, $84.95
IF THEY LIKE RYAN REYNOLDS Aviation Gin LCBO 129940, $41.95
IF THEY LIKE RUSH Rush x Henderson Signals 40th Anniversary Ale LCBO 28474, 500 mL, $13.95
Look for LCBO holiday gift packaging— while it lasts! —in stores and at LCBO.com.
BAKING HACKS WONDER POWDER
If you love the flavour of browned butter in desserts, then you need toasted milk powder in your arsenal. More convenient than browned butter, it amplifies richness, while adding nutty caramel flavours. It also tweaks textures, making cookies chewier and cream-based desserts silkier. To make it, spread 1 cup (250 mL) dried milk powder on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 300ºF (149ºC), stirring occasionally, until evenly browned and toasty smelling, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool, transfer to an airtight container, and refrigerate up to 2 months. To try, start by adding 1 tbsp (15 mL) to the dry ingredients in your favourite dessert recipes. BY ESHUN MOTT
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Beer and Cider at the Holiday Table With the focus on wine at the big feast, it’s easy to forget about beer and cider drinkers. Here are a few to pour for them throughout the night. MATCHMAKER
A light, crisp lager is a great start to any evening, and the large format Ace Hill Pilsner Mini Keg (LCBO 27831, 5 L, $29.95) will serve a crowd. Crisp, dry Pommies Farmhouse Cider (LCBO 418582, 473 mL, $3.40) will awaken the palate and pairs well with cheese and charcuterie.
LOCAL SMART COOKIE Mixed gift tins, boxes and plates of cookies have become all the rage during the holiday season. Here are three worth seeking out. ROSELLE DESSERTS Roselle’s holiday cookie box is coveted by Toronto pastry hounds. The tempting selection includes faves like candy-cane shortbread or ginger-cardamom sandwich cookies. Released two weeks before Christmas, the boxes are available for walk-ins only. roselleto.com cookies in boxes of one or two dozen. Fan favourites include Linzer cookies with homemade raspberry jam and mincemeat tarts. They’re available starting November 20 by order and retail. breadandbutter.ca REVALEE BRUNCH CAFÉ This Vineland café spearheads a cookie box collab with five other bakeries and restaurants in the region. You get two from each, and a portion of the proceeds go to Community Care, a local charity. By order only with pickup shortly before Christmas. revalee.ca Pictured is Roselle’s 2021 box. An exciting new one will be out for 2022! BREAD & BUTTER BAKERY This Kingston bakery offers
Beer aficionados will salivate when you offer Rochefort 8 (LCBO 676569, 330 mL, $3.95) , a dark Trappist ale with rich flavours of caramel and dried figs. Medium-dry Reinhart’s Red Apple Strong Cider (LCBO 107342, 473 mL, $3.55) is reminiscent of a full-bodied Chardonnay—it’s terrific with pork, turkey or goose.
Rich, spicy Big Rig Busted Sled Gingerbread Stout (LCBO 28637, 473 mL, $3.35) is the perfect pour with Christmas classics like fruitcake and plum pudding. Sweet, fruity Somersby Blackberry Cider (LCBO 15564, 473 mL, $3.50) is especially suited to apple, pear or chocolate desserts.
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You don’t have to bake a batch of gingersnaps to make your home smell like Christmas. We’ve got plenty of spiced-up recipes in the F&D archives for some yuletide aromatherapy. For Boxing Day brunch, try our prep-ahead Vanilla Cinnamon Baked French Toast , which will greet guests with the scent of real vanilla bean and maple syrup. Mulled Spice Chicken on Cinnamon Skewers are a fun, fragrant hors d’oeuvre—the meat is marinated in reduced mulled wine. Heady with ginger and cloves, Gingerbread-Spiced Candied Pecans make a terrific salty sweet snack or edible gift.
Find these recipes at lcbo.com/fdholiday22
GIFTING DRINKS THAT GIVE BACK To raise a glass while giving back, check out these drinks with a charitable heart.
California’s Bar Dog, which makes Bar Dog Chardonnay (LCBO 10886, $17.95) , helps fund Ontario animal shelters through the Petfinder Foundation. Local winery D’Ont Poke the Bear donates 25 cents from every bottle of wine, including D’Ont Poke the Bear Cabernet Baco Noir VQA (LCBO 518746, $14.95) , to Friends First, a charity dedicated to bullying awareness and prevention. Finally, Crown Royal Whisky (LCBO 1487, $32.95) will donate $1 for every bottle purchased during the holiday season (up to $20,000) to Food Banks Canada.
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Trendspotting A roundup of what we’re into this season.
Rum for Improvement
Aged rum offers tremendous value at the premium level, costing significantly less than its whisky equivalents. Here are two bottles for the rum aficionado in your life. El Dorado 21-Year-Old Rum LCBO 45450, $122.40 This silky, complex Demerara rum from Guyana offers something new with every sip, from ripe bananas to crème brûlée to baking spices. Ron Zacapa 23 Centenario Rum LCBO 273516, $79.95 A blend of rums ranging from 6 to 23 years old, this
A Butter Way A standout among the new
plant-based butters, the offering from Toronto’s Future of Butter uses coconut oil along with natural ingredients like miso and probiotic cultures to achieve a more robust cultured flavour. The organic “butter” is great for baking, pan-frying or spreading on freshly baked bread. To check for availability near you, visit futureofcheese.com .
Sweet Dreams The prevalence of eggs and dairy in holiday treats leaves out a number of people at dessert time. Fortunately, Clayton Dixon of Chocolate & Company in Aurora ( chocolateandcompany.ca ) has developed a line of plant-based truffles that are just as divine as his non-vegan creations. Of the four delish flavours, raspberry is our fave. Gift a box to vegans or serve them after dinner with a glass of Baileys Almande (LCBO 455428, $31.95) , a dairy-free version of the popular Irish cream.
divine Guatemalan spirit delivers brown
sugar aromas, notes of cocoa and a satiny mouthfeel.
SNAP ON There’s a new pear in town,
On Top As much as we love naturSource Salad Toppers ($11.99/575 g, loblaws.ca) on our salads, the seed, nut and fruit mixes have many uses beyond greens. Try rolling a log of chèvre in one of the blends to upgrade a cheese board. Sprinkle the Smart Life topper on a bowl of hummus for extra texture and flavour. Or serve guests mugs of squash soup garnished with the spicy Sriracha Crunch.
and it was created right here in Ontario. Bred to be high-yielding and blight-resistant, Cold Snap pears also have the advantage of lasting a long time in cold storage, so they can be enjoyed deep into winter. Crisp and sweet like Bartletts, they’re best eaten out of hand or raw in salads.
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1 Part Absolut ® Vodka 1 Part Kahlúa ® 1 Part Espresso Coffee Beans
Shake with ice. Strain and pour. Garnish with three coffee beans.
ALWAYS Good Food
With our busy lives, putting dinner on the table has become a daily dilemma. Fear not. Goodfood takes the stress out of dinnertime with chef-curated meal kits delivered for free, right to your door. From Classic, to Vegetarian, to Easy Prep, there are a wide range of plans to choose from. Of course, you don’t have to be tied to a single plan: mix and match from over 30 new recipes each week with options to please everyone. Easy-to-follow recipes use farm-fresh ingredients and they’re perfectly portioned, so no time or food is wasted – some meals are ready in as little as 10 minutes! Bonus: there are hundreds of add ons including ready-to-eat (RTE) meals, snacks and groceries. Goodfood is flexible, allowing you to skip a week or pause your membership. For fast, fresh and delicious dinners, visit makegoodfood.ca .
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