Traditionally, Italian porchetta is a whole pig that is spit-roasted to produce fall-apart tender, rich pieces of slow-cooked pork, aromatic with garlic, fennel seeds, rosemary, and thyme. It’s served with pieces of crisp skin on a crusty roll.
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Naan is an Indian flatbread with a chewy texture and a puffed, slightly charred crust. Brushing the baking sheet with olive oil and then baking the naan on the lowest rack in a 400 F oven gives it a crispy texture—just like pizza crust. This recipe can be doubled. Follow this recipe with your kids.
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Making holiday cookies—the rolled, cutout, and glazed butter-cookie variety—is everyone’s favourite December activity. Unfortunately, these cookies either look good but taste like cardboard or have buttery, rich flavour but lack visual appeal.
Shrimp scampi is rarely awful—it’s unusual for things to go terribly wrong when garlic, wine and butter are involved—but restaurant versions always make me wish I’d ordered differently. I have never been presented with the ultimate scampi, the one that I can almost taste when I peruse the menu: perfectly cooked, briny beauties in a garlicky, buttery (but not greasy) white wine sauce.
When it comes to pot roast, keeping it simple is sometimes best. We started with a chuck-eye roast, a well-marbled cut that is great for braising. Splitting the roast in two allowed us to trim excess fat and cut down on cooking time.
ORONTO — Montreal chefs Frederic Morin and David McMillan are ready for the end of the world.
TORONTO — The team from Montreal’s lauded Joe Beef restaurant are back with a new cookbook, “Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse.” A look at some of the recipes, including warm buns for cold nights, a hearty bone broth often seen on their winter menu, and a fried French classic:CRISPY FROG LEGS
Good gingerbread is dark and moist, with an intriguing hint of bitterness and a peppery finish. Usually it’s a rustic square cake or maybe even an attractive Bundt, but it’s never quite sophisticated enough to serve as the centerpiece holiday dessert.
It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t love a bowl of spaghetti topped with meatballs and marinara, but stovetop versions are often messy (between the spattering oil from frying the meatballs and the sputtering tomato sauce), and the sauce requires a long simmering time to develop rich, deep flavour.
Don’t throw out stale bread. Seriously, don’t. Baguettes, sliced sandwich bread and even loaves of crusty white bread can be recycled into homemade croutons.
Use a chef’s knife to cut the bread into cubes (1/2-inch to 3/4-inch cubes are ideal). Toss the cubes with olive oil and some salt, and then spread them out on a rimmed baking sheet.