Celebrate Canada with an Around the World Holiday Party

Celebrate Canada with an Around the World Holiday Party

When Jolanta Petrycka remembers her childhood Christmases in Poland, she recalls the scent of a freshly cut tree set up and decorated on December 24th, an extra place setting at the table in case an unexpected friend or stranger shows up, and a large carp swimming in the bathtub.  The latter, she explains, would eventually find its way onto the table as part of Wigilia, the Polish Christmas Eve feast, but to ensure freshness, the fish had to be kept alive as long as possible. 

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Crock to Cue: Easy Grilled Sausage

Crock to Cue: Easy Grilled Sausage

Sausages make a fabulous weekday meal whether they're served on a freshly baked bun, sliced into sauces or stews, or served whole with a salad and rice, say. My favourite way to prepare sausage is on the barbecue, but at this time of year with the cold November rain falling, frankly I'd rather be inside. That's why I let my slow cooker do its thing all day, so I only have to do my barbecue thing for 5 minutes or so. In this super fast and easy recipe, your fav type of sausages (or go wild and choose various kinds) are slow cooked all day and then finished very quickly on the grill. The result? Moist, perfectly done sausages made pretty with lovely grill marks. 

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Crock to Cue: Break out the slow cooker but leave out the BBQ for these succulent ribs

Crock to Cue: Break out the slow cooker but leave out the BBQ for these succulent ribs

Culinary-wise, I think of this as a transitional time of year when you’re not quite ready to say good-bye to the barbecue, but you’re itching to break out (or try out) the slow cooker. With your work schedule and - if you have kids - after-school activities heating up, these days evenings can be too hectic to linger over the grill tending meats than require longer cooking times such as ribs. And yet, it seems a tad too early to dive into cold-weather comfort foods ideal for the slow cooker such as stews and roasts. The solution? Let your slow cooker do the heavy lifting – that is, cook up these fabulous ribs all day – and then, when you get home, finish them off on the cue. The result: BBQ Ribs with a grill-time of 15 minutes or less.

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