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Rethinking Chicken Florentine with clearer, brighter flavours

Chicken Florentine is a buffet-line favourite featuring chicken breast and spinach in a mild cream-and-Parmesan sauce—sometimes stuffed inside, sometimes stacked on top. All of these components are good, but this dish can often be stodgy (think old-fashioned casserole) or fussy (involving dredging chicken in flour and sauteeing).

Consider a taco bar for Super Bowl entertaining; some tips

Every year, I host a Super Bowl viewing party, and though our numbers fluctuate, suffice it to say the crowd is always ready to eat, especially now that it includes a handful of teenage boys.

I pick a menu that allows for different appetites, the possibility of last-minute guests, and the welcome chance of leftovers for dinners later in the week.

Turn a plain brown paper bag into the perfect popcorn maker

Microwave popcorn is a great idea—in theory. But most packaged options have a long list of unnatural ingredients and don’t taste very good. This fun recipe turns a plain old brown paper bag—the kind you might use to hold your lunch—into a microwave-safe package for popping corn kernels.

A boozy, coffee-soaked dessert awaits you with a tiramisu

With its boozy, coffee-soaked ladyfingers and sweet, creamy filling, it’s no wonder tiramisu is Italian for “pick me up.”

Instead of making a custard filling, we simply whipped egg yolks, sugar, salt, rum and mascarpone together and lightened it with whipped cream. We briefly moistened the ladyfingers in a mixture of coffee, espresso powder, and more rum.