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Slow cooker chili chicken

One of the greatest secret weapon ingredients I know is chipotles in adobo sauce. These are smoked jalapeno peppers that have been stewed in a sauce of tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, salt and various spices, such as cumin, oregano and paprika. Imagine doing all that yourself! No thanks! Luckily, the whole thing — peppers and sauce — is sold in tiny cans at just about every grocer.

’True North’ recipes: Bagna cauda, foie gras

Chef Derek Dammann and writer Chris Johns hope their new book “True North” will convince Canadians to explore the unique offerings of the small towns and rural areas across the country.

“There’s great stories and lots of information about the country in there that I think people would find very, very interesting as a coffee table book,” says Dammann.

Of chipotles, chicken and slow cookers. Weeknights are easy!

One of the greatest secret weapon ingredients I know is chipotles in adobo sauce. These are smoked jalapeno peppers that have been stewed in a sauce of tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, salt and various spices, such as cumin, oregano and paprika. Imagine doing all that yourself! No thanks! Luckily, the whole thing — peppers and sauce — is sold in tiny cans at just about every grocer.

Easy steak, bistro chicken that can be frozen

Dorian Burns-Coyne enjoys cooking, but he was frustrated by trying to find meal inspiration when he got home from a long day at his job in advertising.

The single man scoured websites, but “a lot of times the recipes would call for types of equipment or processes I didn’t know or ingredients I didn’t have, and it would just end up being a hassle more than anything.”

Roasted beet and citrus salad

Salad: The least loved side of holiday dinners. But it doesn’t have to be.

The problem with most of the salads served at holiday meals is they tend to lack inspiration and usually are made from lacklustre ingredients. Fair enough. Our focus usually is on the roast and heartier — and way more interesting — sides, like scalloped potatoes and gravies and baked this-and-thats.