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Green Olive Dressing

“I love the simplicity of it: this olive dressing on green-leaf lettuce. That’s it!” says Matty Matheson, the executive chef of Parts & Labour. “The very first time I went to my future wife’s house for dinner, her mom served this salad. It was perfect. And I’m a guy…

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Matty Matheson’s Chicken Soup

“Chicken soup is something everyone should know how to make,” says Matty Matheson, the executive chef of Parts & Labour. “It’s one of those dishes that’s healing. All you need is chicken and water. Serve it with grilled-cheese sandwiches or just by itself. It’s good for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Add…

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Matty Matheson’s Pot Roast

“A good pot roast is something special,” says Matty Matheson, the executive chef of Parts & Labour. “My Nanny would make this on Sundays after church. She would get the roast going in the morning, and by the time she would get home, she would just have to finish the…

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Yuzu–Marinated Cucumber And Radish Salad

“This dish is fresh and bright from the yuzu and has just enough spice, making it the ultimate summer salad,” says Matty Matheson of this family recipe. Matty notes it only takes a few minutes to prepare. “It goes with anything coming off the grill, including fish, lamb and pork.

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Skillet Chicken Parm With Spicy Breadcrumbs

Try this Skillet Chicken Parm With Spicy Breadcrumbs recipe from the cookbook Dinner For Everyone. There’s your red-checkered-tablecloth-restaurant red-sauce standard, and then there is this dish. Skillet Chicken Parm With Spicy Breadcrumbs has all the components of the original dish, minus the pounding or frying. When you go vegan, lots of…

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Caramel Salmon

Try this Caramel Salmon recipe from the cookbook Dinner For Everyone. Few techniques are as magical as cooking in a sweet and savory caramel sauce, a technique I first learned while traveling in Vietnam. Melting sugar stresses people out, but the directions in all the recipes are detailed so as to…

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Grandma Julie’s Date & Walnut Maamouls

“I remember my grandma Julie at her kitchen table filling the hand-carved maamoul molds from Lebanon. A lot of maamoul recipes call for orange blossom water or rose water but I don’t like either of those flavors, so I leave them out. Dates and walnuts are two…

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Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

Sweet and spicy pumpkin cookies are perfect for enjoying with a coffee on a chilly, winter afternoon.

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Cinnamon Rugelach

This traditional Jewish pastry can be served at any time of day, from a brunch, to an afternoon coffee break, to dessert.

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Jamaican Christmas Pudding

This recipe requires advanced planning for a few steps and stages but the result is a rich, boozy dessert that is the perfect finish to a holiday meal.

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Cherry Snowflake Pie

Intimidated by all the gorgeous pies you see on Instagram? Here’s a little secret: they aren’t hard to master. All you need is a fantastic, fruit-packed recipe (like this one), some cookie cutters and, before you know it, this dessert will be Insta-worthy, too. The secret to this pastry dough…

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Peppermint Brownie Cookies

These cookies are like eating a cookie and brownie all at once! A touch of peppermint extract and crushed candy cane make these chocolate treats extra festive for the holidays. You’ll know these cookies are properly baked when they have shiny tops and slight cracking. You want them soft, chewy…

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Coconut Snowballs

The flavor combination of orange and coconut is the winter version of a piña colada — in other words, perfect for the holidays. Beware: these snowballs are deliciously addictive. This dough tends to be a little crumbly when you roll it into balls. Don’t worry — just squeeze it together…

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Tahini Shortbread

An intoxicating, nutty aroma will fill your kitchen when you bake this recipe. Dried rose petals (edible, of course) add a touch of elegance, making this shortbread ideal for a hostess gift or cookie exchange. Tahini separates naturally as it sits in a container, so be sure to give it…