‘Tis the season for office potlucks and family gatherings.
‘Tis also the season for fretting about just what to whip up for that discerning group of friends and family.
To help inspire you, Global Edmonton staff are sharing some of their favourite recipes this month.
Lisa MacGregor’s rosette apple pie
“For the holiday season, you go to a party you want to impress,” says Lisa MacGregor, anchor of the weekend morning news on Global Edmonton.
“Maybe it tastes good, maybe it doesn’t – but either way, it looks good.”
MacGregor recommends making the crust thick to hold the weight of the apples.
The rosette comes from layering thin slices of Red Delicious apples clockwise from the edge of the crust, in toward the centre.
“Those small pieces that don’t look as pretty are perfect for the centre.”
A mixture of melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon coat the apple slices before the pie goes in the oven.
“The key here – and I learned the hard way many times – is you don’t want to burn the sugar.”
And because all families love to share opinions on – and over – good food, some members of the newsroom tackled the tough job of being official tasters.
Assignment Editor Cliff Harris stalled dramatically before miming a thumbs down… that he turned into a thumbs up.
Laurel Gregory’s spicy peanut tofu
The newsroom’s resident voice on vegetarian eating, Family Matters host Laurel Gregory, showcased an often-maligned ingredient.
“I chose tofu, because tofu is misunderstood,” says Gregory.
“A lot of people don’t like tofu, and I think that’s a texture thing,” she added, recommending the use of a tofu press to squeeze some of the liquid out.
Gregory loves this recipe from the cooking blog ‘Minimalist Baker,’ which involves marinating, baking, and then sauteing cubed, firm tofu. A spicy peanut sauce coating the tofu as it sautes is the essential final touch.
Her tip: triple the sauce for more options when serving the dish, “Usually when I’m serving this I serve it over rice or in a romaine lettuce boat.”
And because all families love to share opinions on – and over – good food, some members of the newsroom tackled the tough job of being official tasters. The panel gave it unanimous a thumbs up, with reporter Fletcher Kent quickly asking for seconds.
Stay tuned to Global News at Noon for more of our family favourites this month!
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