• Canada Day Potluck Ideas

    Jun 26, 2019

    Canada Day is always a fun celebration, and chances are, you’re going to be invited to at least one party this year. You don’t want to be that person that arrives empty-handed, so being prepared is key. Timbercreek Communities has a few delicious recipes that you can make for a potluck this year!

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    Great Canadian Poutine

    For Canada Day, you can’t go wrong with Poutine. It’s classic, traditional and everyone loves it! For this recipe, you’re going to start by placing the cut potatoes in a bowl, covering them with water or beer. Let it sit in the fridge for a few hours. While you wait, make the gravy. In a saucepan, heat the butter, then add flour, shallots and garlic and let it cook for a few minutes. Next you’re going to add beef stock, ketchup, stout beer, balsamic vinegar, worcestershire, and a pinch of salt and pepper and bring it to a boil. Once the gravy is thick, lower the heat to the lowest setting and let it sit while you make the fries. Once the potatoes are fried and golden, place them into bowls and sprinkle with salt. Add cheese curds to each bowl and cover the fries with the hot gravy. Now you’re ready to celebrate!

    Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

    This Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus recipe is the easiest appetizer anyone could make even though it might look super fancy. It only requires two ingredients and takes only 15 minutes to make. You’re going to need 1 pound of asparagus, 6 ounces of sliced prosciutto and 1 tbsp of olive oil. Wrap each prosciutto slice around the asparagus at an angle, until you cover the whole thing. Heat the olive oil in a pan and cook the asparagus for 2-3 minutes or until it’s tender. And there you have it - the perfect appetizer!

    Nacho Cups

    If you want to make a memorable appetizer, try these Nacho Cups. Start by mixing 1 can of refried beans and 1 package of taco seasoning in a bowl. Now you’re going to start layering everything in the cups in this order: beans, sour cream, guacamole, salsa or pico de gallo, cheese, tomatoes, green onions and olives. Use 2 tbsp of each food item per layer. Once that’s done, garnish each cup with a tortilla chip and store in the fridge until it’s ready to serve. The best part is that there’s no mess or double dipping!

    Canada Day Firecracker Pasta Salad

    Stand out and impress everyone with this Firecracker Pasta Salad. To achieve the red and white colours, seperate ½ a box of pre-cooked bowtie pasta into a ziploc bag and add 20 drops of red food colouring. Shake it around until the colour is well distributed. Now mix all the pasta together and add the rest of the ingredients which include: onion, beans, tomatoes, mozzarella, chorizo/pepperoni, sriracha sauce and italian salad dressing. Mix everything lightly, but don’t overdo it as the dye can run all over. You can refrigerate it until you’re ready for the party and garnish it with parmesan cheese. Yum!

    Red And White Fruit Kabobs

    For a quick and easy dessert, give these Red and White Fruit Kabobs a try. Let’s start with the best part: the dip. To make it cheesecake flavoured, mix greek yogurt, cream cheese, vanilla and sugar and set aside. For the skewers, you’ll need 14 oz angel food cake cut into 1-inch cubes and 72-84 strawberries and 24-28 skewers. Wash the strawberries and start adding everything to the skewers, alternating between the cake pieces and the strawberries. Finally, place them on a plate and store in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

    Timbercreek hopes you have an amazing Canada Day celebration and that you enjoy at least one of these recipes. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.


     
  • Unique BBQ Eats to Try This Spring and Summer

    Jun 20, 2019

    It’s the best time of the year: BBQ season! Timbercreek Communities has a few unique recipes for you to try at home this spring and summer.

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    1. Honey & Beer glazed BBQ chicken

    There’s something special about bbq chicken -- it tastes amazing! This delicious Honey and Beer Glazed Chicken recipe might just be one of your new favourites. It’s perfect for a busy weeknight or a weekend with friends. If you want the chicken to taste incredible, the best thing to do is to let it marinate overnight. If you don’t have that much time, a few hours will do just fine. Start by cutting 1 ½ lbs of chicken breast into cubes and set aside. To make the marinade, you’ll need to mix ¾ cup beer, ⅓ cup honey, ¼ cup soy sauce, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp dijon mustard, 3 cloves of minced garlic and some red pepper flakes. Mix everything all together in a sealed container and let it sit, refrigerated, overnight. When it’s ready, toss it on the bbq and garnish it with cilantro.

    2. Grilled Sweet Potatoes

    Sweet potatoes are a nice alternative to regular potatoes. A great way to prepare them is to grill them. All you have to do is peel them and slice them into ¼ inch slices and cover them with some olive oil and salt. Place them onto the grill and cook for up to 6 minutes per side. Make the dressing by combining ¼ cup of cilantro, 1 tsp of lemon zest, 2 tbsp lemon juice, ¼ cup of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Once the potatoes are ready, mix them into the dressing and serve!

    3. Smoked Tofu Burnt Ends

    If you’ve been searching for a vegetarian/vegan friendly BBQ recipe, you have to try Smoked Tofu Burnt Ends. They are full of flavour and a good meat substitute. You’re going to need 1 12-16 oz block of tofu, 1 tbsp of mustard, 3 tbsp of BBQ dry rub and ¼ cup BBQ sauce. Start by cutting the tofu into cubes and cover the pieces with the mustard. Next, cover the tofu completely with the dry rub and place the cubes onto the grill and smoke for 1.5 hours at 250 degrees. Flip them ever so often and once they are nice and golden, remove them and cover in BBQ sauce. Place the tofu cubes back on the grill and cook for another 15 minutes. Once they’re ready, just serve and enjoy!

    4. Steak and Potato Skewers

    Take your grilling to the next level with this Steak and Potato Skewer recipe. It’s savoury and delicious and it will leave you wanting more. Marinate the steak overnight for maximum flavour. Striploin steak is the best option since it’s very tender. For the marinade, you’ll need to combine brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a ziploc bag. Add the cubes of steak and shuffle everything around. When you’re ready to cook, start by preheating the grill to 400 degrees. While you wait, add the potatoes to your skewers and cook them in the microwave for 4 minutes until they are somewhat soft. If they’re ready, toss them in a bowl of canola oil, salt and pepper and mix. Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, make the skewers by alternating between steak cubes and potatoes. Place them on the grill, cover with BBQ sauce and cook for 5 minutes. Enjoy this sweet and smoky dish with your family and friends!

    5. Grilled Pizzas

    Let’s be honest -- pizza is always a good idea! With this Grilled Pizza recipe, you’re in for a real treat. You only need the following 3 ingredients: 1 batch of dough, olive oil and the pizza toppings of your choice. When you’re ready, set the grill to 450 degrees, roll out the dough and brush some olive oil on it. Place the dough on the grill crates and bake for a few minutes until it turns golden brown and puffy. Remove it from the grill, flip over and add your favourite toppings. Place it back onto the grill and bake for another few minutes. You can make one big pizza or 6-8 mini ones -- which is a great option if you want to try different toppings. The end result is a delicious crispy pizza with a smoky flavour. Yum!

    Timbercreek Communities hopes you enjoy these unique BBQ recipes. Not only are they great for busy weeknights, but they are perfect for small parties and events. So what are you waiting for? Start grilling!

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  • Cozy winter meals to warm up with

    Dec 19, 2018

    The best winter meals are all about comfort and fabulous flavour. Timbercreek Communities has some delicious and cozy winter meals to share with you. Warm up with them this season.

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    Butternut Squash Lasagna

    Traditional lasagna is great, but when winter rolls around this beautiful and creamy Butternut Squash Lasagna may make you feel even more cozy and comforted. To make it, preheat the oven 425°F. Divide a peeled and cubed butternut squash into 2 baking pans and toss the cubes with olive oil. Bake the squash until tender (about 20 minutes). Cook lasagna noodles according to the package directions. Meanwhile, make the herby bechamel sauce. Start by bringing milk and rosemary to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer the mixture for 10 minutes before straining. Saute garlic in butter, stir in some flour and season with salt and pepper. Add in the rosemary milk. Boil and stir until it thickens. Reserve one cup of the herbed bechamel and add the squash to the remaining sauce. Layer the reserved sauce with cooked noodles, the squash mixture, and grated fontina and Parmesan cheese. Beat some heavy cream until peaks form and spread it on top. Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes. Your apartment will smell incredible.

    Chicken Enchiladas

    If the winter chill is getting you down, bake up a batch of these Chicken Enchiladas. To make them, brown boneless, skinless chicken breast in a little oil. Season with cumin, garlic and chili powder. Remove the chicken from the pan and saute onion and garlic in the drippings. Add corn, chiles and canned tomatoes. Shred the chicken and return it to the pan. Dust the whole mixture with flour to set it. Fill corn tortillas with canned enchilada sauce and the chicken mixture. Arrange evenly in a baking dish, then top them with cheese and more sauce and bake at 350°F for about 15 minutes, until the cheese melts.

    Beef Stew

    A pot of piping hot Beef Stew simmering on the stove on a cold winter day is the definition of cozy. It’s super hearty and surprisingly easy to make. To prepare it, coat cubes of boneless beef with flour, salt and pepper. Brown the beef in butter or oil over medium heat, then remove it from the pot. Add more butter, plus celery and onion. Add in tomato paste, dry red wine and return the beef to the pot. Add potatoes, carrots, parsley, thyme, bay leaves, beef broth and Worcestershire. Cover and braise in your oven for 45 minutes at 350°F. Add in cocktail onions and braise for another 15 minutes. Cook the stew, uncovered, for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove te parsley, thyme and bay leaves before serving.

    Spaghetti and Beet Balls

    Spaghetti and Beet Balls is a vegan-friendly way to enjoy a cozy and hearty meal this winter. Make the beet balls by blending walnuts into a flour. Saute some onions in oil over medium heat, add minced garlic, carrots and a little water. Add in nutritional yeast, oregano, paprika, chili powder, ground fennel, chipotle and a pinch of salt. Blend some peeled and grated beets in your food processor with cooked rice, Dijon mustard and tahini until you form a paste. Add in the carrot mixture and 1 tbsp of ground flax mixed with 3 tbsp warm water. Finally, add the walnuts and combine. Form balls with the mixture and arrange on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350°F for approximately 25 minutes as you prepare the pasta according to the package directions. Serve the cooked beet balls on top of your pasta with store-bought pasta sauce.

    Timbercreek Communities hopes that these delicious winter recipes keep you feeling warm and cozy all season long.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • Easy Vegan Recipes To Make

    Oct 19, 2018

    Eating more plant based meals is good for the health of the planet, and is linked to a variety of human health benefits as well. Timbercreek Communities wants to show you how simple and tasty plant based meals can be. Here are some easy vegan recipes to make at home.

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    3-Ingredient Vegan Pancakes

    These Healthy 3-Ingredient Vegan Pancakes are gluten-free and and oil-free. All you need is gluten-free rolled oats (or oat flour) almond milk (or another milk substitute) and two spotty (super sweet) bananas. The bananas act as a binder, so no egg is necessary! Top your pancakes with fresh fruit and maple syrup.

    Mushroom-Quinoa Burger

    These vegan Mushroom-Quinoa Burgers have a nice meaty texture thanks to the addition of portobello mushrooms. They even pack a complete protein punch thanks to the quinoa. And they're totally delicious thanks to the Rosemary Mayo! This recipe is the perfect plant based lunch.

    Herbed Hummus

    This healthy and hearty Herbed Hummus recipe is perfect for snacking. Serve it with pita bread, corn chips, or crudite!

    Better-Than-Takeout Vegan Pad Thai

    You don’t have to say bye-bye to Pad Thai just because your going more plant based. This Better-Than-Takeout Vegan Pad Thai recipe will hit the spot. The secret ingredient? Dates! When combined with strong savoury flavours including miso, sesame and lime, dates help create a taste very close to tamarind paste -- the traditional base of Pad Thai sauce.

    Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

    All your favourite foods can be made vegan! These Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies prove you don’t have to give up on flavour when you give up meat and dairy and go plant based.

    Timbercreek hopes these recipes show you just how easy and delicious eating plant based food can be.

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  • Sweet Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

    Oct 12, 2017

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    Pumpkins are a big, bright symbol of the season. These gorgeous gourds are also delicious to eat. If you’re a pumpkin fan, Timbercreek Communities has some sweet pumpkin recipes for you to try this fall.

    Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

    Cinnamon rolls may be one of life’s greatest pleasures. We adore these Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls. The soft pumpkin dough combines perfectly with the spiced sweet filling, and the gooey maple cream cheese icing takes them over the top. This recipe is pure pumpkin perfection.

    Pumpkin Spice Latte

    As soon as the leaves start to change, Pumpkin Spice Lattes begin popping up at pretty much every coffee shop. They taste good, but they are pricey and most contain no pumpkin at all! This homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte is the perfect pairing with any sweet pumpkin treat on this list. It’s also easy to make and actually contains pumpkin. Imagine that!

    Pumpkin Loaf

    Picture this: you’re curled up on the sofa with a slice of Spiced Pumpkin Bread, a blanket and hot cup of tea or cocoa -- it’s heaven on a chilly day in fall. If you want to make that fantasy a reality, prepare a couple of loaf pans and preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine sugar and oil in a big bowl and blend. Add in egg and pumpkin. In a separate bowl sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg). Combine the two mixtures, add in walnuts for an even more substantial snack, and pour the mixture into loaf pans to bake.

    Pumpkin Pie 

    It’s tough to beat a perfectly prepared piece of Pumpkin Pie in the fall. Prepare your pie by combining pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, sugar, salt and spices (cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg) in a bowl and beat until smooth. Pour the mixture into a prepared pie crust and bake at 425°F for 15 minutes, reduce the heat to 350°F for another 50 minutes. Allow it to cool before you dig in!

    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Chocolate chip cookies are a classic dessert any time of the year. Put a fall twist on the traditional treat with this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. They’re easy to make and require less than 15 minutes to bake!

    Timbercreek hopes that these sweet pumpkin recipes help you get the most out of pumpkin season this fall! To find your home in one of Timbercreek’s Communities, please visit our website.

  • How to Host a Thanksgiving Dinner

    Oct 02, 2017

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    The countdown to Thanksgiving is on. Whether you prefer stuffed turkey or tofu, mashed potatoes or roasted, there’s really something for everyone on the table. And from table decorations to wine, there’s a lot to consider when you host Thanksgiving dinner. Timbercreek has a few great tips to help you host a memorable holiday meal this Thanksgiving.

    Timing

    Pretty much every list of how to host thanksgiving starts (and finishes) with timing. Not to be pessimistic, but if the food isn’t ready for dinner, you’re doomed. If you’re serving roast Turkey (or even Tofurkey), timing is everything. The Turkey itself takes hours depending on weight. And then there’s all the side dishes -- we’re talking everything from mashed potatoes to sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, carrots, green bean casserole, corn, and/or squash. If you opt for scalloped potatoes or gratin potatoes you’ll add a whole other level of complexity to your timing. And then there’s the pumpkin pie. Our best advice is to carefully plan your menu and start cooking early -- the previous day if possible. Make anything you can before the day. Oh, and accept all the help you can get! If someone asks to contribute, ask them to make one of the side dishes.

    Table Setting and Decoration

    Gourds, gourds, gourds. While knobby and odd looking, these little suckers are sensationally seasonal. You can find them everywhere from grocery stores to Walmart in October. They are the perfect decorative accent for Thanksgiving. Pair them with few well placed candles, some colorful placemats and napkins. If your guests offer to bring something, ask for seasonal flower arrangements.

    Wine

    Red wine is made for Thanksgiving. While winefolly.com includes a rose and a sparkling white on their list of best wines for Thanksgiving, reds overwhelmingly win the day. Look for Beaujolais, Granache, Carignan, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese. You can’t lose when you go with red.

    Beer

    Stouts and heavier IPAs are perfect for Thanksgiving. They tend to be “warmer” and more substantial. Many craft breweries also offer seasonal beers to celebrate Thanksgiving. Give Great Lakes Brewery’s Pumpkin Ale a try.

    Seasonal Teas and Coffee

    You have to have options for the non-drinkers in the house. We’re not talking about Budweiser Prohibition. Go with seasonal teas and/or coffee: i.e. pumpkin spice, chai, and fruit teas with a medley of nuts or cinnamon, in addition to classic chai pumpkin lattes or flavoured coffees. Learn more here.

    Fire Smell

    There’s nothing like the smell of wood fire. It might be the most popular smell of fall. If you have a fireplace, light it up this Thanksgiving. If you’re one of many who don’t, try collecting some pine needles, dry leaves, or pick up some cedar incense or (lightly) scented candles. There’s nothing like walking into a home or apartment and getting hit with the aroma of Fall.

    Conversation Topics

    Good conversation makes any celebration better. It can be tricky to avoid the “So what do you do for work” or “How ‘bout that Trump” small talk. If your celebration involves guests who are strangers to each other this year, look at converstationstarters.com

    Timbercreek hopes this article helps you make the most of Thanksgiving this fall. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • 5 Seriously Tasty Burgers You've Got to Try this Weekend

    Jun 14, 2017

    It’s grilling season and nothing tastes better on the grill than a juicy and delicious burger. If your burger game is getting a little played out, we have some suggestions for how to step it up. Here are 5 seriously tasty burgers you’ve got to try this weekend!

    iStock-607299584The Perfect Burger

    When something is called The Perfect Burger, you’ve simply got to try it and see for yourself. You only need eight basic ingredients to form the patties: egg, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, onion, minced garlic, salt, pepper and medium ground beef. Then you can customize the recipe to make your perfect burger with suggested “stir-ins” like caesar dressing, curry powder or hoisin sauce.

    Umami Burger with Port and Stilton

    Umami is known as the “fifth taste”, it falls right after sweet, salty, sour and bitter. It is a deeply satisfying, savoury taste. Resist the urge to pile on any of the usual toppings on this Umami Burger. The only toppings you need are Port wine and Stilton cheese.

    Quinoa-veggie Burger

    Burgers don't need meat to taste delicious. If you’re avoiding meat you can still have a satisfying burger this summer. This super-nutritious Quinoa-veggie burger is sandwiched between two grilled portobello mushrooms for a protein-packed, low-carb twist on a classic.

    Guacamole Turkey Burger

    Not into red meat? These Guacamole Turkey Burgers are topped with a delicious dollop of guacamole. Dark-meat turkey makes the patties juicy and the chili powder, lime zest, and cilantro lends a Southwestern flavour.

    Butter Chicken Burger

    These amazing Butter Chicken Burgers are a rich and perfectly spiced twist on two classic dishes. Serve them with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and a little plain Greek yogurt for an international taste sensation!

    You really can’t go wrong with any of these amazing burgers. We hope they help you take a big bite of summer!

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • Top 10 Winter Salads

    Jan 16, 2017

    Winter is the perfect time of year to enjoy hearty, rich foods. They fill you up and warm your soul on cold, blustery days. But rich foods can become overwhelming after months of indulging. Your body may be ready for something light and refreshing. Try a tasty detox this week with one of our top 10 winter salads.

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    Apple Pecan Arugula Salad

    Peppery arugula pairs brilliantly with crisp apples and crunchy pecans in this Apple Pecan Arugula Salad. Make your own (vegan!) dressing and throw this salad together in just 15 minutes. Best of all, you only need 8 ingredients!

    Warm Mushroom Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

    We love this Warm Mushroom Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette. Mushrooms are amazing for your health and will help you ward off the flu this season. The warm temperature of the salad will also leave you much more satisfied than a typical cold salad when it's cold outside. Pro tip: simmering some oil with garlic will create the perfect flavourful base for your mushrooms-of-choice.

    Warm Quinoa, Sweet Potato and Kale Salad

    Quinoa, sweet potato and kale is an amazing superfood trio. Try it for yourself in this Warm Quinoa, Sweet Potato and Kale Salad which packs a powerful punch of protein, vitamins and minerals. Give yourself 40 minutes to cook everything and combine all the ingredients of this healthy and tasty weeknight winter meal.

    Winter Spa Salad with Lemon Chicken

    Brightly coloured cara cara oranges, avocado, pomegranate and fresh herbs come together in this stunning Winter Spa Salad with Lemon Chicken. Marinate the chicken as you prepare the rest of the salad for approximately 30 minutes. This recipe tutorial includes a recipe and instructions for the marinade, as well as step by step instructions for an easy homemade salad dressing that you’ll want to drizzle on everything.

    Crunchy Thai Kale Salad

    If you haven’t embraced kale, we don’t blame you. On its own its bitter, hard to chew and very green. Despite being hard to love for its taste, your body loves kale and you should try to add it to your day whenever you can. We LOVE this healthy alternative to Thai takeout. Make this sweet and savoury Crunchy Thai Kale Salad, it may just make you love kale.

    Kale & Butternut Salad with Ginger-Miso Dressing

    Turn an ordinary combination, like kale and butternut squash, into an extraordinary pairing by topping it with a bold Japanese dressing. For this Kale & Butternut Salad with Ginger-Miso Dressing you will need rice vinegar, miso, sesame oil, honey and finely grated ginger to finish.

    Fig, Prosciutto and Goat’s Cheese Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

    If you’re looking for a delicious salad that borders on indulgent, this Fig, Prosciutto and Goat’s Cheese Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette is for you. A perfect balance of creamy (goat’s cheese), sweet (fig), salty (prosciutto) and sour(citrus), take just one bite and you’ll be hooked!

    Brussels Sprout Salad with Chicken and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

    For a weeknight meal that calls for the seasonal brussels sprouts you snagged at your local market, try this Brussels Sprout Salad with Chicken and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette. If you’ve never paired brussels sprouts with bacon before, you’re in for a treat! The combination takes the cruciferous vegetable to a whole new level of deliciousness. This recipe is easy to make and ready in less than 30 minutes. Best of all, this salad is hearty enough to be enjoyed as a meal.

    A “Christmas” Salad

    The holidays may have come and gone, but you can keep the festive spirit alive with this Christmas Salad of Winter Greens and Fruit. We love the combination of crunchy cabbage, radicchio and kale with sweet and tart organic cranberries and pomegranate. Top this festive salad with a homemade clementine-coriander vinaigrette.

    Chickpea Shawarma Salad

    Chickpeas are hearty and tasty, loaded with protein, easy to throw into any salad, and make delicious leftovers. If you love them as much as we do, you have to try this vegan Chickpea Shawarma Salad. This salad is healthy, light, and bursting with shawarma flavours thanks to a delicious blend of middle eastern spices. It also has a great balance of crunchy and creamy textures.

    Give your body a little love this winter with a tasty salad, like one of these 10 amazing winter salads from our foodies at Timbercreek Communities.

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  • 10 Favourite Holiday Dinners

    Dec 15, 2016

    It may be hard to believe, but the holiday season is almost here. The holidays are all about getting together with friends and family, and enjoying good food. Hosting a holiday get together this season? You’ve got to try Timbercreek’s 10 favourite holiday dinners.

    iStock-589962378Turkey with all the trimmings

    Turkey with all the trimmings is the iconic holiday meal in North America. If you’ve never tried to tackle it, it’s important to have a plan. Figure out what can be made ahead of time so you can prioritize and even ask for help from your guests. People like to be helpful, especially at this time of year. Encourage your guests to bring a vegetable side dish or a dessert to reheat. Taking a few minor obligations off your plate can make hosting the holiday dinner more enjoyable.

    Glazed ham and Couscous

    Not everyone likes turkey. For guests who aren’t fans of fowl, we suggest serving this equally impressive Brown Sugar Mustard Glazed Ham with Couscous. This meal is a breeze to prepare compared to turkey and all the trimmings. It can be ready to serve in two to three hours.

    Brisket and Latkes

    Our favourite holiday dinner for Hanukkah is Braised Brisket and Latkes. It’s a deeply satisfying meal of meat and potatoes, done holiday style. Crispy, oniony, latkes pair perfectly with rich and savoury brisket. Brisket can be a tough cut of meat to master. If you’ve never prepared a brisket before, check out these tips on how to do it perfectly.

    Christmas Roast Beef with Yorkshire Puddings

    We love the classic British Christmas Dinner of Roast Beef with Yorkshire Puddings. You don’t have to hail from the UK to love enjoy tender and delicious roast beef with savoury pastries. Best of all, you get to drench everything in a rich brown gravy!

    Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes

    Pescatarians will love this Christmas tradition. On Christmas Eve (December 24th) Italian families serve fish instead of meat. There are no rules for preparing The Feast of the Seven Fishes, but the classic meal typically consists of a snack-sized seafood appetizer course, a seafood salad course, a meaty grilled seafood course, followed by a seafood pasta, a stew and vegetable course, and finally a fish-free dessert.

    Beef Bourguignon with Parsley Potatoes

    We love the rich textures and intense savoury flavours of Beef Bourguignon with Parsley Potatoes. Beef Bourguignon is a hearty classic French dish that involves a lot of umami loaded ingredients (wine, mushrooms and cognac, bacon etc.). This meal is elegant but substantial and can be ready to serve in less than two hours with about 45 minutes of hands on prep time.

    Rack of Lamb with Roast Potatoes

    Rack of Lamb with Roast Potatoes is a classic holiday meal that looks dramatic and tastes delicious. Don’t be intimidated by this one -- it only takes a few minutes to prepare (not including marinating time). The trick is to be restrained with the herbs. The flavour of the lamb is strong on it’s own so the seasonings should complement this flavour without overpowering it.

    Roast Chicken with Wild Rice Stuffing

    Roast Chicken with Wild Rice Stuffing has been a popular Christmas dinner since the 1990s. It offers a light and elegant alternative to turkey with bread stuffing. This recipe takes about three and a half hours total to prepare, but only about 45 minutes of that is hands-on prep time, so it's a perfect meal option if you have a lot on your plate.

    Aloo Gobi (Potato and Cauliflower)

    Spice things up this season with Aloo Gobi! This hearty spiced potato and cauliflower dish is popular across India and Pakistan and will impress your vegetarian guests.

    Beef Wellington with Roasted Veggies

    If you really want to wow the crowd this holiday season, serve Beef Wellington with Roasted Veggies. This classic show stopping meal is perfect for a special occasion like Christmas. If you’ve never tasted Beef Wellington, it is an incredible mix of textures. Prime cut filet mignon is wrapped in buttery puff pastry and baked -- the decadent result is unforgettable.

    Happy Holidays from Timbercreek Communities. We hope you enjoyedi our 10 favourite holiday dinners! For information on Timbercreek Rental Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • 7 Pies to Bake this Fall

    Oct 20, 2016
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    The days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing colour and there is a cool bite to the morning air. Weather like this that makes you want to dig into a warm piece of homemade pie. You don’t need an excuse like Thanksgiving to bake a pie, all you need are some fresh ingredients and a little quality time in your kitchen in your Timbercreek Community.

    Let’s dig in, shall we?!


    Deep Dish Apple Pie

    Apples are in season right now. Grab a few at your local market and try your hand at baking a classic Deep Dish Apple Pie. Use a combination of tart apples like Granny Smith and sweet apples like Braeburn, or Golden Delicious for best results. Using pre-cooked apples allows you to get twice as many apples stuffed into the deep dish crust.

    Pumpkin pie may just be the perfect fall pie. When prepared well, a pumpkin pie is rich and lightly spiced with a creamy, custard texture. This video will show you how to bake a perfect pumpkin pie, every time. You’ll even learn how to prevent your pie from cracking while cooking.Pumpkin Pie

    Quebec Sugar Pie

    If you haven’t tasted a piece of Quebec Sugar Pie, you need to get on it. In Quebec, it’s called Tarte au Sucre, which means sugar pie. This super sweet treat will satisfy your sweet craving, but enjoy responsibly -- it has a lot of sugar in it!

    Caramel Pecan Pie

    Pecan pie is pretty close to perfection on a plate, but it gets better! Improve on the classic with the addition of gooey salted caramel. This Caramel Pecan Pie is rich, sweet, indulgent and bold. Enjoy a warm slice of this nutty pie with some whipped cream or ice cream and a cup of bold black coffee.

    Butternut Squash Pie

    Many people think pumpkin pie is the best fall pie around. We disagree! We love Butternut Squash Pie because it’s even smoother and creamier than pumpkin pie. It’s simple to make and tastes great on a cool fall day. It only takes about 10 minutes of prep time and about an hour in the oven and a then a few more hours in the fridge to cool.

    Southern Sweet Potato Pie

    Sweet Potato Pie is another close relative to pumpkin pie. Whipped sweet potatoes and sweetened condensed milk combine to create a decadent tasting filling. This pie is a smooth and creamy treat without any of the sharpness or bitterness of pumpkin pie. Serve it warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top.

    Apple Crisp

    The cool, crisp days of fall are perfect for Apple Crisp. If you love pie but are a little indifferent to crust, or you don’t have the time to bake a full pie, then crisp may be for you. All you have to do is mix sweetened apples and cinnamon in a bowl and then prepare a simple streusel topping of oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter and bake it all for about an hour.

    There’s almost nothing more satisfying than a warm piece of pie in the fall. Pre-heat the oven and put the kettle on. Timbercreek hopes these recipes inspire you to bake some spectacular fall pies.

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