Thursday, November 11, 2010

LCBO Food & Drink Magazine - Holiday Issue 2010

The Holiday issue of LCBO's Food & Drink magazine came out yesterday. My anticipation of its arrival every few months, borders on compulsive. Yep, I even set my alarm to get to my neighbourhood location at Richmond and Kirkwood for their 10:00 am opening. The Holiday issue is probably my most favourite. In our home, my rule is that the Christmas decorations can 'legally' go up the day after Remembrance Day.

Yesterday morning the mister took the liberty of adding the pickup task to HIS to-do list as a gesture of helpfulness but also to be 'efficient'. To not have that hot little number in my hot little hands at 10:05 am pushed me out of my comfort zone, for sure.

But now that I have it, I am dreaming of sugar plums. Okay, well maybe there aren't actually sugar plums dancing in my head, but I have to say the Suppli Al Telefono appetizer stopped me in my tracks. Party Apps by Cobi Ladner and Tonia Wilson will be a go-to article for amping up the yummies at our book club Christmas party. [These gals are regular readers of F&D too!]

Even better, I may finally conquer the construction of the Parisian macaron. I have had these Marie-Antoinette-style sweets straight from Laudrée in Paris, and I am now ready to follow every minute detail on 'mastering macarons' laid out in the article Macaron Magic by Dana McCauley.

A new dinner menu is forming as I ogle the Large Lobster Tails with Dill Butter & Pistachios on Saffron Risotto with Leeks from Dressed for Dinner by Marilyn Bentz-Crowley.

I know my turkey leftovers are headed for Curried Turkey in Naan Bread thanks to Remains of the Day by Signe Langford and Monda Rosenberg.

I could go on and on. The weight of this magazine alone at 890 grams says it all. This edition is PACKED with everything you need for the holiday season, including a Holiday Playlist on page 38 by Rick Shurman and Earl Torno that mixes the familiar traditionals with some up-beat, peppy numbers.

I am guessing that this is probably their hottest issue of the year. You need to get out now and pick it up!


  1. Thanks for mentioning my macaraon story - I'm so glad you noticed all the detail that went into the intsructions for these recipes! It was a fun article to write.

  2. I have a spare egg white from yesterday. Dare I try a 'small' batch? Just chomping at the bit to give this a try thanks to Dana.

  3. I too love the Food and Drink Holiday book. I had never made Crumpets before so faced the challenge and they turned out beautifully! My husband says they're better than the ones we buy at the store.

  4. My brother introduced me to macarons while I was in Toronto. They were delectable. I wondered where I could find them in Ottawa. Turns out my neighbour has a baking company and she introduced macarons into her product line. They are sooooo yummy I bought them for a friend for a housewarming gift. She had tried macarons in Paris and New York, and she loved the local macarons :)

  5. I can't wait to check out Wendy's macarons from when I go to the Locavore Artisan Food Fair on Dec 12. See today's post. Thank-you cindyleewho for pointing her out to me. If her goodies are on par with the Winter Collection presentation, be prepared to be wow'd.

    Nora: Thanks for the good news on the Crumpets!

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