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18 Last-Minute Party Appetizers That are Beyond Easy

<b>1</b> of <b>18</b><p>Tortellini Skewers<p><p>Festive colours combine for a pasta course and appetizer rolled into one. Switch up the presentation with your favourite …

Cooking

Spiced, soft and sticky bakes are essential at this time of year, though few of us have the foresight to make Christmas cake months ahead. Here, three crumb-loving Cook contributors share their swiftly made favourites ...<p>Dried figs are plumped with the remains of leftover red wine – so the perfect …

Dessert

Ranking The Best New Shows On Netflix You Can Stream Right Now

There are two shows worth checking out this week.<p>For the weekend of May 5, Streamline recommends “Dear White People” in the top Netflix spot for the first time. It’s a relief that a great show has finally come along to unseat “Collateral” from its eight-week-long perch in the top spot.<p>This Netflix …

Old-Fashioned Chicken And Dumplings Recipe

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Place chicken, celery, and carrots in a Dutch oven; add water and 2 teaspoons of the salt. Bring to a boil over high; cover, …

Lemon-Spice Molasses Cookies and the Palmetto Cocktail

Savory lemon filling sandwiched between two warm spiced-molasses cookies? Sounds like the only thing missing is rum. Get the recipe and pairing</i> …

Netflix reminds everyone it’s creeping on them

This week Netflix trumpeted its users collectively streaming one billion hours of content weekly in 2017.<p>Also this week: Netflix reminded its ~110M global subscribers that while they’re paying to watch the content available on its platform, Netflix is busy watching what they’re watching…<p>In this age …

Recipe: Chestnut Mont Blanc

Thomas Haas is in the kitchen with his festive recipe for a Chestnut Mont Blanc.<p><b>Shortbread</b><p><i>Ingredients</i><p>1/3 cup sugar<br>¾ cup butter<br>Pinch of salt<br>1 ½ cups + …

What to do when your relationship is stressing you out

<i>This is part of a series looking at micro skills – changes that employees can make to improve their health and life at work and at home, and employers can make to improve the workplace. The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell have created the Employee Recommended Workplace Award to honour companies</i> …

Holiday gift ideas: 15 stocking stuffers under $20

Stocking stuffers are holiday favourites, which means when it comes to budget, most people would like to keep things as inexpensive as possible.<p>And …

25 Cookie Recipes You Won't Believe Are Vegan

Typically, cookies are not considered a vegan diet staple. Most recipes contain eggs or some animal byproduct that would violate the diet. That may be the case for most desserts or sweet treats, but these 25 cookie recipes are vegan-diet-approved and can even fool nonvegans just by how tasty they …

Dessert

The One Shortbread Cookie Recipe You Don't Want To Miss This Month

Photo, Roberto Caruso.<p>Shortbread cookies are an annual tradition. And, it’s hard to mess with a classic. So we didn’t! Instead, these cookies …

Dessert

20 Great Scifi Movies You May Have Missed in 2017 (But Shouldn't Have)

If nothing else, 2017 has been a truly great year for science fiction and fantasy films. While many have been major motion pictures that no one could …

Date cake tastes like holidays, will make you forget fruitcake jokes

Despite the jokes, we enjoy fruitcake in our house. Likewise, the dark fruit flavors of mincemeat, plum puddings, stollen and lebkuchen. They prove a bold contrast to all the sugar cookies, peppermint bark and homemade fudge — which we also love.<p>Cakes made with dates are relatively new to our …

Baking

Boozy Balls Are the Season's Classy Answer to the Jell-O Shot

The holidays give us carte blanche to consume both alcohol and sugar with reckless abandon—bonus points if you can streamline the process. Gelatinous …

'Would you be willing?': words to turn a conversation around (and those to avoid)

It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it – isn’t it? According to language analysts, we may have this wrong. ‘‘We are pushed and pulled around by language far more than we realise,” says Elizabeth Stokoe, professor of social interaction at Loughborough University. Stokoe and her colleagues have …

Self-help

The Happiest Companies To Work For In 2018

Companies that keep employees happy aren’t just helping their workers—they’re helping themselves, since satisfied workers are more productive. In fact, a mutual fund that invests in companies with positive workplace ratings, Parnassus Endeavor, has beaten the market handily over the past 10 …

Financial Services

This Red Wine Brownies Recipe Will Take Your Dessert Game up a Notch

Step 1<p>Preheat oven to 370°F. Assemble all ingredients.<p>Step 2<p>Melt chocolate and butter in a microwave for about 45 seconds.<p>Step 3<p>Mix chocolate and …

Dessert

15 science fiction and fantasy books to read this December

Space operas, fairy tales, and a whole bunch of trilogy-enders<p>We’ve reached the end of 2017, and it’s been quite the year for books. December tends to be the slow period of the publishing calendar, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some exciting books hitting stores this month.<p>I’ve been …

The Best Sugar Cookie Recipes Of All Time

We've even got vegan and gluten-free recipes.<p>Now that we’re done stuffing ourselves with Thanksgiving turkey and mashed potatoes, the holiday season naturally shifts us away from salty food and hurls us toward an abundance of sugar. To be more exact, we’re talking about sugar cookies.<p>As soon as …

Websites use your CPU to mine cryptocurrency even when you close your browser

Resource-draining code hides in pop-under windows that can remain open indefinitely.<p>Researchers have discovered a new technique that lets hackers and …

The Third Date Egg Scramble

Since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced that their recent engagement took place over roast chicken, the internet has once again been all …

Breakfast

Is Dollarama about to meet its match? Miniso, Japan’s $2.99-store, plans to open 500 shops

TORONTO — Japanese dollar store Miniso is expanding across Canada and has been described as Dollarama’s biggest potential threat, but its diverse …

Business Development

Let This Warm, Spicy Beef Bowl Wake Up Your Palate

Fusion food, to me, sounds like a throwback to outrageous dining trends from the 1980s. It's almost used as an insult now, as if it <i>can't</i> be good, thanks to ill-conceived mash-ups of foods that just don't pair well together, the creation of dishes for the sake of novelty—rather than flavor—and, as …

Gift Guide for Tabletop Gamers 2017

It was another exciting year for tabletop games and the nerds who love them. This was a year (plus) for re-releases of classic titles (<i>Necromunda</i>,</i> …

Board Games

Top 30 Slow Cooker Recipes

The slow cooker makes cooking a hearty and hot meal easy even on weekdays -- while you're working -- and on busy weekends when you have better things …

Cooking

Gorillas in our midst

No one could tell Hillary Richard what to expect on her winding trek through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. But her journey into the treacherous Ugandan thicket is all worth it when she meets the giants living within<p>Looking out the window of an 11-seat Cessna plane, I fixate on the aerial view of …

Richard Feynman And John Wheeler Revolutionized Time, Reality, And Our Quantum Universe

In the years prior to World War II, physics was in an odd, post-revolutionary state. Quantum mechanics and Einstein’s General Relativity had turned our picture of a classical, deterministic Universe upside down. It was replaced with indeterminate states, wavefunctions instead of particles, and a …

Quantum Mechanics

The Best Slow Cooker Recipes for an Office Thanksgiving

As you decide what to make for your office Thanksgiving potluck, know that your slow cooker is your number-one ally. In addition to those easy …

Cook this: Soft and fudgy chocolate, banana and pecan cookies

<i>Our cookbook of the week is Sweet: Desserts from London’s Ottolenghi, by award-winning author Yotam Ottolenghi and pastry chef Helen Goh. Over the</i> …

Announcing the 2017 World Fantasy Award Winners

The winners for the 2017 World Fantasy Awards have been announced! This year’s award ceremony was held at the World Fantasy Convention, November 2-5, …