Once the new year hits and that credit card bill shows up in the mail, you know it’s time for some post-holiday damage control. Stretching your dollar doesn’t have to come with sacrifices, and we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve to share with you.
From saving scraps to making cheap ingredients taste great, a hearty meal doesn’t have to come at a hefty price. So we’ve compiled a slew of recipes that’ll simplify dinnertime, as well as shave a few bucks off your grocery bill. Pork tonkatsu breaded with saltine crackers you already have in your pantry? Check! A honey-spiced ham that pulls double-duty? You’ve got it! And we’ve got can’t-miss pro tips from Canadian chefs on how they stretch their food budgets.
How will you save money in the kitchen this year? We’d love to hear a few of your own tried and true tricks! And if you’ll be attempting a few of our money-saving recipes this new year, be sure to post your photos to Twitter and Instagram. And don’t forget to use our #ricardocuisine hashtag!
(Clockwise from left: Our winter cover; Ricardo plays bartender at his daughter’s Nordic-inspired birthday party; our saltine cracker pork tonkatsu is the ultimate cheap eat; you won’t be able to resist a churro-inspired doughnut drenched in hot chocolate sauce; and a super-colourful bowl of wheat berries, chickpeas and pickled veggies will chase away the winter blues.)
Also in this issue:
- Everything tastes better in a bowl. Case in point: our five flawless recipes that are bursting with flavour. From a quinoa salad bowl that utilizes last night’s chicken leftovers to a breakfast rice pudding that’ll start your day on the right foot, get ready to be bowled over, starting on p. 81.
- Hot, meltingly, and messy chocolate… Drooling yet? During the cold winter months, comfort comes in the form of a gooey chocolate soufflé or a piping mug of hot chocolate. So we’ve whipped up five decadent chocolate delights, with extra melt factor. Grab a napkin and head on over to p. 96.
- Last February, Ricardo’s eldest daughter, Béatrice, turned 18 years old. Not one to let such a milestone slide by, the family surprised her with a Nordic-inspired birthday party… held in a car shelter! How did they transform a plain white tent into a winter wonderland? All the recipes and décor tips you need begin on p. 67.