How to Make Classic Tourtière (Québec Pork Pie Recipe)

On Christmas Eve, we almost always head to a beautiful candlelight service at our church and then drive home through the falling snow (on the years that it snows, obviously) to enjoy a late supper of Tourtière – Québec pork pie. This is a tradition fondly practiced throughout Québec, whether preceded by a religious service or not.

At our home, the tourtière is homemade, and we enjoy it throughout the holidays, not just on Christmas Eve. As I write, six wrapped pies sit in my deep freezer, waiting to be baked to golden perfection.

Essentially, tourtière is a meat pie; lightly spiced ground pork layered between flaky pastry, and served with a chunky green ketchup. It’s total comfort food, loved by all and needs nothing save a tossed salad or bowl of steamed peas to make up a complete meal. It can be enjoyed warm or cold, for brunch, lunch, or dinner – and makes a splendid midnight feast.

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Weekend Links

Today’s weekend links are all over the place, but that merely mirrors the kind of week I’ve had. I’ve been running around with two fist fulls of little unfinished projects, all requiring just 15-20 minutes of my time, but adding up to hours and hours of work. Does anyone else ever feel like this?

Thankfully, Danny is now on holidays (Yay!) and is around to swoop in and whisk the kids away on the toboggan so I can have a moment’s peace to finish writing a handful of Christmas cards.

In no particular order, here are a few links I loved this week.

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Weekend Giveaway: Tattler Canning Lids

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Kaytee! A big thank you to all who entered.
Today I’m very pleased to offer you another opportunity to win a bundle of BPA-free reusable canning lids from Tattler!
Tattler is a US company that makes plastic, but BPA-free, reusable canning lids that are quickly being snapped up by professionals and amateurs alike. Why, you may ask? [Read more...]

Citrus & Pomegranate with Vanilla Syrup: A Holiday Fruit Salad

There’s one week until Christmas Eve! I don’t know about you, but I’ve got to slow down on the shortbread, mincemeat tarts, and eggnog, and start saving room for Christmas dinner!

Today’s guilt-free recipe is fresh, seasonal and festive. It features an array of winter citrus and crimson pomegranate, presented prettily in a fresh take on a fruit salad.

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Beautiful Cookies for the Artistically Inept (Brown Sugar Molded Cookies)

Written by Lynn Craig of Cookie Baker Lynn.
This is undeniably the season for making cookies. Cookie swaps, cookie plates for the neighbors, gifts of cookies for teachers, and nostalgia all demand that we spend some time in the kitchen. Even people who rarely bake the rest of the year will dust off their old, faithful cookie book and bake up a batch or two of the family favorites.

Because I bake cookies all the time, I like to create something different, really beautiful and special for gifting. Unfortunately I have the decorating skills of a four-year-old on a sugar high. Lots of enthusiasm, not so much art.

I don’t have the patience or steady hands to intricately frost a cookie, let alone a dozen cookies! Fortunately there is a way to make gorgeous cookies for the artistically handicapped, like myself, that doesn’t take days and days of work.

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