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Easy Pot Roast With Rich Tomato Gravy

There’s no substitute for an old-fashioned pot roast. Its appetizing aromas, wafting through the house, are every bit as good as the meal itself. This easy-to make version using a slow cooker, features a can of tomato soup which creates a sumptuous gravy. Serve it with plenty of creamy mashed potatoes to soak up the sumptuous sauce. Imagine coming home after a long day at work to this comforting and perfect pot roast….bliss

Easy Pot Roast with Rich Tomato Gravy
SLOW COOKER RECIPE
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Ingredients
  1. 1 boneless beef pot roast, chuck, 1
  2. blade or cross rib (3 to 4 lbs/
  3. 1.5 to 2 kg)
  4. 1 tbsp vegetable oil 15 ml
  5. 2 onions, thinly sliced 2
  6. 3 stalks celery, thinly sliced 3
  7. 3 large carrots, cut into chunks 3
  8. 2 cloves garlic, minced 2
  9. 1 tsp dry mustard 5 ml
  10. 1⁄2 tsp dried thyme 2 ml
  11. 1⁄2 tsp cracked black peppercorns 2 ml
  12. 2 tbsp all-purpose flour 30 ml
  13. 1 can (10 oz/284 ml) condensed 1
  14. tomato soup
  15. 1⁄2 cup Hearty Beef Stock (page 43) or 125 ml
  16. ready-to-use beef broth
  17. 2 tbsp packed brown sugar (optional) 30 ml
  18. 2 tbsp balsamic or red wine vinegar 30 ml
  19. (optional)
  20. 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 15 ml
Instructions
  1. Pat roast dry with paper towel. In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add roast and cook, turning, until brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large (minimum 5-quart) slow cooker. Reduce stovetop heat to medium. Add onions, celery and carrots to pan and cook, stirring, until vegetables are softened, about 7 minutes. Add garlic, mustard, thyme and peppercorns and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Sprinkle with flour and stir. Add tomato soup and broth and cook, stirring, until thickened. Pour mixture over roast, cover and cook on Low for 8 hours or on High for 4 hours, until meat is very tender. Remove roast from slow cooker and place on serving platter. Stir brown sugar (if using), vinegar (if using) and Worcestershire sauce into pan juices. Pour sauce over roast or serve in a separate sauceboat. Serve piping hot.
  2. Serves 6 to 8.
Notes
  1. Tip: There is no added salt in this recipe because the tomato soup is fairly high in sodium. Taste the sauce once it is assembled and adjust the seasoning to suit your taste
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Apple Blondies With Brown Sugar Frosting

Both the frosting and the blondie are scrumptious. You’ll have a tough time deciding which you like best so why not have more of both?

Apple Blondies with Brown Sugar Frosting
Apple Blondies with Brown Sugar Frosting
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Ingredients
  1. Blondie
  2. 2⁄3 cup butter, softened 150 ml
  3. 2 cups packed brown sugar 500 ml
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract 5 ml
  6. 2 cups all-purpose flour 500 ml
  7. 2 tsp baking powder 10 ml
  8. 1⁄4 tsp salt 1 ml
  9. 1 cup chopped peeled apples 250 ml
  10. 3⁄4 cup chopped walnuts 175 ml
  11. Brown Sugar Frosting
  12. 1⁄2 cup butter 125 ml
  13. 1 cup packed brown sugar 250 ml
  14. 1⁄4 cup milk or cream 60 ml
  15. 2 cups confectioners’ (icing) sugar, 500 ml sifted
Instructions
  1. Blondie: Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C)
  2. Grease a 13- by 9-inch (33 by 23 cm) baking pan. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until thick and smooth, about 3 minutes. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture on low speed, mixing until blended. Stir in apples and nuts, mixing well. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake until set and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  3. Brown Sugar Frosting: In a small saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar and milk. Bring mixture just to a boil then remove from heat and let cool to lukewarm. Stir in confectioners’ sugar, mixing until smooth. Spread evenly over bar. Let stand until frosting is firm enough to cut. Cut into bars or squares.
Notes
  1. MAKES 20 TO 54 BARS OR SQUARES
  2. Tip: This frosting is very soft when first mixed, which makes it very nice to spread. It firms up on cooling.
  3. Tip: Choose apples that are crisp, tart and not too moist. Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Spartans are good choices for this recipe.
  4. Variation: Omit the frosting if you prefer a plain apple walnut blondie.
  5. Variation: If you’re not a fan of nuts, omit the walnuts.
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Kale and Brussels Sprout Slaw

 

Kale and Brussels Sprout Slaw
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. Dressing
  2. 1⁄4 cup olive oil 60 ml
  3. 2 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon juice 30 ml
  4. 2 TBSP cider vinegar 30 ml
  5. 1 TBSP grainy or Dijon mustard 15 ml
  6. 1 TBSP liquid honey 15 ml
  7. Salad
  8. 5 cups loosely packed kale 1.25 L
  9. 8 large Brussels sprouts ends trimmed
  10. 1 small apple diced
  11. 1⁄3 cup crumbled feta cheese 75 ml
  12. 1⁄3 cup chopped pecans, toasted 75 ml
  13. (see tip, below)
Instructions
  1. Dressing: In a small bowl or jar, whisk or shake together oil, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard and honey.
  2. Salad: Pull the kale leaves off the stalks and discard the stalks. Stack and thinly slice the leaves. Halve the Brussels sprouts lengthwise and thinly slice. In a large bowl, combine kale, Brussels sprouts, apple and feta. Drizzle with dressing and toss to combine. Serve sprinkled with pecans.
Notes
  1. Tip: Toast pecans in a small dry skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan often, until pale golden and fragrant. Let cool before adding to your salad.
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Locally grown  and vitamin-packed cauliflower is available everywhere right now and instead of steaming , try roasting it

Spiced Roasted Cauliflower

Tired of steamed cauliflower? Try roasting it!

Spiced Roasted Cauliflower
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Ingredients
  1. 1 head cauliflower 1
  2. 2 tbsp vegetable oil 30 ml
  3. 2 tsp chili powder 10 ml
  4. 1 tsp ground cumin 5 ml
  5. 1⁄2 tsp salt 2 ml
  6. 1⁄4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 ml
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Separate cauliflower into florets. Toss with oil and spread out on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper, then toss to coat. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring once or twice, until tender and golden.
  2. Serves 4 to 6.
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Ok, so Killer Coleslaw will not get you arrested, but we think it will quickly become your  favourite salad and it tastes even better the next day

Killer Coleslaw

 

 

Killer Coleslaw
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Ingredients
  1. Salad
  2. 1⁄2 cabbage, chopped 1⁄2
  3. 5 green onions, chopped 5
  4. 1⁄4 cup slivered almonds, toasted 60 mL
  5. 1⁄4 cup sunflower seeds, toasted 60 mL
  6. (or sesame seeds)
  7. 1 package (3 oz/85 g) Japanese 1
  8. noodle soup mix (save seasoning
  9. package for dressing)
  10. Dressing
  11. 1⁄4 cup rice (or white) vinegar 60 mL
  12. 1⁄4 cup salad oil 60 mL
  13. Seasoning package from noodles
Instructions
  1. Combine all salad ingredients except noodles. Before serving, crush noodles, combine with salad ingredients and toss with dressing.
Notes
  1. Serves 6
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Roast Turkey with Sage-Bread Stuffing

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Turkey almost always has the place of honour when family and friends gather for holiday meals.  It’s perfect when serving a crowd. 

It’s economical, too, and everyone loves it.  Best of all are the leftovers that get wrapped and placed in the fridge for hearty sandwiches the next day — or even later that night.

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Red Lentil and Vegetable Curry is a fantastic vegetarian main or a swoon worthy side dish

Red Lentil and Vegetable Curry

 

Red lentil and vegetable curry is a fantastic vegetarian main or a swoon worthy side dish

Red Lentil and Vegetable Curry
Red Lentil and Vegetable Curry is a Fantastic Vegetarian Main or a Swoon Worthy Side Dish
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp vegetable oil 15 mL
  2. 1 large onion, finely chopped 1
  3. 4 cloves garlic, minced 4
  4. 3 tbsp mild or medium Indian curry 45 mL
  5. paste
  6. 11⁄2 cups grated peeled sweet potato 375 mL
  7. 1 cup dried red lentils, rinsed 250 mL
  8. 11⁄2 cups tomato sauce 375 mL
  9. 2 cups vegetable broth 500 mL
  10. 3 cups packed baby spinach 750 mL
  11. 11⁄4 cups drained roasted red peppers, 300 mL
  12. chopped
  13. Salt (optional)
  14. 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 30 mL
  15. Chopped tomato
Instructions
  1. Use a 31⁄2- to 4-quart slow cooker. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and curry paste; cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Stir in sweet potato and lentils. Stir in tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Transfer to slow cooker. Stir in broth. Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours or on High for 3 to 4 hours, until lentils are very soft. Stir in spinach and red peppers. Cover and cook on High for about 20 minutes, until spinach is wilted and red peppers are hot. Adjust seasoning with salt, if desired. Serve garnished with cilantro and tomato.
  2. Serves 4 to 6.
Notes
  1. Tip: Heat seekers can use hot Indian curry paste or add cayenne pepper to taste with the spinach.
  2. Tip: Curry pastes can be quite salty. Taste the curry at the end of the cooking time and add salt if necessary.
  3. Variation: Use 1 cup (250 mL) frozen peas instead of the spinach.
  4. Who are “they” anyway?
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NEWS!

Thanks to Gwendolyn Richards of The Calgary Herald  for sharing this news with everyone!

The conversation is lively and punctuated with laughter, just as it should be when friends gather over food. Though it is more than sharing stories happening between the six women. Over that coffee table, a legacy is being passed as the original ladies who formed the Best of Bridge welcome the women who are set to breathe new life into the iconic brand.

Down to just four from the original eight who came up with the Best of Bridge cookbooks some 40 years ago that would become a publishing phenomenon with millions of books sold, the ladies are ready to fully retire and hand over the brand they so carefully built — publishing, touring and selling those books themselves — to the next generation of families. Now, a new group of food writer friends will pick up the mantle as Calgary’s Julie Van Rosendaal and Elizabeth Chorney-Booth and Vernon’s Sue Duncan have been named to carry on writing and creating cookbooks in the Best of Bridge name.

“The essence of Bridge is a group of friends,” says Van Rosendaal.

It’s a move Mary Halpen, Val Robinson, Helen Miles and Joan Wilson have been working toward for several years now, starting in 2008 when publisher Robert Rose licensed the Best of Bridge name and asked if the group knew anyone who might be interested in carrying it on.

Their first thought was Van Rosendaal.

“Julie is the best new idea we’ve had since 2008,” says Miles. “She will breathe new life into the brands. It’ll be good for it.”

They’d met the food writer and CBC columnist years earlier when she asked to meet them to learn more about the world of book publishing. She showed up at the appointment with cookies.

“My mother brought me up on Best of Bridge,” Van Rosendaal says. “It is what people grew up with.”

But, she says, the brand needs new faces to connect Best of Bridge to a new generation of home cooks. “It couldn’t be one person taking over the brand; the whole essence is a group of friends cooking together.”

Through conversations with Robert Rose, Chorney-Booth and Duncan were added to the fold.

For Chorney-Booth, the chance to carry on the Best of Bridge name is an honour. She also grew up on the recipes those eight women created and still enjoys them when her mother and mother-in-law pull out their worn, original versions of the cookbooks.

“I still, no word of a lie, use a lot of their recipes, a lot of the time,” she says.

Since Robert Rose licensed it, a few books have been published under the Best of Bridge name — mostly compilations of recipes from their other books with a few new recipes thrown in. The missing ingredient in those, though, was they lacked a connection between the women and the name they created.

“The pull of Best of Bridge is the ladies. It’s a well-known story among the original generation,” says Chorney-Booth. “In the last few books, there hasn’t been that group of friends behind it. Bringing together new recipe developers who are friends and enjoy cooking, the brand needs that for it to be true to what the original women put together.”

There will be a transition book that comes out this fall, but the one set to be released in the fall of 2016 will be by the new trio under the Best of Bridge name. Their focus will be to build on the name the Best of Bridge ladies created and write books and recipes that are more reflective of the books from days gone by.

“It’s a chance to rebuild a recognizable brand,” says Van Rosendaal.

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Crazy Crunch


Put this in fancy jars and give it as a little extra at Christmas time

Crazy Crunch
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Ingredients
  1. 2 quarts popped popcorn 2 L
  2. 11⁄3 cups pecans 325 mL
  3. 2⁄3 cup almonds 150 mL
  4. 11⁄3 cups granulated sugar 325 mL
  5. 1 tsp vanilla 5 mL
  6. 1 cup margarine 250 mL
  7. 1⁄2 cup corn syrup 125 mL
Instructions
  1. Mix popcorn, pecans and almonds on a cookie sheet. Combine sugar, vanilla, margarine and syrup in a pan. Boil 10 to 15 minutes or to a light caramel color. Pour over corn, pecans and almonds. Mix well. Spread to dry. Makes about 10 cups (2.5 L).
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Traditional Strawberry Jam

It’s strawberry season! The flavor, texture and appearance of this jam outshines a store-bought version every time. The difference is amazing and store-bought can’t hold a candle to jam you make at home, where you hand-select the fruit and other ingredients and add a little love to every jar. 

Traditional Strawberry Jam
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Ingredients
  1. Strawberry jam is one of the most popular preserves to make, especially when local fruit is in season. This recipe uses the long-boil method, with no added pectin.
  2. 6 cups crushed strawberries 1.5 L
  3. 3 tbsp lemon juice 45 mL
  4. 5 cups granulated sugar 1.25 L
Instructions
  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, combine strawberries and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Add sugar in a steady stream, stirring constantly. Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to medium-high and boil rapidly, stirring often and reducing heat further as mixture thickens, for 20 to 22 minutes or until thickened. Test for setting point (see page 24). Remove from heat and skim off any foam. Stir for 5 to 8 minutes to prevent floating fruit.
  2. Ladle into sterilized jars to within 1⁄4 inch (0.5 cm) of rim; wipe rims. Apply prepared lids and rings; tighten rings just until fingertip-tight. Process jars in boiling water canner (see page 27) for 10 minutes. Transfer jars to a towel-lined surface and let rest at room temperature until set. Check seals; refrigerate any unsealed jars for up to 3 weeks. Makes about five 8-ounce (250 mL) jars.
  3. Tip: If you leave the lemon juice out of strawberry jam, it will not set — strawberries are not high enough in acid.
Notes
  1. Tip: If you leave the lemon juice out of strawberry jam, it will not set — strawberries are not high enough in acid.
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An elegant French stew, Beef Bourguignon is always a delicious hit with family and friends

Beef Bourguignon

Beef bourguignon, An Elegant and Delicious French Stew to share with good friends

Beef Bourguignon
Serves 8
An elegant French stew for 8 good friends
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Ingredients
  1. 1⁄2 lb thick-sliced bacon 250 g
  2. 12 to 15 small whole onions, peeled, or 4 handfuls pearl onions, skins removed
  3. 3 lbs lean beef chuck, cut into 1.5 kg 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces
  4. Olive oil
  5. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 3 TBSP flour 45 mL
  7. Salt and black pepper to taste
  8. 3 cups dry red wine 750 mL
  9. 2 cups beef broth 500 mL
  10. Bay leaf
  11. 1⁄2 TSP dried thyme 2 mL
  12. 2 cups sliced mushrooms 500 mL
  13. 4 to 6 large carrots, peeled and 4 to 6 cut in bite-size pieces
  14. 2 TBSP butter 30 mL
  15. Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). In a Dutch oven, sauté bacon until crisp. Remove, cool and coarsely chop. Reserve 1 to 2 TBSP (15 to 30 mL) bacon drippings. Add onions and sauté lightly; remove to another dish.
  2. Add beef to pot (and some oil if necessary) and brown over medium-high heat for 5 minutes; add garlic for the last minute (be careful not to burn). Sprinkle with flour, salt and pepper; stir until flour begins to brown. Add wine, beef broth, bay leaf and thyme. Stir to loosen browned bits on bottom of pot, add onions, cover and place in oven for at least 2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, lightly sauté mushrooms and carrots in butter and set aside. Remove pot from oven, add sautéed veggies and return to oven for another 1⁄2 hour. If more liquid is needed, add beef broth. Garnish with parsley.
Notes
  1. Serve with beaucoup baguettes . . . c’est si bon!
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Try this festive Fruit and Nut Shortbread for your next cookie exchange

Fruit and Nut Shortbread

A colorful addition to your Christmas baking and perfect for cookie exchanges

Fruit and Nut Shortbread
A delicious Fruit and Nut Shortbread
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Ingredients
  1. A colorful addition to your Christmas baking.
  2. 1⁄2 lb butter 250 g
  3. 1 cup brown sugar 250 mL
  4. 1 egg yolk 1
  5. 2 cups flour 500 mL
  6. 2⁄3 cup glacé cherries, halved 150 mL
  7. 1⁄2 cup walnuts, chopped 125 mL
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add yolk and flour. Cut in fruit and nuts. Shape dough into two rolls 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter and roll in waxed paper. Chill overnight. While still cold and waxed paper still on, take a sharp knife and cut thin slices (1⁄8 inch/3 mm). Set on greased cookie sheets, remove waxed paper and bake at 375°F (190°C) for 10 minutes. (Slightly brown edges). Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
Notes
  1. Note: Twist cookies off sheet.
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Killer Quinoa Salad

Something so good for you shouldn’t taste so good, but it does. Serve this nutty-textured salad alone or with grilled chicken or pork. This is an excellent buffet salad that will hold for about an hour.

Killer Quinoa Salad
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Ingredients
  1. Dressing
  2. Finely grated zest and
  3. juice of 1 lemon
  4. 3 tbsp olive or vegetable oil 45 mL
  5. 1⁄2 tsp ground coriander 2 mL
  6. 1⁄2 tsp ground cumin 2 mL
  7. 1⁄2 tsp paprika 2 mL
  8. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  9. Salad
  10. 1 cup red or white quinoa, rinsed well 250 mL
  11. (see tip, opposite)
  12. 1⁄2 tsp salt 2 mL
  13. 2 cups cold water 500 mL
  14. 1 cup dried cranberries 250 mL
  15. 1⁄4 cup finely diced dried apricots 60 mL
  16. Warm water
  17. 2 ripe avocados (see tip, page 129) 2
  18. 2 green onions, sliced diagonally 2
  19. 1⁄4 cup toasted slivered or 60 mL
  20. sliced almonds (see tip, page 127)
  21. Instructions
  22. Dressing: In a bowl, whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, oil, coriander, cumin and paprika. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  23. Salad: In a saucepan, combine quinoa, salt and cold water; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Fluff with a fork, spread on a large baking sheet and let cool completely.
  24. Meanwhile, place cranberries and apricots in a small bowl. Cover with warm water and let stand for about 5 minutes or until plump. Drain and set aside.
  25. Peel avocados and cut into bite-sized chunks. Place in a bowl and toss with 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the dressing to prevent discoloration. Place cooled quinoa in a large salad bowl. Add cranberry mixture, avocados, green onions and almonds. Add the remaining dressing and toss to combine. Serves 6.
  26. Tip: First cultivated by the Incas, quinoa is an ancient grain that is growing in popularity. Available in red and white varieties, it has a mild, nutty flavor and expands four to five times when cooked. It’s important to rinse it thoroughly under cold running water before cooking to remove the slightly bitter coating on the grains. Refrigerate raw quinoa to prevent it from becoming rancid.
  27. Make Ahead: The dressing can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. The quinoa can be cooked up to 1 day in advance; after cooling, transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate.
Instructions
  1. Dressing: In a bowl, whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, oil, coriander, cumin and paprika. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Salad: In a saucepan, combine quinoa, salt and cold water; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Fluff with a fork, spread on a large baking sheet and let cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile, place cranberries and apricots in a small bowl. Cover with warm water and let stand for about 5 minutes or until plump. Drain and set aside.
  4. Peel avocados and cut into bite-sized chunks. Place in a bowl and toss with 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the dressing to prevent discoloration. Place cooled quinoa in a large salad bowl. Add cranberry mixture, avocados, green onions and almonds. Add the remaining dressing and toss to combine. Serves 6.
  5. Tip: First cultivated by the Incas, quinoa is an ancient grain that is growing in popularity. Available in red and white varieties, it has a mild, nutty flavor and expands four to five times when cooked. It’s important to rinse it thoroughly under cold running water before cooking to remove the slightly bitter coating on the grains. Refrigerate raw quinoa to prevent it from becoming rancid.
  6. Make Ahead: The dressing can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. The quinoa can be cooked up to 1 day in advance; after cooling, transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate.
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