A small two handled metal basket filled with Buttermilk Spiced Chicken Nuggets sits on a yellow plate on a grey washed wooden table.

Buttermilk Spiced Chicken Nuggets

These ultimate chicken nuggets are juicy, aromatic and layered with flavour. Seasoning the buttermilk marinade and flour coating is the key to the great taste that promises to make any picnic or occasion unforgettable. This recipe is featured in July as one of 15 exceptional recipes found in the 2021 Milk Calendar.

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min/8 hrs
  • Yields: 6-8
A holiday brunch table with plates for canapés, lemon ricotta pancakes, green bean caesar salad and chicken quesadillas.

New Year's Day Brunch

Chef La-toya Fagon and Chef Devan Rajkumar present a brunch menu that takes the ordinary to the extraordinary to celebrate the first days of 2021: Smoked Salmon Brunch Toasts, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Green Bean Caesar Salad & Roasted Chicken Breakfast Quesadillas.

  • Prep Time: 1 hr
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Yields: 4
Six hot chocolate bombs on a white plate.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Bombs

Hot chocolate bombs are becoming a very popular way to enjoy a cozy hot cocoa at home this season, and these DIY versions by Marcella DiLonardo are arriving on time and on trend. “When you pour hot milk over the chocolate bomb, the chocolate shell melts and releases a hot cocoa surprise. Can’t find them at your local market or bake shop? Make your own using sphere-shaped silicone mold trays or bath bomb molds!”

  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min/15 min
  • Yields: 6
Two pull-up cakes sitting side-by-side on a table.

Valentine's Day Tsunami Cake

The Tsunami Pull Up Cake is taking the internet by storm! This 2021 dessert trend is as fun to make as it is to serve. Layers of vanilla cake and fluffy buttercream with a surprise vanilla pudding inspired topping. Watch the cake "ooze" as you serve it table side and cover the edges of the cake.

  • Prep Time: 45 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min/1.5 hrs
  • Yields: 6-8
Bowl of cast iron Thanksgiving dinner on a purple placemat, next to a white bowl of cranberry sauce and a fork.

Cast Iron Thanksgiving Dinner

If you want the flavours of Thanksgiving but don’t want to cook a whole turkey, this one-pan Thanksgiving strata is ideal. It has all of the flavours, texture and ‘wow factor’ of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but will leave you with time to enjoy the holiday. Don’t forget the cranberry sauce! This recipe is the October feature recipe and is one of 15 exceptional recipes found in the 2021 Milk Calendar.

  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hr 20 min
  • Yields: 8-10
A bowl of maple bacon oatmeal topped with fruit on a wooden table.

Slow Cooker Maple Bacon Bowls

Steel cut oats are not as soft as other oat varieties; however, like many large grains, they benefit from a long cooking process. We recommend getting your oatmeal ready the night before so you can wake up to a delicious, hot bowl on a crisp fall morning. Make the topping mixture ahead too so it is ready to spoon on or stir into the slow cooker to also warm through. Be sure to top your bowl with any of your favourite toppings or a big spoonful of Ontario yogurt if you prefer.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 7 hours
  • Yields: 4-6
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