The slow cooker's gentle heat creates incredible tender and creamy scalloped potatoes. You've got to try them! Photo by Steve Krug.

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Our set-and-forget version of this classic Easter dish is a win-win: Your oven is free to make the holiday ham and the slow cooker's gentle heat creates incredibly tender and creamy potatoes. You'll need at least a six-quart slow cooker for this recipe.

Vegetarian Harvest Lasagna—This lasagna is piled high with sweet potatoes and slow-roasted tomatoes, and layered with creamy béchamel sauce—but the secret's in the fried sage leaves.

Vegetarian Harvest Lasagna

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Ruby-red pomegranate seeds add the perfect amount of tang to this sweet and salty dark chocolate bark. Make it your own by substituting chopped candied oranges, almonds or crystallized ginger for the apricots and the pistachios.

Pomegranate, Pistachio and Apricot Bark

Pomegranate, Pistachio and Apricot Bark - 14 incredibly delicious homemade gifts from the kitchen

Bow tie pasta gets a sophisticated update with white wine, mushrooms and spinach. | Image: Maya Visnyei | Food styling: Claire Stubbs | Prop styling: Lara McGraw

Mushroom and Spinach Bow Ties

Mushroom and Spinach Bow Ties—We love a crisp Sauvignon Blanc for this delicious pasta because the wine's citrus notes balance the dish's rich flavours.

Our ultimate brûlée lemon tart has a caramelized top—to achieve it, you'll need a blowtorch (which can be found at a kitchen supply store). This elegant dessert will be a crowd pleaser! Photo by James Tse.

The Ultimate Brûlée Lemon Tart

What better to match the sun's shine than lemon? These desserts are sure to bring a summery sensation to your meal, no matter which you choose.

Speedy Beef Stroganoff—Our tender beef Stroganoff can be made in less time but with just as much flavour as the classic Russian version. Seared steak, folded in near the end, is our sneaky cheat.

Speedy Beef Stroganoff

Speedy Beef Stroganoff—Our tender beef Stroganoff can be made in less time but with just as much flavour as the classic Russian version. Seared steak, folded in near the end, is our sneaky cheat.

This honey-lime carrots with cipollini onions recipe is convenient for feeding a large crowd because so much of it can be prepared in advance. Try this side dish for this year's Easter feast! Photo by Steve Krug.

Honey-Lime Carrots with Cipollini Onions

Sure, the main dish may get all of the glory, but your holiday feast is only as good as its sidekicks. Here are 20 of our favourite festive side dishes to round out your special meals.

Easter Cream Cups

Easter Cream Cups

Easter Cream Cups—Need an edible spring craft? Have fun with the kids creating these luscious treats.

Tortellini Tomato Bites—These pasta salad skewers are excellent for parties, as they come together in no time. Kids will love them, but for a group of adults, feel free to add stronger flavours, like halved olives or morsels of blue cheese.

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Tortellini Tomato Bites With Cheese Tortellini, Prepar Pesto, Cherry Tomatoes, Balsamic Reduction, Fresh Basil Leaves

Tortellini Tomato Bites—These pasta salad skewers are excellent for parties, as they come together in no time. Kids will love them, but for a group of adults, feel free to add stronger flavours, like halved olives or morsels of blue cheese.

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Tortellini Tomato Bites With Cheese Tortellini, Prepar Pesto, Cherry Tomatoes, Balsamic Reduction, Fresh Basil Leaves

Mini Jam Cheesecakes—Perfect for a holiday dessert tray, these diminutive delectables offer all the pleasure of rich, decadent cheesecake in three small mouthfuls.

Mini Jam Cheesecakes

<strong>The secret to making the lightest and crispiest tempura is using club soda in the batter. To achieve the best texture, you’ll also want to use the batter right after mixing. Serve with a bit of sea salt, or with a mix of tempura sauce and grated daikon for dipping.</strong>

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Peach Blackberry Cheesecake Tart—Almonds and peaches are both part of the rose family, which explains why they pair so beautifully together.

Peach Blackberry Cheesecake Tart

Peach Blackberry Cheesecake Tart—Almonds and peaches are both part of the rose family, which explains why they pair so beautifully together.

Layered between rich lemon mousse and crunchy pistachios, this meringue dessert makes a great finish to Passover seder.

Lemon Pistachio Meringue Crunch

Lemon Pistachio Meringue Crunch —Layered between rich lemon mousse and crunchy pistachios, this meringue dessert makes a great finish to Passover seder. If you prefer, use whipping cream in place of the nondairy topping.

Classic Eggs Benedict

Classic Eggs Benedict

The basis of great eggs Benedict is a perfect hollandaise sauce. When making it, keep the water at a bare simmer so that the egg yolks don't scramble.

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