Early-spring dinner for four

Take cover from the early spring chill and hibernate for the night with a cozy family dinner for four that's full of classic favourites.

Classic risotto with shrimp and sweet peas

Enjoy a cozy dinner full of cool-weather classics such as risotto, brownies, and squash sprinkled with a few nods to spring (hello, salads and peas). This gourmet-style menu is easy to achieve, simple to tweak, and will satisfy everyone . . . until the the spring thaw hits!

Roasted squash salad with cranberriesPhoto, Roberto Caruso

Roasted squash salad with cranberries.
Photo, Roberto Caruso.


Roasted squash salad
Peppery arugula and warm squash are a perfect match. Top the salad off with feta, pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds) and cranberries.

Roasted cauliflower with tahini
Chop a large head cauliflower into bite-sized pieces and toss with olive oil and salt. Then bake it in the oven while you work on the risotto.




Classic risotto with shrimp and sweet peas


Classic risotto with shrimp and sweet peas
The easy part is the stirring, and the more difficult part is choosing between the classic, roasted squash or double mushroom version.






Best-ever brownies

Best-ever brownies.
Photo, Yvonne Duivenvoorden.


Best-ever brownies
Choose semi-sweet chocolate, or go all out by stirring chopped Skor bars, toffee bits or dried cranberries into the batter with nuts.