Le Creuset Classic Steel Stockpot
From soups to gravies, a good stock is the basis of just about all our favourite winter dishes. Create your own savoury stock from scratch with this gorgeous enamelled stockpot from Le Creuset. The durable 11.4-litre (three gallon) Classic Steel Stockpot is crafted from heavy-gauge steel and features a high-profile design and tight-fitting lid for just-right cooking. Dishwasher safe, it even saves you on cleaning as well.
Crescent Moon Eva Snowshoes
Make the most of the snowy season with gear fashioned for outdoor adventure. These Crescent Moon Eva Snowshoes look like they were made for walking on the moon, and after you try them, you’ll be feeling as if you were! A departure from aluminum-frame snowshoes, the Evas are made of layered foam to approximate the feel of running shoes. Deep cleats offer on-snow stability, and a teardrop shape and rocker profile provide a natural stride and good flotation. Best of all, the construction makes it quieter than other designs, so you can still appreciate the sounds of nature that surround you. mec.ca
Wrappily Eco-Friendly Wrapping Paper
While there are plenty of fun DIY wrapping ideas out there—from reusing fabrics at home to covering paper in chalkboard paint for a personalized touch—you can still have your holiday prints and maintain your enviro-ethics, too, with Wrappily’s fun papers. From Christmas trees and reindeer to poinsettias and mistletoe, Wrappily’s designs are printed on recycled paper, using gentler, soy-based inks. wrappily.com
Inniskillin Vidal Icewine 2016
To make icewine, grapes are left on the vine well into the winter months, to concentrate and intensify the flavours. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Canada, with its many, long months of winter, is recognized as the world’s largest and highest-quality producer of icewine. Inniskillin is largely credited with putting Canadian icewine on the map—its 1989 vintage won the Grand Prix d’Honneur at Vinexpo, and the 2015 vintage took home a gold medal at the 2017 Wine Awards of Canada. The Inniskillin Vidal Icewine 2016 features delicious creamy peach, candied citrus peel and honey flavours, and goes especially well with a raspberry mousse or Gruyère. The dessert wine makes for a great finish to an elegant holiday meal, or a delightful hostess gift.lcbo.com
John Deere 2-Stage Snowblower
For those with larger properties, a heavy-duty snowblower like this John Deere 112 cm (44 inch) 2-stage snowblower could come in super-handy this winter. Ideal for home and estate owners in heavy snow regions, this snowblower is new for 2018 and features improved performance, reduced setup time and easier operation. A new mounting system produces a 50 percent smaller storage footprint, while a premium lift handle and improved ergonomics of the control lever make it easier to use. Note that use of tire chains and weights (both sold separately) is highly recommended for proper traction.
Carhartt Yukon Extremes Coverall/Arctic Quilt Lined
Arctic temperatures call for arctic gear, like these insulated coveralls from Carhartt. Keep the chill at bay while you tend to your flock with this one-piece, which features a heavyweight, water-repellent, 1,000-denier Cordura nylon shell and nylon lining quilting to arctic-weight polyester insulation.Double knees with clean-out bottoms accommodate knee pads, while ankle-to-waist, two-way leg zippers have protective wind flaps and snap closure. The coveralls include snaps under the collar for an optional hood.carhartt.com
Modified (DVD), the multi-award-winning documentary from Canadian food blogger, filmmaker and gardener Aube Giroux, is a bittersweet exposé of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food system. But it’s also so much more, and it’s the more that will have viewers reaching for a tissue. (Sorry, no spoilers!) Modified is also a love story, casting a tender eye on the bond between a daughter and her mother; a woman and her garden; a filmmaker and the food she cooks, and the small, sustainable farms that produce it. It’s also about loss: the loss of biodiversity, communities, small farms and even small towns. In the hands of a lesser storyteller, this documentary might have been as dry as a biscuit, but Giroux peppers the film with humour; clever stop-motion animations; clear, entertaining and understandable explanations of the science; and delicious recipes à la her award-winning PBS series, Kitchen Vignettes.modifiedthefilm.com – Signe Langford