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techlifetoday guide to great holiday food and drinks

5 ideas for fabulous holiday cooking and entertaining

Get mouths watering and bells jingling with these tips on turkey prep, seasonal cocktails, delicious (and perfectly built) gingerbread houses, and more! Flip the pics below for stories collected from our archives – just in time for the holidays.

Merry Christmas from the techlifetoday team!

1. The best hot chocolate ever


Watch Culinary Arts instructor Nigel Webber (Cook ’94) make the recipe for the greatest hot chocolate the world has ever known. It's everything this classic beverage should be: creamy, smooth, perfectly spiced and, most importantly, very chocolatey.

2. Turkey done pefectly, in six easy steps

turkey dinner

Say goodbye to turkey jerky! Culinary Arts instructor Jason St. Laurent (class of '05) explains how to cook a perfect bird everytime.

3. How to make a gingerbread house from scratch


Instructor Trevor Stayer (Culinary Arts ’98, Baker Apprenticeship ’03) is a highly qualified pastry engineer. Here are tricks the novice gingerbread house builder shouldn’t go without.

4. 12 cocktails of Christmas


Christmas is a time to be festive. Why shouldn’t cocktails reflect that? Ernest’s Dining Room manager, Mitch McCaskill (Hospitality Management ’09), has the 12 days covered, celebrating each with its own special drink. Here's how to make them.

5. Make a classic fruitcake

The NAIT fruitcake recipe is a tradition in its own right. Thirty years ago, a former Baking instructor brought it from a British bakery, and NAIT students have been making it ever since. For those who wish to carry on that tradition with this classic Christmas confection in their own homes, here’s the famous and failsafe recipe.


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