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Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken

  I developed this Jerk Chicken recipe for my friend’s butcher shop, Di Liso’s Meats, at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto. If you’re ever there, stop by and say hi to Johnny! He’s a great guy who has a wealth of information about all things meat.   Johnny wanted ...

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Home remedy for how to kill fruit flies

How to Kill Fruit Flies

It’s that time of year again! The sun is shining, the weather is beautiful, and peaches are in season – but so are fruit flies. Those nasty little pests fly around the kitchen and hover around summer fruit ripening on your kitchen counter – gross! They seem to appear out ...

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Fattoush Salad

Fattoush Salad

  Do you have pitas in your bread bin that are starting to dry out? This Fattoush Salad will help you use them up in a delicious way. Fattoush Salad is a Middle Eastern salad that’s made using day-old (or toasted) pitas, chopped vegetables, and fresh herbs. Just like croutons ...

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No Bake Individual Strawberry Cheesecakes

No-Bake Individual Strawberry Cheesecakes

Take advantage of strawberry season with these yummy No-Bake Individual Strawberry Cheesecakes. They’re quick, simple, and tasty — not to mention perfect for entertaining since they get made a head time. And because these Strawberry Cheesecakes are no-bake, you and your house will stay cool!   The bottom layer of this no-bake ...

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Cooking Tips

Bake your nachos, don't broil them

Bake Your Nachos, Don’t Broil Them!

With Superbowl 48 just around the corner, it seems fitting to talk about NACHOS! Do you remember the first time you made nachos? I remember exactly! I was 14 and babysitting with a friend.  We had just put the kids to bed and wanted something tasty to eat, that’s when my ...

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Tender Turkey

Basting a Roast as it Cooks = Tenderness?

It’s been said that basting a cut of meat as it roasts produces a tender roast, compared to one that has not been basted. Here’s the reason why: when you baste a roast, you are occasionally opening and closing the oven door, right? This lowers the oven’s temperature, which slows ...

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Storing Nuts

Nuts stay fresher longer when stored in the freezer.

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How to Soften Butter for Toast

How many times have you gone to spread butter on toast only to realize you’ve forgotten to refill the butter dish? I’ll admit it, I do it all the time. And it’s not because I’m lazy.  It’s usually because after the last bit of softened butter gets used, I toss ...

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How to cool quinoa quickly

How to Quickly Cool Quinoa

Common Cooking Question: I love quinoa salads, but I’m never organized enough to cook quinoa ahead of time. Is there a way to quickly cool quinoa? Answer: Yes! Cook the quinoa, spread it on a plate, and place, uncovered, in the fridge for a few minutes. The thinner the quinoa is ...

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What's the difference between wax paper and parchment paper?

What’s the Difference Between Wax Paper and Parchment Paper?

I learned the hard way that wax paper and parchment paper are not the same thing. One summer afternoon, I was making 2 big pizzas for lunch. I couldn’t find any parchment paper, so I decided to experiment with wax paper.  I knew that you could use wax paper to keep a ...

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how to sauté onion and garlic without the garlic burning

How to Sauté Onion and Garlic Without the Garlic Burning

Why is it that when I sauté onion and garlic together, the garlic always burns? Garlic has less moisture than an onion so it will burn at a faster rate, especially if the heat is too high and the garlic and onions aren’t stirred regularly. A great trick is to ...

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Where do you Stick the Thermometer in a Turkey?

Around this time of year, this is one of the most common questions I’m asked!  For the most accurate reading, put the thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh (not the drumstick). How Do I Find the Thigh? The thigh is under the drumstick. To insert the thermometer, you ...

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