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Insanely Fast Burgers

Insanely Fast Burgers

You don’t need to buy pre-made burgers if you’re short on time, especially when you know this trick for insanely fast burgers. Preheat BBQ to high heat. Take a pound of ground beef, press it into a large flat square (about ½ inch thick), and slice it into 4 quarters. ...

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My Big Mac Sauce Recipe

My Big Mac Sauce Recipe

This past weekend I went to the cottage with a bunch of friends and had a blast as always.  I’m pretty sure we all wore the same out fit from Friday straight through to Sunday. It was totally a lazy cottage weekend.   On Saturday we made burgers.  The boys ...

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Why Onion Powder in Burgers is Tasty

Why Onion Powder in Burgers is Tasty

Burgers cook very quickly over high, high heat.  Which means, raw diced onion added to the burger meat never fully cooks – regardless of how thick the burger is. One solution is to grate the onion (which essentially turns it into onion juice) into the burger mix, but you’ll cry doing ...

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Thai Noodle Salad

Osheaga Thai Noodle Salad

On the 3rd day of Osheaga, Zak and I went looking for something refreshing and tasty to eat.   We headed to the electronic stage to see about a vegetarian food truck we had heard about.  At the edge of the bouncing dance floor, (though the dancing continued right onto ...

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Cooking Tips

salad with oil and vinegar

How to Dress a Salad with Oil and Vinegar

It’s not always necessary to mix a vinaigrette, especially if you’re only making a simple salad.  An easier way is to toss the salad greens with a little olive oil (enough to make the leaves glisten), then season the salad with a touch of vinegar (like you would with salt) ...

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Dried Bay Leaves

It’s Soup, Stew, and Chili Season – Check Your Bay Leaves!

Check the colour and fragrance of your bay leaves.  If they’re brown with no scent, it’s time to throw them out – they are flavourless!  If you don’t go through bay leaves fast enough, split a pack with your favourite neighbour!

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Image with fresh herbs and description of how to make them last longer

Make Fresh Herbs Last Longer

What is the best way to store fresh herbs so they last longer? The best way to store fresh herbs so that they last longer is: wash in cold water dry herbs slightly wrap herbs in paper towel (or a clean dish towel) storing in a container or plastic bag ...

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Deconstructed Turkey

My Top 10 Helpful Hints for Cooking a Tasty Holiday Dinner

1. You can make anyone love Brussels sprouts if you treat the sprouts like cabbage. Just shred and sauté with a little butter, salt, and pepper until tender. Use the slicing wheel on your food processor to shred them quickly – it takes seconds.  Here’s a really easy recipe for ...

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Ask Kary

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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The Ingredients You Should Always Have in Your Kitchen

The Ingredients You Should Always Have in Your Kitchen

Ask Kary: What Ingredients Should I Have in My Kitchen? To make your cooking experience fun and stress-free, stock up on kitchen staples! Having these basics on hand make it easy to whip up last-minute weekday meals.  With the items on this list, you can make potato pancakes, a simple ...

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How to Thicken Spaghetti Sauce

How to Thicken Spaghetti Sauce

Ask Kary: My spaghetti sauce is always too thin. I like a nice thick sauce, but I can’t seem to achieve this? I loved this question from last month’s Facebook Q&A, so much so I thought I’d explain the answer in more detail. To thicken a spaghetti sauce, you must ...

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Must have herbs and spices

What are Your Must-Have Herbs and Spices?

Herbs and spices are a pantry necessity, they add fragrance and flavour to so many dishes! I am regularly asked what my must have herbs and spices are. Here they are: Bay leaves: use in stews, chillis and curries. Black pepper: salt’s partner. Cayenne powder: hot, hot, hot. Chilli powder: a blend ...

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