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Kary and Zak 5 year wedding anniversary

Paella

Zak and I celebrated our wedding anniversary Friday night with a big pan of Paella – oh man was it good. Paired with a bottle of extra dry white wine from Spain, it’s the ultimate seafood dish to share. I searched all day for the perfect recipe and only had a ...

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Make Ahead Steel-Cut Oats

Make Ahead Steel-Cut Oats

To help make breakfast less stressful and more nutritious, try this recipe for Make Ahead Steel-Cut Oats (sometimes called Irish Oatmeal). A steel-cut oat is a whole grain that has been cut into small pieces.  Unlike rolled or instant oats, steel-cut oats haven’t been partially pre-cooked, so they retain more of ...

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Thawing Frozen Steak, Fast

Thaw Frozen Steak, Fast!

You just got home from a long day of work and you haven’t eaten in hours. You have nothing ready to go in the fridge that will satisfy your hunger pangs. But wait! You have a big, thick Highlander Strip Loin steak from your favourite butcher… but it’s frozen rock ...

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Pitcher of Caesar Mix

Long Weekend Deliciousness

  Looking for a Delicious Long Weekend Recipe? Whether you’re in charge of the grill, on breakfast duty, or need a recipe for those late night munchies – I’ve got you covered. Hope everyone has a fun and safe September long weekend! xxoo, k.   Something for the Grill: Grilled Shrimp ...

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Cooking Tips

Balance the acidity in tomato sauce

Balance the Acidity in Your Tomato Sauce

To improve a slightly acidic tasting tomato sauce, add a pinch of sugar. It’s amazing how a pinch of sugar will balance out the acidity in the sauce and boost the flavour.

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how to guess what a pound feel like

Guesstimating a Pound

A lot of recipes will call for a pound of something – a pound of potatoes, a pound of carrots, etc.  This can easily be figured out if there’s a scale handy.  However, if you’re grabbing produce at the farmers market, a scale may not be around. When guesstimating a ...

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How Much Juice is in a Lime?

1 fully squeezed juicy lime will give you approximately 2 tablespoons of lime juice.

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Keeping your produce drawer tidy

How to Keep Your Produce Drawers Tidy

I learned this helpful hint from my mother-in-law. Line your produce drawer with a sheet of paper towel; it keeps them tidy and easy to clean.

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Ask Kary

can you soften brown sugar?

How Do You Soften Brown Sugar?

It’s easy, all you need is bread and patience. Just stick a piece of bread in the bag of hard sugar and close it tightly.  The brown sugar will absorb the moisture from the bread leaving it soft after 24 hours.  You can also use a terracotta coin, but you ...

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Shredding Cabbage instead of Slicing it

Having Trouble Slicing Cabbage Thin for Coleslaw?

If you don’t have a sharp knife or a food processor, thinly slicing a head of cabbage  for coleslaw can be tricky.Try cutting the head of cabbage into quarters and shred on the large-hole side of a box grater. The consistency of the cabbage will be that of KFC’s famous green ...

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Salt the Cabbage for Coleslaw

Why do Only Some Recipes Tell You to Salt the Cabbage for Coleslaw?

Why do only some coleslaw recipes (creamy or not) instruct you to toss shredded cabbage with salt and then let it sit for an hour before you dress it? When you make a quick coleslaw recipe (no salting), you’ll notice after a while that the coleslaw looks and tastes watery. ...

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how do you cook in a stainless steel frying pan without food sticking

How do You Cook in a Stainless Steel Frying Pan Without Food Sticking?

It might be tempting to heat the pan on high and then turn the heat down before the food goes in. Doing this will heat the pan quickly, BUT the heat will be uneven. This contributes to food sticking and burning to the bottom of the pan. So, what do ...

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