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Chickpea Curry Soup

Chickpea Curry Soup

This week has been cold in Toronto, it’s the kind of bitter cold we don’t usually experience until well into January. Brrrrrr! It’s the kind of weather that makes you crave a bowl of hot soup, especially if you live in Buffalo (holy cannoli that’s a lot of snow they’re ...

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Green tea that isn't bitter

How To Make Green Tea That Isn’t Bitter

I love a cup of green tea when I’m out for Chinese food or Sushi.The perfect cup of green tea is always soothing, like a big, warm hug. However, when I’ve brewed green tea at home or ordered it at a café, the tea always tasted bitter – Yuck! Totally ...

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What do you do if you don't have a lid?

What To Do When You Don’t Have a Lid

So, you’re making a delicious stir-fry and you’ve just added the broccoli. The recipe tells you to add a splash of water and then cover the pan to steam the broccoli. But wait! You don’t have a lid for that pan! What do you do??? Most woks and large frying ...

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Sausage and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

Sausage and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

These sausage and couscous stuffed peppers are easy to make, especially if you have all the ingredients prepped before you head to the stove. Most stuffed pepper recipes use rice, instead I’m using couscous because it’s a time saver. The couscous cooks in the sauce, rather than being boiled ahead ...

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Cooking Tips

small bottle of white wine

Tired of Bringing Wine as a Hostess Gift?

Love this idea. Instead of bringing the usual bottle of wine as a hostess gift, fill a small basket with some of your favourite ingredients from the grocery store. You could even theme your basket. For a BBQ party, fill the basket with sauces, marinades, spice blends, pretty napkins and ...

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How To Store Fresh Herbs So They Last

How To Store Fresh Herbs So They Last

  Learning how to store fresh herbs properly will save you time and money!   Delicate herbs, like parsley, tarragon, dill, chives, or cilantro, can be kept in the fridge, but they need to be protected. I like to trim the base of the stems about 1 inch back, remove the ...

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Do you cook on an Electric stovetop

How to Properly Heat a Pan on an Electric Stove Top

5 Minutes before you are ready to sauté (cook and stir), heat a pan over the lowest heat possible. This method gradually and evenly heats the pan. Just before you’re ready to sauté, crank the heat to the needed temperature and start cooking. Heating a pan too quickly creates hot ...

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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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When to use which lentil?

How do you Cook Dried Beans Using the Quick-Soak Method?

I love to cook dried beans using the quick-soak method. Every time I soak beans overnight intending to cook them the next day, something always comes up and the soaked beans never get cooked! This quick-soak method involves pre-soaking dried beans in boiling water until they’re moist all the way through ...

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Blocks of Puff and Phyllo Pastry

What is the Difference Between Phyllo and Puff Pastry?

I was asked this question a few weeks ago and thought it was a great question, especially with holiday entertaining just around the corner. Here’s where is can get confusing: Both are great for making appetizers. Both are Ready-Made pastry. Both just have to be baked. Both are used for ...

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reuse frying oils

Can You Reuse Cooking Oil?

Since posting the breaded cauliflower recipe, I had a friend ask “Can you reuse cooking oil?” The answer is YES, but it needs to be filtered first to remove the brown bits of food – if you reuse the oil without removing the browned bits, they’ll burn the next time ...

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How to read a recipe

How to Read a Recipe

With all the recipes I’ve posted lately, I thought it would be a good idea to do a refresher course on How to Read a Recipe. Reading a recipe might seem like common sense, but you never know, you might just learn something new! What is a recipe? A recipe ...

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