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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

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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Food processor with radishes in the chamber

Save Time With Your Food Processor!

This is the time of year to put your food processor to work as an extra set of hands in the kitchen. Why spend minutes on chopping and grating when you can take only seconds?!? Especially if you’re cooking a feast! Dust Off Your Food Processor! The “S” Blade: The “s” blade ...

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cooking utensils in a red bucket

Keep Your Cooking Utensils Handy

Utensils are the tools of your kitchen and are usually needed at a moments notice to stir, whisk, grate, pound, and open.  You don’t want to waste time searching through a messy drawer trying to find a tool you know you have. Helpful Hint: Keep your cooking utensils handy and ...

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Separating turkey juice from fat drippings

Use a Turkey Baster to Separate the Pan Drippings from the Fat

If you don’t have a gravy fat separator, use a turkey baster. Pour all the juices from the roasting pan into a measuring cup, and allow the juices and fat to separate (the fat will rise to the top). Then suck up the turkey drippings from the bottom of the ...

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Ask Kary

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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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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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 with leftover tomato paste

What Do You Do With Leftover Tomato Paste?

Some recipes call for 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, and unless you have tomato paste in a tube, opening up a new can seems pointless.  Especially when you’ll have 9 tablespoons of leftover paste to deal with. There are a few different ways to handle leftover tomato paste, but this ...

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