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Keeping it Simple with Apples

Keeping it Simple with Apples

Yesterday, Dina and I were at it again – having a blast in the kitchen and cooking up a storm keeping it simple with apples. We made Smoked Gouda and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.  Have you tried adding sliced apple to a grilled cheese before?  It adds a slight sweetness, ...

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Slow-Cooker Turkey Stock

How to Make Turkey Stock in a Slow Cooker

Anytime you enjoy a whole roast turkey (or chicken) for dinner, you’ll end up with a carcass that’s ready to be turned into a delicious stock for noodle soup — pure comfort food. From watching my mom, dad, and nana make turkey stock over the years, I know how easy it ...

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Corn and Potato Soup

Corn and Potato Soup

Try this Corn and Potato Soup recipe, it’s fast and delicious. The combination of sweet corn and salty bacon will leave you asking for a second bowl for sure! This recipe makes a big batch, which is perfect because it freezes well — have some now and save some for ...

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How Do You Get Corn Off The Cob Without Making A Mess?

How Do You Get Corn Off The Cob Without Making A Mess?

Removing corn kernels off the cob can be messy, especially if you have a bunch of cobs to de-kernel.  The kernels tend to bounce, like tiny rubber balls, when they hit the cutting board. They can make a huge mess of your counter and kitchen floor. So, how do you get ...

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Cooking Tips

how to cut spaghetti squash in half

How to Cut a Spaghetti Squash in Half

Firmly insert the tip of a large, sharp knife into the centre of the squash, then push straight down until the knife is all the way through. Holding the squash firmly with one hand, cut through the squash by wedging the knife towards the cutting board with the other hand. ...

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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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smaller shallots

Choose Smaller Shallots Rather than Larger Ones

I like to buy smaller shallots, about the size of a golf ball. One smaller shallot equals about 1 tablespoon of minced shallot. Buying smaller shallots makes it easier to estimate how many I’ll need for a recipe. It also saves me from having half a shallot in my fridge ...

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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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Ask Kary

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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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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thawing meat

What’s the Best Way to Thaw Frozen Meat?

The best and safest way to thaw frozen meat is in the refrigerator. Thaw frozen meat on a lipped plate (to prevent juices from leaking) in the fridge, and on the lowest shelf. How long does it take to thaw frozen meat in the fridge? Ground meat, stewing beef, steaks ...

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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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