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Fattoush Salad

Fattoush Salad

  Do you have pitas in your bread bin that are starting to dry out? This Fattoush Salad will help you use them up in a delicious way. Fattoush Salad is a Middle Eastern salad that’s made using day-old (or toasted) pitas, chopped vegetables, and fresh herbs. Just like croutons ...

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No Bake Individual Strawberry Cheesecakes

No-Bake Individual Strawberry Cheesecakes

Take advantage of strawberry season with these yummy No-Bake Individual Strawberry Cheesecakes. They’re quick, simple, and tasty — not to mention perfect for entertaining since they get made a head time. And because these Strawberry Cheesecakes are no-bake, you and your house will stay cool!   The bottom layer of this no-bake ...

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Baked Western Sandwich

Baked Western Sandwich

If you grew up in my house, I can guarantee you were eating Western Sandwiches as a kid. It’s an egg sandwich that my dad loved to make when he was on breakfast duty.  A Western Sandwich, sometimes called a Denver, is a bell pepper, ham, onion, and fried egg ...

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Direct Heat Vs. Indirect Heat

Direct Heat vs. Indirect Heat

When it comes to grilling, what is the difference between Direct Heat and Indirect Heat?   Barbeque recipes will often instruct you to cook using direct heat or indirect heat, and sometimes both.   So, what does this mean?   Knowing the difference between direct heat and indirect heat can be the ...

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Cooking Tips

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

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Flatten Garlic Cloves Before Mincing Them

It’s a lot easier to mince a clove of garlic when the clove is first flattened with the side of a knife. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3cBZJvzdyU Flatten Garlic Cloves Before Mincing Them is published on 2012-10-17T21:38:41-04:00 and last modified: 2014-02-13T17:41:27-05:00 by Kary Osmond

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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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Pancake Tips

Helpful Hints for Making Delicious Pancakes!

Tomorrow is Pancake Tuesday! What kind of pancakes are you making? Here are some helpful hints for making delicious pancakes: To make a great pancake, it’s important that you heat your pan properly. To do so, heat your pan slowly over low heat, then turn it up to the desired ...

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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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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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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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What's the difference between wax paper and parchment paper?

What’s the Difference Between Wax Paper and Parchment Paper?

I learned the hard way that wax paper and parchment paper are not the same thing. One summer afternoon, I was making 2 big pizzas for lunch. I couldn’t find any parchment paper, so I decided to experiment with wax paper.  I knew that you could use wax paper to keep a ...

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