Loading

Recent Posts

Summer 2014

Summer 2014

At some point every summer I close my computer and walk away from social media to embrace all the things the great weather brings.  Summer is too short in Canada to let it pass you by.  If you can, you must take full advantage of it.   I just got ...

Read More »
Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken

  I developed this Jerk Chicken recipe for my friend’s butcher shop, Di Liso’s Meats, at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto. If you’re ever there, stop by and say hi to Johnny! He’s a great guy who has a wealth of information about all things meat.   Johnny wanted ...

Read More »
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 ...

Read More »
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 ...

Read More »

Cooking Tips

Testing heat of Thai Chili Peppers

Testing the Heat of a Chili Pepper

I always test the heat of a chili pepper, regardless of if I seed it or not.  Because you never know how spicy a chill will be and everyone is different (even when comparing two of the same type), testing the heat of a chili pepper early can save you ...

Read More »
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!

Read More »
Image of used parchment paper

Can You Reuse Parchment Paper?

First, what is parchment paper?  It’s high density paper with a non-stick coating. It can be used to line cookie sheets, cake pans, and muffin tins to keep your baked goods from sticking and make clean-up a breeze. Did you know you can reuse parchment paper?!? I learned this trick from my ...

Read More »

Protect Your Nonstick Pans

Always wash your nonstick pans by hand. Washing them in the dishwasher will wash away their nonstick coating. Also, avoid using sharp-sided utensils and don’t cook with them over HIGH heat.

Read More »

Ask Kary

How Do I Cook a Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast So That It’s Moist?

How To Cook a Moist Chicken Breast

Last Friday on Facebook, I was asked, “How do I cook a boneless skinless chicken breast so that it’s moist and not dry?” I thought it was a great question, so I’m sharing the answer with you! The trouble with a boneless skinless chicken breast is that there’s no bone ...

Read More »
How to cook with herbs

How to Use Fresh Herbs in Cooking

With spring comes an abundance of fresh herbs. But, do you understand how to use fresh herbs in cooking?   Take rosemary, for example. If you chew a sprig of rosemary, it tastes pungent and bitter and also leaves an irritating numbing sensation on your tongue. However, if you rub ...

Read More »
Should you rinse pasta?

Should You Rinse Pasta?

The Answer: it depends.   Freshly cooked pasta that’s going to be used right away in a sauce SHOULD NOT be rinsed (e.g. spaghetti in a meat sauce).  Rinsing the pasta removes the starchy coating that helps the sauce stick to pasta. The purpose of rinsing pasta is to stop it ...

Read More »
Roasted Spatchcock Chicken

Have you Ever Tried to Spatchcock a Chicken?

“Spatchcock” means to remove the backbone of a whole chicken (or any type of poultry) and then flatten it out, giving it an even thickness. It will cook quicker, giving you a moister chicken with crispier skin – what’s not to love? To Spatchcock a Chicken: Place the whole chicken ...

Read More »