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Kary, Steven, and Chris hang out on set.

Meatless Monday with Steven & Chris

Last week I was on Steven & Chris, my home away from home.  Cooking with those two is like cooking with your favourite brothers.  They’re slightly evil, just like any siblings are to each other. And they know exactly how to press my buttons too! Despite the fun rivalry, we always have a ...

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Peameal Bacon Sandwich

Peameal Bacon Sandwich

Growing up, it was a family tradition to go to the Unionville Festival early in the morning to catch the parade (I was a figure skater, so I usually walked in it) and order a Peameal Bacon Sandwich from The Arms, aka, The Unionville Arms Pub & Grill. The peameal ...

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Mom's Spinach Dip

Mom’s Spinach Dip

  If my mom had an event that she was catering, it was almost certain I would find a big container of spinach dip in the fridge. I was no stranger to stealing a few scoops of dip and a handful of cubed soft bread for dipping. It was my ...

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Pizza Dough Cinnamon Buns

Pizza Dough Cinnamon Buns

Print Pizza Dough Cinnamon Buns Rating: 51 Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Yield: 20 Cinnamon Buns IngredientsCinnamon Buns: 1 pound store bought pizza dough ½ cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon salt 1 tablespoon butter, melted Frosting: ½ cup plain cream cheese, softened 1 tablespoon milk ½ cup ...

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Cooking Tips

Tender Turkey

Basting a Roast as it Cooks = Tenderness?

It’s been said that basting a cut of meat as it roasts produces a tender roast, compared to one that has not been basted. Here’s the reason why: when you baste a roast, you are occasionally opening and closing the oven door, right? This lowers the oven’s temperature, which slows ...

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Canned-Whole-Tomatoes-Vs.-Canned-Diced-Tomatoes

Canned Diced Tomatoes vs Canned Whole Tomatoes

You’re making a tomato sauce, should you use canned diced tomatoes or canned whole tomatoes? Besides the obvious, what’s the difference? Answer: Calcium Chloride (CaCl2) What is calcium chloride?  It’s a type of salt, a mineral additive.  And it’s used as a firming agent in canned vegetables. When tomatoes are ...

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Lumpy Gravy fix

How to Fix a Lumpy Gravy

If you end up with lumpy gravy, don’t panic!  Just give it a quick blitz in the blender to smooth it out. Also, here’s a quick way to separate the turkey juice from the fat. Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!  xo k.

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When to use which lentil?

Which Type of Lentil Should I Use?

Brown and green lentils hold their shape well after being cooked.  Red lentils, sometimes golden in colour, turn mushy when fully cooked, use them as a nutritious thickener for soups, sauces, and curries.

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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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How do you Cook Hard-boiled Eggs without the Yolks Turning Greenish?

How do you Cook Hard-Boiled Eggs Without the Yolks Turning Greenish?

Hard-boiled (or hard-cooked) egg yolks will have a greenish outer layer if they are over-cooked. To avoid this, follow these steps: Print Hard-boiled Eggs Rating: 51 Cook Time: 15 minutes Serving Size: 1 Egg per serving Yum IngredientsEggsInstructionsPlace eggs in a single layer in a pot. Gently cover eggs by ...

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can you soften brown sugar?

How Do You Soften Brown Sugar?

It’s easy, all you need is bread and patience. Just stick a piece of bread in the bag of hard sugar and close it tightly.  The brown sugar will absorb the moisture from the bread leaving it soft after 24 hours.  You can also use a terracotta coin, but you ...

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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 ...

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