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Mussels with Sausage, Fennel and Pernod

Mussels with Sausage, Fennel and Pernod

This week I was on Breakfast Television Toronto cooking up delicious mussels in a Pernod cream sauce.    Mussels are easy to cook, inexpensive, and perfect for a Friday night.  Did you know that in Belgium, the Netherlands, and France, mussels are consumed with french fries and beer! Sounds like the perfect Friday night to me. ...

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Mini Meatloaf Recipe

Mini Meatloaf Recipe

Steven and Chris wanted me to develop a meatloaf recipe for them. More specifically, they wanted a mini meatloaf recipe. So I scoured the net for inspiration. I knew what I wanted was basically a really juicy, well-seasoned, tender, and oversized meatball, brushed with a slightly sweet sauce and covered ...

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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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Cooking Tips

Instant cooking rack for baked goods

Instant Cooling Rack for Baked Goods

When baked goods come out of the oven, they should be placed on a cooling rack to properly cool, or they tend to steam and loose their gorgeous crust. If you don’t have a cooling rack handy, use skewers to make an instant cooling rack for baked goods.  Line up ...

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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 sautĂ© (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 sautĂ©, crank the heat to the needed temperature and start cooking. Heating a pan too quickly creates hot ...

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store-bought pizza dough

Working with Store-Bought Pizza Dough

Helpful Hints For Working With Store-Bought Pizza Dough: Room temperature dough stretches way easier than cold pizza dough. When using store-bought pizza dough, allow it to sit, covered, on the kitchen counter until it’s room temperature. If you try to roll/stretch it out and it still won’t stretch, let it ...

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Thawing Frozen Steak, Fast

Thaw Frozen Steak, Fast!

You just got home from a long day of work and you haven’t eaten in hours. You have nothing ready to go in the fridge that will satisfy your hunger pangs. But wait! You have a big, thick Highlander Strip Loin steak from your favourite butcher… but it’s frozen rock ...

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Ask Kary

How Long Does an Opened Box of Chicken Stock Last in the Fridge?

It depends on the brand. Some brands say one week, while others say two. To tell if chicken stock has expired, smell it. If it has a stronger smell than plain chicken stock, it’s time to toss it. To help remember when to use it by, write the expiry date on the ...

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how to sauté onion and garlic without the garlic burning

How to Sauté Onion and Garlic Without the Garlic Burning

Why is it that when I sautĂ© onion and garlic together, the garlic always burns? Garlic has less moisture than an onion so it will burn at a faster rate, especially if the heat is too high and the garlic and onions aren’t stirred regularly. A great trick is to ...

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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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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 ...

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