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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

what can i do with leftover wine

What can I do with leftover wine?

Instead of tossing the last little bit of wine (if you have any), freeze it for future sauces! Fill an empty ice cube tray with your leftover wine (red or white) so you can add it to sauces and recipes when you only need a splash.

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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 ...

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how to maintain wooden cutting boards

How to Maintain Wooden Cutting Boards

Most wooden cutting boards come pre-oiled and ready to repel anything it comes in contact with. However, with every wash, the oil slowly wears away, eventually leaving a dry board that will absorb liquids and odours and is also vulnerable to cracking. This is why it’s important to maintain wooden cutting ...

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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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Can You Freeze Your Holiday Cookies?

Making sure you have enough cookies for everyone around the holidays can be tough, but having some extras on hand can be a lifesaver for last-minute or hostess gifts. How do you store those extras until you’re ready for them? Cookies will last longest if they’re stored in an airtight ...

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How to cool quinoa quickly

How to Quickly Cool Quinoa

Common Cooking Question: I love quinoa salads, but I’m never organized enough to cook quinoa ahead of time. Is there a way to quickly cool quinoa? Answer: Yes! Cook the quinoa, spread it on a plate, and place, uncovered, in the fridge for a few minutes. The thinner the quinoa is ...

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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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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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