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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

Recipes on kitchen cupboard

Keeping Your Best Recipes On Hand

Having trouble finding your best recipes? Tape your favourite “go-to” recipes to the inside of your kitchen cupboard door. Doing this will save you loads of time when you need to double check how much of an ingredient to use. It they’re taped to the inside of your kitchen cupboard door, they’ll ...

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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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Separating turkey juice from fat drippings

Use a Turkey Baster to Separate the Pan Drippings from the Fat

If you don’t have a gravy fat separator, use a turkey baster. Pour all the juices from the roasting pan into a measuring cup, and allow the juices and fat to separate (the fat will rise to the top). Then suck up the turkey drippings from the bottom of the ...

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Cucumbers with soft cheese and sun dried tomatoes

How Many Appetizers Per Person?

Planning parties can be stressful. There are tons of details to look after to make sure your guests have an awesome time. Making sure you have enough food to serve your guests doesn’t need to be confusing. How many appetizers per person? Here’s my general rule of thumb: 4 to 6 ...

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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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what types of knives do you use at home

Ask Kary: What Brand of Knife do You Use at Home?

“What Brand of Knife do You Use at Home?” This has to be the most popular question I get asked.  The brand of knife I prefer is “sharp.”  To me, it doesn’t matter what brand of knife I use – as long as it’s sharp and sits well in my hand. ...

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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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Sausage

How Long Does it Usually Take to Cook a Sausage?

Well, it all depends on size! On average, a 1-inch diameter sausage should take about 15 minutes to cook, over medium heat (pan-fried or grilled). Be sure to turn your sausage often for even cooking. You know your sausage is cooked when it feels firm to the touch and still looks juicy. ...

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