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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

How to Soften Butter for Toast

How many times have you gone to spread butter on toast only to realize you’ve forgotten to refill the butter dish? I’ll admit it, I do it all the time. And it’s not because I’m lazy.  It’s usually because after the last bit of softened butter gets used, I toss ...

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Deconstructed Turkey

My Top 10 Helpful Hints for Cooking a Tasty Holiday Dinner

1. You can make anyone love Brussels sprouts if you treat the sprouts like cabbage. Just shred and sauté with a little butter, salt, and pepper until tender. Use the slicing wheel on your food processor to shred them quickly – it takes seconds.  Here’s a really easy recipe for ...

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How to grill fish using foil

How To Grill Delicate Fish

Last year, I visited Australia and noticed something different about the type of BBQ they use. They grilled on a griddle, rather than on a grill. But why? “Because fish stick to the grill and we cook a lot of fish,” said our tour guide. To which I said, “That’s ...

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Food processor with radishes in the chamber

Save Time With Your Food Processor!

This is the time of year to put your food processor to work as an extra set of hands in the kitchen. Why spend minutes on chopping and grating when you can take only seconds?!? Especially if you’re cooking a feast! Dust Off Your Food Processor! The “S” Blade: The “s” blade ...

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How to Grill Chicken Wings

How to Grill Chicken Wings

Grilling chicken wings is easy, you just need to be mindful of how much heat you’re using.  Chicken wings cooked over high heat will melt the fat too quickly, causing annoying (and dangerous!) flare-ups and burnt chicken wings — no thanks!   For Grilled Chicken Wings That Have Crispy Skin ...

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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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How to Thicken Spaghetti Sauce

How to Thicken Spaghetti Sauce

Ask Kary: My spaghetti sauce is always too thin. I like a nice thick sauce, but I can’t seem to achieve this? I loved this question from last month’s Facebook Q&A, so much so I thought I’d explain the answer in more detail. To thicken a spaghetti sauce, you must ...

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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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