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Saucy with Dina on BT Toronto

Yesterday, I got a little saucy with Dina on BT Toronto.  In case you missed it, check it out! We made two easy pasta sauce recipes: a basic tomato sauce made with only a few ingredients, most of which you probably have in your pantry and penne alla vodka sauce – a ...

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Kary and Zak 5 year wedding anniversary

Paella

Zak and I celebrated our wedding anniversary Friday night with a big pan of Paella – oh man was it good. Paired with a bottle of extra dry white wine from Spain, it’s the ultimate seafood dish to share. I searched all day for the perfect recipe and only had a ...

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Make Ahead Steel-Cut Oats

Make Ahead Steel-Cut Oats

To help make breakfast less stressful and more nutritious, try this recipe for Make Ahead Steel-Cut Oats (sometimes called Irish Oatmeal). A steel-cut oat is a whole grain that has been cut into small pieces.  Unlike rolled or instant oats, steel-cut oats haven’t been partially pre-cooked, so they retain more of ...

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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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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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Tired of Bringing Wine as a Hostess Gift?

Love this idea. Instead of bringing the usual bottle of wine as a hostess gift, fill a small basket with some of your favourite ingredients from the grocery store. You could even theme your basket. For a BBQ party, fill the basket with sauces, marinades, spice blends, pretty napkins and ...

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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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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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Ask Kary

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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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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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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Direct Heat Vs. Indirect Heat

Direct Heat vs. Indirect Heat

When it comes to grilling, what is the difference between Direct Heat and Indirect Heat?   Barbeque recipes will often instruct you to cook using direct heat or indirect heat, and sometimes both.   So, what does this mean?   Knowing the difference between direct heat and indirect heat can be the ...

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