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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

smaller shallots

Choose Smaller Shallots Rather than Larger Ones

I like to buy smaller shallots, about the size of a golf ball. One smaller shallot equals about 1 tablespoon of minced shallot. Buying smaller shallots makes it easier to estimate how many I’ll need for a recipe. It also saves me from having half a shallot in my fridge ...

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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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Brown Bit of Food on the Bottom of the Pan

Are the Bits of Food on the Bottom of the Pan Browning Too Quickly? Deglaze the Pan!

Don’t panic if the browned bits of food on the bottom of the pan (a.k.a. fond) are browning too quickly (seconds away from burning). Just turn the heat down a little and deglaze the bottom of the pan! Add a splash of water and then scrape up the browned bits ...

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cooking utensils in a red bucket

Keep Your Cooking Utensils Handy

Utensils are the tools of your kitchen and are usually needed at a moments notice to stir, whisk, grate, pound, and open.  You don’t want to waste time searching through a messy drawer trying to find a tool you know you have. Helpful Hint: Keep your cooking utensils handy and ...

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Bottle of Dry Vermouth

White Wine Substitute

Some people keep a healthy supply of white wine on hand; ready to be opened at a moments notice, whether it’s for casual sipping, pairing with a meal, or adding to a recipe for a touch of flavour and acidity. Some of us buy it one bottle at time, usually ...

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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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Blocks of Puff and Phyllo Pastry

What is the Difference Between Phyllo and Puff Pastry?

I was asked this question a few weeks ago and thought it was a great question, especially with holiday entertaining just around the corner. Here’s where is can get confusing: Both are great for making appetizers. Both are Ready-Made pastry. Both just have to be baked. Both are used for ...

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