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Peach and Blueberry Crisp

Peach and Blueberry Crisp

Peach season is here!  Go to the market and pick yourself up a basket of fuzzy peaches. You can tell a peach is ripe when its fragrance becomes extremely sweet, almost like someone has sprayed peach perfume into the air, I love it. The downside though is when a peach ...

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Insanely Fast Burgers

Insanely Fast Burgers

You don’t need to buy pre-made burgers if you’re short on time, especially when you know this trick for insanely fast burgers. Preheat BBQ to high heat. Take a pound of ground beef, press it into a large flat square (about ½ inch thick), and slice it into 4 quarters. ...

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My Big Mac Sauce Recipe

My Big Mac Sauce Recipe

This past weekend I went to the cottage with a bunch of friends and had a blast as always.  I’m pretty sure we all wore the same out fit from Friday straight through to Sunday. It was totally a lazy cottage weekend.   On Saturday we made burgers.  The boys ...

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Why Onion Powder in Burgers is Tasty

Why Onion Powder in Burgers is Tasty

Burgers cook very quickly over high, high heat.  Which means, raw diced onion added to the burger meat never fully cooks – regardless of how thick the burger is. One solution is to grate the onion (which essentially turns it into onion juice) into the burger mix, but you’ll cry doing ...

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Cooking Tips

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 season properly

How To Season Properly – Height Matters!

Have you ever eaten something that looked beautiful on the plate, but had uneven flavour? A possible cause was the technique used to season the food, so today’s tip is How To Season Properly! Take a pinch of salt in between your fingers and sprinkle it from 2 inches high. ...

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Lumpy Gravy fix

How to Fix a Lumpy Gravy

If you end up with lumpy gravy, don’t panic!  Just give it a quick blitz in the blender to smooth it out. Also, here’s a quick way to separate the turkey juice from the fat. Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!  xo k.

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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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Ask Kary

How Long Does an Opened Box of Chicken Stock Last in the Fridge?

It depends on the brand. Some brands say one week, while others say two. To tell if chicken stock has expired, smell it. If it has a stronger smell than plain chicken stock, it’s time to toss it. To help remember when to use it by, write the expiry date on the ...

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Where do you Stick the Thermometer in a Turkey?

Around this time of year, this is one of the most common questions I’m asked!  For the most accurate reading, put the thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh (not the drumstick). How Do I Find the Thigh? The thigh is under the drumstick. To insert the thermometer, you ...

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Should you rinse pasta?

Should You Rinse Pasta?

The Answer: it depends.   Freshly cooked pasta that’s going to be used right away in a sauce SHOULD NOT be rinsed (e.g. spaghetti in a meat sauce).  Rinsing the pasta removes the starchy coating that helps the sauce stick to pasta. The purpose of rinsing pasta is to stop it ...

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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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