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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

how to serve cantaloupe

How to Serve Cantaloupe

This Helpful Hint comes all the way from Kangaroo Island, Australia! Rob, our tour guide, showed us how to serve cantaloupe in a really fun way. Wash the cantaloupe under cold running water Slice it in half, and scoop out the seeds Slice halves into wedges Score each wedge 4-5 ...

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how to guess what a pound feel like

Guesstimating a Pound

A lot of recipes will call for a pound of something – a pound of potatoes, a pound of carrots, etc.  This can easily be figured out if there’s a scale handy.  However, if you’re grabbing produce at the farmers market, a scale may not be around. When guesstimating a ...

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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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Ask Kary

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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Must have herbs and spices

What are Your Must-Have Herbs and Spices?

Herbs and spices are a pantry necessity, they add fragrance and flavour to so many dishes! I am regularly asked what my must have herbs and spices are. Here they are: Bay leaves: use in stews, chillis and curries. Black pepper: salt’s partner. Cayenne powder: hot, hot, hot. Chilli powder: a blend ...

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Father's Day gift ideas, foodie fight

What are Some Great Gift Ideas for Dads Who Love to Cook?

This gift guide has you covered with some great gift ideas for dads who love to cook and some outside-the-box suggestions! Game – Foodie Fight Right now, this is one of my favourite game.  It’s so much fun to play, especially if you think you know everything about food and ...

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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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