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Baked Western Sandwich

Baked Western Sandwich

If you grew up in my house, I can guarantee you were eating Western Sandwiches as a kid. It’s an egg sandwich that my dad loved to make when he was on breakfast duty.  A Western Sandwich, sometimes called a Denver, is a bell pepper, ham, onion, and fried egg ...

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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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Greek Lemon Potatoes

Greek Lemon Potatoes

Typically, when you order a souvlaki dinner it comes with salad, tzatziki, rice, and Greek Lemon Potatoes.   Greek potatoes have a delicious lemon flavour, and if they’re done well, they’ll be fork-tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. It’s an easy potato recipe to serve as a ...

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Cooking Tips

salad with oil and vinegar

How to Dress a Salad with Oil and Vinegar

It’s not always necessary to mix a vinaigrette, especially if you’re only making a simple salad.  An easier way is to toss the salad greens with a little olive oil (enough to make the leaves glisten), then season the salad with a touch of vinegar (like you would with salt) ...

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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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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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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 read a recipe

How to Read a Recipe

With all the recipes I’ve posted lately, I thought it would be a good idea to do a refresher course on How to Read a Recipe. Reading a recipe might seem like common sense, but you never know, you might just learn something new! What is a recipe? A recipe ...

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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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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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how do you cook in a stainless steel frying pan without food sticking

How do You Cook in a Stainless Steel Frying Pan Without Food Sticking?

It might be tempting to heat the pan on high and then turn the heat down before the food goes in. Doing this will heat the pan quickly, BUT the heat will be uneven. This contributes to food sticking and burning to the bottom of the pan. So, what do ...

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