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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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Thai Noodle Salad

Osheaga Thai Noodle Salad

On the 3rd day of Osheaga, Zak and I went looking for something refreshing and tasty to eat.   We headed to the electronic stage to see about a vegetarian food truck we had heard about.  At the edge of the bouncing dance floor, (though the dancing continued right onto ...

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Summer 2014

Summer 2014

At some point every summer I close my computer and walk away from social media to embrace all the things the great weather brings.  Summer is too short in Canada to let it pass you by.  If you can, you must take full advantage of it.   I just got ...

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Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken

  I developed this Jerk Chicken recipe for my friend’s butcher shop, Di Liso’s Meats, at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto. If you’re ever there, stop by and say hi to Johnny! He’s a great guy who has a wealth of information about all things meat.   Johnny wanted ...

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Cooking Tips

Bunch of bananas

Store Ripe Bananas in the Fridge

My 89 year old Nana has a problem: she says she can never seem to eat all the bananas she buys before they turn soft.  This means she has way too many bananas going into her freezer on a weekly basis to keep up with for baking. The obvious answer to ...

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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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Can You Reuse Parchment Paper?

First, what is parchment paper?  It’s high density paper with a non-stick coating. It can be used to line cookie sheets, cake pans, and muffin tins to keep your baked goods from sticking and make clean-up a breeze. Did you know you can reuse parchment paper?!? I learned this trick from my ...

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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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Ask Kary

reuse frying oils

Can You Reuse Cooking Oil?

Since posting the breaded cauliflower recipe, I had a friend ask “Can you reuse cooking oil?” The answer is YES, but it needs to be filtered first to remove the brown bits of food – if you reuse the oil without removing the browned bits, they’ll burn the next time ...

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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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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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can you soften brown sugar?

How Do You Soften Brown Sugar?

It’s easy, all you need is bread and patience. Just stick a piece of bread in the bag of hard sugar and close it tightly.  The brown sugar will absorb the moisture from the bread leaving it soft after 24 hours.  You can also use a terracotta coin, but you ...

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