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how to maintain wooden cutting boards

How to Maintain Wooden Cutting Boards

Most wooden cutting boards come pre-oiled and ready to repel anything it comes in contact with. However, with every wash, the oil slowly wears away, eventually leaving a dry board that will absorb liquids and odours and is also vulnerable to cracking. This is why it’s important to maintain wooden cutting ...

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Sautéed Rapini with garlic and red pepper flakes

Sautéed Rapini with Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes

This sautéed rapini dish is a great side for a rich stew, pasta with sauce, veal Parmesan, or a slow-cooked pork roast. It would even be perfect between two slices of bread and topped with provolone cheese. You might find this veggie bitter, but it is a great palate cleanser. Blanching rapini ...

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Chicken Tacos

Chicken Tacos

This is my easy go-to chicken recipe.  If I’m asked to make a dish for a cottage weekend or causal dinner with friends, I’ll make these Mexican shredded chicken tacos. The toppings you put out with the tacos is where you can go simple or have a lot of fun. ...

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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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Cooking Tips

Balance the acidity in tomato sauce

Balance the Acidity in Your Tomato Sauce

To improve a slightly acidic tasting tomato sauce, add a pinch of sugar. It’s amazing how a pinch of sugar will balance out the acidity in the sauce and boost the flavour. Balance the Acidity in Your Tomato Sauce is published on 2013-04-14T21:23:35-04:00 and last modified: 2014-02-13T17:24:44-05:00 by Kary Osmond

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Choose Avocados at Different Stages of Ripeness

When choosing avocados for the week, pick them at different stages of ripeness – 1 ripe, 1 almost ripe, and 1 unripe. The ones that aren’t ripe when you buy them will ripen through the week. If you only have the choice of ripe avocados, store them in the fridge ...

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Recipes on kitchen cupboard

Keeping Your Best Recipes On Hand

Having trouble finding your best recipes? Tape your favourite “go-to” recipes to the inside of your kitchen cupboard door. Doing this will save you loads of time when you need to double check how much of an ingredient to use. It they’re taped to the inside of your kitchen cupboard door, they’ll ...

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How to dry produce quickly

How To Dry Potatoes Quickly

  Washed potatoes need to be dried before being tossed in oil and placed in a hot oven to cook and crisp.  If the potatoes are wet when they go in the oven, they’ll steam instead of roast. Also, oil won’t stick to wet potatoes, which means they won’t get ...

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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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How to Ripen Tomatoes

How to Ripen a Tomato

How To Ripen a Tomato: The easiest way to ripen a tomato is by controlling the temperature.  Warmer temperatures speed up the ripening process and cooler temperatures slow it down.   To help a tomato reach its full flavour potential, place it in a warm spot in the kitchen. You don’t even need direct sunlight, any warm ...

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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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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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