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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

Instant cooking rack for baked goods

Instant Cooling Rack for Baked Goods

When baked goods come out of the oven, they should be placed on a cooling rack to properly cool, or they tend to steam and loose their gorgeous crust. If you don’t have a cooling rack handy, use skewers to make an instant cooling rack for baked goods.  Line up ...

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Tired of Bringing Wine as a Hostess Gift?

Love this idea. Instead of bringing the usual bottle of wine as a hostess gift, fill a small basket with some of your favourite ingredients from the grocery store. You could even theme your basket. For a BBQ party, fill the basket with sauces, marinades, spice blends, pretty napkins and ...

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Frying Too Quickly?

Helpful Hint: If the ingredients in your frying pan start to cook too quickly, don’t be afraid to slide your pan off the heat for a second. Frying Too Quickly? is published on 2013-07-23T21:08:42-04:00 and last modified: 2014-02-13T17:12:00-05:00 by Kary Osmond

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Keep Your Cooking Utensils Handy

Utensils are the tools of your kitchen and are usually needed at a moments notice to stir, whisk, grate, pound, and open.  You don’t want to waste time searching through a messy drawer trying to find a tool you know you have. Helpful Hint: Keep your cooking utensils handy and ...

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What’s the Best Way to Thaw Frozen Meat?

The best and safest way to thaw frozen meat is in the refrigerator. Thaw frozen meat on a lipped plate (to prevent juices from leaking) in the fridge, and on the lowest shelf. How long does it take to thaw frozen meat in the fridge? Ground meat, stewing beef, steaks ...

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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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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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How to Grill Chicken Wings

How to Grill Chicken Wings

Grilling chicken wings is easy, you just need to be mindful of how much heat you’re using.  Chicken wings cooked over high heat will melt the fat too quickly, causing annoying (and dangerous!) flare-ups and burnt chicken wings — no thanks!   For Grilled Chicken Wings That Have Crispy Skin ...

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