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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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What do you do with leftover tomato paste

What Do You Do With Leftover Tomato Paste?

Some recipes call for 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, and unless you have tomato paste in a tube, opening up a new can seems pointless.  Especially when you’ll have 9 tablespoons of leftover paste to deal with. There are a few different ways to handle leftover tomato paste, but this ...

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Canned-Whole-Tomatoes-Vs.-Canned-Diced-Tomatoes

Canned Diced Tomatoes vs Canned Whole Tomatoes

You’re making a tomato sauce, should you use canned diced tomatoes or canned whole tomatoes? Besides the obvious, what’s the difference? Answer: Calcium Chloride (CaCl2) What is calcium chloride?  It’s a type of salt, a mineral additive.  And it’s used as a firming agent in canned vegetables. When tomatoes are ...

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How Do You Get Corn Off The Cob Without Making A Mess?

How Do You Get Corn Off The Cob Without Making A Mess?

Removing corn kernels off the cob can be messy, especially if you have a bunch of cobs to de-kernel.  The kernels tend to bounce, like tiny rubber balls, when they hit the cutting board. They can make a huge mess of your counter and kitchen floor. So, how do you get ...

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how to cut spaghetti squash in half

How to Cut a Spaghetti Squash in Half

Firmly insert the tip of a large, sharp knife into the centre of the squash, then push straight down until the knife is all the way through. Holding the squash firmly with one hand, cut through the squash by wedging the knife towards the cutting board with the other hand. ...

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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 to cool quinoa quickly

How to Quickly Cool Quinoa

Common Cooking Question: I love quinoa salads, but I’m never organized enough to cook quinoa ahead of time. Is there a way to quickly cool quinoa? Answer: Yes! Cook the quinoa, spread it on a plate, and place, uncovered, in the fridge for a few minutes. The thinner the quinoa is ...

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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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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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