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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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Crispy Home Fries in a red lipped dish

Spice Up your Breakfast Potatoes

Add a sprinkle of curry powder and salt to your breakfast potatoes while they cook. The curry powder adds a touch of awesomeness or, as my friend Andree Souliere would say, a little ‘je ne sais quoi!” Do you have a favourite way to spice up your breakfast potatoes? Leave ...

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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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Quick substitution for shallot

What is a Substitute for Shallots?

If a recipe calls for shallots and you’re fresh out, you can use equal parts minced garlic and green onion instead. What is a Substitute for Shallots? is published on 2013-05-27T18:21:01-04:00 and last modified: 2014-02-13T17:17:37-05:00 by Kary Osmond

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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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Shredding Cabbage instead of Slicing it

Having Trouble Slicing Cabbage Thin for Coleslaw?

If you don’t have a sharp knife or a food processor, thinly slicing a head of cabbage  for coleslaw can be tricky.Try cutting the head of cabbage into quarters and shred on the large-hole side of a box grater. The consistency of the cabbage will be that of KFC’s famous green ...

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The Ingredients You Should Always Have in Your Kitchen

The Ingredients You Should Always Have in Your Kitchen

Ask Kary: What Ingredients Should I Have in My Kitchen? To make your cooking experience fun and stress-free, stock up on kitchen staples! Having these basics on hand make it easy to whip up last-minute weekday meals.  With the items on this list, you can make potato pancakes, a simple ...

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Salt the Cabbage for Coleslaw

Why do Only Some Recipes Tell You to Salt the Cabbage for Coleslaw?

Why do only some coleslaw recipes (creamy or not) instruct you to toss shredded cabbage with salt and then let it sit for an hour before you dress it? When you make a quick coleslaw recipe (no salting), you’ll notice after a while that the coleslaw looks and tastes watery. ...

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How to cook with herbs

How to Use Fresh Herbs in Cooking

With spring comes an abundance of fresh herbs. But, do you understand how to use fresh herbs in cooking?   Take rosemary, for example. If you chew a sprig of rosemary, it tastes pungent and bitter and also leaves an irritating numbing sensation on your tongue. However, if you rub ...

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