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Mom's Spinach Dip

Mom’s Spinach Dip

  If my mom had an event that she was catering, it was almost certain I would find a big container of spinach dip in the fridge. I was no stranger to stealing a few scoops of dip and a handful of cubed soft bread for dipping. It was my ...

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Pizza Dough Cinnamon Buns

Pizza Dough Cinnamon Buns

Kary Osmond Pizza Dough Cinnamon Buns Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Yield: 20 Cinnamon Buns IngredientsCinnamon Buns: 1 pound store bought pizza dough ½ cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon salt 1 tablespoon butter, melted Frosting: ½ cup plain cream cheese, softened 1 tablespoon milk ½ cup confectioners’ ...

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

  Meatballs are always a hit at a holiday party, especially these homemade Sweet & Sour Meatballs. But standing over the stove and browning meatballs in batches is time consuming. So speed things up and cook these meatballs all at once in the oven! The sweet and sour sauce is ...

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Stuffed Date

Stuffed Dates

I fell in love with stuffed dates last summer at a friend’s BBQ.  The salty, sweet, and creamy combination was addictive.  For such a small bite, it packs big flavour. If you’re looking for a delicious, easy appetizer that only needs a few ingredients, this is it.  If you aren’t ...

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Cooking Tips

Testing the Heat of a Chili Pepper

I always test the heat of a chili pepper, regardless of if I seed it or not.  Because you never know how spicy a chill will be and everyone is different (even when comparing two of the same type), testing the heat of a chili pepper early can save you ...

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Image with fresh herbs and description of how to make them last longer

Make Fresh Herbs Last Longer

What is the best way to store fresh herbs so they last longer? The best way to store fresh herbs so that they last longer is: wash in cold water dry herbs slightly wrap herbs in paper towel (or a clean dish towel) storing in a container or plastic bag ...

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store-bought pizza dough

Working with Store-Bought Pizza Dough

Helpful Hints For Working With Store-Bought Pizza Dough: Room temperature dough stretches way easier than cold pizza dough. When using store-bought pizza dough, allow it to sit, covered, on the kitchen counter until it’s room temperature. If you try to roll/stretch it out and it still won’t stretch, let it ...

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When to use which lentil?

Which Type of Lentil Should I Use?

Brown and green lentils hold their shape well after being cooked.  Red lentils, sometimes golden in colour, turn mushy when fully cooked, use them as a nutritious thickener for soups, sauces, and curries. Which Type of Lentil Should I Use? is published on 2012-11-26T18:55:35-05:00 and last modified: 2014-02-13T17:37:28-05:00 by Kary ...

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Ask Kary

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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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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Cookies decorated with names

Can You Freeze Your Holiday Cookies?

Making sure you have enough cookies for everyone around the holidays can be tough, but having some extras on hand can be a lifesaver for last-minute or hostess gifts. How do you store those extras until you’re ready for them? Cookies will last longest if they’re stored in an airtight ...

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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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