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Cookies

Cookies are a must-have holiday treat. There are so many different kinds of cookies to bake, ways to decorate them, and tools to make the job easier! Take a look at the Cookie Pinterest Board I’ve put together and make sure to re-pin your favourites! Cookies is published on 2013-12-03T09:04:52-05:00 and ...

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Can You Reuse Parchment Paper?

First, what is parchment paper?  It’s high density paper with a non-stick coating. It can be used to line cookie sheets, cake pans, and muffin tins to keep your baked goods from sticking and make clean-up a breeze. Did you know you can reuse parchment paper?!? I learned this trick from my ...

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This Week on Produce Made Simple: Celery Root

Celery root, also known as celeriac, is a brown root vegetable that is knobby in shape and has an ivory white interior.  Its flavour falls between parsley and celery and ranges in size from an apple to a cantaloupe. It also contains small amounts of vitamin B, calcium, and iron. ...

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Celery Root and Onion Gratin

This celery root and onion gratin recipe delivers on flavour.  It’s a decedent side dish that smells delicious and comforting as it bakes.  Aside from slicing the celery root, this recipe requires little effort – just mix all the ingredients together, tip into a buttered baking dish, top with Gruyere cheese, ...

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Cooking Tips

To boil water faster, cover the pot

Kitchen Wisdom

Kitchen Wisdom is published on 2014-06-19T15:28:39-04:00 and last modified: 2014-06-19T15:28:39-04:00 by Kary Osmond

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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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Flatten Garlic Cloves Before Mincing Them

It’s a lot easier to mince a clove of garlic when the clove is first flattened with the side of a knife. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3cBZJvzdyU Flatten Garlic Cloves Before Mincing Them is published on 2012-10-17T21:38:41-04:00 and last modified: 2014-02-13T17:41:27-05:00 by Kary Osmond

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How To Season Properly – Height Matters!

Have you ever eaten something that looked beautiful on the plate, but had uneven flavour? A possible cause was the technique used to season the food, so today’s tip is How To Season Properly! Take a pinch of salt in between your fingers and sprinkle it from 2 inches high. ...

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What are Some Great Gift Ideas for Dads Who Love to Cook?

This gift guide has you covered with some great gift ideas for dads who love to cook and some outside-the-box suggestions! Game – Foodie Fight Right now, this is one of my favourite game.  It’s so much fun to play, especially if you think you know everything about food and ...

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How to Thicken Spaghetti Sauce

How to Thicken Spaghetti Sauce

Ask Kary: My spaghetti sauce is always too thin. I like a nice thick sauce, but I can’t seem to achieve this? I loved this question from last month’s Facebook Q&A, so much so I thought I’d explain the answer in more detail. To thicken a spaghetti sauce, you must ...

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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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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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