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Pinterest Board with a Cookie Theme


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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Choose Smaller Shallots Rather than Larger Ones

I like to buy smaller shallots, about the size of a golf ball. One smaller shallot equals about 1 tablespoon of minced shallot. Buying smaller shallots makes it easier to estimate how many I’ll need for a recipe. It also saves me from having half a shallot in my fridge ...

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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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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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Insanely Fast Burgers

Insanely Fast Burgers

You don’t need to buy pre-made burgers if you’re short on time, especially when you know this trick for insanely fast burgers. Preheat BBQ to high heat. Take a pound of ground beef, press it into a large flat square (about ½ inch thick), and slice it into 4 quarters. ...

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White Wine Substitute

Some people keep a healthy supply of white wine on hand; ready to be opened at a moments notice, whether it’s for casual sipping, pairing with a meal, or adding to a recipe for a touch of flavour and acidity. Some of us buy it one bottle at time, usually ...

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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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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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How do you Cook Hard-boiled Eggs without the Yolks Turning Greenish?

How do you Cook Hard-Boiled Eggs Without the Yolks Turning Greenish?

Hard-boiled (or hard-cooked) egg yolks will have a greenish outer layer if they are over-cooked. To avoid this, follow these steps: Kary Osmond Hard-boiled Eggs Cook Time: 15 minutes Serving Size: 1 Egg per serving IngredientsEggsInstructionsPlace eggs in a single layer in a pot. Gently cover eggs by 1 inch ...

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