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What do you do if you don't have a lid?

What To Do When You Don’t Have a Lid

So, you’re making a delicious stir-fry and you’ve just added the broccoli. The recipe tells you to add a splash of water and then cover the pan to steam the broccoli. But wait! You don’t have a lid for that pan! What do you do??? Most woks and large frying ...

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Sausage and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

Sausage and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

These sausage and couscous stuffed peppers are easy to make, especially if you have all the ingredients prepped before you head to the stove. Most stuffed pepper recipes use rice, instead I’m using couscous because it’s a time saver. The couscous cooks in the sauce, rather than being boiled ahead ...

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Easy Chicken Stir Fry

Easy Chicken Stir-Fry

You are going to love this Easy Chicken Stir-Fry recipe. It’s easy to make, super flavourful, and makes awesome leftovers (trust me, I’ve even enjoyed it the next day for breakfast!). The combination of oyster sauce, fish sauce, and sugar makes a wicked stir-fry sauce that will have you asking ...

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Keeping it Simple with Apples

Keeping it Simple with Apples

Yesterday, Dina and I were at it again – having a blast in the kitchen and cooking up a storm keeping it simple with apples. We made Smoked Gouda and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.  Have you tried adding sliced apple to a grilled cheese before?  It adds a slight sweetness, ...

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Cooking Tips

cooking utensils in a red bucket

Keep Your Cooking Utensils Handy

Utensils are the tools of your kitchen and are usually needed at a moments notice to stir, whisk, grate, pound, and open.  You don’t want to waste time searching through a messy drawer trying to find a tool you know you have. Helpful Hint: Keep your cooking utensils handy and ...

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Instant cooking rack for baked goods

Instant Cooling Rack for Baked Goods

When baked goods come out of the oven, they should be placed on a cooling rack to properly cool, or they tend to steam and loose their gorgeous crust. If you don’t have a cooling rack handy, use skewers to make an instant cooling rack for baked goods.  Line up ...

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Protect Your Nonstick Pans

Always wash your nonstick pans by hand. Washing them in the dishwasher will wash away their nonstick coating. Also, avoid using sharp-sided utensils and don’t cook with them over HIGH heat. Protect Your Nonstick Pans is published on 2013-03-25T23:24:23-04:00 and last modified: 2014-02-13T17:28:49-05:00 by Kary Osmond

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Are the Bits of Food on the Bottom of the Pan Browning Too Quickly? Deglaze the Pan!

Don’t panic if the browned bits of food on the bottom of the pan (a.k.a. fond) are browning too quickly (seconds away from burning). Just turn the heat down a little and deglaze the bottom of the pan! Add a splash of water and then scrape up the browned bits ...

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When to use which lentil?

How do you Cook Dried Beans Using the Quick-Soak Method?

I love to cook dried beans using the quick-soak method. Every time I soak beans overnight intending to cook them the next day, something always comes up and the soaked beans never get cooked! This quick-soak method involves pre-soaking dried beans in boiling water until they’re moist all the way through ...

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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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Beef Cuts

Tender Beef Stew in a Slow Cooker

The other day, I received a great question from an old skating friend. I feel it’s a question and answer worth sharing. “I like making beef stew for my family in the slow cooker (Crock-Pot). However, I find that even when I buy Angus stewing beef, it doesn’t turn out ...

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What's the difference between wax paper and parchment paper?

What’s the Difference Between Wax Paper and Parchment Paper?

I learned the hard way that wax paper and parchment paper are not the same thing. One summer afternoon, I was making 2 big pizzas for lunch. I couldn’t find any parchment paper, so I decided to experiment with wax paper.  I knew that you could use wax paper to keep a ...

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