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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

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 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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Storing Nuts

Nuts stay fresher longer when stored in the freezer. Storing Nuts is published on 2012-10-21T21:37:10-04:00 and last modified: 2014-02-13T17:40:33-05:00 by Kary Osmond

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Where do you Stick the Thermometer in a Turkey?

Around this time of year, this is one of the most common questions I’m asked!  For the most accurate reading, put the thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh (not the drumstick). How Do I Find the Thigh? The thigh is under the drumstick. To insert the thermometer, you ...

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thawing meat

What’s the Best Way to Thaw Frozen Meat?

The best and safest way to thaw frozen meat is in the refrigerator. Thaw frozen meat on a lipped plate (to prevent juices from leaking) in the fridge, and on the lowest shelf. How long does it take to thaw frozen meat in the fridge? Ground meat, stewing beef, steaks ...

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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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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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Should you rinse pasta?

Should You Rinse Pasta?

The Answer: it depends.   Freshly cooked pasta that’s going to be used right away in a sauce SHOULD NOT be rinsed (e.g. spaghetti in a meat sauce).  Rinsing the pasta removes the starchy coating that helps the sauce stick to pasta. The purpose of rinsing pasta is to stop it ...

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