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Kale & Caramelized Onion Vegan Scone - Kary Osmond

Kale & Caramelized Onion Vegan Scones

I love scones, sweet or savoury, and I find it next to impossible to pass one up; especially when they’re still warm. This is why I delivered freshly baked scones to my neighbours after testing this recipe a few times. It was either that, or be tempted to eat them ...

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Thai Carrot Soup

Thai Carrot Soup

Blended soups are perfect when it’s cold outside. And I especially love soups with a hint of spice to tickle the throat. Not only is this Thai carrot soup simple to make, but it also freezes well, kids love it, and it goes well with one of my favorite foods: ...

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Guacamole

Festive Guacamole

The holiday season is a busy time of year, with dining in and out, having potlucks, attending parties, and experiencing the-always-fun “unexpected” drop-ins. If you need a crowd-pleasing, go-to appetizer recipe, look no further; this dip is guaranteed to start a conversation. It transports well and no cooking is required. ...

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Vegan Puttanesca Pasta

Vegan Puttanesca Pasta

An authentic puttanesca pasta is made using anchovies. And, I won’t lie, it’s delicious. I do love that salty-fishy rich flavor, but at the same time I wondered if it could it be made without anchovies. The answer: You bet! I’ve kept the recipe authentic, using traditional puttanesca ingredients — ...

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Mulligatawny Lentil Vegan Soup

Vegan Mulligatawny Lentil Soup

When the weather is cold in Toronto, it’s the perfect time of year to test a hearty soup recipe. In five days I made this recipe five times to get it just right, and then I had to make it a sixth time because my husband helped himself to the ...

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Banana Split Overnight Oats

Banana Split Overnight Oats

Have you tried overnight oats?  I AM obsessed. It’s become my breakfast staple – the flavour combinations are endless making it impossible to get bored with. My favourite thing about them – you wake up, and breakfast is done – it’s magic!   The basic recipe is 3 ingredients – ...

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Cooking Tips

Keeping your produce drawer tidy

How to Keep Your Produce Drawers Tidy

I learned this helpful hint from my mother-in-law. Line your produce drawer with a sheet of paper towel; it keeps them tidy and easy to clean. How to Keep Your Produce Drawers Tidy is published on 2012-10-25T21:34:00-04:00 and last modified: 2015-08-24T07:56:05-04:00 by Kary Osmond

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Live Mussels in a glass bowl covered with a damp paper towel

How To Choose, Store, and Cook Live Mussels

Do you love ordering a bowl of steaming-hot mussels at a restaurant?  Do you know mussels are super simple to make at home? Don’t let mussels intimidate you — all they need is a quick scrub and steam. The best part is they tell you when they are done cooking!  ...

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How Much Juice is in a Lime?

1 fully squeezed juicy lime will give you approximately 2 tablespoons of lime juice. How Much Juice is in a Lime? is published on 2012-05-01T21:53:59-04:00 and last modified: 2014-02-13T17:50:29-05:00 by Kary Osmond

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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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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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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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how to sauté onion and garlic without the garlic burning

How to Sauté Onion and Garlic Without the Garlic Burning

Why is it that when I sauté onion and garlic together, the garlic always burns? Garlic has less moisture than an onion so it will burn at a faster rate, especially if the heat is too high and the garlic and onions aren’t stirred regularly. A great trick is to ...

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Bottle of Dry Vermouth

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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