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Bowl of lentil vegan chili made in an Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Chili

I’m a fan of making a big batch of chili on a cold day. It’s hearty, comforting and a great way to warm up when it’s snowing outside. It’s also one of the most popular dishes to serve at a Super Bowl party. This chili is made in an Instant ...

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Chewy Banana Bomb Cookies - Kary Osmond

Chewy Banana Bomb Cookies

How often do you have a few bananas on your countertop that are too ripe for snacking, or too many bananas in your freezer for smoothies? Well, here’s an option: Make chewy banana bomb cookies. The inspiration for this recipe comes from a grocery store in San Francisco where I ...

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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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Cooking Tips

Garlic paste Garlic minced and garlic crushed

Different Strengths of Garlic Flavour

The finer garlic is cut, the stronger its flavour will be. Garlic paste (finely grated) gives an intense garlic flavour, and a garlic clove that’s been slightly smashed adds a mild garlic flavour. Different Strengths of Garlic Flavour is published on 2012-11-23T20:46:47-05:00 and last modified: 2014-02-13T17:37:46-05:00 by Kary Osmond

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What do you do with leftover tomato paste

What Do You Do With Leftover Tomato Paste?

Some recipes call for 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, and unless you have tomato paste in a tube, opening up a new can seems pointless.  Especially when you’ll have 9 tablespoons of leftover paste to deal with. There are a few different ways to handle leftover tomato paste, but this ...

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Choose Avocados at Different Stages of Ripeness

When choosing avocados for the week, pick them at different stages of ripeness – 1 ripe, 1 almost ripe, and 1 unripe. The ones that aren’t ripe when you buy them will ripen through the week. If you only have the choice of ripe avocados, store them in the fridge ...

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small bottle of white wine

Tired of Bringing Wine as a Hostess Gift?

Love this idea. Instead of bringing the usual bottle of wine as a hostess gift, fill a small basket with some of your favourite ingredients from the grocery store. You could even theme your basket. For a BBQ party, fill the basket with sauces, marinades, spice blends, pretty napkins and ...

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Top 5 Vinegars You Should Have In Your Pantry

Which Vinegars Should You Have In Your Pantry? There are so many types of vinegar to choose from, but if you could only choose 5, choose these vinegars to stock your pantry with.  They are the most popular, used in most recipes, and don’t worry about them spoiling – they last forever! ...

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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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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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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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