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How To Store Fresh Herbs So They Last

How To Store Fresh Herbs So They Last

  Learning how to store fresh herbs properly will save you time and money!   Delicate herbs, like parsley, tarragon, dill, chives, or cilantro, can be kept in the fridge, but they need to be protected. I like to trim the base of the stems about 1 inch back, remove the ...

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Kale Salad

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Kale Salad

  I love this kale salad recipe. It’s hearty, satisfying, and colourful. You can put “everything but the kitchen sink” in it, making it a great salad to use up any odds and ends in the crisper. As my friend, Annie, says, “It doesn’t matter what you put in it, ...

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How to Thicken Spaghetti Sauce

How to Thicken Spaghetti Sauce

Ask Kary: My spaghetti sauce is always too thin. I like a nice thick sauce, but I can’t seem to achieve this? I loved this question from last month’s Facebook Q&A, so much so I thought I’d explain the answer in more detail. To thicken a spaghetti sauce, you must ...

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Healthy Brownies in glass dish

Healthy Brownies

The first time I went to visit my new baby niece, my brother’s mother-in-law put out a plate of brownies to go with our tea. To me, the squares looked like healthy brownies. If I wasn’t so hungry, I would have been polite and asked about the healthy brownie recipe ...

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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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Stewed Rhubarb with Ice Cream and Granola

Stewed Rhubarb with Ice Cream and Granola

Stewed rhubarb is a slightly sweet yet tart sauce that can be served over so many things, including your breakfast oatmeal. Serving stewed rhubarb with ice cream and a granola has all the yummy flavours of a crisp, but without the work. This has to be one of the simplest ...

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Cooking Tips

Peeling Cauliflower

Rescuing Cauliflower

Just because a head of cauliflower has a few brown spots on it, doesn’t mean it has to be thrown out. Just cut off the imperfections.  Using a vegetable peeler to do this works best. Rescuing Cauliflower is published on 2012-11-21T20:41:44-05:00 and last modified: 2014-02-13T17:38:03-05:00 by Kary Osmond

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how to cut spaghetti squash in half

How to Cut a Spaghetti Squash in Half

Firmly insert the tip of a large, sharp knife into the centre of the squash, then push straight down until the knife is all the way through. Holding the squash firmly with one hand, cut through the squash by wedging the knife towards the cutting board with the other hand. ...

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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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Why Onion Powder in Burgers is Tasty

Why Onion Powder in Burgers is Tasty

Burgers cook very quickly over high, high heat.  Which means, raw diced onion added to the burger meat never fully cooks – regardless of how thick the burger is. One solution is to grate the onion (which essentially turns it into onion juice) into the burger mix, but you’ll cry doing ...

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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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How to cook with herbs

How to Use Fresh Herbs in Cooking

With spring comes an abundance of fresh herbs. But, do you understand how to use fresh herbs in cooking?   Take rosemary, for example. If you chew a sprig of rosemary, it tastes pungent and bitter and also leaves an irritating numbing sensation on your tongue. However, if you rub ...

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How to cool quinoa quickly

How to Quickly Cool Quinoa

Common Cooking Question: I love quinoa salads, but I’m never organized enough to cook quinoa ahead of time. Is there a way to quickly cool quinoa? Answer: Yes! Cook the quinoa, spread it on a plate, and place, uncovered, in the fridge for a few minutes. The thinner the quinoa is ...

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Shredding Cabbage instead of Slicing it

Having Trouble Slicing Cabbage Thin for Coleslaw?

If you don’t have a sharp knife or a food processor, thinly slicing a head of cabbage  for coleslaw can be tricky.Try cutting the head of cabbage into quarters and shred on the large-hole side of a box grater. The consistency of the cabbage will be that of KFC’s famous green ...

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