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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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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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Maple Soy Salmon

Maple Soy Salmon

Growing up, I only ate salmon two ways: out of a can, mixed with mayo and green onion, and then served on toast with crisp iceberg lettuce or my Dad’s famous hot smoked salmon. Salmon served any other way was just too “fishy” tasting for my liking. But of course, ...

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Cooking Tips

How to grill fish using foil

How To Grill Delicate Fish

Last year, I visited Australia and noticed something different about the type of BBQ they use. They grilled on a griddle, rather than on a grill. But why? “Because fish stick to the grill and we cook a lot of fish,” said our tour guide. To which I said, “That’s ...

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Image with fresh herbs and description of how to make them last longer

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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Dried Bay Leaves

It’s Soup, Stew, and Chili Season – Check Your Bay Leaves!

Check the colour and fragrance of your bay leaves.  If they’re brown with no scent, it’s time to throw them out – they are flavourless!  If you don’t go through bay leaves fast enough, split a pack with your favourite neighbour! It’s Soup, Stew, and Chili Season – Check Your ...

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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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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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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 Do You Get Corn Off The Cob Without Making A Mess?

How Do You Get Corn Off The Cob Without Making A Mess?

Removing corn kernels off the cob can be messy, especially if you have a bunch of cobs to de-kernel.  The kernels tend to bounce, like tiny rubber balls, when they hit the cutting board. They can make a huge mess of your counter and kitchen floor. So, how do you get ...

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Salt the Cabbage for Coleslaw

Why do Only Some Recipes Tell You to Salt the Cabbage for Coleslaw?

Why do only some coleslaw recipes (creamy or not) instruct you to toss shredded cabbage with salt and then let it sit for an hour before you dress it? When you make a quick coleslaw recipe (no salting), you’ll notice after a while that the coleslaw looks and tastes watery. ...

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