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Thai Peanut Chicken Salad

Thai Peanut Chicken Salad

To me, a salad is the perfect meal to satisfy the senses. Well-made salads look pretty, taste delicious, have a satisfying crunch, and their fragrance is inviting. That’s why I love this Thai Peanut Chicken Salad – it has tons of colour, crunch, and fragrance. Making Thai peanut salad dressing ...

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Bircher Muesli

Bircher Muesli

In 2012, I went to Australia and no matter what luxury hotel we stayed at, there was always Bircher Muesli on the menu. Bircher Muesli (aka Swiss oatmeal) is an easy breakfast meal made from uncooked rolled oats, fruit, juice, and yogurt. As the oats soak in apple juice, they ...

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how to maintain wooden cutting boards

How to Maintain Wooden Cutting Boards

Most wooden cutting boards come pre-oiled and ready to repel anything it comes in contact with. However, with every wash, the oil slowly wears away, eventually leaving a dry board that will absorb liquids and odours and is also vulnerable to cracking. This is why it’s important to maintain wooden cutting ...

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Sautéed Rapini with garlic and red pepper flakes

Sautéed Rapini with Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes

This sautéed rapini dish is a great side for a rich stew, pasta with sauce, veal Parmesan, or a slow-cooked pork roast. It would even be perfect between two slices of bread and topped with provolone cheese. You might find this veggie bitter, but it is a great palate cleanser. Blanching rapini ...

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Pancake Tips

Helpful Hints for Making Delicious Pancakes!

Tomorrow is Pancake Tuesday! What kind of pancakes are you making? Here are some helpful hints for making delicious pancakes: To make a great pancake, it’s important that you heat your pan properly. To do so, heat your pan slowly over low heat, then turn it up to the desired ...

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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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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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Recipes on kitchen cupboard

Keeping Your Best Recipes On Hand

Having trouble finding your best recipes? Tape your favourite “go-to” recipes to the inside of your kitchen cupboard door. Doing this will save you loads of time when you need to double check how much of an ingredient to use. It they’re taped to the inside of your kitchen cupboard door, they’ll ...

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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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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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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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Green tea that isn't bitter

How To Make Green Tea That Isn’t Bitter

I love a cup of green tea when I’m out for Chinese food or Sushi.The perfect cup of green tea is always soothing, like a big, warm hug. However, when I’ve brewed green tea at home or ordered it at a café, the tea always tasted bitter – Yuck! Totally ...

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