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How to dry produce quickly

How To Dry Potatoes Quickly

  Washed potatoes need to be dried before being tossed in oil and placed in a hot oven to cook and crisp.  If the potatoes are wet when they go in the oven, they’ll steam instead of roast. Also, oil won’t stick to wet potatoes, which means they won’t get ...

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Avocado Vinagrette

Zesty Avocado Salad Dressing

This rich and creamy Zesty Avocado Salad Dressing is a healthier option than a mayonnaise based dressing; and a little goes a long way! It tastes great tossed with iceberg lettuce, grated carrot, diced cheese, cucumber, and tomato.  Or, try this zesty avocado salad dressing drizzled over diced tomatoes as a side dish ...

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Testing the Heat of a Chili Pepper

I always test the heat of a chili pepper, regardless of if I seed it or not.  Because you never know how spicy a chill will be and everyone is different (even when comparing two of the same type), testing the heat of a chili pepper early can save you ...

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Basic Recipe for Tomato Sauce

Basic Tomato Sauce

This basic tomato sauce is not only quick and easy to make, but it’s a recipe that you will master in no time. The first thing you want to do is boil the water for your pasta before you start making the sauce.  This way, you can drop the pasta ...

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Cucumber Cheddar Sandwich

Cucumber Cheddar Sandwiches

Cucumber cheddar sandwiches have always been one of those sandwiches we consider “dainty tea sandwiches.”  But they don’t have to be! First, pick a soft grainy bread. Then, layer it with creamy mayo, thick slices of sharp Cheddar cheese, and cucumber.  Don’t forget to sprinkle the cucumbers lightly with salt ...

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Grilled Bread with Sweetened Ricotta

Grilled Bread with Ricotta and Honey

Have you ever noticed that spontaneous get-togethers happen in during the summer more than any other time of year? Next time you have guests over, serve Grilled Bread with Ricotta and Honey. This appetizer is light, flavourful, and perfect for satisfying sweet and savoury cravings. Since it takes next to ...

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Cooking Tips

easy fruit salad

Make a Fruit Salad

At the end of each week, make a fruit salad.  It’s a great way to use up all the fresh fruit you have on hand, and it will last all weekend, covered in the fridge for everyone to pick at. To make: take all the fruit you have on hand, ...

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Balance the acidity in tomato sauce

Balance the Acidity in Your Tomato Sauce

To improve a slightly acidic tasting tomato sauce, add a pinch of sugar. It’s amazing how a pinch of sugar will balance out the acidity in the sauce and boost the flavour. Balance the Acidity in Your Tomato Sauce is published on 2013-04-14T21:23:35-04:00 and last modified: 2014-02-13T17:24:44-05:00 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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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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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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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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What's the difference between wax paper and parchment paper?

What’s the Difference Between Wax Paper and Parchment Paper?

I learned the hard way that wax paper and parchment paper are not the same thing. One summer afternoon, I was making 2 big pizzas for lunch. I couldn’t find any parchment paper, so I decided to experiment with wax paper.  I knew that you could use wax paper to keep a ...

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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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