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When to use which lentil?

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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scooper dooper

Scooper-Dooper – It Can Scoop, Chop and Scrape

A question I get asked all the time is, “What is that thing you use to transfer ingredients on the show?” and “Where can I find one?“ It’s official name on Best Recipes Ever is “my scooper-cooper,” but technically it’s called a dough scraper, dough cutter, dough knife, pastry cutter, pastry ...

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cookbook holder

New Use for a Cookbook Holder

Fastened a cookbook holder to my spin bike this morning! HAHAHAH. It worked so well, I was able to read about fish and work up a sweat all at the same time. I know, I’m weird :) New Use for a Cookbook Holder is published on 2012-03-02T23:43:54-05:00 and last modified: ...

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3 Show Day

Studying between shows on a 3-show shoot day. 3 Show Day is published on 2012-02-17T23:11:12-05:00 and last modified: 2014-02-13T17:51:39-05:00 by Kary Osmond

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Can You Reuse Cooking Oil?

Since posting the breaded cauliflower recipe, I had a friend ask “Can you reuse cooking oil?” The answer is YES, but it needs to be filtered first to remove the brown bits of food – if you reuse the oil without removing the browned bits, they’ll burn the next time ...

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Cooking Tips

Bake your nachos, don't broil them

Bake Your Nachos, Don’t Broil Them!

With Superbowl 48 just around the corner, it seems fitting to talk about NACHOS! Do you remember the first time you made nachos? I remember exactly! I was 14 and babysitting with a friend.  We had just put the kids to bed and wanted something tasty to eat, that’s when my ...

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Canned Diced Tomatoes vs Canned Whole Tomatoes

You’re making a tomato sauce, should you use canned diced tomatoes or canned whole tomatoes? Besides the obvious, what’s the difference? Answer: Calcium Chloride (CaCl2) What is calcium chloride?  It’s a type of salt, a mineral additive.  And it’s used as a firming agent in canned vegetables. When tomatoes are ...

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Do you cook on an Electric stovetop

How to Properly Heat a Pan on an Electric Stove Top

5 Minutes before you are ready to sauté (cook and stir), heat a pan over the lowest heat possible. This method gradually and evenly heats the pan. Just before you’re ready to sauté, crank the heat to the needed temperature and start cooking. Heating a pan too quickly creates hot ...

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When to use which lentil?

Which Type of Lentil Should I Use?

Brown and green lentils hold their shape well after being cooked.  Red lentils, sometimes golden in colour, turn mushy when fully cooked, use them as a nutritious thickener for soups, sauces, and curries. Which Type of Lentil Should I Use? is published on 2012-11-26T18:55:35-05:00 and last modified: 2014-02-13T17:37:28-05:00 by Kary ...

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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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can you soften brown sugar?

How Do You Soften Brown Sugar?

It’s easy, all you need is bread and patience. Just stick a piece of bread in the bag of hard sugar and close it tightly.  The brown sugar will absorb the moisture from the bread leaving it soft after 24 hours.  You can also use a terracotta coin, but you ...

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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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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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