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Chickpea Curry Soup

Chickpea Curry Soup

This week has been cold in Toronto, it’s the kind of bitter cold we don’t usually experience until well into January. Brrrrrr! It’s the kind of weather that makes you crave a bowl of hot soup, especially if you live in Buffalo (holy cannoli that’s a lot of snow they’re ...

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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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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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Sausage and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

Sausage and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

These sausage and couscous stuffed peppers are easy to make, especially if you have all the ingredients prepped before you head to the stove. Most stuffed pepper recipes use rice, instead I’m using couscous because it’s a time saver. The couscous cooks in the sauce, rather than being boiled ahead ...

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Cooking Tips

Bunch of bananas

Store Ripe Bananas in the Fridge

My 89 year old Nana has a problem: she says she can never seem to eat all the bananas she buys before they turn soft.  This means she has way too many bananas going into her freezer on a weekly basis to keep up with for baking. The obvious answer to ...

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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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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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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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Ask Kary

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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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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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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How Do I Cook a Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast So That It’s Moist?

How To Cook a Moist Chicken Breast

Last Friday on Facebook, I was asked, “How do I cook a boneless skinless chicken breast so that it’s moist and not dry?” I thought it was a great question, so I’m sharing the answer with you! The trouble with a boneless skinless chicken breast is that there’s no bone ...

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