Recent Recipes

Easy Chicken Stir Fry

Easy Chicken Stir-Fry

You are going to love this Easy Chicken Stir-Fry recipe. It’s easy to make, super flavourful, and makes awesome leftovers (trust me, I’ve even enjoyed it the next day for breakfast!). The combination of oyster sauce, fish sauce, and sugar makes a wicked stir-fry sauce that will have you asking ...

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Keeping it Simple with Apples

Keeping it Simple with Apples

Yesterday, Dina and I were at it again – having a blast in the kitchen and cooking up a storm keeping it simple with apples. We made Smoked Gouda and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.  Have you tried adding sliced apple to a grilled cheese before?  It adds a slight sweetness, ...

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How to Make Turkey Stock in a Slow Cooker

Anytime you enjoy a whole roast turkey (or chicken) for dinner, you’ll end up with a carcass that’s ready to be turned into a delicious stock for noodle soup — pure comfort food. From watching my mom, dad, and nana make turkey stock over the years, I know how easy it ...

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Corn and Potato Soup

Corn and Potato Soup

Try this Corn and Potato Soup recipe, it’s fast and delicious. The combination of sweet corn and salty bacon will leave you asking for a second bowl for sure! This recipe makes a big batch, which is perfect because it freezes well — have some now and save some for ...

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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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Saucy with Dina on BT Toronto

Yesterday, I got a little saucy with Dina on BT Toronto.  In case you missed it, check it out! We made two easy pasta sauce recipes: a basic tomato sauce made with only a few ingredients, most of which you probably have in your pantry and penne alla vodka sauce – a ...

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Cooking Tips

Rinsing Sliced Onion

Rinsing Sliced Onion Gets Rid of its Bite

If you’re making a Greek salad, and hesitant about adding sliced red onion because you don’t want to taste onion all night long – don’t be! Rinsing sliced onion before you add it to your salad will rinse away its harsh flavour and reduce the after taste. I use this ...

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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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To boil water faster, cover the pot

Kitchen Wisdom

Kitchen Wisdom is published on 2014-06-19T15:28:39-04:00 and last modified: 2014-06-19T15:28:39-04:00 by Kary Osmond

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Canned-Whole-Tomatoes-Vs.-Canned-Diced-Tomatoes

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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Direct Heat Vs. Indirect Heat

Direct Heat vs. Indirect Heat

When it comes to grilling, what is the difference between Direct Heat and Indirect Heat?   Barbeque recipes will often instruct you to cook using direct heat or indirect heat, and sometimes both.   So, what does this mean?   Knowing the difference between direct heat and indirect heat can be the ...

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Should you rinse pasta?

Should You Rinse Pasta?

The Answer: it depends.   Freshly cooked pasta that’s going to be used right away in a sauce SHOULD NOT be rinsed (e.g. spaghetti in a meat sauce).  Rinsing the pasta removes the starchy coating that helps the sauce stick to pasta. The purpose of rinsing pasta is to stop it ...

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Cookies decorated with names

Can You Freeze Your Holiday Cookies?

Making sure you have enough cookies for everyone around the holidays can be tough, but having some extras on hand can be a lifesaver for last-minute or hostess gifts. How do you store those extras until you’re ready for them? Cookies will last longest if they’re stored in an airtight ...

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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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