Kitchen Tips & Techniques

Gift Buying for a Foodie?
Picture this: you’re in the middle of whipping up your famous biscuits for a special occasion, when you realize you’re fresh out of buttermilk. Or, maybe it’s another recipe, and you can’t find the required pan. What do you do? Shut down your kitchen and run to the store? Or, get by with a... More »
Bake Something Great!
 Kid-friendly ingredients - such as cereal, graham wafers, marshmallows, chocolate chips, peanut butter and caramels - dominate, making the recipes favorites for the young as well as the young at heart. These bars are also relatively easy to make, which means that kids can help out in the... More »
Creamy Beef Stroganoff
Some dishes withstand the test of time, and this classic combination of beef, onions, mushrooms and sour cream coalesced into a rich and chunky gravy served over wide noodles is certainly one of them. You can make it fast or slow; either way, the result is mouthwatering goodness. More »
How to Stuff and Secure a Turkey
Susan Sampson, author of 12,167 Kitchen and Cooking Secrets, offers some helpful tips on how to stuff and secure your turkey: Stuffing Estimates• Allow about 3⁄4 cup (175 mL) of stuffing per pound (500 g) of bird for the cavity, plus extra for stuffing under the skin of the breast.• Stuffing... More »
Download Your Free Turkey-Carving Guide
It's holiday time! Time for entertaining and hosting dinner parties. And, for carving turkeys.  Whether you’ve done it before or it’s your first time, carving a turkey is something people like myself do so rarely that I never seem to get it right. Lucky for me, Jeffrey Elliot and Jim DeWan... More »
Need a Hand Carving the Turkey?
Cooking at home saves me money and allows me to eat healthier (as I always know exactly what is going into the food I’m preparing). The one thing I’m not sure of is how to figure out which knife I’m supposed to use to chop, which to dice, which to julienne, and of course, just how to hold it... More »
Mummy Trick-or-Treater Halloween Cookies
Be the hit of your Halloween party by passing around these adorable mummy cookies! You might even turn the decorating process into a fun party activity. All you need is white fondant...and a little patience! Click on the below link to see step-by-step photos + instructions on how to make... More »
Witches Hat Cookies
"I think I was a witch for Halloween at least three times when I was growing up. Needless to say, I never won the most original costume award! These cookies turn plain black witches' caps into something special with a touch of sparkly purple magic - no potion required!" ~Julie Anne Hession, author... More »
What Can I Substitute for Quinoa?
 Quinoa   If You Don't Have It Substitute 1 cup (250 mL) quinoa with: •         1 cup (250 mL) millet •         1 cup (250 mL) couscous, especially whole wheat (cooks more quickly) •    ... More »
What is Quinoa?
 Quinoa - an ancient nutritious grain, a staple of the Incas, who called it quinoa, meaning “the mother grain.”   Quinoa must be rinsed before cooking, because its outer hull contains saponin, a bitter resin that would otherwise impart a disagreeable taste.   Quinoa is the Spanish... More »
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