Kitchen Tips & Techniques

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 »
'Paper' Football Napkin Fold
Do you remember those paper footballs that bored kids in school like to fold - and then throw at each other? This wonderful fold is a grown-up version of that, rendered in cloth! It works in any color in any medium-weight fabric. Click on the link below to find step-by-step instructions and... More »
Beach Party Gravity Cake
Celebrate the last long weekend of summer by creating a beach ball and towel out of fondant with this fun and easy design!Simply click on the links below to view full-color, detailed, step-by-step photographs and instructions on how to make your very own Beach Party Gravity Cake... Find more... More »
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