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Wining and Dining your Guests

February 19th, 2012 | Posted by kerry in Entertaining - (0 Comments)

Before the Meal Set your dinner table before your guests arrive. This way you won’t have to set it when you’re in a frenzy before dinner (one less thing to worry about!), and guests won’t put stuff on the dinner table which makes it easier for you to serve dinner. Arriving to someone’s home and … Read more

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Entertaining Tips: the introduction

February 19th, 2012 | Posted by kerry in Entertaining - (0 Comments)

Over the years I’ve picked up a number of great entertaining tips that I would love to pass on. These are from partying at other people’s homes, and my parents. My mom, like me, LOVES to entertain. I remember staying up late as a kid on a Saturday night while another family came over. We … Read more

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Pie Troubleshooting FAQ

July 1st, 2011 | Posted by kerry in Cooking Tools | Desserts - (1 Comments)

Making the perfect pie can take a lot of practice. I know this from experience! Here are some common pie problems and their solutions. Of course, if you have any specific questions about pies, please leave a comment here. I am by no means a pie making expert but I will do my absolute best to … Read more

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Getting a roasted chicken just right is tough. Most of the chickens I’ve roasted come out dry, leathery and lacking in flavour. Since reading about roasting chickens on the internet, I discovered two things. The first is that brining the bird is crucial to locking in the moisture of the chicken during roasting; the second … Read more

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Shrimp Gumbo with Sausage and Okra

April 18th, 2011 | Posted by kerry in Dinners | Recipes - (0 Comments)

One rainy Saturday afternoon we were lounging around watching tv and saw something on food network that mentioned gumbo. Of course, my husband and I started salivating right then and there. I flew off the couch and started researching the perfect gumbo recipe. Of course we all know that the perfect gumbo starts with the … Read more

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This recipe was a hit at my house! With the perfect amount of spice from the green curry, even people with low tolerance for spicy food can enjoy this dish. I served this great curry with jasmine rice. I used a small bowl as a mold for the rice and placed the molded rice in … Read more

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Bacon and Onion Tart

March 15th, 2011 | Posted by kerry in Dinners | Recipes | Starters/Sides - (0 Comments)

I had been looking for a tart pan for the longest time and finally found one at HomeSense for $7. This one is stoneware and doesn’t have a removable bottom. I figured that if it didn’t work out the way I wanted (i.e. my tarts stick to the pan), that I would use it as … Read more

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Product of the Week: Salt Pig

March 15th, 2011 | Posted by kerry in Fave Products - (0 Comments)

Until very recently I kept my sea salt in a small, adorable porcelain dish that looked like a pumpkin. Every few days (especially during the summer) I noticed that I would be chiseling away at the bottom of the dish, trying to break up the salt so I could use it. Of course the salt never returned … Read more

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Fresh Pasta

February 24th, 2011 | Posted by kerry in Dinners | Recipes - (0 Comments)

I’ll admit that my first crack at making fresh pasta was a bit of a cheat because I used my stand mixer to make the dough. I am sorry. Next time I will use my hands. But here is a very nice recipe for fresh pasta. This had a nice al-dente bite when cooked, and … Read more

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A couple years ago we tried one of the packages of fresh pasta from the grocery store and were so pleased with the taste. Somehow it seemed that fresh pasta held onto sauce better and had more flavor than the dry packaged stuff. Of course I still buy the dried pasta for pasta emergencies but … Read more

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