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Taste Canada

My Flavors of Canada - A Blog in Honor of Canada Day Every good cook knows that great food is a complex intermingling of flavors and textures, of hot and cold, of spices like coriander, fennel or rosemary, of sweet vanilla or tangy ginger. Outstanding chefs paint intricate pictures on the taster’s palate, with flavors moving in and out of... Read more →




Due to the volume of questions received, not all can be answered, nor can we guarantee we will answer questions immediately
© Lost Hobbit Enterprises 2004 onward


Testing Your Metal

Q: I'd heard that metallic things like knives or blades will reduce the content of enzyme in fruits or vegetables. Is that true? -- Philip M. I have not heard of any evidence to support this. In fact, the usual belief is quite the opposite, that cutting fruits or vegetables with a steel knife will cause them to turn brown.... Read more →




Due to the volume of questions received, not all can be answered, nor can we guarantee we will answer questions immediately
© Lost Hobbit Enterprises 2004 onward


Cleaning Mushrooms

Q: I hear that you aren't supposed to wash mushrooms. What is the best way to clean them? -- Angela It is popular nowadays to advise cooks to gently brush the dirt off of mushrooms using a damp cloth or a soft brush. I can't remember which author it was, but I recall one chef turned cookbook writer asking readers... Read more →




Due to the volume of questions received, not all can be answered, nor can we guarantee we will answer questions immediately
© Lost Hobbit Enterprises 2004 onward


Removing Garlic Odor

Q: How can I remove the odor of garlic from my hands after cooking? Just washing them with soap doesn't seem to be enough. -- Joan The odor of garlic comes from sulfur-based chemicals. Sulfur binds easily with many metals, so rubbing something metallic will usually remove the smell of garlic. Try using a piece of aluminum foil, something made... Read more →




Due to the volume of questions received, not all can be answered, nor can we guarantee we will answer questions immediately
© Lost Hobbit Enterprises 2004 onward