Posts By: Karl Low

Chef Corey

My name is Corey, I’m a student in Business Management. Before coming to AU I worked in the food industry. I graduated from NAIT’s Culinary Art’s program in 2007 with a diploma in cooking. I have my journeyman certificate, Red Seal, and Blue Seal. I have worked in restaurants, hotels, golf courses, and coffee shops. These days I’m a stay at home parent to three kids, 10-year-old twins and a 6-year-old. My wife works as an RN and program manager at the Stollery Hospital.

Homemade is Better—Turkey Fried Rice

I’ve started watching the occasional Facebook video about cooking.  One show I got into is called Uncle Roger.  The host, Uncle Roger, talks about how so many people make chicken fried rice incorrectly.  Some of the videos are amusing, some of them make almost no sense.  But regardless, you pick up a few interesting tips… Read more »

Homemade Is Better—Orange Glazed Carrots

When I was in culinary school, we made this dish.  While I have created my own version, it blew my mind when I first had it.  I was impressed with how easy they were to make, and the flavours combined perfectly.  This recipe utilizes the natural sugar in orange juice to create the glaze and… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Tuna Melts

Recently, one of my daughters was asking for tuna melts.  I cannot recall why; I think they were off school that day, and we were trying to come up with a lunch or something.  My spouse and I have made a trade with meal planning; she plans the meals, and I execute them.  What a… Read more »

Homemade is Better—French Fries

A few weeks ago I wrote about making sweet potato fries, but, truth be told, I also made French fries that night.  My wife likes sweet potato fries, but I’m not the biggest fan, so I make French fries.  There is a bit of an art to making fries, but with that in mind, you… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Pumpkins

I got hit by the nostalgia bug when looking for pictures of past pumpkins I’ve carved.  I was trying to look for some of the neat carvings I’d done but ended up looking at videos and pictures of my kids when they were just little—as opposed to the eight and twelve year olds they are… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is one my weaknesses, and it can be difficult to find good fried chicken.  There are many restaurants that serve it, but I almost always feel let down a little.  Between KFC, Popeye’s, Mary Brown’s, and Jolly-Bee, I think Popeye’s is the best.  Having said that though, I much prefer making it at… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Sweet Potato Fries

We were making burgers the other day, and my wife bought sweet potatoes in hopes that we could use them for something.  As it happens, I recalled that one needs to use corn starch to make them crispy.  So, we thought we’d experiment and see what happens.  This recipe is sort of based on Japanese… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Pumpkin Pie Filling

Thanksgiving is upon us, and all the retailers have been shoving pumpkin spice everything down our throats Pumpkin season is here! Even though some were doing it as far back as June.  So is pre-Christmas, but that’s another article!  I have to come clean, I don’t like pumpkin pie, or, at least, I would choose… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Sautéed Mushrooms

Fall activities are in full swing in our house.  Our kids are all into something, and life is busy again.  Our son is in hockey, our youngest is trying out ringette, and all three are in scouting.  Our oldest is still looking for a thing to try, and we are considering martial arts.  Classes are… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Meal Planning

This week I want to discuss the value of meal planning.  Full disclosure, I’m not an expert at it, but I can see the benefits of planning out your meals.  In September of 2019, my family started planning out what we’d eat for dinners so that it was easier when the time came to make… Read more »