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October 2013 Archives

Storing Canned Goods

posted by sballou

If you are setting up your first pantry, here are some hints on how to make the canned goods last longer and stay fresher. * Don’t store canned goods in the basement close to a furnace or steam pipes. * […]

Halloween Dessert Decoration

posted by sballou

If you are making a variety of desserts for Halloween likes cupcakes, cakes, cookies or even ice cream, to save time, try these easy ideas for decorating them. * To create a pumpkin or scary faces like skulls, use mini […]

Quickie Cheesecake

posted by sballou

If you need a dessert in a hurry, here’s a no-bake cheesecake that’s easy to make and delicious to eat. 1. Mix 1 package of vanilla pudding, according to directions. 2. Add 1 8-ounce package of softened cream cheese and […]

Floral Arranging

posted by sballou

If you are going to arrange silk or dried flowers in a big vase, here are several hints to help make this decorative foliage more stable. * Put sand or cat-box litter in the vase to hold the arrangement in […]

Easy Halloween Goodies

posted by sballou

If you have to bake Halloween treats for your children’s school, here’s an idea that your children’s classmates and friends will love! They’re just a tad different and that will delight them. 1. Bake cupcakes in ice cream cones with […]

Fast After-School Snack

posted by sballou

When your children come home from school, they often are hungry. Here’s a quick and easy nosh they can make. Keep a package of flour tortillas and also a package of individually wrapped processed-cheese singles on hand. Teach them how […]

Garbage Disposal Stinks?

posted by sballou

The garbage disposal is such an indispensable item in our kitchens. And with daily use and abuse, it can accumulate all those food odors. Here’s what to do to contain and prevent them. * At least weekly, grind all those […]

When Using Flour for Cooking

posted by sballou

When you buy flour in paper packages, where and how do you store it in your kitchen? You can keep it the original packaging or put it into a sealed plastic or glass containers. Also you can store it in […]

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Preventing Kitchen Fire Hazards
If you are using a number of kitchen appliances, like slow cookers or electric frying pans, it’s important to check the cords often because they can become fire dangers. Here’s why: 1. When using a slow cooker that’s going to be plugged in all day, be sure the cords are not frayed or damage

posted 8:00:37am Apr. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Orange-Colored Stains
Spaghetti sauce or French salad dressing always seem to drip onto clothing and leave such awful orange stains on our garments, which can be so hard to get out. Here’s how to remove them: 1. Use a clean, cotton cloth and dampen it with water and moisten with a squeeze of lemon juice or a bit of

posted 8:00:31am Apr. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Making Better Popcorn
Popcorn is such a wonderful snack for the family. Ever think about how it pops? The dried corn pop opens when heated because the moisture inside the hull vaporizes, causing pressure. When it reaches 400 degrees, the hull bursts open 35 times its size. Here’s how to make it fluffier and better:

posted 8:00:19am Apr. 14, 2014 | read full post »

Knives for Your Kitchen
As most of us know, one of a cook’s best friends in the kitchen is a quality, sharp knife. In fact, you really can do most everything—cutting, dicing and chopping—with just three knives. Here’s the cutting edge info on the three: 1. A long chef’s knife will be the best for slicing and

posted 8:00:54am Apr. 11, 2014 | read full post »

Baking Soda as Fire Extinguisher
When baking soda is on sale, buy extra boxes to keep in your kitchen. You can use it to contain small grease or oil cooking fires. Here’s how-to use it most effectively in an emergency: 1. If you see small flames, try to turn off the stove. 2. Then move back away from it and toss a handful of

posted 8:00:47am Apr. 10, 2014 | read full post »


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