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Revive Stale Bread

posted by sballou

If you have extra stale bread, crackers or rolls, don’t throw them out. You can revive them. Here’s how. * To perk up a loaf of uncut bread, brush water over the bread. Wrap in aluminum foil and heat in […]

Cooking Dried Beans

posted by sballou

Cooking dried beans takes some time, but is worth the effort. Here are several hints that are useful when cooking them. 1. If your water has high mineral content, it will take longer to cook the dried beans. 2. If […]

Walnuts Gone Stale?

posted by sballou

Don’t throw them out (they are expensive)! Instead you can bring back the nut’s flavor with this Heloise hint. 1. Pour a bit of boiling water over the walnuts. 2. Then spread them on a baking sheet and heat in […]

Bundt Cake Pan Trick

posted by sballou

Bundt cake pans are great to use to create a lovely-looking cake, but getting that cake out of the pan perfectly can be difficult. Here’s a hint to solve this problem. 1. First, grease the pan lightly and then sprinkle […]

Make Bagel Chips

posted by sballou

If you have leftover bagels after a Sunday brunch, don’t throw them out. Instead, make bagel chips, a crunchy treat your kids will devour. Here’s how. 1. Cut the bagels into 1/8th-inch or thin slices 2. Put them on a […]

Nut-Crunch Appetizer

posted by sballou

Keep a couple of varieties of nuts in your freezer in a zip bag. If you have unexpected company drop by, you can make a crunchy nibble in a hurry. Here’s how. 1. Add olive oil or butter into a […]

How Do You Know When a Steak is Done?

posted by sballou

1. If the steak is soft, it’s rare or undercooked. 2. If it’s firm, and bounces back a bit, it’s medium rare. 3. If the steak is really firm, it’s well done. This post makes me feel…Inspired (2) Motivated (0) Happy (2) Better (2) […]

Celery Limp?

posted by sballou

1. Put raw celery into a bowl or stand it cut end down in cold water. 2. Add 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice to perk up the flavor. 3. Soak for about an hour in the refrigerator and it […]

How Did Pound Cake Get Its Name?

posted by sballou

Pound cake was made with 1 pound of butter, 1 pound of sugar, 1 pound of flour and 1 pound of eggs! Today, with lower-fat products we can eat pound cake without gaining a pound! This post makes me feel…Inspired (2) […]

Tearing or Cutting Salad Greens?

posted by jkerr

* You should gently tear whatever greens you are going to use rather than cut them with kitchen scissors or a knife. The reason is that the metal can cause browning of the edges faster than if you tear them. […]

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Photo Stuck to the Glass in a Frame?
If you have a treasured picture in this situation, you can try to save and remove it. Follow these steps carefully: 1. First, scan the pictures or take a photo of it through the glass. You will have a copy—just in case. 2. Put the frame and photo or just glass and photo into a plastic freezer

posted 8:00:25am Apr. 17, 2014 | read full post »

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 »


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