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Storing Chocolate for Cooking

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chocolate When you buy this kind of chocolate, you should wrap it well and store in a cool spot that’s also dry. Here’s what else you should do.

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* You do not need to put chocolate in the refrigerator, just keep it away from light, heat or strong odors because they can negatively affect it. Don’t keep it next to the stove.
* Chocolate of this type should last for about a year, but if it’s texture or flavor seems different, time to throw it out.

Peeling Garlic Cloves

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organizingcooking If you have to peel and mince a lot of garlic cloves for a dish, it can be time-consuming, here’s hint used by chefs that will make it faster.

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Place the garlic clove on a cutting board, then put the widest part of a French chef’s knife flat-side on top of the clove. Whack it with the heel of your hand. The garlic clove with be crushed and zoom right out of the peel.

Kitchen Cabinets a Mess?

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10-25-pots If your pots and pans are jumbled in your cabinets and hard to reach, here’s an easy way to organize them. It’s as simple as A-B-C.

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1. Remove everything from the cupboard and then reorganize in 3 groups:
A. Items that you use every day.
B. Pots and pans used only for special occasions.
C. Cookware that you have not used in more than a year.
2. Give away or throw out items in group C.
3. Put pots and pans in group B in the back of your cabinets.
4. Put the group A cookware in the front of the cabinets where they are easily accessible.

Transporting Deviled Eggs

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eggsforpartyIf you are taking deviled eggs to a party or potluck supper, getting them there in tact is your main goal. Here are some ideas on how to do that.

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1. Put them in a clean, plastic foam egg carton.
2. Place them in mini paper cupcake liners and put into muffin tins.

Bed Pillows Need Washing?

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odor elimination tips, odor tipsTo refresh and clean bed pillows, first determine the content—down, foam or polyester and read the care labels, here are the next steps to take.

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* Foam pillows: Wash this type by hand in a big sink. Apply mild detergent (dissolve first) and use warm water, Air-dry because the foam could disintegrate in the dryer.
* Down pillows: Put into the washing machine on the gentle cycle. Agitate for just 2 minutes and then place into the dryer and add a fabric-softener sheet. Check seams to make sure they are secure.

Coffee Thermos Stained?

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kitchen sink cleaning tips, kitchen sink tips, sink cleaning tipsIf you use a coffee thermos/mug while you commute every day, it can easily become stained, particularly if it’s left in the car or on your desk all day. Here’s an easy way to clean it.

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First, sprinkle the bottom of the mug or thermos with a lot of salt, add warm water and swirl the mixture around vigorously, let set a while. It should loosen all the crud in the bottom and you can pour it out, rinse and then wipe clean.

Serving Mashed Potatoes

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shutterstock_14733931Getting all your dishes for dinner parties on the table at the same time or keeping them hot (potatoes) until everyone is seated, can be an issue. Here’s a great idea.

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To keep your mashed potatoes at a warm temperature until you serve them, put them into a slow cooker. When you are ready to serve, they will be ready to eat!

When Making Homemade Bread

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11-14-rollsAfter you put the bread in the oven, there’s one other step you can take to make it look even better.

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Check the oven just before you think the bread is done, and brush the top of the loaf with white or cider vinegar and then put it back into the oven for the last several minutes. This added touch will give your homemade bread a lustrous sheen.

 

Caring for Microfiber Cloths

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microfiberMicrofiber cloths are the most versatile and effective cleaning tools we have in our homes. But they do get dirty and need to be cleaned. Here’s how.

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* Machine wash in soapy warm water, but not with towels or anything that “gives off lint.”
* Never use chlorine bleach or fabric softener because they damage the cloths.
* Dry on low heat or air-dry.
* Do not iron because microfiber melts at high heat.

Quickie French Onion Soup

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frenchonionBought a lot more onions than you have been able to use up before they go bad? Well, don’t throw them out. Instead can make this easy and delicious soup, perfect during winter months.

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Take out as many onions as you want for a family meal. Then you can peel, slice, and sauté the onions with a little oil in a large pan for a couple of minutes—until they start to brown. Add a package or two of onion soup mix. Pour in water according to the soup package (maybe a little more) and simmer until nice and hot. You can top off with a toasted piece of bread and grated cheese.

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posted 8:00:14am Aug. 27, 2014 | read full post »

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posted 8:00:43am Aug. 26, 2014 | read full post »

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posted 8:00:14am Aug. 25, 2014 | read full post »

Heloise 5-Point Clutter Control Plan: Yes, It Will Save You Time!
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posted 8:00:47am Aug. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Quickie Rice-Cereal Treats. Easy to Make and Yummy to Eat
If you have unexpected children coming by after school, you can whip up these favorite kid snacks in a hurry. Here’s the short-cut Heloise recipe: 1. Make rice cereal treats faster simply by melting miniature marshmallows in this no-cook recipe. 2. Mix the rice cereal with the melted marshmall

posted 8:00:45am Aug. 21, 2014 | read full post »


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