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Tasty Hot Potato Appetizer

posted by lwhite

Have leftover baked potatoes? Here’s a great hint to transform them into a tasty, crunchy appetizer: 1. Scrape out all the flesh and brush the remaining skins with olive oil. Cut skins into ½-inch wide strips. 2. Sprinkle with cumin […]

Tenderizing Meat

posted by lwhite

Some meats are more tender than others, but they are usually more expensive too! If you purchase slightly tough meat, you can still tenderize it. Here’s what to do: 1. Marinate the meat in lemon juice, wine, vinegar or even […]

Difficulty Frosting a Cake?

posted by lwhite

If you are having trouble getting the icing smooth around a crumbly cake because it’s lumping up or sticking to the spatula, here’s how to solve this problem: Place the cake into the freezer and leave it until the cake […]

Storing Chocolate for Cooking

posted by lwhite

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. READ MORE * You do not need to put chocolate in the refrigerator, […]

Making Popcorn in the Microwave

posted by lwhite

It’s so quick and so good, but watch it carefully because the smell of burnt popcorn is horrible and hard to get rid of that stink. Here are some other hints. READ MORE * Use only microwave-safe containers or other […]

Quick Frostings

posted by lwhite

If you are making cupcakes, and you don’t have time to whip up a delectable frosting, here are some fast ideas, other than pre-made frosting. READ MORE * Just a few minutes before you remove them from the oven, put […]

Skewers Crusty After Cooking?

posted by lwhite

If you are making shish kebabs, cleaning them afterward can be labor-intensive to remove all the crusty debris. Here’s a hint my mother used. READ MORE * After removing the meat or chicken, push each skewer through a soap-filled dry […]

Oatmeal Boring?

posted by lwhite

If you love eating oatmeal for breakfast on cold winter days, but find it the same every morning, here are some hints for jazzing it up. READ MORE * Top off with chocolate or butterscotch chips. * Add crumbs from […]

Serving Mashed Potatoes

posted by lwhite

Getting 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. READ MORE To keep your mashed potatoes at a […]

When Making Homemade Bread

posted by lwhite

After you put the bread in the oven, there’s one other step you can take to make it look even better. READ MORE Check the oven just before you think the bread is done, and brush the top of the […]

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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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