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Knives for Your Kitchen

posted by lwhite

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 […]

Whipping Egg Whites

posted by lwhite

Whipping egg whites? Here are some helpful hints, which will be especially handy when baking: 1. Select a big bowl, metal is best, glass second and make sure that it has NO grease residue inside because the whites won’t whip. […]

Using Honey

posted by lwhite

Did you know that there are more than 300 varieties of honey in the world? Wildflower and Scottish Heather each has a different flavor. Here are two ideas for using your favorite honey: 1. Spread buttered toast with fresh ricotta […]

When You Use Aluminum Foil

posted by lwhite

Aluminum foil is indispensable in the kitchen. But there are several things you should know about using it in cooking. Here are some helpful hints: 1. If you are baking foods in foil, it does NOT make a difference which […]

Super-Fast Cake Frosting

posted by lwhite

Need an easy and yummy cake frosting? Here’s one that it only has two ingredients and it’s delicious. Your children will love it: 1. Open a 12-ounce package of peppermint patties, break them into pieces and place in a heavy-bottomed […]

Storing Vegetables

posted by lwhite

When you bring fresh veggies home from the supermarket, put them in the refrigerator crisper right away. They should last about a week. Here’s what else you should do: 1. Don’t wash veggies until you are ready to use them […]

Cooking Terms Explained

posted by lwhite

Here are three terms you see often in recipes or on restaurant menus: Á la King, Á la mode and Al dente. Here’s what they mean. READ MORE Á la King: This dish is prepared in a rich cream sauce.  […]

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 […]

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Ink Stains on a Laptop Computer Screen?
This can and does happen when we are working on our computers. Yes, you can try to remove it and here’s how to do it very carefully: 1. First, lightly dip a cotton swab into a mix of one-party isopropyl alcohol (70 percent strength) with one-part distilled water. 2. Very carefully dab the swab

posted 8:00:02am Apr. 18, 2014 | read full post »

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 »


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