To remove water from spinach after boiling, place in an OXO Good Grips Potato Ricer
Add a can of sweetened blueberries and some fresh blueberries to your list. When you make
layered vanilla cake, layer the blueberries on top of the icing you use as a
filling. Then decorate
top of the cake with blueberries and lemon slices in a twist. To make the
lemon twist, slice the
and then make one small cut into 1/2 the slice. Take the two points and
twist the lemon
that when you set it down on the icing it will look decorative.
To pack cupcakes: Use an apple corer to remove the middle of the cupcake.
Pipe in frosting.
Stevia from Dixie
Diners Club is a good substitute for artificial sweeteners -
especially in ice tea and lemonade.
Grow your own herb
garden this summer, thyme and lavender are especially
fragrant and covers a
To decorate a banana
cream pie, toast coconut and macadamia nuts and
sprinkle them around the edge.
For a delicious quick
salad dressing: Mix half Italian dressing and half mayonnaise.
Use your microwave to
heat the honey trapped in the base of a honey bottle.
Use baking soda and a
little water to clean pots and pans.
When greasing and flouring cake pans for chocolate cakes, use unsweetened cocoa
of flour. You won't get a white film on dark cakes.
Put a half lemon in
your disposal for a fresh scent each time you use it.
Pour baking soda down
a kitchen drain then follow with vinegar. Let sit, then rinse.
When making delicate
cookies, use baking parchment on each baking sheet. Transfer the
entire sheet to the cooling rack. This will keep the cookies from breaking so easily.
Add ginger ale to
fruit juices to make them taste like punch.
Add brown sugar to
sweeten an acidic tomato sauce, e.g., spaghetti sauce.
Store walnuts, almonds
and hazelnuts in the freezer so they last longer.
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Keep unpeeled onions
in the vegetable drawer to keep them colder and prevent
juices evaporating as
fast. This helps prevent
your eyes from tearing up when
you chop. Look for Vidalia
onions which are
nice and sweet.
quickly in the microwave, just reduce the power to 50%.
place the chocolate pieces in a zipper-lock plastic bag and
then when melted,
snip off one corner. Instant pastry bag.
Soften frozen butter
to room temperature on 50% power in microwave, watch carefully.
Freeze leftover icing
to spread between graham crackers for instant cookies.
Freeze leftovers as soon
as possible to enjoy them when there is no time to make
Make cookie dough
time, roll, flatten and freeze. Place the cookies
on a baking sheet
and bake in preheated oven as directed in recipe.
Enjoy fresh-baked cookies
anytime and they will taste even better.
The chocolate chip cookie recipe
is perfect for freezing.
Partially freeze meats
to make them easier to slice for stir-fry.
To pack cupcakes: Use an apple corer to remove the middle of the cupcake,
pipe in frosting. This is a good idea for school lunches. You can also wrap and
freeze the cupcakes.
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