Too sticky!

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If you need to cover a sticky food with plastic wrap, an easy way to keep it from sticking to the food is to insert toothpicks that have a marshmallow on the end. This way the plastic won’t tear or stick to your food.

A bit of zest

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Add curry powder to your flour mixture before frying chicken for a zesty flavor! Your fried chicken will be the talk of the tailgate on gameday with this tip.

Keep your onion fresh

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If you are out of plastic wrap and need to cover an onion you’ve cut, just spread some butter on the cut side of the onion to keep it from drying out.

Put the B in BLT

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It’s BLT season so the tip of the week is to cook your bacon in the oven. You can cook a larger quantity and clean up is a breeze if you cook on foil. After I remove the bacon I put the whole pan in the refrigerator to solidify the grease and then just pull … Read more

Tomatoes as Edible Cups

“Scooped-out cherry tomatoes make great edible cups for fish or egg salad, herbed cheese, or as an appetizer. Use a standard-sized hollowed tomato filled with any variety of stuffings as a side dish, either baked, raw or as a condiment bowl for sauces. Turn the hollowed-out tomatoes upside down to drain for about ten minutes … Read more

Growing green beans

Plant beans in a garden bed where they will get at least 10 hours of direct sunlight. Beans grown best when air temperatures reach 70 to 80 degrees, and soil temperature should be at least 60 degrees. Seeds should be planted 1” deep with 3-4” in between beans. This tip is from “A Healthy Life … Read more

Peeling tomatoes

To get the skin peeled off of a tomato – plunge them into a bowl of hot water for a few minutes before peeling. The skin will come right off! This tip is from Italian chef Antonio Carluccio, in an article from Good Housekeeping. More tips for cooking with tomatoes from chef Antonio can be … Read more

Ideas for Using Up Leftover Molasses

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“Try mixing a few tablespoons of that savory, sweet smoky goodness into baked beans, as part of a ham glaze, or mixed in with BBQ sauce.  Try a teaspoon to sweeten coffee, mixed in with your pancake or waffle batter, drizzled on oatmeal or ice cream.  You can also mix it with syrup and butter … Read more

Peel Ginger with a Spoon

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Ginger can be tricky to peel with all its bumps and irregularities. Rather than using a paring knife or vegetable peeler, reach for the spoon. Scrape it against the skin and it’ll come right off, following every contour and minimizing waste. Tip from seriouseats.com

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