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Deserts And Baked Goods

Deserts And Baked Goods Banana Bread: For a moister and tastier banana nut bread, pour half of the batter in the baking pan, spread 1/8″ – 1/4″ of pineapple tidbits (drained) over the batter, then cover with remaining batter. This is especially effective for those of us who buy the boxed mix. The addition of […]


Produce Add Flavor with Food Waste: Save the loose skin on onions and garlic to toss into the fire just before grilling meats or vegetables. And dry fennel tops on the fire when grilling fish. Apples: Refrigerated apples last up to 10 times longer than those left at room temperature. To prevent apples from speeding […]

Pizza and Pasta

Pizza and Pasta Boiling Over: Butter or grease the rim of a pan in which you cook rice or pasta so it won’t boil over. Cooking Lasagna Noodles: Use lots of water so the pasta has plenty of room to expand. To prevent tearing, cook at a moderate yet constant boil. Use a wood or […]

Miscellaneous Ingredients

Miscellaneous Ingredients Alcohol Substitutes: Substitute chicken stock for wine in entrees. Substitute 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. almond extract for each 1/4 cup of Amaretto or almond liqueur requested. Substitute frozen orange juice concentrate and a little orange zest for orange liqueurs. Substitute quadruple-strength coffee for coffee liqueurs. Brown Sugar: To keep brown sugar moist, store […]

Meat Seafood and Poultry

Meat Seafood and Poultry Buying, storing and preparing Meat Seafood and Poultry. Bacon: Rinse bacon under cold water before frying. This reduces the amount the bacon shrinks by almost 50%. To quickly and easily make real “bacon bits”, hold slices of raw bacon over a frying pan, cut off little pieces into the pan with […]

Cooking Methods

Cooking Methods Casseroles: Most casseroles can be made up to 24 hours in advance and refrigerated. Be sure and add 15 or 20 minutes to the cooking time to compensate. Chilling Foods: To chill foods quickly put them in your freezer for 20 to 30 minutes rather than longer in the refrigerator. Food Stains in […]

Ingredient Substitutions

Ingredient Substitutions INGREDIENT AMOUNT SUBSTITUTION Allspice 1 tsp. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon + 1/2 tsp. ground cloves Apple Pie Spice 1 tsp. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, 1/8 tsp. cardamom Arrowroot 1 1/2 tsp. 1 Tbls. flour 1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch Baking Powder 1 tsp. 1/3 tsp. baking soda + 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar […]

Meat and Candy Temperature Charts

Meat and Candy Temperature Charts Candy-Making Temperatures Thread begins at 230° Makes a 2″ thread when dropped from a spoon. Soft Ball begins at 234° A small amount dropped into chilled water forms a ball, but flattens when picked up. Firm Ball begins at 244° The ball will hold its shape and flatten only when […]

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