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1/26/15 12:55 P

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There's a cool recipe here on SP for a short cut for popcorn. You start with a brown lunch bag and place 3 T. of popcorn kernels inside and place in microwave until it pretty much quits popping. You can sprinkle salt or other seasonings on afterwards or in the bag too. I've done it both ways. I love the no-mess with it!

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1/26/15 12:51 P

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When cooking beef liver, which I maybe eat once a year! My Mom taught me this. You dip each piece in boiling water with tongs and then dip in flour to fry or whatever you do. This takes some of that strong taste of the liver, away.

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1/26/15 12:49 P

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For a shortcut for macaroni and cheese, you can cook the macaroni and in the meantime, heat up some milk in a saucepan. Shred some cheddar cheese (I love it sharp). Drain the macaroni and put it in a serving bowl. Pour warmed milk over it all and sprinkle with shredded cheese and the cheese will melt in and you have a yummy side dish. My Mom used to do this sometimes when I was growing up and it was so yummy!

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10/1/12 8:03 P

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I'm not much of a cook (trying to learn & do it more often) but if I'm short on time or just plain lazy...one of my "shortcut" meals is one serving of whole grain pasta and I stir in a Green Giant Broccoli & Cheese for One package (prepared as instructed first). This way I don't default to my old pasta with butter & salt....it adds a veggie and since I don't like a lot of cheese it works for me to spread it through the pasta & the broccoli. If you like cheese, you could add 2 packages for twice the veggies too (it's only 40 calories & 2g fat).

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7/14/12 10:19 P

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I still don't understand it -- but I tried washing and cutting lettuce and putting into a tightly seal container, upside down. It's been several days and the lettuce is as crisp as If I just picked it! I

So now . . . . I'm going to have to try to try your french fry suggestion. I'll let you know how I make out.



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7/14/12 9:16 P

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This tip if for those who would like to have homemade baked french fries that don't end up soggy.

After cutting the fries boil them for 5 minutes. Remove fries from water and pat dry. Spray fries with olive oil then place on a baking sheet. DO NOT ALLOW THE FRIES TO TOUCH. Any fries that touch will be soggy. Can't remember where I got the tip but it worked for me.

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6/29/12 8:32 A

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I have to try this for myself. Nothing worse than wimpy lettuce!! And if this works . . . . what a time saver!

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6/28/12 11:42 P

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When I turn the containers upside down the ingredients do stay fresher. At least that is my opinion and that of my friend and her husband who takes a salad to work every day.

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6/28/12 9:11 A

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Okay . . . aside from "because I could" . . . which is too cute . . . . I'm going to go out a limb, which will probably crack and break, but . . . . . does it make a difference?

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6/28/12 12:34 A

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I love salads, hate making them. BF gave me this tip. Using a plastic container with tight fitting lid, place lettuce on bottom then add other ingredieints (except eggs, meat and dressing). Onions can be added but because of smell I add them when I eat salad. After placing lid on store in frig UPSIDE DOWN. I make a weeks worth of salads at once. BF discovered this tip when her 9 yr old made her dad's salads for work. Her reason for storing upside down was because I could.

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6/26/12 9:44 P

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I have a cooking tip to share. Some of you may be aware of this already, but . . . .

Did you know that if you add 1/8 or 1/4 tsp of baking soda to anything tomato based (tacos, sloppy joes, spaghetti sauce) that it will cause a chemical reaction with the tomatoes and reduce indigestion? Add it about 20 minutes before end of cooking time.

Don't use to too much or it will foam like crazy!

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6/23/12 6:03 P

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Have a favorite cooking tip or shortcut? Please share those ideas with the team. We can all use a little help every now and then!!

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