"Unable to sleep? Use the famous Milk and Honey Remedy. Take a glass of hot milk with a teaspoon of honey to calm the soul and induce sleep. Or, add 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey to a cup of chamomile tea and sip"
Measuring Cups: Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient (peanut butter, honey, etc.) and watch how easily it comes right out. you can also use PAM, but I prefer the hot water method.
Reheating refrigerated bread: To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave next to a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
Easy Deviled Egg Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal; mash till they are all broken up Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy; squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done - easy clean up.
When making mashed potatoes, after you drain the potatoes, return them to the hot pan, cover tightly and let steam for 5 minutes. This allows the potatoes to dry out so they'll mash to a beautiful texture and soak up the butter and cream more easily. Wolfgang Puck
Whenever you cook pasta, remove some of the pasta-cooking water (about 1/4 or 1/3 cup) just before draining. When you add the sauce of your choice to the pasta, add a little of the cooking liquid. This helps sauce to amalgamate; the starch in the water adds body and a kind of creaminess. An old Italian friend of mine instructed me in this finishing touch early on, and I would never, ever leave it out. It makes all the difference. Nigella Lawson
When baking a cake from a box mix, use unsalted butter instead of oil, milk instead of water, and add a few drops of vanilla. Your cake will taste like it was made from scratch. I have done this for something special.
"I am constantly dealing with tangled necklacesÖespecially when traveling. This one has saved me more than once. Rub a few drops of baby oil into the knots and work them gently free with a straight pin."
To easily shred cheese, let sit in freezer for 30 minutes. The firmer cheese is less likely to make a melted mess on your grater. To prevent hard edges from forming on older cheese, lightly oil the outsides OR rub with butter before storing.
Nothing beats an icy cold summer glass of lemonade. Itís so refreshing untli it gets watered down. Hereís a simple little trick to keep your lemonade from losing itís lip-smackiní tangÖ Lemonade Cubes!
Simply pour your lemonade into an ice cube tray and freeze. Then when youíre ready for your next glass of lemonade, just pop in a few lemonade cubes! Theyíll keep your glass chilled, but not watered down as they begin to melt.
Ice Cubes - It won't be a pretty sound, tossing ice cubes into the garbage disposal breaks up grease and keeps it clean. Every few weeks, toss in a handful of cubes, turn on the disposal and run cold water. Add some orange, lemon or lime peels to ward off odors.
I miss not having a garbage disposer, especially in the hot weather. I used this tip on mine before I moved.
"I was at a deck party awhile back, and the bugs were having a ball biting everyone. A man at the party sprayed the lawn and deck floor with Listerine, and the little demons disappeared. The next year I filled a 4-ounce spray bottle and used it around my seat whenever I saw mosquitoes. And voila! That worked as well.. It worked at a picnic where we sprayed the area around the food table, the children's swing area, and the standing water nearby. During the summer, I don't leave home without it...."
To help ensure freshly baked cakes donít stick to the bottom of the cake pan, let the pan cool on a damp towel for a few minutes just after it comes out of the oven. Then loosen the sides and invert onto a platter; your cake should slide out easily.
Sour cream and cottage cheese have a short shelf life, usually 7-10 days after being opened. But if you want to store one of them for longer, then all you need to do is invert the container and keep it in the fridge.
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