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Invest in a kitchen scale

I like to calculate the calories I want and weigh out the appropriate amount rather than using the serving size on the package, especially for cereal. It's more exact than dry measure and I often find I'm getting more than I had originally judged.

- Submitted by JEANIEBEANS 4/4/2010 in Cooking | 4 Comments

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Taking the fat off ground mince

I brown mince the day before and put it in the fridge. When I'm ready to use it, I scoop off any fat that has formed on top and then proceed to cook as usual - minus the fat.

- Submitted by GOANNA2 4/4/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Variety is the "spice" of life!

The only "secret" I have to keeping it exciting in the kitchen is to switch it up constantly. I try to buy a new ingredient each time I go to the supermarket. With one new ingredient I'm bound to find a new recipe or flavor.

- Submitted by SASSYP24 4/4/2010 in Cooking | 4 Comments

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Saving Time and Energy

I always think before I open the refrigerator to start cooking or even making sandwiches. I try to take eveyrthing out at 1 time that I will be using for that meal. That way I am not opening and closing the refrigerator a bunch of times.

- Submitted by SHERRYCG 4/4/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Tired of cooking Bacon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a coulple of cookie sheets with foil. Use the whole pound lay them in single rows. Bake them for 15 min. You don't even have to turn them over. No Mess, No Fuss. Let them cool. Put in refrig. in ziplock bag. Heat in microwave. So good! Bacon for a week.

- Submitted by RAINBOWSKY1 4/3/2010 in Cooking | 6 Comments

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ONION

If you don't cut the root end off and work with the other end of the onion it won't make you cry or your eyes water. emoticon

- Submitted by RAINBOWSKY1 4/3/2010 in Cooking | 3 Comments

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Prevent Crying When Chopping Onions

Wear tight fitting goggles to prevent the chemicals in onions from entering your eye. It really works! Amazon sells special Onion Goggles and they look sporty, cool, and a tad nerdy.

- Submitted by MALUQUINA 4/3/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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'Unsalting'

If you find your soup, stew or casserole is too salty, add a piece of peeled potato: it will absorb some of the salt and can be discarded before serving.

- Submitted by GRAMPIAN 4/3/2010 in Cooking | 5 Comments

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Binding for Cutlets------Ad
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Crisp Cutlets--both Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian need to be crisp to be tasty.Instead of using Bread to achieve this I use Oat Bran for the desired effect..Into the Cutlet mix I add 1 beaten egg and Oat Bran to bind the mix together.Shape it in desired shapes,brush with melted butter and bake.

- Submitted by KOMAL53 4/3/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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"Crunchy Sweet Treat"

I love crunchy and sweet! To satisfy that craving I put washed grapes in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze. Then put them in single servings in "snack size" plastic bags and put all of the bags in a thicker freezer bag. It's a great "go to" snack. 1 serving = 1 cup at 60 calories!

- Submitted by OZARKMEL 4/3/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments
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