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mashed potatoes

I find mash potatoes to be very boring and tasteless, so when I cook them now I'll add a head of cauliflour and boil them together then mash them. Put them in a casserole dish sprinkled with cheddar and broil till the top is browned, Great flavor and everyone loves them. emoticon

- Submitted by WALKINGDAVE 3/27/2010 in Cooking | 3 Comments

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Making it better

I have found that substituting salt with red pepper and herbal seasonings take away the need for that salty taste.

- Submitted by GEEKYBLACKGIRL 3/27/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Lowering Fat

I use applesauce in exchange for shortening/oil in recipes to lower the fat content.

- Submitted by MASH141 3/26/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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What's for Dinner (Breakfast, Lunch)?

I keep my digital camera handy and take pictures of my meals before I eat to refer to them when I'm met with the proverbial question, What's for Dinner? Once full, I simply download them to my computer. Bon Appetite! emoticon

- Submitted by YCSPENCER 3/25/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Clean Eating

Eating clean has changed my life! I eat as close to the source as possible and very little processed food. Clean Eating Magazine and Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Cookbook are staples in my kitchen!

- Submitted by BENJAMINSBABY 3/25/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Dutch Ovens

I use my Dutch oven instead of a slow cooker, the food comes out with a rich flavor (like in a slow cooker) but takes less time. And I can get everything ready and have my husband throw it in the oven if I'm not at home. I prep and pre-cook whatever needs to be done and put the Dutch oven in the fridge. In the end, it saves me time and saves me from having to explain how the slow cooker works.

- Submitted by KMRJPR 5/16/2013 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Adding helpful kitchen aids to your Sparks grocery list

If you come across a handy kitchen aid you want to buy you can add it to the weekly shopping list.

Go to "My Nutrition" page,
"Add/Edit Extra Meal category",
In the pop-up "New Extra Meal Category" enter a word like "shops",
"Save settings",
which sends you back to "My Nutrition" page.

There is now a section for "shops"

Add kitchen aid under "Enter food not listed" then add it to the new "shops" section.

Press "Grocery List" and the new aid now appears under "Manually entered".

- Submitted by JUULEE 4/19/2013 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Creamy Chicken Casserole

When in hurry and don't have leftover chicken I get a whole cooked chicken from the deli. Any leftover from that I make chicken salad for lunches the next day.

- Submitted by CLAIRE1141 1/23/2013 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Use less sugar

When cooking and baking I reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe down at least a third. Some recipes can even be made with no sugar at all. I started doing this because I can not stand the taste of the artificial sweeteners.

- Submitted by 68ANNE 8/17/2012 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Getting the "freshness" out of Meats

Try this before seasoning and cooking your meat or fish. To get the freshness out of your poultry or seafood place contents in a bowl fill with a little water and squeeze a lemon or lime (juice) in it let sit for 5 mins and rinse. IF you dont have lemon use 1/2 cup flour make sure the water is covering your meat before adding flour. Use your hands to break down the lumps in the water and mix your meat. Rinse well & You can now season your meat and cook.

- Submitted by MARISAS25 8/10/2012 in Cooking | 2 Comments
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