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clean up

As I cook I do dishes and so that way the only dishes that need to be washed are the one that are being used. It makes it easier and shorter time in the kitchen

- Submitted by LOVEFLY 6/11/2013 in Cooking | 4 Comments

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Full flavor salad dressing alternatives

I recently tried a yogurt blue cheese dressing. It's delicious and tastes just like the full fat/calorie version at a fraction of the calories. The one I tried had only 35 calories per serving.

If you haven't tried it already...give yogurt dressings a try on your salads!

- Submitted by KMRJPR 6/5/2013 in Cooking | 5 Comments

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Easily remove an egg yolk

If you're like me and not supposed to eat the egg yolk (but love eggs), use a turkey baster. Take the rubber portion off, squeeze it, hold it over the yolk, and then stop squeezing. The suction will force the yolk (and only the yolk) into the handle. Voilą! Egg whites! :)

- Submitted by CELTICBRIDE2B 5/29/2013 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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TOMATO PASTE

I keep a tube of tomato paste on hand for cooking. Good for when you only need a tbls.

- Submitted by LUCKIE2BE 5/28/2013 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Looks so good I can taste it!

I find that I am a very visual person, I like colorful food...so when making meal plan to avoid the temptation of going out I make a visual meal plan calendar and then it is like punishment if I miss out on something that looks to good to give up.
sort of the you don't know what your missing until it is gone approach...well I see it and I know I will miss it emoticon

- Submitted by MGALL4 5/27/2013 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Double Duty

Anytime I cook I try to cook two days worth of food. For instance, instead of one healthy casserole, I'll cook two and freeze one for a day when I'm feeling too tired to cook. It's sometimes too tempting to call for pizza delivery. If I have that casserole to throw in the oven, that's one day that I won't give in to temptation! emoticon

- Submitted by SEBENSMAMA 5/21/2013 in Cooking | 3 Comments

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Gum!

Pop in a piece of mint gum (or flavored if you like it but mint is the strongest) to stop all the finger licking and tasting while you're cooking and baking. You won't wanna ruin the taste of the gum by eating the food. My sister and I own a cake business on the side, it helps to avoid eatng all of the sweet stuff.

- Submitted by MARYLAMOOGAN 5/20/2013 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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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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Fill Up Before a Meal

Still in the phase where your always hungry? Try filling up on low-cal foods and water before you eat. I often eat a cup of watermelon slices and a glass of water before a meal to help make me fuller faster.

- Submitted by NOBLEEQUESTRIAN 5/16/2013 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Making Pie Crust

When you have completed your pie crust dough, wrap it in saran wrap and refrigerate it for one/half hour. Doing that produces a more tender crust.

- Submitted by MARYJOANNA 5/15/2013 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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