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Exercise

When I grocery shop, I park in the back of the lot to do more walking.

- Submitted by MARYJOANNA 7/19/2013 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Cooking Meat

When cooking meat or poultry, remove it from the refrigerator 5 minutes before adding to a hot pan. If you put it in right away it shocks it and it becomes tough.

- Submitted by MARYJOANNA 6/26/2013 in Cooking | 2 Comments
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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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Lemon Juice

If you need only a few drops of lemon juice, just prick a lemon with a fork and squeeae. That way you can use the rest of the lemon for zest, etc.

- Submitted by MARYJOANNA 11/4/2012 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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Breakfast Bread

I enjoy this lo-cal breakfast. I take 1 slice healthy bread toasted, and then add 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese, and top with any fruit you like. Makes a delicious breakfast.

- Submitted by MARYJOANNA 9/3/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Tips for adding nuts, etc.

When adding chocolate chips or nuts to a batter of any type, flour the added ingredients so that they will not sink to the bottom.

- Submitted by MARYJOANNA 6/20/2012 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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Breaking eggs

When a recipe calls for eggs, break them into a separate bowl. This saves dropping a shell or worse yet a bad egg into your batter.

- Submitted by MARYJOANNA 2/11/2012 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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Meat

After grilling or baking meat in the oven put the meat on a plate and cover in foil. This allows the meat to rest so you do not lose the juices. Allow to rest 3 or 4 minutes.

- Submitted by MARYJOANNA 7/13/2011 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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Candy

For a delicious treat try Licorice. One long piece is only 35 calories, and you get plenty of chewing action.

- Submitted by MARYJOANNA 6/26/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Pastry Dough

When making pastry dough, use both shortening and butter, having the dough refrigerated for 1/2 hour makes for a flakier piecrust.

- Submitted by MARYJOANNA 6/18/2011 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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