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When I grocery shop, I park in the back of the lot to do more walking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For a delicious treat try Licorice. One long piece is only 35 calories, and you get plenty of chewing action.
When making pastry dough, use both shortening and butter, having the dough refrigerated for 1/2 hour makes for a flakier piecrust.