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TRY NEW THINGS

Try a new spice or a new fruit. It makes things more interesting.

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Exercise

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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