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How to How to keep your vegetables white and potato tips and cautions

When cooking cauliflower, add milk or lemon juice to the cooking water to keep; it snowy white.

Potatoes: Never store potatoes (white, red or sweet or yams) below 40 degrees or they will turn grey when cooked. After cutting the raw potatoes, always rinse them to remove the released starches and then they can be stored in cold water until cooked or cooked immediately and they will not become grey. Also cut with a stainless steel knife to save them from turning grey. Carbon blades cause them to darken and create an off taste in sweet potatoes.

Caution: If potatoes are baked in foil, remove foil soon after baking. Do not bake in foil and then store in the foil, as it will not allow it to cool fast enough and can cause salmonella poisoning. This has happened at buffet places that keep them in foil (warm not hot) for serving when left out for extended amounts of time.

If sprouts appear on your potatoes, brush them off and when ready to use, cut out the base of the sprout, because the sprouts are poisonous.

If bad spots (spoiled) are on your potatoes, discard the potatoes, since the flavor can penetrate thru the entire potato.

Potatoes can be stored in the refrigerator after being cooked or baked and will not turn grey, if the above tips are followed.

 

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Cheap Natural Fabric Softner

A quarter cup of vinegar works great for softening clothes in the wash, and you can save big by buying it by the gallon. Just pour it into your  washer’s center cup, or put it in during the rinse cycle. Your washer may smell like vinegar, but the clothes won’t and you do not end up with a  coating on your fabrics like  you do with commercial softener products. You also avoid perfumes that may affect people with allergies. Commercial softener is more costly, is not a “nature” based product and leaves a deposit on your fabric, that in time, will make your fabric less absorbent, i.e. towels, etc.

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Using Last Year’s Shredded Zucchini Tip

Each year it many have left over shredded zucchini in the freezer when you are ready to save the current harvest. A tasty way to use it is to thaw it, drain it very well (maybe even squeeze it a bit) and use it in your bread or cake recipe. If the recipe calls for 2 cups of freshly shredded or grated zucchini, I use 4 cups of the drained zucchini and it makes a great product. The zucchini is much like coconut in it after it is baked, and does not taste like zucchini or look like it. You have the extra nutrition, fiber, texture and more space for the new harvest. If your baking powder might be close to expiration, add 1/4 teaspoon additional to the recipe amount, to the recipe to make it rise well.  If the recipe does not call for baking powder, you can still add some with no problem. I use Rumford brand which does not have aluminum in it – not bitter to me and healthier.

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Upgrade a Cake Mix Easily

When making a cake mix, instead of the water required, replace the water with the same amount or part of the amount of with yogurt (any type). If you do not replace the entire amount of water with yogurt, use milk (any kind – whole, 2% or what you have in the refrigerator) for the remaining required amount. You can also cut a cake horizontally and place a layer of yogurt in the middle and replace the top of the cake. This will keep the cake moist and add nutrition and flavor, especially if you use Greek yogurt, since it has 2 times the protein of most other types of yogurt. Black cherry in a chocolate cake or peach in a spice, or plain in any cake mix are good combinations.

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Gift certificates are available for weddings, holidays or “you are special” gifts or any other reason.

Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.

Seminar and conference group presentations or workshops available regarding food, cooking, nutrition, and other related subjects.

I am also available to do food presentations of products in stores, etc.

I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups, along with team building events. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net

Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website. I can also be reached at 608-240-9773.

 

Senior or Other Discount Reminder

To always remember to ask for senior or other discounts that might be available to you, use a magic marker and note the discount name on your credit card – front and back, also put a stick note in your check book.

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Gift certificates are available for weddings, holidays or “you are special” gifts or any other reason.

Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.

Seminar and conference group presentations or workshops available regarding food, cooking, nutrition, and other related subjects.

I am also available to do food presentations of products in stores, etc.

I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups, along with team building events. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net

Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website. I can also be reached at 608-240-9773.

CORNSTARCH ABSORBS AND SHINES

CORNSTARCH ABSORBS AND SHINES
To clean windows and mirrors, mix 2 quarts of warm water with 1/2 cup of cornstarch. Apply with a sponge and buff dry for a sparkling shine.

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Gift certificates are available for weddings, holidays or “you are special” gifts or any other reason.

Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.

I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups, along with team building events. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
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Cooking classes currently scheduled can be viewed by clicking on the “class” icon. The schedules will be updated as they change.

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Baking Soda Cuts Grease

BAKING SODA CUTS GREASE
Baking soda’s mild abrasive action makes it a great stovetop and oven cleaner. Mix with a little vinegar and scrub.

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Gift certificates are available for weddings, holidays or “you are special” gifts or any other reason.

Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.

I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups, along with team building events. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net

Cooking classes currently scheduled can be viewed by clicking on the “class” icon. The schedules will be updated as they change.

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PRE-TREAT WITH POTATOES

PRE-TREAT WITH POTATOES
Spuds are great for removing mud. Rub a cut potato over the stain prior to laundering. The starch will help break down the dirt.

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Gift certificates are available for weddings, holidays or “you are special” gifts or any other reason.

Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.

I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups, along with team building events. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net

Cooking classes currently scheduled can be viewed by clicking on the “class” icon. The schedules will be updated as they change.

Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website. I can also be reached at 608-240-9773.