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    Becky's Kitchen Tips(Thursday's little Tricks)

    becky watkins
    Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:00 pm Groupie
    Hi Friends,
    Almost Friday!!! icon_biggrin.gif Hope you're having a good one!!
    Here are a few more tips that may help you or someone you know.

    Lasagna Shortcut:
    You don't have to cook the noodles before assembling lasagna. Layer the hard, uncooked lasagna noodles in the pan with the other ingredients and then increase the amount of sauce and cheese slightly to provide more liquid; bake as usual. icon_biggrin.gif

    Avoid boil overs and stuck pasta by greasing the inside rim of the pot or spray with nonstick spray before putting the water in to boil. Also spray the colander so that draining pasta won't stick to it.

    Add browned meat, beans, and chili powder to spaghetti sauce that has been left over to make a quick chili con carne.

    Make a "spaghetti dog" by using leftover pasta sauce on hot dogs. You can sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese and you'll have an Italian chili dog. icon_lol.gif

    Leftover hot dog buns or hamburger buns can be made into quick garlic bread, or pizza bread. Spread with butter or olive oil, garlic powder, and toast under the broiler until slightly browned. You can also sprinkle on your favorite herbs, or add some tomato sauce and cheese. Just use your imagination and left overs.

    Cereal Saver:
    Make your own special blend of different cereals by mixing all the last few ounces of cereal left in boxes into one "Cereal Surprise" box.

    Leftover Ravioli or Tortellini:
    Use the leftovers to add to soup. Ravioli and tortellini, fresh or dried, will fall apart when cooked too long, so if you are adding them to soup, leave them in the soup pot just long enough to heat through.

    Cooking Cheese:
    Generally, softer cheeses will melt to a runny consistency and harder cheeses will melt but not get runny unless thinned with milk or other liquids. For example, if you are making a cheeseburger or casserole, a soft processed cheese put on top and then heated or broiled will melt and drizzle down the sides of the burger or cover the top of the casserole, wheras a hard aged Cheddar or Parmesan will melt but will stay just about where you put it and form a firm topping. Choose the cheese to get the effect that you want.

    Cheese leftovers can be melted with skim milk(canned or fresh) to make a cheese sauce for vegetables or noodles or to make a cheese dip. The more different kind of cheeses, the more interesting the flavor, so play with it. icon_biggrin.gif
    When melting cheese in a sauce, do it in a heavy pot or double-boiler, over low-heat, and stir constantly to prevent the cheese from getting lumpy or stringy.

    Cut cheese with ease using dental floss, (unflavored). Grasp each end of a long piece of floss, hold it taut, and slice away. Floss works great for cheesecake and other cakes also.

    Cottage cheese processed in a blender until smooth can substitute for sour cream or cream cheese in many types of dips and spreads. Plain yogurt also makes a good substitute for sour cream or cream cheese.

    Serve cheese at room temperature as it will taste the best that way.

    For the "Kids" in All of Us:
    Pour some milk into the chocolate syrup container when you have just a bit left in the bottom and shake. You'll use up every last yummy drop of syrup!! icon_lol.gif

    Have a great night everybody and I will see you tomorrow!!
    Becky icon_biggrin.gif
    Sat Sep 15, 2007 8:37 am Groupie
    Thanks Becky!
    Sat Sep 15, 2007 12:48 pm Groupie
    Thanks again Becky! I love these tips, I'm going to have so many of them saved. icon_redface.gif
    becky watkins
    Sat Sep 15, 2007 8:09 pm Groupie
    NcMysteryShopper and Bmxmama,
    Thank you so much for your nice words!!! I love doing this!!
    I learn from you guys too, so please add on at your convenience!!
    Have a good one, my friends! icon_biggrin.gif
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