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Helpful Hints – Food

  • Dissolve mint candies into your tea instead of using sugar. They sweeten the liquid and give It a tangy flavor.HelpfulHints-food
  • Enhance the flavor of tea by placing an orange peel in the tea package.
  • For a better flavor store your cover in a tightly covered tin in the refrigerator.
  • Use purified water to prolong the life of your coffee maker.
  • Add vanilla extract to the water as coffee brews to add flavor.
  • Freeze leftover coffee in ice trays. It’s excellent in ice coffee.
  • Freeze clusters of grapes to keep punches cold.
  • Serve hot cider from a slow cooker on low setting. The cider remains warm as long as you wish.
  • Blend cottage cheese in a blender. You can use the mixture in dips instead of sour cream.
  • Store cottage cheese upside down. It keeps better.
  • Grate leftover cheese into a freezer bag to store. The cheese can be used for spaghetti or nachos.

Pumpkin Spice Cake

This recipe uses canned pumpkin and a mixture of fragrant spices.  It’s good served with cream cheese icing.

Ingredients

1 cup pumpkin

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Good with raisins and walnuts.

1/2 cup melted butter

2 beaten eggs

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp molasses

3/4 cup almond milk

2 1/4 cups flour

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ginger Continue reading Pumpkin Spice Cake

Dry Measures

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Dry Measures

1/8 teaspoon         .5 ml
1/4 teaspoon         1 ml
1/2 teaspoon         2 ml
3/4 teaspoon         5 ml
1 tablespoon         15 ml
1/4 cup                   59 ml
1/3 cup                   79 ml
1/2 cup                  118 ml
2/3 cup                  158 ml
3/4 cup                  177 ml
1 cup                      225 ml
2 cups or 1 pint   450 ml
3 cups                     675 ml
4 cups (1 quart)   1 liter
1/2 gallon              2 liters
1 gallon                  4 liters

 

Baking Biscuit Pizza

This is a quick and easy way to make pizza when you don’t have time to make pizza dough.  Plate and serve the pizza with a knife and fork.  It’s the perfect meal for a busy week day.

Ingredients

2 cups flour

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Try pesto to top the pizza instead of the traditional pizza sauce.

3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup olive oil

3/4 cup milk

1 green pepper

pizza sauce

mushrooms

onions

sun-dried tomatoes

herb cheese Continue reading Baking Biscuit Pizza

Easy Trifle

Layer this recipe in a clear bowl so that you can see the layers. The jam and gelatin powder can be adjusted to your favorite flavors.

Ingredients

1 box of French Vanilla cake mix

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The vanilla cake can be changed for Angel Food Cake.

2 boxes raspberry jello powder

1 jar raspberry jam

1 can custard powder

whipped cream

1 tbsp sugar

Mix cake mix according to instructions on the box.  Bake in a parchment lined rectangular pan according to manufacturer’s instructions. Remove from oven and cool before proceeding with recipe. Continue reading Easy Trifle

Jam Sunflower Squares

These squares are ooey and gooey, and are popular with chocolate lovers. You can use your favorite jelly or jam for the second layer.  I prefer raspberry as it goes well with the chocolate.

Serve this dessert plated with a fork and tea.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups flour

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I use raspberry jam.  It goes well with chocolate.

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds (unsalted)

1 beaten egg

1 cup cold butter

jam (your favorite flavor)

chocolate chips Continue reading Jam Sunflower Squares

Helpful Hints

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Helpful Hints
  • Store marshmallows in the freezer to keep them from going dry.
  • Dip scissors in hot water when cutting marshmallows or sticky candy.
  • Keep nuts in the freezer to keep them from going rancid.
  • Store peanut butter upside down to allow the natural oils to combine with the peanut mixture.
  • When doubling recipes always use the original amount of salt.
  • Coat your measuring cup with oil before measuring out sticky liquids like molasses or honey.
  • Spray beaters with vegetable oil before using.
  • Roll dried fruit in a light coating of flour to prevent it from sinking to the bottom of batters.
  • Sprinkle your cake plate with sugar to prevent the cake from sticking to the pan when serving.
  • Place a slice of apple on your cake plate to keep your cake fresh longer.

Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread

Christmas is the one time of year that my family always baked several kinds of cookies for guests over the holiday season.  Times have changed and we no longer need the selection of sweets we used to but I find myself still baking some of my holiday favorites.

This is probably my most favorite cookie.  The tangy cranberries, aromatic almonds and white chocolate create a sumptuous cookie. 

I’ve tried replacing the white chocolate in this recipe with milk chocolate but the recipe is not the same.   If you absolutely hate white chocolate replace it with dark chocolate.  The bitter chocolate pares well with the cranberries.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups flour

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1/4 tsp salt

1 cup butter

1 cup icing sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups dried cranberries Continue reading Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread

Helpful Hints

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    Helpful Hints

    Save the bits of jam and jelly from the bottoms of jars and mix to use in a sauce for chicken.

  • Add herbs to store bought spaghetti sauce to make an easy pizza sauce.
  • Add a tsp of butter to spaghetti to stop it from boiling over
  • Leave peels on scrubbed potatoes in stews. The peels add extra nutrients to the dish.
  • Store leftover vegetables in the freezer and add to soups and stews.
  • If your soup is too salty add a raw potato into the pot. Remove before serving.  The potato will absorb much of the salt.
  • Pour leftover tea in ice cube trays. Use in iced tea to keep the mixture cold without diluting it.
  • Use broken crackers as coatings for fish and meat. Simply grind in small pieces and coat.
  • To sweeten ham pour a small bottle of ginger ale over the meat and bake until done.
  • Make meatloaf in muffin tins. It bakes faster and does not need to be sliced.

Gumdrop Cookies

This is an old fashioned cookie that has gumdrops folded into the batter.  The cookies are soft with pieces of chewy candy.  Store in a cookie tin wrapped in parchment. 

Ingredients

1/2 cup soft butter

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Use red and green gumdrops for Christmas

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 beaten egg

1 tsp vanilla

Cream above ingredients.  In a separate bowl mix the following ingredients.

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powser

Continue reading Gumdrop Cookies