Here you will find some useful cooking tips that can make cooking and clean up, much easier.
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If you are cooking soup or stew and discover that you have over salted it, there is something you can do. Add 1 or 2 cut up potatoes to the soup/stew and this will help absorb some of the excess salt.
After cutting onions or garlic, do you find it difficult to rid your hands of the smell? Well I've got a great solution for you. Grab a stainless steel spoon. Only stainless steel seems to work with this. Rub the spoon with your hands under cold water. This alone should magically take care of the smell. Try it and see for yourself.
Whipping cream for your dessert? Substitute confectioners sugar for regular sugar and your whipping cream will be fluffier and will stay firmer longer.
Want to remove those garlic skins easily? Try one of these methods:
I have used all three of these approaches and they all work beautifully. I like number 3 the best because I usually already have a knife in my hand anyway, so it's the most convenient for me.
My father-in-law likes to grow his own herbs and he always picks them fresh. He them loosely wraps them in a damp paper towel and places them in a plastic bag. They keep several days in the refrigerator and are ready whenever he needs them.
Place the egg in a dish filled with cool salted water. If it rises to the top throw it away. It's fresh if it sinks.
You have probably heard of several cooking tips on how to make brown sugar soft again. Well here is one that I like: Put a slice of bread in the package and seal tightly. The sugar will absorb the moisture from the bread and soften up after a few hours or overnight.
What do you do? Here is a cooking tip to try. If you slightly burn a stew you are making, add a little milk to take the burn taste away.
This is one of my favorite cooking tips because it works so well. I use this technique often as we eat chicken frequently.
The best way to take the skin off chicken parts is to use a paper towel to grab the skin with and pull. The paper towel gives you a great grip and the skin comes right off. This is especially useful for the leg which can be the most difficult skin to remove.
Add 1 cup of warm water to the blender and blend for a few seconds. Pour out the water. Now add 2 cups of warm water and add a drop of dishwashing liquid and blend again.
Don't forget to put the lid on! Rinse and you are done.
Put potatoes in a paper bag with an apple in a cool place. This will prevent the potato from sprouting. If you are storing potatoes for more than a week, replace the apple every week.
Want to cook your hamburger quicker? Make patties and push your pinky finger in the middle to make an indention. This will help the heat to circulate more evenly and will cook faster. Remember to wash your hands after handling raw meats.
Instead of adding rinse solution to your dishwasher, add white vinegar instead. It's cheaper, healthier and will rinse your dishes sparkling clean.
Since discovering the usefulness of white vinegar, I have been using it in most of my cleaning around the house. This stuff works great and is safe to use.
I have a stainless steel frying pan that occasionally gets stains from cooking. Instead of scrubbing my fingers to the bone, I first remove the food particles and then add about 1 cup of white vinegar and let it soak, sometimes over night. After soaking, my pan is stain free and clean with almost no effort. I wash it out with a little soap and water and my pan sparkles.This stuff works great!
Sometimes when I am cooking veggies in a steamer or heating pesto or chocolate in a double boiler I get concerned that the water might boil away without my noticing and ruin my pan. Solution? Throw a penny, another coin, or a metal lid in the bottom with the water. If I hear a rattle, it's time to add water.
If you have left over club soda that has lost its' fizz, use it to water your plants. The chemicals left behind will give vigor and color to your plants.
Add a carrot to your simmering spaghetti sauce to sweeten it with out sugar. It will also make it less acidic. Don't forget to remove the carrot before serving.
I hope you have enjoyed my cooking tips and they they are helpful to you in your cleaning and cooking.
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Made your apple pie recipe yesterday. Absolutely the best!! And no gap! Your spice mixture was just right.
I have the apple/corer/peeler and it made perfect slices in no time. Thank you so much for your wonderful step by step instructions and for the video. Much appreciated. Lucky me! :)
Hi! I just wanted to say that your tortilla recipe/video is pretty much the greatest thing ever! I'm a college student, so it's a really great/cheap thing to make. They're especially good with butter, honey, and brown sugar.
I just have to make sure my family doesn't find out I stopped using the family tortilla recipe! Ha! Thanks again!
Queens, New York
I just have to write to you and admit something! I'm preparing your spanish rice recipe at the moment AND....I want to thank you!
I had actually given up on making Spanish rice! No one, or no recipe, until YOURS, ever said to actually BROWN the rice so much.! I think thats the taste difference!
Thank YOU so much. I followed your recipe exactly,..and it is absolutely wonderful!
-Martha MacDonald from
Just to let you know that I found your website and love it. We have very limited Mexican produce in Australia and I am enjoying making your recipes.
I have made your enchilada sauce a few times now. We all love it and have managed to find pinto beans at our central markets. Good Job. Well done.
-Wendy Sachse from
Rockin' Robin, you truly rock! I live in china right now, far, far away from my beloved Mexican food. Finding ingredients is hard enough, learning how to make everything from scratch no longer is with your recipes.
Though I've only tried your tortilla recipe, I will certainly be coming back to your site to make retried beans and Spanish rice!
My tortillas were awesome, best yet, thanks for giving us a night of Mexican food all the way over here in China!
-Erin from Santa Barbara, California
THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! I stumbled upon your website today as I searched the web for flour tortilla recipes. I made these just after viewing your video, and five of us devoured them.
SO DELICIOUS. And easy to make! I am most grateful to you for this simple, tasty recipe. Your video was a useful tutorial.
I've not attempted to make tortillas prior to making yours, though we often eat tortillas. We're vegetarians, so I was looking for a recipe which used canola oil instead of lard. You delivered. Merci.
WOW! What a great website. Love how you show what to do and how it is supposed to look. Definitely in my favorites folder.
-Terri M from Florida Keys
- Where good Mexican food is hard to find.
Just made your enchilada sauce recipe and that's what I've been looking for. I like the fact it has a little heat but not too much so my kids will eat it. Thank you for posting the recipe. i am turning leftover turkey into turkey enchiladas tonight but the star is really the sauce. Thanks again.
-Tony Starks, California