Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Glorious Cooking Tips

1. Cooking a bird in a crock pot. Slather with mayonnaise (not the fake stuff) and not butter. Put on a rack or canning tops to suspend it out of the yuck. Cook on high 6 hours (not 4) and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

2. Like thicker cookies but yours always turn out flat. Add more flour. That is my secret and it works. Remember if they are too fat and you want them thinner use less flour.

3. To cook Broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, green beans, and corn on the cob to perfection. When you are about 30 minutes from dinnertime put them in a pan of water with a tablespoon oil and bring to a boil. Cover and turn off heat and leave on the stove burner. Pull them from the water when the rest of the meal is cooked. It only takes about 15 minutes. They will be perfectly done, brightly colored and hot.

4. Recipe requires an egg but you have none, use 1/4 cup oil instead.

5. Recipe says oil or butter but you are trying to cut down on fats, use the same amount of applesauce instead.

6. Any noodle dish can be made in a crock pot by cooking the meat before adding then add the noodles about 45 minutes before you are ready to eat. This works with lasagna, spaghetti, elbows or any other. just add 1/2 cup more water or broth to allow the noodles to adsorb the moisture. 

7. Making lasagna but hate handling the hot noodles, well you don't have to. Instead make your lasagna as you would but with uncooked noodles just add 1/2 cup of water to the sauce. then cover with foil and bake as usual. it doesn't even need extra time in the oven.

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