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- During the holidays, wrap up an assortment
of cookies and candies for teachers, friends and neighbors...and
keep some on hand to serve when friends drop by, too.
- Make meatloaf festive by forming
into a heart shape for an easy, economical and fun entree! Decorate
by piping mashed potatoes around the edge.
- Layer vanilla yogurt, fruit
and granola in glasses for quick, healthy and delicious breakfast
parfaits. (Use fresh, frozen (and slightly thawed) or canned
- Place a carton of premium vanilla
ice cream in the refrigerator overnight to melt. Next day you've
got eggnog with a sprinkling of nutmeg added!
- When serving caviar, proper
serving utensils are designed to reduce damage to the roe and
ultimately, its taste. Such utensils are traditionally made mother-of-pearl,
wood, porcelain, glass, ivory, horn and gold. They are not absolutely
necessary but like a good wine glass they can help bring out
full appreciation. Serving caviar with metals that oxidize easily
(i.e.; silver) have been known to impart a metallic taste and
thus are not preferred by very serious aficionados.
- Sprinkle fruit-flavored gelatin
powder over vanilla pudding to give it a pretty look and added
- Placing a miniature marshmallow
in the bottom of a sugar cone helps prevent ice-cream drips and
adds a surprise!
- Freeze leftover coffee and tea
in ice cube trays. Use cubes to cool down complimentary iced
beverages without diluting them.
- Perk up cooked carrots by mixing
in apricot, peach or pineapple preserves.
- Roll peeled bananas in strawberry
preserves, sprinkle with granola or chopped nuts and freeze for
a cool treat!
- Make a plain coffee cake special
by topping with your favorite preserves and broiling until the
- Stir 1 or 2 teaspoons of mint
jelly into iced tea for a refreshing twist.
- For very light and tender pancakes
or waffles, separate the egg and beat the whites until stiff.
Stir the yolk and other liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients,
then fold in the beaten egg white.
- Make ice cubes festive for a
party by freezing sprigs of mint, maraschino cherries, lemon
or orange peel in them. If serving lemonade as a beverage, try
making lemonade cubes!
- Freeze some of the party punch
in a ring mold, then float it in the punch bowl. This way the
ice won't water down the punch.
- For crispy French toast, add
a touch of cornstarch to the egg mixture.
- Perk up that bowl of breakfast
oatmeal by first toasting the oats same as you would toast nuts
in the oven, then cook as usual. See How
to Toast Nuts