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Freezing Leftover Tomato Paste

Okay, one of my biggest pet peeves is opening up a can of tomato paste, because a recipe calls for 2 or 3 tablespoons, and then trying to figure out what to do with the rest….before it goes bad. How many times have you discovered that little an of half used tomato paste, loosely covered with a crinkly piece of aluminum foil, shoved into the back of your fridge, with a delicate layer of mold on the top? Clearly this has happened to me a lot. But instead of tossing this bummer of a partially used ingredient into the trash, …

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Getting Honey Out of a Measuring Cup

At last, lose that sinking feeling when reading “measure a 1/2 cup of honey…” Anything sticky is just plain hard to measure.  You pour it into the cup, then you pour it into your bowl or pot, and a thick coating is always left inside the measuring cup, drip drip dripping, but never fully getting out of the cup. The answer is easy, as you’ll see in the video.  This trick works with honey, maple syrup, molasses, sorghum, any thick sticky liquid.  It also works with teaspoons and tablespoons, not just cups. Now, onto recipes that call for these wonderful …

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Peeling Ginger With a Spoon

Have fun with ginger’s bumps and knobs by trading a paring knife in for a thin teaspoon. And there’s more good news – even little kids can help with this.  If you give a willing child a knob of ginger and a teaspoon you will give them something to keep them busy for quite a chunk of time, and allow them to feel like a great kitchen helper as well (see Note at the end). I cook with fresh ginger all the time, both in savory and sweet dishes.  I just love the burst of slightly spicy, bold flavor.  It’s …

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Fruit Salad on a Stick

When most of us think of dessert, we don’t necessarily think of fruit.  And unless we’ve created a serious fruit paradigm in our houses, our kids definitely don’t either.  Like, mom, that’s a snack, not a dessert. I’m a firm believer that everything tastes better on a stick and, furthermore, that kids are more willing to try something if it’s on a stick. Are there a lot of sad faces at State Fairs? No, there are not, and it’s not just because everything has been deep-fried (at least I don’t think that’s the only reason – though clearly the corn …

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Writing With Melted Chocolate

A very cool way to personalize anything by writing with melted chocolate—no pastry bag needed. (And no clean-up, either!) Wielding a big pastry decorating bag with icing is not in most of our comfort zones.  And writing with that pastry bag?  Yeesh, tough.  Not to mention the idea of making frosting that is just the right thickness and texture to hold it’s shape once you’ve scribed your message. Enter one sturdy zipper top bag, some chocolate chips, and a bowl of super hot water.  Just melt the chips in the waterproof bag, snip a teeny tiny corner off the bag, …

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