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Stew vs. Soup

What's the difference between soup and stew? In theory, a soup is a combination of vegetables, meat or fish cooked in liquid. A stew is any dish that's prepared by stewing - that is, the food…

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Sticky Banana Pudding

Whenever I make banana pudding, it sticks to the bottom of the pan and burns. Am I using too much heat, or is my saucepan too thin? —T.S. Lake Charles, Louisiana

Pudding, whether made…

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Storing Lettuce

What is the correct way to store iceberg lettuce in the refrigerator to keep it crisp? —D.L., Elm Mott, Texas

Iceberg lettuce should be washed before storing. First, remove the core by…

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Storing Nuts

Can peanuts be frozen? For how long? Also, how long before the holidays can I start making the brittle, and how should I store it so it stays fresh? —D.C., Stockbridge, Michigan

Raw…

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Storing Sweet Onions

Is there any way to store Vidalia onions? I would like to buy them in quantity when they're in season. —L.L., Brick, New Jersey

Vidalia and other sweet onions are mild-flavored onions…

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Stuffed Cabbage Leaves

I have a wonderful recipe for stuffed cabbage leaves. How do I peel the leaves from the head without ripping them into pieces? My husband loves this dish, but it always seems to fall apart when I…

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Substitute for Peach Filling

I’d like to make the Creamy Fruit Delight in the April/May '05 issue of Taste of Home, but I haven't been able to find the…

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Sunk in the Center

What causes a cake to sink in the center after it has baked and starts cooling? How can I prevent this from happening? —J.B., Lombard, Illinois

There are several factors that may cause…

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Sweet Potatoes or Yams?

What is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams? I make a sweet potato pie with yams. I don't think I have actually tasted a sweet potato. Can they be substituted for each other?…

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Tempered Chocolate

A few days after I make chocolate candy, little white spots appear on the top. I'm embarrassed to set it out for company. Why does this happen? —C.D., Little Chute, Wisconsin

While…

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