How-to's

Popcorn Witch

With hands dipped in cold water, shape 2 cups of popcorn into a 6-inch heart about 1/2 inch thick on a covered board. For toes, insert 10 pieces of candy corn around rounded edges of…

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Pot Roast Doneness Test

Pot roasts are done when a long-handled fork can be inserted into the thickest part of the roast easily. If the pot roast is cooked until it falls apart, the meat is actually overcooked and will…

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Poultry Tips

A 3-1/2-pound whole chicken will yield about 3 cups of diced cooked chicken.

If you don't plan to stuff a whole chicken or turkey place 1 to 2 cups total of chopped celery, carrot and…

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Pour Salted Soft Caramels

By using candy cups, you eliminate the chore of individually wrapping each caramel in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Pour the hot caramel into cups that are coated with cooking spray. Top as…

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Prebaking a Pastry Shell

After placing pastry in the pie plate and fluting edges, line unpricked shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. If desired, fill with dried beans, uncooked rice or pie weights. The…

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Prepare an Omelet

Crack eggs into a bowl. Whisk or beat together 1 tablespoon of water per egg with a pinch of salt and pepper. Melt butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot and foamy. Tilt…

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Preparing a Cake Pan

Grease the sides and bottom of the pan by spreading shortening with a paper towel over the interior of the pan.

Sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons of flour into the greased pan; tilt the pan to…

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Preparing a Cooked Filling

Combine flour and milk in a heavy saucepan until smooth. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Chill thoroughly, about 1 hour.

In a mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until…

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Preparing a Grill for Direct Heat

For a charcoal grill, spread out the preheated coals in an even layer. For a gas grill, preheat the grill with all the burners on high. Place food on cooking grate, then adjust burners according…

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Preparing a Grill for Indirect Heat

To prepare charcoal grill for indirect heat, bank half of the coals on one side of the grill and the other half on the other side. Place a foil drip pan in the center of the grill, replace the…

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