Preparing Squash

Wash squash, then pat dry with paper towels. Use a sharp knife to cut in half and scrape out seeds and fibrous strings. Acorn squash can be cut into decorative rings. Generally winter squash is…

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Preparing Stuffed Burgers

Shape 1-1/2 lbs. of ground chuck into eight 3-oz. portions on waxed paper. Press each portion into a 4-in. patty using a fork.

Top four of the patties with an onion slice and shredded…

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Preparing the Oven to Make a Steamy Environment

Position one oven rack in the lowest position. Place oven-safe skillet on that rack and preheat according to recipe directions. Place bread in the oven. Using oven mitts, pull out lower rack and…

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Preparing Tomatoes

Wash and core tomatoes. To remove peel, place tomato in boiling water for 30 seconds. Immediately plunge in ice water.

Remove skin with a sharp paring knife.

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Preparing Vegetables

Preheat your oven to 425°. Cut the vegetables into fairly large pieces, cubes, chunks or thick slices. Toss the vegetables with a little olive oil.

Spread out the vegetables in a heavy…

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Pressing Crumb Mixture for Pie Crust

Press crumb mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. A measuring cup keeps hands clean.

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Pretty Poinsettia Display

Snip off several stems from the poinsettia plants and place inside some water-filled bases or bottles. You can help stabilize the stems by adding floral stones to the vase.

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Pretzel Log Cabin

To Assemble Roof: Placed two graham crackers on waxed paper. Cut a small hole in the bottom corner of a pastry bag; insert #10 dot tip if desired (or pipe directly from bag). Fill back two-thirds…

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protect your table with felt

The bottoms of natural stone and ceramic tiles can be rough and may scratch your table. To protect your table's surface, cut craft felt the same size as each tile. Following the manufacturer's…

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Protecting Pastry Edges from Overbrowning

The edges of a pie pastry often brown before the rest of the pie is thoroughly baked. To protect the edges, fold a 12-in. piece of foil in quarters. Place the folded corner toward you. Measure…

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