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General Zucchini Tips

Handle zucchini carefully; they’re thin-skinned and easily damaged. To pick the freshest zucchini, look for a firm heavy squash with a moist stem end and a shiny skin. Smaller squash are…

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Grated Carrots in a Hurry

Need grated carrots in a hurry? Pop some of those baby carrots in your food processor. Just a few spins and your carrots are ready! Mildred B., Boulder, Colorado

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Greasing Pan for Cake

Instead of greasing and flouring the baking pans for cakes or breads, I coat them with low-fat shortening and a sprinkling of granulated sugar. The cake or bread is easily removed from the pan and…

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Grilled Cheese Alternative

Want a grilled cheese sandwich without all the calories and fat that come from butter? Simply spray each slice of bread with butter-flavored cooking spray and cook as usual. My family never…

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Grilled Cheese Without Butter

To make “grilled” cheese sandwiches without added butter, first toast the two slices of bread. Immediately put cheese between the slices and microwave the sandwich just long enough to melt the…

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Ground Beef with Rice

Instead of using the pound of ground beef called for when making taco meat, sloppy joes or soups, I cook a half-pound of ground beef. After draining the meat, I add 1-1/2 cups cooked brown rice to…

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Ground Turkey

When cooking with ground turkey in recipes for lasagna or spaghetti sauce, I increase the amount of seasonings and leave the mixture in the refrigerator overnight. The turkey seems to pick up more…

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Handy Recipe Clip

To remind myself to use recipes I’ve earmarked to try, I clip them to a clothespin attached to a hanging basket in my kitchen. This also keeps the recipes at eye-level when I’m cooking and baking.…

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Healthier Fruit Salad

At family dinners, I am usually asked to bring fruit salad. Typically, I combine pineapple chunks, orange sections, banana slices and miniature marshmallows and dress it all with whipped cream.…

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Healthier Peanut Butter Sandwich

If you love peanut butter on bread, here are two healthier suggestions. First, use reduced-fat peanut butter. Second, be sure your bread is warm or toasted so the peanut butter melts and spreads…

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