Secret Ingredient

"Apple-tizing" Pork Roast

“Marinate a pork roast overnight in the refrigerator in apple cider or juice,” advises Millie W. of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. “The next day, drain and discard the marinade and roast as usual.…

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'Grape' Addition to Coleslaw

“I’ve found that seedless grapes tossed into my coleslaw make it a real winner at family meals,” reports Ann C. of Watsonville, California.

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A Good Pinch of Sugar

“My mother always put a ‘good pinch’ of sugar in all her gravies and vegetables,” recalls Lona V. of Chino Valley, Arizona. “It takes away the starchy taste.”

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Add a Bit of Aniseed

Relates Jo Anne H. of Colorado Springs, Colorado, “I used to put sweet Italian sausage made with aniseed in my spaghetti sauce. I can’t find the sausage anymore, but my sauce gets raves when I add…

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Add a Little Horseradish

Reports Cindy F. of Seward, Nebraska, “I add a bit of chicken bouillon granules and horseradish to my dressing for macaroni salad. This is one flavorful dish.”

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Add Apple to Bean Soup

Remarks Juanita E. of Blanchester, Ohio, “For special flavor in any bean soup, I always drop in a cored unpeeled apple during cooking and remove it before serving.”

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Add Crunch to French Toast

“For extra crunchy French toast, coat each slice of bread with finely rolled cornflake crumbs after dipping in the egg mixture,” instructs Betty P. of El Cajon, California.

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Add Excitement to Mac 'n' Cheese

Plain macaroni and cheese is “blah” after trying it with a can of zippy tomatoes with green chilies blended in, conveys Susan P. of Republic, Missouri.

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Add Flair to Potato or Macaroni Salad

For a decorative potato or macaroni salad, dissolve a little unflavored gelatin in a small amount of water and mix with the mayonnaise before adding to the salad. Spread the salad in a mold and…

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Add Flavor to Cakes

For from-scratch flavor, Marcia C. of Toledo, Ohio adds 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and one whole egg to a white cake mix in place of an egg white. “Everyone always tells me my cake has the best…

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