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Secret Ingredient

Sweet Gravy

“To make great gravy, stir in a small amount of sugar,” says Sondra D. of Collinsville, Oklahoma. “It makes it more robust, not sweet.”

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Sweet on Beans

“When making calico beans, I add a can of crushed pineapple with the juice. It makes the dish delicious!” pens Adeline Nelson of Spring Lake Park, Minnesota.

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Sweet on Eggs

“I like to add vanilla to scrambled eggs (about a teaspoon for six eggs). It’s a nice change from regular scrambled eggs,” Larissa McHugh relates from Longmont, Colorado.

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Sweet on Oatmeal

“I’ve found that adding 1/2 teaspoon of cherry extract to my oatmeal before cooking gives it the sweetness I crave without adding sugar. It’s been a lifesaver!” relates Cinnamon Stuckey of Sierra…

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Sweet Red Pepper Was a Surprise

While making cheesy cauliflower soup, Cheryl V. discovered a sweet red pepper in her fridge that had to be used. “I chopped it and added it to the soup,” relates the Grand Haven, Michigan reader.…

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Sweet Sauce

“I add brown sugar to homemade spaghetti sauce,” says Beth Allard of Belmont, New Hampshire. “I use about 1/3 cup for every quart of tomatoes. The sugar cuts the acidity of the tomatoes.”

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Sweeten Up Your Chili

“A bit of brown sugar really rounds out the flavor of my chili,” remarks Marie C. of Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

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Sweetened Carrots

“My mother-in-law taught me to sweeten 2 to 3 pounds of carrots by boiling them with three whole cloves and a bit of salt,” submits Barbara S. of Warren, Michigan. “I’ve passed this secret to my…

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Sweetened Pie Crust

Peg B. of Pine Plains, New York admits to adding a bit of confectioners’ sugar to her pastry for pie crust. “My kids would always leave the edge of the crust, but now they gobble it up,” she…

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Sweetened Sauerkraut

“People say my sauerkraut tastes so good,” notes Debbi Barate of Dilltown, Pennsylvania. “To a package of prepared kraut, I add a diced sweet onion that’s been browned in butter and one to two…

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