Secret Ingredient

Tip for Tender Meatballs

From her Seminole, Florida kitchen, Joan R. reveals, “Years ago, Mother shared her secret for delicious meatballs. Instead of frying, drop the meatballs into chicken broth and boil for about 15…

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To Get Tender Chicken Breasts

“The way I get very tender, juicy boneless chicken breasts is to marinate them in orange juice overnight before cooking,” reveals Melissa H. of Santa Barbara, California.

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Tortilla Wedges

To serve tortillas with your chili, cut flour tortillas into eight wedges. Place wedges pointed end up against the edge of the bowl and fill bowl with chili. —Genelle Wolf, Mora,…

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Trick for Homemade Cherry Pie

When I make a homemade cherry pie, I mix a small package of cherry gelatin into the filling. I think it gives the pie better flavor and a rich, appetizing color that brings people back for a…

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Trick for Homemade Pizza

“To make mouth-watering homemade pizza, saute vegetables (pepper strips, onions, mushrooms, etc.) in butter with garlic and herbs before putting them on the pizza,” suggests Patricia F. of…

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Trick for Sugar-Coated Cookies

My family enjoys several cookie recipes that call for coating the treats with confectioners’ sugar. To save time and eliminate the mess, I place the sugar in a resealable plastic bag, add the…

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Trick to Homemade Canned Pears

Advises Dorothy C. of Junction City, Oregon, “For outstanding home-canned pears, place two washed unpeeled orange slices in the bottom of each jar before adding the pears. Process as usual.…

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Try Adding Yogurt

Suggests Larraine D. from Wynantskill, New York, “Stir your favorite flavor of yogurt into whipped topping for a special taste on cakes, fruit and gelatin. Strawberry yogurt combined with whipped…

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Use for Pickle Juice

I save the leftover juice from my homemade bread-and-butter pickles. Then when I make tuna or macaroni salad, I pour a little of the juice into the mayonnaise mixture. My family and friends love…

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Use Hot Pepper Seeds in Chili

For spicy hot chili, try leaving the seeds in the hot peppers. —Lori Wiese, Pembina, North Dakota

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