Secret Ingredient

Using Crab Boil Spices

“I stir in a teaspoon or more of crab boil spices (those normally used to cook crab or shrimp) to the boiling water when cooking potatoes for salad,” remarks Beth H. of Boulder, Colorado. “They…

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Vanilla Oatmeal

“Add a few drops of vanilla to oatmeal,” relates Christine Arter of Crestline, Ohio. “It perks up the flavor. Your children might even ask for seconds!”

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Vanilla Pudding Cake

From Butte, Montana, Cindy Shehee shares an easy way to dress up a box of super-moist cake mix. “I prepare the batter as directed, then stir in a small package of instant vanilla pudding mix,” she…

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Varied Apple Crisp

I like to vary my apple crisp sometimes by baking it in a pie crust or on a pizza crust and then drizzling the top with frosting. —Gayl Walerius, Marshall, Minnesota

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Vegetable Stuffing

“To enhance the moisture of stuffing made from a mix, saute equal amounts of chopped celery, diced onion and sliced mushrooms in olive oil,” suggests Teresa Ince from St. Charles, Missouri. “Add…

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Ways to Use Green Tomatoes

From her Overland, Missouri home, Linda B. writes, “At the end of the growing season, we always have a lot of green tomatoes left. Last year, we shredded some and I used them in place of zucchini…

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Well-Seasoned Sandwich

“I like to use French or sourdough bread for toasted cheese sandwiches,” field editor Deb Darr, Falls City, Oregon, writes. “But recently I made garlic bread and used it for the sandwiches. The…

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Well-Seasoned Scramble

“I stir the leftover contents of salad dressing packets into eggs and cook up surprisingly delicious scrambled eggs,” explains Nancy Arango from Santa Clara, California.

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What I Add to Beef Barley Soup

“I add a tablespoon or two of vinegar to a batch of my beef barley soup,” reveals Joy B. of Cincinnati, Ohio. “It gives the flavor a little zing.”

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What I Add to Beef Veggie Soup

Reports Sharon F. of Mt. Joy, Pennsylvania, “I add a can of cream-style corn and some V8 juice to my beef vegetable soup. They give the broth a wonderful taste.”

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