Secret Ingredient

Before Baking Beef Roast

“When cooking a beef roast in the oven, I first cover the meat with a mixture of ketchup, mustard and prepared horseradish,” says Sue M. of Windsor, Vermont.

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Best Baked Beans

“As long as I can remember, I’ve added ground cinnamon to my baked beans,” writes Jean Newton of Omaha, Nebraska. “I get nothing but compliments on them.”

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Best Burgers and Meat Loaves

“We like the flavor of bacon in burgers and meat loaf,” explains Charlene F. of Coaldale, Alberta. “To save time, I mix packaged bacon bits into the meat before grilling or baking.”

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Best Meat Loaf Topper

“Just after I married a few years ago, I called my grandmother to find out what made her meat loaf so mouth-watering,” shares Jina N. of Lawton, Oklahoma. “Twenty minutes before it’s done, she…

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Best Roasted Turkey Breast

To give spark to a roasted turkey breast, Dorothy W. of Au Gres, Michigan, sprinkles on dry onion soup mix before putting it in the oven. “With frequent basting, the flavor goes right through the…

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Better Box Mix Pancakes

Says Debbie L. from St. Charles, Missouri, “When I make my Sunday pancakes using a boxed mix, I stir in a dash of baking soda, lemon juice, vanilla and sugar. This combination really wakes up…

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Better Boxed Stuffing Mix

“When I prepare a box of stuffing mix, I’ll sometimes replace the water with apple juice,” reports Bud T. of Leominster, Massachusetts. “It tastes almost as good as Grandma’s.”

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Better Breading Tip for Chicken

When breading chicken, I coat the pieces with mayonnaise instead of egg. The mayonnaise clings to the chicken and doesn’t drip like the egg does. Plus, it adds nice flavor. —Vita G., Central…

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Better Brownies

“My 10-year-old daughter, Andrea, adds peanut butter chips and vanilla chips to brownie batter before baking,” says Jonni Sue Cudworth of Fenton, Missouri. “They are delicious!”

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Better Creamy Mashed Potatoes

My secret to rich creamy mashed potatoes is to boil them whole and unpeeled. This decreases the amount of water they absorb while cooking. Then, I just hold the warm potatoes with an oven mitt…

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