Snacks & Drinks

Popcorn in the Pressure Cooker?

Did you ever pop popcorn in your pressure cooker? It’s delicious. Just leave the steam vent open so the steam can escape. In my 4-quart cooker, I use 2 tablespoons of oil and 1/3 cup popcorn.…

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Popcorn Pointers

Lean your ears this way for a few kernels of wisdom that will steer you toward perfect popcorn; 1 cup of unpopped kernels equals about 8 cups of popped popcorn.

To pop popcorn on the stove,…

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Preparing a Cheese Platter

For a simple addition to an appetizer buffet, consider offering a simple cheese platter. Whether served by itself or alongside fruits, vegetables, crackers or bread, cheese appeals to people of…

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Quick Fix for Iced Tea

To make iced tea in a hurry, I put two family-size tea bags in the basket of my automatic drip coffee maker. I prepare the tea like I was making coffee. When it’s done, I add sugar, cold water and…

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Second Life for Tortilla Chips

After the party, do you have leftover tortilla chips that are going stale? Here are some tasty ways to give those chips a second life.

Finely crush the chips and use in place of dry bread…

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Setting Up A Coffee Service

When offering an assortment of rich desserts—like cheesecakes—it's nice to serve guests a hot beverage. Here are hints for successfully serving coffee.

For guests to dress up…

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Storing Popcorn

For maximum yield, store unpopped popcorn in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 1 year. Do not refrigerate.

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Tea Making Tips

You can store tea bags or loose tea at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 years. Be sure to keep each kind or flavor of tea separate storage containers.

To make the…

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Tips for Stuffing Mushrooms

When making stuffed mushrooms, remove the stems, then scoop out some of the inside with a small round teaspoon (1/8 or 1/4 teaspoon). Use the teaspoon to easily stuff the mixture into the caps.

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Toasting Pumpkin Seeds

Don't toss out the pumpkin seeds from a freshly cut pumpkin. Instead, toast them for a tasty snack. Wash and dry the pumpkin seeds. In a skillet, saute 1 cup seeds in 2 tablespoons vegetable oil…

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