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"Homemade" Chocolate Chips

To make chocolate chip cookies taste extra special, I like to use a combination of semisweet chocolate, butterscotch and white chocolate chips. These yummy cookies are less expensive to make if I…

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"Mashed" Gravy

When my country-style gravy ends up with lumps, I get rid of them by stirring and “mashing” them out with my potato masher. The utensil also comes in handy for stirring up the batter for packaged…

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"Seized" Chocolate

Before melting chocolate chips, be sure all equipment and utensils are completely dry. Any moisture may cause the chocolate to stiffen or "seize." Chocolate that has seized can sometimes be saved…

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Applesauce Snack Packs

I often use applesauce to replace oil when baking. But once the jar of applesauce is opened, it spoils before we can finish it. So now I keep several lunch-size snack packs on hand for baking, and…

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Appliance Covers

To save space in my cabinets, I store my indoor grill, bread machine and stockpots in my pantry. To keep dust off of them and to avoid having to wash them before every use, I buy a pack of clear…

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Baked Bacon

I cook bacon in the oven on a foil-lined baking sheet with sides. This eliminates having to clean a greasy stovetop. —Barbara Soule, Cazenovia, New York

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Baked Brats

I like to place fully cooked bratwurst in a deep pan and bake in a 350° oven until brown on one side, then turn and brown on the other side. We prefer these to grilled brats.—Peggy G.,…

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Baked Ham with Apples

My husband, Brett, and I bought a ham to bake for our family but didn’t have a rack to cook it on. We decided to use cut apples to prop up the ham. Not only did they keep it upright in the pan,…

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Baked Pancakes

My daughter-in-law, Lynn Gunderson, has a unique way of making pancakes for her family of six. She pours pancake batter onto a cookie sheet and bakes it at 400° for about 20 minutes. She then…

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Basil Spaghetti Sauce

Instead of chopping the fresh basil from our garden to add to my spaghetti sauce, I place several leaves in plastic bags and freeze them. I simply take out a handful of the frozen leaves and…

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