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Berry Good Pie

"When I make blueberry pie with berries from our bush, I add some cooked rhubarb for a nice tang," says Joan Clarke of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. "And I put a little lemon zest in my blueberry…

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Better Bacon

My mom taught me a fast way to prepare a pound of bacon with little cleanup, and since my family enjoys bacon so much I use the trick often. I line a large baking pan with aluminum foil, place the…

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Bite-Size Snacks

When feeding my three small children lunch, it can be a time-consuming process to cut up several foods into bite-size pieces for them. I've found that my pizza cutter makes this process easier and…

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Black Frosting

When I’m decorating cookies or cakes, I sometimes need black frosting. It comes together in no time when I start with a can of chocolate frosting. I simply add black paste food coloring until it…

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Black Walnut Alternative

I love making treats with black walnuts, but they're hard to find in my area. So I put English walnut halves in a pint jar, sprinkle on a teaspoon or so of black walnut flavoring, tighten the lid…

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Blended Picante Sauce

Our family enjoys the flavor of picante sauce, but no one wants to eat all the chunks of vegetables in it. So we process the sauce in the blender for about 20 seconds, then serve it with tortilla…

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Blended Pumpkin Pie

To save time and mess, put all your pumpkin pie ingredients into a blender. Blend to combine, pour into a pie shell and bake. Easy! —Ruth Mohl, Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania

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Blender Batter

I use my blender to make pancake batter. It pours onto the griddle nicely, and cleanup is a breeze since I don’t have to wash beaters, bowls and ladles. —Michelle Lindgren, Moorhead,…

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Boiling Brown Rice

One of the difficult aspects of boiling brown rice is "not peeking while the rice is cooking." I use a glass lid so I can easily keep an eye on the rice's cooking progress. Thought I would pass…

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Bread for the Birds

Instead of draining the fat from browned meats and throwing it away, I use slices of stale bread to soak it up while it’s still in the pan. I let the bread dry a bit and then crumble it and feed…

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