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Family Meal

Once a month we have a birthday lunch at work where everyone brings something to share. Whatever I decide to bring, I make one for home, too. This keeps my family from snitching from the dish I…

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Family Menu

I’m a full-time working mom of two teenagers. After a couple months of cooking the same recipes in a cycle of about 2 weeks, our whole family is bored. But when I try new recipes, they complain…

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Fast and Easy Greasing

I always hated greasing a pan because the solid shortening got all over my hands. So I now use my pastry brush. It’s fast and easy, with no messy hands. —Wavelene C., London,…

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Fast Corn on the Cob

Here's a fast way to cook a few ears of corn. Shuck the corn and wash it. Then wrap each cob in a paper towel to help hold in moisture. Microwave on high for a few minutes. That's it! The corn…

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Fast Cucumber Salad

For a quick side dish, finely chop some fresh dill into plain yogurt. Pour over fresh cucumber slices and toss.

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Fast Egg Salad

To make egg salad in almost half the time, use a pastry blender instead of a knife to chop the eggs. It’s quick and easy! —Allison F., Annapolis, Maryland

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Fast Freezer Cleaning

I spray my freezer where the ice usually forms with nonstick cooking spray. When I defrost it, the ice pops right off. It makes the job so much easier and faster! —Charlotte Carter, Girard,…

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Fast Frosting

Don’t have the time to make homemade frosting? Mix a can of store-bought frosting (any flavor) with an 8-ounce container of whipped topping. The result is so soft, creamy and easy to spread that…

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Fast Twice-Baked Potatoes

When making twice-baked potatoes, use a melon baller to scoop the cooked potato out of the shells. It will come out quickly and neatly without tearing the skins. I once did 40 potatoes this way in…

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Fast Way to Fill Cupcake Cups

I can whip up a batch of cupcakes in no time with this tip I learned from a friend. Pour the batter into a large resealable plastic bag, snip off a corner and squeeze the batter into tins. It’s…

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