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Prepared Parchment

To save time, arrange cookie dough on sheets of parchment paper while another batch is baking. The prepared sheets will be ready to slide onto cooled baking sheets.

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Preparing Jalapeno Peppers

When handling jalapeno peppers, always wear plastic gloves. If you have to cut a large number of peppers, try this: First cut off the tops of the peppers, then slice them in half the long way. Use…

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Pumpkin Peeling

I’ve found a great way to peel a pie pumpkin. Cut the pumpkin in half, and scoop out the insides. Microwave each half, cut side down, until tender. Holding the pumpkin with oven mitts, scoop the…

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Pureed Bananas

I always puree bananas in my blender when making banana bread. It takes only seconds and ensures no surprise lumps in the finished product. Sometimes, I put all of the liquid ingredients in the…

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Quick & Easy Breadsticks

For quick-and-easy garlic breadsticks, split a hot dog bun down the middle and cut each half lengthwise. Butter each strip; sprinkle with garlic salt or powder. Place on a baking sheet and broil…

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Quick and Easy Chopped Onions

Looking for a speedy way to chop onions without a lot of tears? Consider your blender! Quarter the onions, place them in the blender and cover with water. Put the top back on the blender and…

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Quick Chopped Carrots

To chop carrots coarsely for soup, I peel, remove the ends and cut the carrots into quarters. Then I let the food processor do the chopping! —Marion K., Waterloo, Iowa

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Quick Clean Up

Before peeling and coring fruits and vegetables, line a dry sink with a few layers of newspaper. Discard the scraps on this paper as you work. When finished, cleanup is simple—just wrap up the…

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Quick Cleanup for Broiler Pans

When using my broiler pan, I line the bottom with aluminum foil and spray the rack with nonstick cooking spray. This cuts cleanup time in half! —Annette S., Junction City, Ohio

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Quick Cooked Chicken

When a recipe calls for cooked chicken, I think the easiest way to cook it is in the pressure cooker. It only takes a total of 15 minutes—start to finish—to cook a whole chicken. I…

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