Are you having trouble getting your kids to try new foods or even eat at all? Try sticking a toothpicks in small bites. It makes the dish more fun and maybe more appetizing to picky eaters.
This tip came from a smart mom, Linda Couturas from Westport, CT.
Sometimes you run into a recipe that asks for vegetables sliced into thin ribbons. Don’t get frustrated you don’t need any fancy equipment. Just pull out your handy vegetable peeler and use this easy technique.
Take the peeler and run it back and forth over the potato, and voila! You have perfect thin slices. You can also do this with carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, and even parsnips.
Sometimes after cooking a meal your kitchen needs a refresh. Here's a simple and great way to get rid of cooking odors. Make your own homemade air freshener with items you already have in your home.
In a saucepan simmer water with the juice and rind of a lemon. Add in a cinnamon stick or a clove. You can also use any flavors you like. Simmer for ten minutes and then let that aromatic stream waft through the kitchen.
You're at a party and you just tried the most amazing dip. You're ready to go in for a second scoopful but you start to wonder if you need a new chip? You're not alone. Clinton Kelly, the king of etiquette, and the rest of "The Chew" co-hosts got to the bottom of the hotly disputed double-dipping issue.
The Single Dip
If you're at a party and you don't know anyone or only a few people, the single dip is the best bet. Acquaintances might be wary of a double-dip in this situation.
The Flip and Dip
If you are among close friends, Clinton suggests the flip and dip. If you're using the clean end of the chip or cracker you probably won't offend anyone.
The True Double-Dip
The only time that it's okay to use the double-dip is with your family. With family there are no real rules -- use you hands if you like.