The Cooking Mom's Secrets and Tips

Oil & Water

Do not use oil in the water when boiling pasta: It will keep the sauce from sticking to the cooked pasta.

Homemade Vinaigrettes

Homemade vinaigrettes taste way better than bottled ones. No need to whisk them: Just put all the ingredients in a jar and shake.

Be a Better Baker

For best results when you’re baking, leave butter and eggs at room temperature overnight.

Perfect Pasta

Cook pasta 1 minute less than the package instructions and cook it the rest of the way in the pan with sauce.

Easy Soup Stock

Make extra chicken stock and freeze it in plastic bags. That way when you want to make soup you can simply pull the bag out of the freezer and thaw it.

Storing Spices

Store spices in a cool, dark place – not above your stove. Humidity, light and heat will cause herbs and spices to lose their flavor.

Healthy Salad Dressing

Make creamy salad dressings more healthy by substituting half the mayo with Greek-style yogurt.

Fresh Garbage Disposal

Put orange or lemon Peel in your garbage disposal for a clean fresh scent!

Spaghetti Measurements

When using spaghetti, keep in mind that 8 ounces of uncooked 
pasta makes 4 cups cooked.

Picnic Sandwiches

When going on a picnic, keep sandwiches from becoming soggy 
by packing lettuce and condiments in separate containers. 
Add them to sandwiches just before serving.

Marrying Vinaigarette

When making a vinaigrette, always make it
 at least 1/2 hour ahead of time and let the mixture 
sit to allow the flavors to marry.

Checking Melon Ripeness

When picking a melon, smell it for ripeness. 
Check to see that the fruit is heavy in weight and that the 
spot on the end is soft.

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