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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/19 10:38:37 (permalink)
When making a pot of split pea, bean or lentil soup, I add a cup of beer to the cooking liquid. It gives it a bit of a tangy flavor that is not readily identifiable but everyone seems to like.

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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/19 16:39:40 (permalink)
Add a spoonful of Real Mayo to your mashed potatoes for an extra layer of flavour. The extra oil helps smooth things out and the hint of lemon pops the flavour of the potatoes up. Learned this one from an old diner cook in Meridian, MS. 
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/19 17:32:43 (permalink)
Cottage cheese..... add apple sauce and wheat germ.
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/20 01:53:55 (permalink)
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Cottage cheese..... add apple sauce and wheat germ.

 
Great idea, and healthier too.  I usually add salt & pepper.
 
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/20 12:15:58 (permalink)
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Love Wise potato chips. Cannot find Wise in Indiana. I get them in WV.

Check the Wise website. All over the place in Indianapolis. Had them here in my little burg until THE store closed.
 
I like to add either tomato paste or tomato sauce to beef gravy.
A  glob of Mayo to scrambled eggs and omelets. (is glob a cooking term)
Mayo instead of butter on corn on the cob
 
 
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/20 18:49:15 (permalink)
great tips, but I have to ask:
 
jcheese - the eggs can't be taken straight from the refrigerator, they have to be at room temperature or at least run under lukewarm water before adding them to the boiling water, right?  I feel stupid for even asking, but you don't mention  it.
 
MilwFoodlovers - what does the lettuce do for the leftover steak?
 
 
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/20 19:27:34 (permalink)
I take the eggs right out of the fridge. I've had 100 % success.
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/21 13:40:47 (permalink)
Don't know if this counts as a food trick but I love applesauce on my corn bread. A classic combo in my family was white beans with salt pork and onions, corn pone, coleslaw, and carrot sticks. YUMM.
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/28 17:15:53 (permalink)
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My daughter made some incredible burgers using cream cheese, Williams Sonoma burger seasoning and their burger press.  Double outstanding.  I have no idea what the cream cheese did but they were delicious.
Paul, I made a version of these burgers last weekend and they were excellent.  Could you please ask your daughter what the ratio of cream cheese to beef is supposed to be?  I used 4 ounces (1/2 brick) of cheese to 1 pound of hamburger because it seemed pretty good but I'm curious to know if I'm close or way off.  Thanks!
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/06/28 19:50:01 (permalink)
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mlm

This will gross out a lot of people but I often have added instant coffee to instant cocoa for a mocha flavor. Yes, I'm doing very well at 54, despite my gruesome ways. I love the combo of orange and coffee.



I have been doing that for 40 some odd years. Learned it in the Navy. Or just add instant cocoa to a mug of regular coffee.



 
I've been adding a package of coco mix to my extra strong coffee for several years.    I got hooked using a auto-vend machine in office that had selections of coffee, hot chocolate, and hot tea.
 
Other than that  ... my big trick is making food disappear ... yumm ..
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/07/07 14:28:33 (permalink)
When making a baked macaroni and cheese I add 1/4 stick of butter, 2 oz. cream cheese and 6 oz. Velveeta to the hot drained macaroni and stir. I then layer it with sharp Cheddar and pour over the custard mixture as usual.
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/07/08 07:02:32 (permalink)
When making beef stew, I always add a 5.5 oz. can of V-8; I like the flavor & color it adds.
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/07/08 10:24:38 (permalink)
Got this from FB and it works....put an unshucked ear of corn in the microwave and cook on high for 3-4 minutes,
remove to a cutting board, with a knife cut off the bottom 1/2" of the cob and with your gloved hand on the tassle end gently squeeze the corn out of the opening you just cut....perfectly steamed corn with no hair.
Butter and enjoy.
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/07/08 15:56:03 (permalink)
We eat a LOT more Campbell's Tomato Soup once I learned two things:
 
(1)  use a whisk to smooth out the lumps
(2)  take any 2 or 3 seasonings and add just a smidge to the soup
       Our favorite is tarragon, garlic salt, cumin
Be creative.
 
The secret ingredient in a lot of my recipes is either sour cream or horseradish.
Mac 'n cheese with sour cream.  Deviled eggs with horseradish.   Etc.
post edited by IndianaPete - 2014/07/08 15:58:12
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/07/08 16:14:01 (permalink)
A handful of cheddar Goldfish goes well in a bowl of tomato soup.
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/07/09 17:23:49 (permalink)
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Got this from FB and it works....put an unshucked ear of corn in the microwave and cook on high for 3-4 minutes,
remove to a cutting board, with a knife cut off the bottom 1/2" of the cob and with your gloved hand on the tassle end gently squeeze the corn out of the opening you just cut....perfectly steamed corn with no hair.
Butter and enjoy.

I'm gonna try this one!
 
EDIT: I tried it and it Partially worked. I partially peeled the husks and nuked it for 3:30 in a high watt microwave.  It didn't readily squeeze out the cut opening. Had to do some peeling but it did loosen up the husks and silk and that was easy to remove. Next time I'll nuke it longer.
post edited by Foodbme - 2014/07/15 05:33:43
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/07/09 18:27:42 (permalink)
I tried it and it does work!
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/07/10 16:01:59 (permalink)
OK, this is awesome.
Egg Fu Yung is basically a Chinese omelet covered with sauce that is basically chicken stock, soy sauce and corn starch. Usually the main vegetable in it is bean sprouts.
I use grated Zuchini instead. An awesome way to dispose of that squash, rather than dropping off on someones porch. It's fast and easy.
Emiral has a basic recipe if you google it. Leftover chicken is optional, shrimp would be good.
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/07/12 13:25:54 (permalink)
Regarding the comments on shucking corn, by coincidence in the latest issue of ShopSmart (offshoot of Consumer Reports) is mention of that technique and a mention of a Youtube video.  So I went after that video, and found there are a bunch of videos discussing the method.
 
Here is the one from the magazine, only 48 seconds long.  It's from America's Test Kitchen.  But there are several more.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35TsFXYfpB0
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/07/14 21:49:48 (permalink)
Me too! It is really easy to get it peeled for one or two ears. More than that, traditional peeling is less time consuming.
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/07/14 23:45:33 (permalink)
Or do what the grandkids do. They shuck it in the corn patch and leave the husk and silk in the garden to be tilled in at the end of the season. We have a pot of water already boiling by the time they get back to the kitchen. After a slow start we are getting some good heat, 107 today. You can almost see and hear it start to grow. Of course unhusked when we cook it on the grill.
 
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/07/19 04:32:54 (permalink)
HOW TO CHOOSE PEPPERS
Peppers with 3 BUMPS on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating raw.
Peppers with 4 BUMPS on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/07/19 04:39:10 (permalink)
Ice Cream too hard to scoop?
Nuke it in the carton for about 25 seconds.
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/07/19 12:55:36 (permalink)
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Ice Cream too hard to scoop?
Nuke it in the carton for about 25 seconds.


Even easier, take your scoop and hold it under some running hot water for a few seconds.
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Re:What are some weird little food tricks you know? 2014/08/02 15:06:40 (permalink)
Putting a small bag of salted peanuts into an ice-cold bottle of Pepsi-cola or Coke or R/C.  Then you get a couple peanuts with every sip.
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