I love to cook. Whether it's dinner during the week, baking for the holidays or cooking for a crowd, I enjoy trying new recipes and making the family favorites. And I am always looking for ways to cut the fat and keep the flavor. Today's first tip got my attention:
Flavor, not fat. In the South, we like to cook our veggies in bacon drippings. However, with health and weight issues, it's frowned upon. I wondered why I liked the bacon flavor so much and suspected that it was the "smoked" flavor. Now when I cook vegetables, I add a couple of drops of liquid smoke instead of bacon drippings. It tastes great; just be careful not to add too much.
- Susie, Oklahoma
Style conversion. I had a red dress I liked, but when the styles changed, it was too short. One day, I slipped a gray skirt over the dress, and it looked great. The top of the dress made a beautiful blouse, and the skirt took the place of a slip.
- W.W., email
D.I.Y. food sealer. My do-it-yourself food sealer requires only a plastic bag, aluminum foil and my iron. I place a piece of aluminum foil over both sides of the end of the bag I'm sealing. Then I run a hot iron over the foil. Just make sure there's foil on both sides of the plastic so it doesn't stick to the ironing surface. No expensive sealing gadget required.
- Shellie, Texas
Hire the kids. I hired my kids to clip and organize the grocery coupons. It's a great way to teach them about saving money.
- Lenore, California
Dental floss for sewing. Dental floss works great for sewing up holes in stuffed animals. I take clear dental floss and sew up the rip just as if I were sewing with thread. The floss threads through a needle just like regular thread. It's invisible, very durable and will not rip out again. I have sewn up many dog toys and my kids' stuffed animals, and they are still going strong.
- Kay, Illinois
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