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  1.   In small microwave-safe bowl, place 1/4 cup HERSHEY'S Premier White Chips and 1 teaspoon cream
  2. Microwave at HIGH (100%) for 30 to 45 seconds or until smooth when stirred.
  3. Makes about 1/4 cup glaze.
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Use a potato or vegetable parer to make chocolate curls for decorating cakes and pies. As per your taste and recipe requirement you can use bars of semi- sweet or bitter chocolate. The chocolate should be at room temperature or a little warm. The thickness and length of the curls can be adjusted by the pressure of your strokes. 

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  1.  In small microwave-safe bowl, place 1 cup HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and 1 tablespoon shortening
  2. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until smooth when stirred.
  3. Makes about 1 cup glaze.

Note:  do not use butter, margarine or oil

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Tofu is available in different kinds like Firm, extra firm, soft, silken etc. Soft Tofu is best for deep frying and sold usually in tubs. Fresh tofu is soft to touch. Old tofu hardens when it sits around.

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  1. Put the dry rice in a colander and rinse it under cold running water until water runs clear. ( As a rough guide scant 1/2 cup rice per person.)
  2. Place the rice in a large, deep pan and pour in enough cold ware to come 2cm/3/4inch above the surface of the rice. Add a pinch of salt and if you like add 5ml/1tsp vegetable oil, stir once and bring to the boil.
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Add 1 Tablespoon salt and 1 tablespoon oil to 6 quarts boiling water. Gradually add pasta and continue to cook at a slow boil until the pasta is slightly firm to the bite or "al dente". Pasta ocassionally floats on top of water as it cooks, so keep stirring it to keep the pasta cooking evenly. When done drain in a colander.

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According to USDA(United States Department of Agriculture) both whole or half, cooked, vacuum-packaged hams packaged in federally inspected plants and canned hams can be eaten cold just as they come from their packaging. 

However, if you want to reheat these cooked hams, set the oven no lower than 325 °F and heat to an internal temperature of 140 °F as measured with a food thermometer.

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Pumpkins are available in so many sizes, colors, textures that one is sure to get lost in them if they have no idea about them. For cooking, make sure to choose a variety of pumpkin that's intended for cooking.
Sugar pumpkins and cheese pumpkins are two widely available varieties that are good for cooking and baking, because of their dense, sweet flesh.
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Freezing chopped  vegetables is better than week old vegetables in the fridge section as they tend to spoil faster. On the other hand frozen vegetables retain their state when packed in an air tight container or a ziploc packet. Plus they are handy when you need them.

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The minute this question arises we all assume that a fresh turkey is better than frozen turkey. Well according to my butcher that is not the case. A fresh turkey has been sitting around for a longer time. It goes from the processing,trucking and the grocery store. And hence they are not the so called"fresh turkeys" . On the other hand frozen turkeys are flash frozen immediately after being butchered and hence remain fresh. 

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When a recipe calls for egg whites save the yolks or visa versa. If your do not intend to use them immediately pour them in an air tight container and freeze them until need. Do not defrost and refreeze it again. 

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Custard recipes are a lot like pudding.  Both certainly come from the same family, but then there is a difference. Custard uses eggs to bind and thicken the mixture and on the other hand pudding uses a starch of some sort for thickening, such as cornstarch. Puddings are usually boiled, while custards are baked in a water bath or heated slowly in a double boiler.

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What is Oatmeal?

Oatmeal is a product made by processing oats. Oat groats are coarsely ground to make oatmeal. They may even be cut into small peieces or steamed and flattened to make rolled oats.

Eating Oatmeal every morning is the best way to start your day.Oatmeal is a good source of soluble and insoluble fibre which provides the following benefits:

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Acai Berries is a fruit from Acai Palm tree found abundantly in the Amazon basin in Brazil. It is one of the staple ingredients of Native Americans and have been yielding it for years. Due to its numerous nutritional benefits this fruit has gained its popularity in recent times. Because of its balanced combination of minerals, nutrients and vitamins and antioxidants its most common benefits are

Imporves digestive system (High fibre)

Improves memory (Sodium, Manganeze and Zinc)

Boosts energy ( carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats )

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To know if avocados are ripen, they are gentle on pressure.  

To ripen avocado's pop them in a brown paper bag, be patient for 2 to 4 days and voila they are ripen! 

To expedite the ripening process add a banana or an apple to the bag.

Store ripe avocados in the refrigerator. 

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To avoid oil stains in clothes, rub the place where there is oil stain with lemon dipped in salt and then wash with soap. 

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 Peel a potato and cut it into wedges or cubes and add it to your dish. This will absorb any excess salt in the curry.

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I cook beans a lot in my house. I use kidney beans, black eyed beans and many different kinds. I used to never like leftovers as my family just din not want to repeat the same the other day. One day we came up with an amazing lunch recipe with the left over beans. I toasted whole wheat bread which is a little thick in slice. Spreaded a litle humus. I usually get the one with harissa sauce. Topped it with romaine lettuce and beans. Vola it was scrumptious..

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Dips are the easiest appetizer to serve. Let it be a superbowl or just a casual party, all you need is a bowl and a plate full of vegetables, breads, chips or fruits and a dipping sauce.

But did you know that you can hollow out some of the vegatables to serve your dipping sauce. This not only looks great and unique but also convenient to clean up.To make a bowl of peppers just hollow any color peppers by cutting them into halves scoop out any of the seeds inside and pour in the dipping sauce right in. Add on any of your decorative touches and vola you have a unique basket of peppers.  

You can even  use hollowed out round of French bread any small pumpkin or melon, red or green cabbage leaves, Firm  tomato cut at the top and scooped.  The list is endless but the idea is just any firm vegetable can be scooped to make a hollow bowl and filled in with a dips.

 

 

 

 

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One (1) pound of raw turkey per person which includes a moderate amount for leftovers.

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The trick to maximizing your oil's shelf life is keeping it cool and dark. In other words, do NOT store it in that pretty jar in the kitchen window. Also, don't keep it on the shelf next to the stove. Store it in your nice, cool, dark pantry. If you use your oils REALLY slowly, you can even refrigerate light oils like olive. They'll turn cloudy, but that will disappear as they warm.

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Time Saving:  

They are the most hassle free dinner recipe makers. Just get the meal into the cooker and walk out of the door to find a hot, healthy and hearty meal ready for dinner. 

Healthier: 

The amount of fat used in slow cooking recipes is less and hence you are eating a much healthier meal. 

Easy Cleanup:

Slow cookers are now available with inserts. Pots can be pulled right out of the cooker and take it to

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 Spread nuts on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high (i.e. power level 10) in 1-minute intervals, tossing in between, until beginning to turn golden for about 4 to 5 minutes.

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Approximate Turkey Cooking Times:
These are the new roasting times on a 325 degree F. oven temperature. These times are approximate and should always be used in conjunction with a properly placed meat thermometer

UNSTUFFED TURKEY

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Pumpkins can be kept for a long time in a cool (ideally 50 to 60 degrees)
dry place. Put newspapers underneath just in case, though. Once the
pumpkin is cut open, you need to use it within a couple of days (or
freeze it) as it can mold quickly. Cooked, it’s fine in the
refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.

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Pumpkin is filled with goodness. You can tell by its bright color
that it’s going to be going to be good for you. Not only is pumpkin
loaded with vitamin A and antioxidant carotenoids, particularly alpha
and beta-carotenes, it’s a good source of vitamins C, K, and E, and lots
of minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and iron.

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