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That by eating  just one meatless meal a week you can save $415 a year?

That chilling an onion in your fridge for 15 minutes prior to cutting can help stop tears?

You can rub your hands with fresh parsley to take away garlic or onion odor?

You can boil your potatoes for 10 minutes in salted water before baking to speed up baking time?

If you double your pasta recipes and casseroles and freeze one-half you will have a quick dinner ready in the freezer for busy days or for days when you just don’t feel like cooking.

You can clean stainless steel by pouring a little olive oil on a soft cloth and buffing the surface?

You can wash and sanitize your kitchen sponge by putting it in the top shelf when you run your dishwasher. In between times place a wet sponge in the microwave for 10 seconds to kill germs. You can spray your sponge with vinegar to discourage germ growth.

Olive oil can also prevent wicker furniture from drying out?  Brush on with acooking brush and gently rub with a cloth.

If you add 3 tablespoons of vinegar to your liquid dish soap and shake it up it will last longer, and make your dishes and counter tops shine, shine, shine? It’s green too and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg like those new grocery store green items. 

If you use white vinegar in the rinse compartment of your dishwasher instead of expensive store bought rinse solutions your dishes will come out cleaner and shinier.

If you brush stale bread with some water, wrap it tightly in foil, and place in a 325 degree oven for 10 minutes it will perk right up?

You can make a thrifty facial exfloiant using baking soda? Mix about a teaspoon of baking soda with a little dab of mild liquid soap, and a drop or two of water. Gently rub your face with your fingers and rinse with plenty of warm water.

You can make some cool summer treats by using a mini-muffin pan, line it with those little paper liners and place softened ice-cream or yogurt in them and put in the freezeer. Then when you or your kids are hungry just give them one to munch on.

Lemons cut grease? Cut a lemon into sections and use to pre-scrub any greasy pan? Washing the pan will be much easier.

If you freeze cheese for 25 minutes before grating, it will shred much easier and quicker? 

If you microwave a lemon for 15 second you will double the juice?

If you microwave garlic for 15 seconds the skin comes right off?

If you add a bit of salt to garlic before you chop, the garlic will not stick to your knife?

If you put your potato masher in cold water as soon as you are done it will clean up quicker and easier?

Vinegar can deodorize a kitchen drain? Pour 1 cup down the drain every week, let sit 30 minutes and rinse with cold water.

You can keep your fridge and freezer smelling fresh by putting an open container of baking soda inside?

If you add a ¼ of a lemon to the water when boiling a new potato or cauliflower this will keep them white and stop them from turning grey.

What household and cooking tips do you have? Share in the comments section below.
Featured Recipe         Watermelon Salad With Red Onion and Black Olives
Summer’s Bounty Continued

If you like watermelon you will love this salad. It is as delicious as it is beautiful.

Unfortunately, I do not know what cooking, recipe, or woman’s magazine I got this recipe from. Like many of you, I clip recipes from magazines all the time. When I clipped this one years ago I never knew I would have a blog (there were no blogs in those days) and that I might need to source it some day. I even did an internet search. But no luck. Nigella has a similar recipe using Feta Cheese. In fact, it is the first recipe to come up doing an internet search. But this clipping is much older than Nigella’s rise to fame. And this recipe uses no cheese.

And, as usual, I have changed the recipe just a wee bit.

First the original recipe calls for using either red or yellow watermelon. I use both. It is so much prettier!! Second, the original recipe calls for using cilantro. I substitute parsley.

Also, be aware that oil cured black olives may be difficult to find. Not many stores carry them. If you cannot find them (they are available on-line) just substitute regular black olives or Kalamata olives.

This is what you will need to make 4 salads:

¼ small yellow watermelon

¼ small red watermelon

¼ red onion sliced as thinly as possible

2 tablespoons oil cured black olives

2-3 tablespoons parsley

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons sherry vinegar

S&P to taste

Here is what you do:

Cut the watermelon flesh into 1 to 1½ chunks, removing seeds if necessary as you do this. Place the watermelon in a large salad bowl.

Then add the thinly sliced onion, the olives, and the parsley.

Add the olive oil and the sherry vinegar to a small jar with a lid and shake till well mixed.

Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve.

My serving. I ate this serving right after I took the picture. Ohhhhhhh!! Heaven. It was soooooo good. Then I had a second serving with my dinner tonight.

Cost 

¼ small yellow watermelon*                    $2.56

¼ small red watermelon*                        $2.24

¼ red onion                                            $0.18

2 tablespoons oil cured black olives           $0.15

2-3 tablespoons parsley                           $0.05

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil              $0.17

2 teaspoons sherry vinegar                      $0.04

S&P to taste

**I did not use all the watermelon I bought. I only used about ¾ of what you saw pictured above. (Anyone care to join me for breakfast tomorrow morning?)

Total Cost = $5.39
Cost per person for 4 salads = $1.34

Bon Appetite!!!

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3 comments to Did you know……..

  • The "other" Roberta

    A cooking tip – If you put some vinegar in the water when boiling eggs, they won’t crack!

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