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A bowl of well cooked chicken noodle soup.

Foods I Can Eat After Having My Teeth PulledAfter having your teeth pulled, you may have a very restricted diet until your gums heal. This is a page about foods I can eat after having my teeth pulled.


Spinach Quiche

Side Dishes That Go With Quiche?Finding the best complements to your main dish will make for a great meal. This page is about side dishes that go with quiche.


Frozen Red Potatoes pieces on plate

Using Frozen Raw PotatoesWhen raw potatoes have been frozen, they are soft when thawed. They can be cooked right away and used in some dishes without a change in flavor or texture.


Spaghetti Supper

Spaghetti Supper for 300 to 400 People?Determine the size of your servings and multiply by the number of people, to figure out how much food you will need to make. This is a page about spaghetti supper for 300 to 400 people.


Food for a Large Group

Preparing Food for a Large GroupPreparing food for a large group can seem daunting, especially the first time. This is a page about preparing food for a large group.


Bottle labelled Sherry next to a class containing sherry

Dry Sherry vs. Cooking Sherry?Many recipes call for sherry. There are pros and cons to using either dry sherry or cooking sherry in their preparation. This is a page about dry sherry vs. cooking sherry.



Kabobs for a Large Group

Calculating Ingredients When Feeding Large...This page is about calculating ingredients when feeding large group. Preparing a meal for lots of people at the same time, takes a lot of planning. It is a challenge to determine the amount of food you will need.


party food

Keeping Food Warm at PartiesThis is a page about keeping food warm at parties. You don't need expensive warming trays and steam tables to keep food warm at your next party.


Light Supper Menus Ideas for a Home for the Elderly?Please can someone send me ideas and/or recipes for menus for light suppers for the elderly in an old age home. They already have homemade soup every night with toast, but we need another dish. They get hungry during the early evening.


Tomato Paste

Is Canned Tomato Sauce or Paste Gluten Free?If you are trying to avoid gluten in your diet, then you know that gluten can turn up in unsuspecting places. Here is some information if you are worried about it being canned tomato sauce and paste. This is a page about whether canned tomato sauce or paste is gluten free.


Sliced Pound Cake

Uses for Leftover Pound Cake?Often, there is no leftover pound cake. However, when there is, you can use the leftovers in a variety of other dessert dishes. This is a page about uses for leftover pound cake.


Corn Tortilla

Recipes Using Corn Tortillas?Corn tortillas can be used for many different recipes, not just burritos and tacos. This is a page about recipes using corn tortillas.


A woman with an upset stomach.

Beano Substitute?If you are gassy after eating beans, it might be helpful to try using Beano or a Beano substitute before eating beans. This is a page about Beano substitute.


A pan of tomato sauce for spaghetti.

Should I Saute Onions for Spaghetti Sauce?Many think that sauteing the onion, will bring out more flavor in your sauce. This is a page about should I saute onions for spaghetti sauce?


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Reviews of the Butterball Fully Cooked Smoked Turkey?Has anyone tried the Butterball fully cooked smoked turkey? Is it good enough to serve to guests for Thanksgiving?


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Using Dehydrated Apples?What does one do with dehydrated apples? How do you rehydrate them?


Frozen Corn

Frozen Corn for 60 People?When cooking for a large crowd, calculating the amount of food you need to buy and/or prepare is very important. This is a page about buying enough frozen corn for 60 people.


Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding for a Large Group?Banana pudding is a great dessert treat to make for large groups. This is a page about banana pudding for 150 people.


Plate of Tacos

Making Tacos for a Large Group?This is a page about making tacos for a large group. Trying to decide what to serve a large group can be a challenge. Tacos are a good option and easily done when set up as a taco bar.


Gloved Hand Holding Mug of Hot Chocolate

Making Hot Chocolate for a Large Group Inexpensively?This is a page about making hot chocolate for a large group inexpensively. Hot chocolate is an easy drink to prepare for a large group of people. Here are some tips for keeping the cost down.



Making Spaghetti for 100 People?Calculating the amount of ingredients you will need to feed 100 people, starts with the amount you expect to serve per person. This is a page about making spaghetti for 100 people.



A plate of orange chicken.

Making Chinese FoodWith eight cuisine traditions, Chinese food has many varied, delicious popular dishes. This page is about making Chinese food.


Canned frosting being spooned into a bowl.

Thinning Canned Frosting?Canned frosting is convenient, but it may be too thick for the decorating application you desire. Thinning it is an option. This is a page about thinning canned frosting.


Turkey dinner on a plate.

Keeping Turkey Hot and Juicy After Cooking?Some foods, such as turkey, tend to dry out if not served quickly. This is a page about keeping turkey hot and juicy after cooking.


A Danish aebleskiver pan on a stove.

Aebleskiver Pan Keeps Sticking?These pans are typically used to make Danish pancake puffs and similar pastries. Using the correct amount of oil and seasoning the pan can help prevent sticking. This is a page about Aebleskiver pan keeps sticking.


A chunk of stuck together ice cubes.

Keeping Ice Cubes from StickingIce cubes are notorious for sticking to the ice cube trays and to each other. This is a page about keeping ice cubes from sticking.


Vanilla pudding.

Pudding Tips and TricksThis is a page about pudding tips and tricks. Pudding is a quick and easy dessert to make and there are some tips to ensure that it comes out right and tasty every time.


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Calculating Servings Based on Pan Size?How many servings of lasagna will I get from a pan 20 3/4 inches x 12 13/16 inches x 3 3/8 inches, if I want a 4 inch serving?


Chicken Salad

Freezing Chicken Salad?This is a page about freezing chicken salad. Your success with freezing chicken salad will depend on the ingredients.


Evaporated Milk

Using Evaporated MilkEvaporated mil can be used as a substitute for fresh milk if you don't have access to fresh milk. This is a page about using evaporated milk.


Grandmother and Granddaughter Icing a Cake

Making IcingThis is a page about making icing. Finish a cake, cupcake or sweet roll with an icing or glaze for a delicious treat.


Raw Hamburger

Amount of Hamburger Needed for 100 People?Depending on how you plan to prepare the ground meat, you will need to calculate the proper amount for a reasonable serving, when feeding a large crowd. This is a page about the amount of hamburger needed for 100 people.


Food in Freezer Bags

Freezer Tips and TricksThis page contains freezer tips and tricks. There are a few things to know about storing food with this appliance, that will help you enjoy your frozen food.


Preparing a healthy meal.

Portion Control Tips for DiabeticsThis page contains portion control tips for diabetics. When what you eat has a big effect on your health, it is important to reduce the portion size of many foods.


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Buying Meat for 75 People?We will be hosting a cookout for 75 people. We will be serving Boston Butts and Chicken Breast Quarters. Please help me figure out how many Boston butt and chicken quarters I need to purchase.


Kabobs on a serving plate.

Making Kabobs for a Large Group?Serving kabobs to a large group is a good idea. You will need to estimate ingredients, guest preferences for meats, seafood, and/or vegetables. One final consideration is who will prepare them. This is a page about making kabob for a large group.



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Softening MarshmallowsIf you have marshmallows that have gotten old, stale, and hard all you have to do to make them soft again is to place them in a resealable plastic bag with a slice of bread. Let them stand until soft, which usually takes 1 or 2 days. Then you can remove the bread and the marshmallows should be soft again. By Robin


Breaking a Coffee Shop Addiction?I am hooked on going to a particular coffee shop 2 X per day, on my way to work and sometime in the day. I spend $3.60 daily, which is way too much over a year to spend.


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Tablespoons of Butter in One Half Cup?How many tablespoons of butter is equal to a 1/2 cup of butter?


3 sticks of butter.

Saving Money on ButterThis is a page about saving money on butter. Many shoppers are always on the lookout for ways to save on their food costs.


Leftover Cookies

Using Leftover CookiesThis is a page about using leftover cookies. Extra, stale, or overdone cookies can be given new life with a little creativity.


A pot on a ceramic stovetop.

Safe Pots and Pans for Ceramic Stovetops?This is a page about safe pots and pans for ceramic stovetops. Manufacturers of ceramic stovetops do not recommend the use of all types of cookware on their stoves.


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Buying Cream of Coconut?I have a recipe that calls for cream of coconut. I have looked at WalMart, Albertsons and Blue Sage, the only supermarkets available and cannot find it.


Convection Oven in New Kitchen

Convection Oven Tips and RecipesThis page contains convection oven tips and recipes. Convection ovens require an adjustment of temperature, and other considerations.


Plastic Food Containers

Keeping Bugs Out of Plastic Food ContainersMany consumers prevent the explosion of pantry moths and weevils, by freezing their dry goods when brought home from the store. There are other methods to try as well. This is a page about keeping bugs out of plastic food containers.


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Keeping Parmesan Cheese from Getting Lumpy?I buy the generic Parmesan cheese and according to the label you should refrigerate after opening the container. The problem is it gets very lumpy. Is there a way to prevent this? Thanks for your wisdom!


Binder For Corned Beef Hash - bowl of corned beef hash

What is a Good Binder for Corned Beef Hash?Canned corned beef hash can be somewhat crumbly, making it difficult to shape into patties that stay together when cooked. There are several possible additions suggested on this page. This is a page about, "What is a good binder for corned beef hash?".


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Canned Tomatoes Have a Metallic Taste?I make salsa using store-bought tomatoes in a can. The salsa has a "can" taste that I don't like. Does anyone know of a trick to cut that taste out? Thanks.


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Mashed Potatoes for 40 People?How many lbs. of potatoes would be needed to feed 40 people mashed potatoes?



Salad Ideas for Large Groups?This page contains salad ideas for large groups. When preparing food for a large group, it is a challenge to have enough, but not too much.


Mint Sauce

Uses for Mint Sauce?This is a page about uses for mint sauce. Mint sauce is traditionally served with roast lamb.


plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce

Information about Spatini Spaghetti...This page contains information about Spatini spaghetti sauce mix. Spatini is a brand of dry spaghetti sauce seasonings that disappeared from the market for a time.


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What Can I Do With Fermented Apple Cider?I bought some fresh apple cider for a special occasion that didn't happen. Now I have 12 gallons of fermented apple cider. What to do with it?


A bowl of coleslaw.

Coleslaw Tips and TricksMaking coleslaw doesn't have to be a time consuming chore. This is a page about coleslaw tips and tricks.


Powdered Milk

Save Money Using Powdered MilkOne way to save money on milk is to either use powdered milk instead or to at least substitute it in recipes where the different taste is not detectable. This is a page about save money using powdered milk.


Father and Son Cooking Dinner Together

Saturday Meal IdeasCooking a meal at home for Saturday is a great activity to bring the whole family together. This is a page about Saturday meal ideas.


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Pasta Sauce Keeps Burning?No matter how low I cook it, my pasta sauce always scorches. Is it because I use a metal pot?


Open can of tuna.

Draining Canned TunaThis page is about draining canned tuna. Removing the oil or water from canned fish is usually done before using it in recipes.


A photo of deliscous lasanga.

Lasagna Tips and TricksThis page contains lasagna tips and tricks. A favorite Italian styled casserole that can be made with a wide variety of ingredients.


Close up of knife holder peanut butter over the top of a peanut butter jar

Who Makes Kroger Peanut Butter?This is a page about who makes Kroger peanut butter. Most grocery store brands are made by other companies.


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Canning Salt vs. Table Salt?What is the difference in canning salt and regular table salt? Can they be use interchangeably?


Stale Coffee Beans

Uses for Stale Coffee?This is a page about uses for stale coffee. Coffee, like any other food product can go stale. What do you do with it?


A flight attendant talking at the airport.

Meal Ideas for a Flight Attendant?Flight attendants have access to the inflight meals but may need to pack their own food for dietary or preferential reasons. This page has meal ideas for a flight attendant.


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Measuring Marshmallow Creme?What is the best way to measure marshmallow creme, in a "wet" ingredient measuring cup or a "dry" one? I need 7 oz from a 13 oz jar for the recipe. I messed up a recipe of Rice Krispies treats by using too much. Yes, someone can actually make bad Rice Krispies treats.


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Splenda Doesn't Dissolve in Cold Water?Does anybody have any really good ideas on how to get Splenda to dissolve in cool to cold water? I have an awful time getting this done.


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Cider Vs. White Vinegar?Are cider and white vinegar interchangeable, such as using in foods?


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Looking for Graham Crackers in South Africa?What are graham crackers? This product is unknown in South Africa.


A binder clip used as a chip clip

Chip Clip IdeasThis is a page about chip clip ideas. There are a lot of things, you may already have around the house that can be used instead of the plastic chip clips sold at the store.


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How to Tell if Flour is Self Rising?My flour is in a canister. I have no idea if it is self rising or not. Is there a way to test it to tell which it is?


A serving of apple crisp on a plate.

Keeping Apple Crisp Topping Crispy?This is a page about keeping apple crisp topping crispy. The crispy topping on fruit crisps tends to become moist and slightly soggy as they cool and over time, if there are leftovers.


Terra Cotta Disk for Keeping Brown Sugar Soft and Fluffy

Use a Terra Cotta Disk to Keep Brown Sugar SoftA small piece of moistened terra cotta can make a difference in your brown sugar by not allowing it to harden in your cannister. This is a page about use a terra cotta disk to keep brown sugar soft.


Nutella on Bread

Tips and Recipes Using NutellaThis page contains tips and recipes using nutella. A chocolate flavored hazelnut butter that can be used in a variety of delicious ways.


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Cutting Frozen Meat?I was given a 10 lb. package of turkey breast from a deli. A great gift, but it is frozen solid. What can I use to cut it into smaller size portions? I can't slice it this way and if I thaw it out whole I can't possibly eat it all before it spoils.


Treacle Sugar

Using Treacle Sugar?This is a page about using treacle sugar. Treacle is an uncrystalized sugar syrup made during the refining process.


Woman Cooking for an Elderly Person

Cooking for an Elderly Person?This is a page about cooking for an elderly person. When cooking for an elderly parent or friend there are some considerations to keep in mind when planning the meals.


Pile of mayonnaise

Freezing Mayonnaise?This page is about freezing mayonnaise. Some foods change consistency after being frozen.


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Party Foods That Do Not Require Refrigeration?I would like some help for suggestions on "traveling food". To explain I have three family functions coming up, a 30th birthday party, and then a Xmas Eve celebration, then one on Xmas day. These are at different households.


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Keeping Fast Food Warm or Reheating It Without It Drying Out?If I bring home fast food like a hamburger and fries at 3:00 and my hubby doesn't get home till 6:00, is there an easy way to keep it warm without drying it out? Or any microwave suggestions that works?


Corn that has been dried on the cob, ready for parching.

Parching Corn?My mother made parched corn with popcorn. Where do I buy corn on the cob (she shucked it off cob)?


Combining the two boxes into one.

Combining Snacks to Save SpaceI recently went to the dollar tree and found these snack breakfast bars. When I got them home, I realized that each one had 5 packettes in them. But they were taking up almost no room. So, I opened them both and saw I could fit all 10 in one package. I saved room in the pantry and they didn't flop around in the box and get broken.


shrimp paste meal

Using Shrimp PasteShrimp paste is small fermented shrimp used in many South East Asian cuisines. The smell is quite strong and can be unappetizing to those who are not used to it, but is cherished by many Asian countries.


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Making Really Smooth Sweet Potato Purée?I have been freezing sweet potato purée for later use, but need some advice on getting the purée really smooth.


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Sifting Flour for a Recipe?Why do I have left over sifted flour when I sift 3 cups? Are you supposed to use all of the sifted flour when making a recipe?


A collection of lemons on a wooden surface.

When Life Gives You LemonsWhen at first it appears that life is giving you lemons, you may find a blessing in the final results.


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Can Under Cabinet Lighting Affect Shelf Life of Food?I keep my loaf of bread in an air tight plastic bag, as well a my fruit in a bowl, on my kitchen counter. I think that the kitchen cabinet lightening, which is under all of my cabinets, causes these foods to go bad because of the light and the heat. My husband says I'm crazy.


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Recipe for Beef Tacos for 40 + Sides?I need a beef taco bar for 40 recipe. Also, what would be good for sides?


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Reducing the Smell of Raw Cabbage?I like to hollow out a red cabbage and serve with a dijon dip in the hollow. How can I keep the cabbage/sulphur smell from running off my guests?


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Finding Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Expiration Date?I'm unsure how to find the expiration date on a bottle of Hershey's syrup. All I can find is a code on the bottom of it, saying #98N52 7J. I'm not sure what that means. Do those numbers indicate the expiration date? If so, how do I interpret it? I don't want to eat something that's expired.


sprinkling powdered sugar on a loaf cake

What Is 10X Sugar?In many instances the term 10x sugar is used interchangeably with confectioner's or powdered sugar. There is a difference however, not all powdered sugar is the same. Confectioner's sugar contains a bit of corn starch, while some powdered sugars do not. Usage determines the best choice. This is a page about, "What is 10x sugar?".


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Making Toast for a Crowd?How do I make toast or English muffins for a bunch at a brunch?


Disgusted man doesn't want to eat.

Cooking Advice for Feeding Picky HusbandsSometimes, our spouses are more particular than we are in regards to flavors and new ingredients. It can be a challenge when planning healthy and inexpensive dinners. This page contains cooking advice for picky husbands.


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Using Wilting Leftover Salad Fixings?I have a bag of leftover salad which includes the usual salad fixings (tomatoes, croutons, different types of lettuce, onions, etc). It is starting to wilt, any ideas of what I can do with it. I don't want to throw it away.


Ball of dough on a tortilla press.

Uses for an Electric Tortilla Press?An electric tortilla press not only forms the tortillas, but also cooks them. Here are a few other recipes and suggestions to try with your electric tortilla press.


Cloves on a wooded spoon.

Uses for ClovesWhether you are cooking with them or using them as a natural remedy, cloves have numerous uses. Here are just a few. This is a page about uses for cloves.


Stick of butter on a table with pat sliced off

Using ButterThis is a page about using butter. Butter is often used in cooking or as a spread on baked goods. Here are some tips for making it easier to spread, when to use in baking and how, as well as how to measure a stick or block.


Woman adding things to a stock pot, man prepping food.

Cooking Chicken Stew for 1000 People?It can be difficult to scale recipes for large crowds. This is a page about cooking chicken stew for 1000 people.


Buffet table full of food.

Cooking for 300 People?Here are lots of frugal ideas for cooking for a large party or event. This is a page about cooking for 300 people.


A butternut squash being cut in half.

Cutting SquashWinter squash, such as acorn squash, have a very tough skin making them a bit difficult to cut. One thought is to use a pumpkin carving tool. Of course a very sharp knife will also do the job. This is a page about cutting squash.


Ham hocks and beans in pot

Cooking Ham Hocks and Dry Beans in a Pressure Cooker?It will be best to soak your beans first before cooking them, and even your ham hock to remove excess salt. This is a page about cooking ham hocks and dry beans in a pressure cooker.


Woman Buying Organic

Why Are Organic Products So Expensive?Consumers are sometimes confused by the higher cost of organic produce and other products. While there is no money spent on herbicides and pesticides there are costs involved in growing foods organically and protecting them from pests and weed invasion. Likewise, untreated products do not have the same shelf life as produce sprayed with antifungals. This is a page about, "Why are organic products so expensive?".


Organic Produce

How to Prioritize Organic Produce PurchasesSome produce has more pesticides than others. Where organic isn't always available, it is good to know which produce is safest. This is a page about how to prioritize organic produce purchases.


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Organic Produce in Supermarket

FAQ's About Organic FoodOrganic foods are often the better choice when purchasing food, especially produce. Here are some helpful FAQ's about organic food.


Bowl of Mixed Nuts

Freezing NutsA great way to maintain the quality of stored nuts is by freezing. This is a page about freezing nuts.


Glad Press'n Seal Wrap

Uses for Glad Press'n Seal WrapPress'n Seal can be very a very useful variation of regular Saran Wrap. Once you start using it, it is easy to find many uses for glad Press'n Seal wrap.


Using a juicer to juice several lemons.

How to Get More Juice Out Of LemonsIf you are juicing lemons, limes or other citrus fruit, warming the fruit up a little before juicing will increase your yield. This page includes tips about how to get more juice out of your lemon.


Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake - slice of cake 2

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake RecipeWhether it's for a birthday party or other celebration, a mint chocolate chip ice cream cake is sure to get gobbled up by your guests. This cake is easy to make and can be decorated and customized for any occasion.


A box full of limes, lemons and oranges.

Using Up A Surplus of FoodI had an interesting problem recently in regards to food. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Oregon closed all bars and restaurants in mid March. They could still provide take-out or delivery but many places shut down for the duration. Because this was relatively unexpected, the businesses had a great deal of produce and refrigerated food to get rid of before it went bad.


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Clothespin Cup MarkersThis video shows you a quick solution to having less dirty dishes.


Cleaning and Storing Romaine Hearts

Cleaning and Storing Romaine HeartsHearts of romaine lettuce are a favorite for salads. If they are cleaned and stored properly, they can last a long time. Learn how in this short video.


Pickling Vegetables

Pickling VegetablesThis video by the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service gives a thorough explanation of the process and benefits of preserving your vegetables by pickling them.


Lucky Charms ShamrocksMake your Lucky Charms treats even better by cutting them into shamrock shapes.



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Making a Lettuce Salad for 400?How much lettuce do I need to make salad for 400 people?


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Baking Canned Biscuits in an Air Fryer?We have the InstaPot Vortex air fryer that has 2 slotted type shelves & a bottom solid shelf. Does anyone have a recipe to cook canned biscuits in it? I've tried, but don't want to continue to waste food that isn't cooked and not worth eating.


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Cooking Ham and Turkey Together?I have a 8lb turkey breast and a 12 lb ham. At what temp and for how long should I cook them together?


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Using Pimento?Are pimentos spicy hot? And how long can you keep a jar in your cupboard?


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Storing Uncooked Cabbage Rolls in Fridge?How long can I keep sour cabbage rolls in the fridge before cooking?


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Banana Pudding too Firm and Thick?I have been following the recipe on the Nilla waffer box and my pudding doesn't stay creamy once cooled. It becomes thick like a cheese cake. What am I doing wrong?


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