An interesting garnish for creamed soups is to top them off with a few Italian flavored croutons or some plain popped pop corn instead of crumbled crackers.
Cider vinegar, red wine vinegar and Balsamic vinegar can be substituted for each other when one is not on hand.
If your flaked coconut gets too dry it is easy to bring its freshness back. Add the coconut to a small bowl, add a few drops of water to it and place in the microwave for 10 seconds or until water is absorbed.
Instead of serving a hearty soup or stew in a bowl with bread on the side; just hollow out some small round loaves of bread made in your bread cloche or bread machine. Choose loaves that are big enough for just one person and have your bread and soup together.
Many Asian foods call for soy sauce. This sauce is very salty. For those watching their sodium intake just substitute the soy sauce with teriyaki sauce.
Quick cooking oats and traditional old fashioned oats are interchangeable when baking. The old fashioned steel oats are tastier and provide more texture to the baked item.
When baking cookies sometimes the dough becomes very soft from handling. A quick solution is to refrigerate the remaining dough to allow it to chill again. Then again if you want to get the task over with just add a teaspoon of flour to the dough to get it stiff enough to roll out. Sometimes the dough will require more than one teaspoon of flour. You have to work with it until the desired firmness is achieved.
When cooking with a brown gravy mix and a more flavorful blend is what you are looking for use an onion mix instead. (Here are some great onion choppers for you!)
Everything that you would need to prepare a recipe or substitute an ingredient can be found in the local SuperValu supermarket in Winona .
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