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Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 1/6/2011 9:02 AM EST
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Nikki     You are so full of GREAT ideas and hints! You should write a book or at least a booklet with them all in it-I know that I would buyit. Any other takers?
Posted by Diane S

Why buy what you can get free!!! That is what is so great about this site.  I have learned things and I have passed on ideas.
I am full of it as co-workers used to tell me.
Give me a problem and most likely I can come up with a solution.  May not be orthodox but in all probability it would work.

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 1/9/2011 10:56 AM EST
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Nikki     You are so full of GREAT ideas and hints! You should write a book or at least a booklet with them all in it-I know that I would buyit. Any other takers?
Posted by Diane S




This is WONDERFUL!  Today I finally am able to navigate around the new website!  Nikki I love all your tips!  THANKS!

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 1/9/2011 3:52 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom : This is WONDERFUL!  Today I finally am able to navigate around the new website!  Nikki I love all your tips!  THANKS!
Posted by Lisa K


Thanks, glad you like the hints.
Nice to be able to navigate.  This is a fun site, very nice people and lots of recipes and help.  Sometimes feel like I am sitting around the kitchen table with friends.

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 1/9/2011 4:47 PM EST
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NANCY ; I   LOVE your  idea about starting A THREAD, where we can all post  coking/baing & household tip ideas &hints. I possibly bly have more  ofthose than most folks, but am always interested in adding to my knowledge 
I suggest you ask  VBB howto do t; they should be willing& ableto guide  you through it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CoolI sure hope hey re; 'cuz "I don't have a clue"Embarassed
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I wish we would start a thread where everyone would post their tips and hints.
Posted by Nancy G

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 1/23/2011 9:37 AM EST
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My bit of advice is to PAY ATTENTION to that recipe......... a mistake on the amount of something/anything to add to the mixing bowl is vital....
Especially with a new recipe. 

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 1/23/2011 10:25 AM EST
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The first thing I ever baked was brownies.  I think I was 7 years old.  My Mom had me get everything that I would need and put it on the counter and call her when I was ready to continue.  I got everything together and passed her first "inspection".  Then she told me to follow the directions on the box and then call her before I put the brownies in the oven.  I followed the directions, even counting the stirs, 50 I think, then called for "inspection".  She looked around and saw that I had the brownies ready to go and then looked at me and asked what I planned on doing with the bowl of eggs that were still on the counter!.  Back into the bowl with the brownie batter and added the eggs.

Brownies turned out well but it taught me several important things.
 Gather everything you need,  pay attention to your recipe and what you are doing.  Also cleaning as you go helps, I sure would not have put a bowl of eggs into the sink!

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 1/24/2011 9:15 AM EST
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You're so fortunate Nikki .... the first I ever cooked in my life was Snickerdoodle cookies in Home Ec in high school.   I was so amazed ... *I*  had made a cookie .... I had made a great cookie!!! 

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 1/31/2011 12:15 AM EST
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I'm always picking up those magazines that feature storage, space saving or decorating on a dime articles.  One tip I found years ago (and I mean YEARS) I absolutely love and its the best tip ever.  It said to hang a couple hooks in your cabinet where you store your spices and store your measuring spoons on the hook.  No more searching thru a cluttered drawer. 

And this is a tip that I came up with all by myself LOL...When I am at a thrift store I always search thru the kitchen gadgets for something that I might need.  I pick up measuring cups of various sizes and bring them home.  I keep my hot cereal in a tupperware container and when I make the cereal it takes 1/3 cup.  So I put one of those thrift store finds in the container with the cereal.  That way I have the exact amt that I use, don't have to dirty one of the measuring cups that I use for general baking, etc.  I've got a 1 cup in the rice container, same as the sugar, etc.

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 1/31/2011 11:28 AM EST
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I'm always picking up those magazines that feature storage, space saving or decorating on a dime articles.  One tip I found years ago (and I mean YEARS) I absolutely love and its the best tip ever.  It said to hang a couple hooks in your cabinet where you store your spices and store your measuring spoons on the hook.  No more searching thru a cluttered drawer.  And this is a tip that I came up with all by myself LOL...When I am at a thrift store I always search thru the kitchen gadgets for something that I might need.  I pick up measuring cups of various sizes and bring them home.  I keep my hot cereal in a tupperware container and when I make the cereal it takes 1/3 cup.  So I put one of those thrift store finds in the container with the cereal.  That way I have the exact amt that I use, don't have to dirty one of the measuring cups that I use for general baking, etc.  I've got a 1 cup in the rice container, same as the sugar, etc.
Posted by Mary K. D

Mary K D, I am always going through Goodwill or the Salvation Army stores.  I have picked up lots of great finds.  I found a great Bean Pot at Goodwill.  Just try to find a bean pot, everybody makes baked beans in the crock pot now. I couldn't find a bean pot anywhere it took several months but one showed up at Goodwill!
Never thought of looking for measuring cups.  I have several sets that I use when I am baking so I don't have to clean between measuring.  I do keep a measuring cup in my hot cereal container and I keep one in my dogs food.  I think the idea about the measuring spoons in the spice cabinet is awesome. Thanks for a great idea. 
I was really planning on cleaning out cabinets today so I just might look for some hooks to put on the back of the door.

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 1/31/2011 12:03 PM EST
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What's a bean pot?

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posted at 1/31/2011 12:40 PM EST
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Thanks for sharing I will copy them

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 1/31/2011 12:58 PM EST
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What's a bean pot?
Posted by Nancy G


A bean pot is a sort of rounded pot, usually crockery, traditionally brown in color, with a smaller opening on the top compared to the size of the pot.  It is used to make Baked Beans.  The crockery allows for long slow cooking in the oven with minimal evaporation.  The lid does not fit real tight so there is some evaporation and that's ok.  That helps thicken the beans and concentrate flavors.
Oh the smell of long slow cooked home made baked beans is so wonderful. Served with some home made bread and you have a complete meal.  Rest of the family wants more than beans but I could just settle for the beans.  And cold home made beans on a slice of bread the next day....yummy.

I should explain, although I live in the Chicago area now I was born in New England, Connecticut to be exact.  So the Baked Beans just come naturally to me. 

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 1/31/2011 6:50 PM EST
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Nikki -- I've never tasted a bean like that in my life! 

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 1/31/2011 8:24 PM EST
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Boy a lot of good tips flying around,thanks everyone.Nikki I was a goodwill and all the other thrift stores Junkie.I have found some of the most wonderful kitchen and house wares there.I can't go anywhere by myself anymore so I just dream about it.LOL One of the last things I found was my pizzelle iron never used in a box with the instructions for $5,My puppy chewed the cord so now I'm probably will pay more for the repairs than I paid for it.LOL Any ways here is a hint That I saw in a Costco flyer but I had already been doing this,so I must have had a good idea. Those wooden crates that the clementines come in make wonderful storage for spices and small baking supplies.I have used them for a couple of years now and they have been a great help in my kitchen.when I need a few things I just bring the whole crate with me and everything is right at my finger tips.Easier to keep track of what you are running low on and it keeps everything in its place.I also use the plastic shoe boxes for my cake decorating suppies .I always have a lot of pouch tuna,taco seasoning,kool aide and salad dressing pouches I keep them in file in a plastic shoe box always putting the new stock behind the old.I also bought myself a book stand that hold the cook book open and at eye level.very good investment.I did a lot of food gifts in a jar and they also looked great packed in the clementine crates.

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 1/31/2011 8:32 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom : A bean pot is a sort of rounded pot, usually crockery, traditionally brown in color, with a smaller opening on the top compared to the size of the pot.  It is used to make Baked Beans.  The crockery allows for long slow cooking in the oven with minimal evaporation.  The lid does not fit real tight so there is some evaporation and that's ok.  That helps thicken the beans and concentrate flavors. Oh the smell of long slow cooked home made baked beans is so wonderful. Served with some home made bread and you have a complete meal.  Rest of the family wants more than beans but I could just settle for the beans.  And cold home made beans on a slice of bread the next day....yummy. I should explain, although I live in the Chicago area now I was born in New England, Connecticut to be exact.  So the Baked Beans just come naturally to me. 
Posted by nikki p


Hi Nikki bean pots are some what hard to find because they are highly collectable.People who collect antiques are grabbing them up.I found one at a neighbors garage sale for a couple of dollars.It is marked McCoy pottery made here in Ohio,it is old and collectible.I do use it though.I collect anything old and has something to do with the kitchen. It's a fun hobby that I have done since I was about 12.

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 2/1/2011 2:56 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom : Hi Nikki bean pots are some what hard to find because they are highly collectable.People who collect antiques are grabbing them up.I found one at a neighbors garage sale for a couple of dollars.It is marked McCoy pottery made here in Ohio,it is old and collectible.I do use it though.I collect anything old and has something to do with the kitchen. It's a fun hobby that I have done since I was about 12.
Posted by gale g


Now you are going to have me looking at every garage sale, tag sale, resale shops for Bean Pots.  And I am going to have to start looking at the bottom of the pots as well.
 
They do come in handy not just for Baked Beans but I did my BBQ pork in the bean pot the other day.  Just a small bit of pork and it was just the right size for the bean pot.

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posted at 2/1/2011 3:12 PM EST
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Nikki -- I've never tasted a bean like that in my life! 
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy, you just have to try homemade Baked Beans.  Very easy, takes a bit of time but well worth it.
"Boston Baked Beans"
2 Cups dried pea beans, or navy beans, northern can also be used.
2 Quarts cold water
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon powdered mustard
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
3 Tablespoons molasses
1 medium onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 piece 1/4 pound salt pork.  (I have used bacon )
Soak the beans over night in 1 quart of water.  Drain, measure soaking water, and add cold water to make 1 quart.
Place beans in a large kettle, add the water, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 hour.
Drain, reserve 2 cups cooking liquid.
Meanwhile preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place beans in an ungreased 2 quart bean pot.  Mix reserved liquid with salt, mustard, sugar and molasses and stir into the beans.  Add onion.  Score salt pork and push into the beans so only the rind shows.  Cover and bake 1 hour; reduce temperature to 250 degrees F.  and bake 4 hours; uncover and bake 1 hour longer.
Stir the beans every hour.

You can cut back some on the cooking if you use the Quick Method for the beans.  Rather than soaking over night place beans in kettle and add 1 quart of water for every pound of beans cover and bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat to medium and cook 2 inutes  Remove from heat and let stand 1 hour with the lid on.
This only takes the place of soaking over night. You will still need to cook for 1 hour on the stove top before putting them in the oven.

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

posted at 2/1/2011 4:46 PM EST
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Because I have no bean pot - what container do I use?  I can't think of anything "oven" I own except the usual loaf pans, 9x13 and things like that ... totally unacceptable for cooking like that.

Re: Cooking & Baking Tips – A Collection Of Timeless Wisdom

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Thank you Kathy and Nikki!!!! Your tips are great!!! I thought I knew a lot but
I learned a lot of new things today!!! I thought I was a great cook but every-
time I go on the internet, it makes me really humble, I know that I need to
learn a lot more.  Thanks again!!!!

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  Put up a cup hook or a little larger hook somewhere near the sink and you can hang your watch and rings on it while you do the dishes that way they won't get knocked on the floor and lost.
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