• Wondering what winter fruits and vegetables are in season? Here’s a sampling: apples, dates and pears, as well as citrus, like grapefruit, oranges and tangerines. For vegetables, consider endive, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, kale, leeks, mushrooms, parsnips, radicchio, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, turnips, yams and winter squash.
• Don’t store propane tanks in the garage or shed. Propane has a freezing point of -310 F, so tanks can stay outside yearround. Even a small leak can build up in an enclosed space, so be sure to keep those tanks outdoors!
• If you want to keep pots and pans looking great, spray off residue as soon as you can after cooking. Use the heat from recently turned-off ovens to loosen stuck-on bits. Get a plastic scrubbie, which will not damage the finish on your pots. For cast iron, scrub with salt for abrasiveness, but not soap. Coat with oil and wipe dry.
• Looking to cut calories? Add more vegetables to meals. Cook with steam, or stir fry with very little oil — or better yet, use broth to stir fry! Roast root vegetables to bring out the natural sweetness instead of frying.
• “This tip to remove antiperspirant stains has worked for me. Take two aspirin and crush them; mix with a half cup of hot water. Pour directly on the stain, and allow it to sit for a couple of hours.” — S.D. in Georgia
• Recipe substitutions: If you need 1 cup self-rising flour, use 1 cup all-purpose flour plus 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
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