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     Cooking secrets on vegetables and fruit
       by Southern Living Magazine

    1. Cooking Corn on the Cob: To cook corn on the cob that’s a day or so older than it should be, add a tablespoon of sugar, rather than salt, to the boiling water. Salt toughens corn kernels, but sugar helps restore some of the natural sweetness. Bring the water to a boil, and add the corn; after the water returns to a boil, cook 3 more minutes.
    2. Overcooked Vegetables: Vegetables overcooked? Try turning them into a casserole. Just mix the veggies with some cooked rice or pasta, place in a casserole dish, and top with some breadcrumbs or grated cheese. Heat and serve. Another option is to puree the veggies, add cream or stock, and turn them into a soup.
    3. Plumping Up Dried Fruit: To plump up dried fruit, cover it with water or other flavored liquid, such as broth or wine, and bring to a boil. Remove the fruit from the heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes.
    4. Bitter-Tasting Eggplant: If eggplant tastes bitter, salt it and let it sit on a wire cooling rack for about 20 minutes to extract bitter juices. Peeling will also help reduce the bitterness.
    5. If Your Mashed Potatoes are Runny: Thicken runny mashed potatoes with uncooked instant mashed potato flakes. Add a little at a time until you achieve the desired texture.
    6. Revive carrots limp from storage by soaking them in ice water for 20 to 30 minutes.
    7. Restore crispness to limp salad greens by placing them in ice water and refrigerating up to 1 hour. Drain well, wrap greens in paper towels, and refrigerate in plastic bags at least 4 hours.
    8. If your fresh herbs wilt, just snip the lower stems and place the bunch in a glass of cold water. Loosely cover the leaves with a plastic bag, and chill. They will perk up in no time.
    9. Overripe Bananas: Don't throw overripe bananas away. Peel them, and place them in a zip-top plastic bag, and freeze. You can add more bananas to the bag, and when you have enough, thaw at room temperature until softened, and make banana bread. Or whirl the frozen fruit in the blender to thicken fruit drinks.

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    Whether you are dining out or dining in, traveling the nation or just to the supermarket Southern Living is your best guidebook for what to eat and how to entertain. Featuring home makeovers and tours of some of the most exquisite homes in the south, as well as everything you need to know about hosting a party with the recipes to impress and do-it-yourself flowers you’ll gain insight into the best ideas for adding the finishing touches to your home, meal and festivities. Special features specific to the calendar are included such as a football synopsis on southern teams in the fall, holiday ideas at Christmas and what to do with kids in the summer. Southern Living is a valuable resource and will prove to be the one you live by.


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