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  1. Donate them to a soup kitchen, or the like. Any fresh fruit is appreciated.
  2. Sugar snap peas are prettier and tastier after a 2-3 minute bath in boiling water, then tossed in ice water. They look like jewels!
  3. Add another to the NON-Nutella fans. It tastes like bad/cheap frosting to me.
  4. For very long apron strings, I pair the strings and fold them in half. Then I tie an overhand knot at the center with all 4 strands as one, BUT instead of pulling the end free I leave it as a little loop and tighten the beginning of the knot around this loop. This will hold through the wash and dry, and release easily.
  5. Cheese is NOT vegan; neither is honey though that's not likely to be used in "meat" balls.
  6. I borrowed the new edition from the library and compared it, VERY carefully, to the original edition which I own and love. The paper in the new edition is glossy, the type is at least 1 point smaller, and there are color photos....though many are of Italy, NOT baked goods or techniques. The original had pen & ink illustrations, mostly for technique explanations. Two recipes were added (Biga Naturale and Ciabatta Polesana), one soup was renamed from Ribollita to Minestrone Toscani, the order of recipes was changed in places and one recipe (Garibaldi cookies) was removed. Ingredients such as baker's ammonia and fresh yeast are omitted or marginalized. The Glossary was removed, and the Sources area expanded and updated. Volume measures and metric ones are in the original edition; the new one adds U.S. ounces/pounds as well. Do I need the 'new' edition? Not in this case.
  7. Have you tried wearing (non-fuzzy!!!) gloves when handling freezer items?
  8. THIS bun recipe is quite beloved and well-known.
  9. I use 'regular' (ONE loaf size) bread recipes in the machine; you just need to be aware of the particular machine's capacity.
  10. The King Arthur Flour website has hundreds of bread recipes, including many specifically for bread machines. Volume AND weight measures are given.
  11. You could make a paella-inspired dish from some of it.
  12. Seasoned shrimp would work well on cucumber slices, too.
  13. Butter cookies -- dip about half the cookie and sprinkle with coconut, chopped nuts, or crushed peppermint candy!
  14. Date Balls 2 eggs, well beaten 1 cup sugar rounded tablespoonful of butter 1 1/2 cups chopped dates 1 tsp. vanilla 2 c. rice krispies 1/2 c. chopped pecans or walnuts shredded coconut Mix eggs, sugar, and butter in saucepan; add dates. Cook 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Dump mixture into a bowl that contains the cereal and nuts; mix. Roll into small balls with buttered hands and roll in coconut to finish.
  15. Isa Chandra Moskowitz has written a number of dependable vegan cookbooks; I particularly like her "Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar: 100 Dairy-Free Recipes for Everyone's Favorite Treats". She also has books on pies and cupcakes, as well as full meals- "Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook" is another great source.
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