I found these gems in a really cute little book, “Pearls of Country Wisdom.” The book was in a used book store (I could hang out in used book stores for days on end) – while my daughters and husband browsed around (they fell the same way I do about used book stores), I sat down to soak up some of the pearls. I had already reached my self-imposed limit on books I’d allow myself to buy that week, so I simply told the book I’d be back for it soon.
I have to have these limits, you see… otherwise we wouldn’t be able to afford groceries. I tend to get carried away when it comes to books.
Here are a few that I jotted down before we had to leave (lunch called and food’s the one thing I’ll put a book down for).
“For a really pretty presentation, bake your next pumpkin or banana bread recipe in small, greased coffee cans. It slices into very attractive round cakes.”
“To get the most juice out of your lemons, oranges, and tangerines, place in hot water for several minutes before juicing.”
“Enjoy cottage fries without the grease of frying. Slice potatoes in strips, with the skins on, and season with salt or Cajun seasoning. Lightly oil a cookie sheet and lay the potato strips on it. Place under the broiler until tender. Turn once.”
“Use peppermint, dried orange, tangerine, or lemon peels to flavor your tea. Add to water while steeping tea on the stove. Deduct one bag of tea from the pot when adding flavor.”
“Measuring out shortening can be quite messy. Use an ice cream scoop. A standard-size scoop holds 1/4 cup. Scoop out the shortening and plop into place. No more greasy measuring cup and spatula to clean!” (I’d test my ice cream scoop first, to make sure it’s equivalent to 1/4 cup.)
“Wonder why the old-timers never contracted Salmonella? After using a cutting board, it was thoroughly cleaned and heavily salted.”