Combine one cup distilled white vinegar with two cups cold water. Put in spray bottle and use to clean fruit and vegetables. Spray on, then rise under cold water and your fruit/veggies are ready to eat! Germs gone!
Testing by America's Test Kitchen found that this solution worked better than solutions available for purchase.
Simple Sugar Syrup (for use in ice pop recipes):
2 cups sugar
4 cups water
Stirring from time to time, heat sugar and water to the boiling point in a heavy saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer five minutes. Cool and refrigerate in covered glass jar until needed.
Basic Berry Pops:
1/2 cup cold water
1/4-1/3 cup simple sugar syrup
Juice from one lemon
1 cup strawberry, raspberry or blackberry puree made in the blender and strained
Stir gelatin into water. Heat 1/4 cup sugar syrup to boiling point, add to gelatin mixture and stir until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Mix gelatin, syrup mixture and lemon juice into berry puree. Taste. If not sweet enough add a little more sugar syrup. Pour into ice pop molds or small paper cups and freeze. Run hot water briefly over molds to release ice pops.
Peachy Cream Ice Pops:
1-1/4 cup peach puree (made in blender with fresh peaches or unsweetened canned peaches)
1 heaping tablespoon peach or apricot preserves
1/2 cup half-and-half
2 drops almond extract or 1 tablespoon amaretto (optional)
Pour peach puree into blender. Add preserves, half-and-half, and almond extract or amaretto. Blend briefly. Taste and add a little more preserves if further sweetening is needed. Pour into ice pop molds or small paper cups and freeze. Run hot water briefly over molds to release ice pops.
Watermelon Ice Pops:
1/2 cup cold water
1/3-1/2 cup simple sugar syrup
2 cups watermelon pulp and juice (with seeds removed)
Mix gelatin into water. Heat 1/3-cup sugar syrup to boiling point and stir into gelatin mixture. Set aside to cool. Puree watermelon pulp and juice in blender or food processor. Add gelatin/syrup mixture and blend briefly. Taste. If not sweet enough add a little additional sugar syrup. Pour into ice-pop molds or small paper cups and freeze. Run hot water briefly over molds to release pops.
From The Washington Post, July 7, 1985.
8 tablespoons paprika
3 tablespoons cayenne
5 tablespoons freshly ground pepper
6 tablespoons onion powder
6 tablespoons salt
2-1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
2-1/2 tablespoons dried thyme
Combine all ingredients and store in an air-tight container.
Stir 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce into 1/2 cup melted butter. Drizzle over 12 cups popped popcorn; toss to evenly coat. In a small bowl, combine 1 teaspoon chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt. Sprinkle over popcorn. Toss to evenly coat. Serve immediately.
1 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons ketchup
Before starting grill, spray rack with non stick cooking spray. For sauce, combine all ingredients. Brush sauce on meat, poultry, fish, fruit or vegetables. Grill, turning occasionally, until desired doneness. Makes about 1/2 cup.
2-1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Makes 2/3 cup.
2 cans (4-1/2 ounces each) Underwood Deviled Ham
1-1/2 cups (6 ounce) shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1 small green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup chopped pecans
In a bowl, combine all ingredients except pecans. Shape mixture into a football. Chill, roll in chopped nuts. Add pimento or string cheese for decoration. Serve with crackers.
1 dozen hard-cooked peeled eggs
1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, squeezed dry
1/4 cup mayonnaise (fat free)
1/4 cup imitation bacon bits
2-1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons margarine, softened (optional)
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons black pepper, ground
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cut the eggs in half lengthwise. Scoop out yolks into a small mixing bowl and mash with a fork. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Spoon yolk mixture into egg white halves. Chill until ready to serve.
1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayonnaise
2 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons sliced green onions
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons snipped fresh dill or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Beat cream cheese until smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients until well mixed; cover; chill. Makes 2-1/2 cups.
2 cups cottage cheese
3/4 cup minced radishes
1/4 cup sliced green onion tops
1/2 teaspoon salt
Beat cottage cheese until fairly smooth. Mix in the radishes, green onions and salt. This is good with crackers, chips or vegetable dippers. From The Washington Post.