Category Archive: Kitchen Tools and Tips

“Snappies” possibly from Pogues – can you help?

From a reader: I’m looking for a recipe for something called “Snappies”. My husband remembers having them at his Grandmother’s. He describes it as a “very light cracker-like snack”. He says they purchased them downtown at possibly at Shillito’s but most likely Pogues”. I’ve never heard of them but he carries a fond memory for …

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Homemade Laundry Soap: Fun to Make Laundry Soap

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Homemade Laundry Soap Homemade Laundry Soap I purchased a tub of this at an herbal convention and read the ingredients. Heck, those are available at my local store, so I found a recipe for homemade laundry soap online and here it is. I’ve been making this for a couple of years, and really love it. …

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Cranberry Bonanza: Copycat Kroger celebration salad; Rita’s baked candied cranberries

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A reader wanted the recipe for that popular cranberry salad from Kroger. Here’s several yummy clones. Checking the label on Kroger’s cranberry celebration salad tells me gelatin is one of the ingredients, so I don’t know if it’s a jello type or just plain gelatin. The first ingredient on their label is cranberries. Cranberry celebration …

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Sodastream Review: What is Sodastream Soda Maker?

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Sodastream Review: What is Sodastream Fountain Jet Soda Maker? What is the Sodastream? Make your own sparkling water and soda at home with the Sodastream Soda Maker. Ever since sparkling water became a staple at our house, we’ve been looking for a product like the Sodastream soda maker. Our passion for soda water was becoming …

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Kitchen Gadgets: 22 Kitchen Gadgets I Couldn’t Live Without.

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22 Kitchen Gadgets I Couldn’t Live Without. 22 Kitchen Gadgets that are Rita’s Favorites When I think of the thousands of kitchen gadgets available, (some of which I wouldn’t give you two cents for), I remember my Mom’s kitchen. Her kitchen gadget assortment was almost non-existent, for a couple of reasons: budget, first of all. …

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Stainless Steel Cookware

Stainless Steel Cookware is a Staple in Great Kitchens Summary: Stainless steel cookware comes in a variety of grades and varied quality. This range leads many to ask, “Can I use my stainless steel cookware in the oven? What other tips should I know to keep my stainless steel pans looking good?” Dear Rita: I …

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