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RECIPE WEDNESDAY: hints from an old cookbook – Have you tried these?

chewing-gum-study1. Chewing gum while peeling onions helps to prevent tears.

2. Cooked onions will stay perfectly whole if you poke a hole through the center of each one with a metal skewer before cooking.

3. Soak potatoes in salt water for 20 minutes before baking them and they will bake more rapidly.

4. Never salt turnips while they’re cooking. It exacts their sweetness and puts them in the cowfeed class.

5. Add a teaspoon of sugar to each quart of water when boiling corn-on-the-cob. This improves the flavor.

6. Sweet potatoes will not turn dark if put in salted water immediately after peeling, using 5 teaspoons salt to 1 quart of water.

7. If you keep the candles for the birthday cake, in the icebox for a day before using, they will burn slowly and evenly.

8. Fresh tomatoes will keep longer if placed with stems down.

9. To freshen vegetables add a little vinegar to the water when washing them./

10. To remove the skins from carrots easily, drop into boiling water and let stand for a few minutes.

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey



  1. I use a lot of these already but it’s nice to learn new things especially from old ideas. Thank you!!

  2. Never salt fresh halibut prior to cooking.
    If you do, you will see why.

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