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Tips From my Parents’ Kitchen II

1a. Leftovers can make a meal. Cold baked beans, for instance, are perfectly acceptable to eat the next day without any reheating necessary. I’ve never actually had the desire to try it, but I’ve seen it done more times than I can count. Give it a shot.

1b. This leftovers technique is especially true after a party, usually a birthday party. Breakfast the next morning should always consist of leftover pizza, birthday cake, or both.

2. When frying greasy things, use metal tongs to grip a folded paper towel and mop up the grease as you cook. It seems like more work perhaps, but apparently it keeps grease from splattering all over your stove. If you’re not the individual that has to clean up after the meal, disregard what I just said.

3. When baking frozen cookies (we always used these Tollhouse cookies) preheat the oven to the temperature given in the package’s instructions. Next, eat the little frozen cubes of dough. If you haven’t eaten them all, put whatever’s left in the oven for the recommended time; otherwise, don’t forget to turn the oven off.

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Tips From my Parents’ Kitchen

1.  Boil bratwurst for 20 or so minutes before tossing them on the grill.  This will aid you in your quest to avoid the “Why aren’t these damn things cooki– OH SHIT THE BRATS ARE BURNT” experience.  Additionally, throw some dark beer, some chopped onions, really whatever you want into the concoction for some flavor.

2.  The beer thing goes for chili, as well.  If I recall correctly, my dad’s preference was Sam Adams Boston Lager, but I’ve been wrong before.  Take his word for it, he knows chili.  He always grew his own peppers for that pot of ecstasy.

3.  Add a splash of tequila while cooking baked beans.  It can be dirt-cheap tequila.  I think it adds good flavor.  I’m also now realizing I sound like a stereotypical Midwesterner.  Additionally, we are not alcoholics.  I swear.

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