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    Cooking with Cheese
    Cooking with Cheese Dairy products are not treated kindly by the slow cooker. Cheeses, cream, and milk tend to curdle or separate after even a few hours of low heat. One solution is to use processed cheeses, such as American cheese or Velveeta i...
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    Beans and Pulses in Slow Cookers
    Beans and Pulses in Slow Cookers Slow cookers are perfect for cooking beans and pulses. After all, today's slow cookers evolved from a bean pot. There is no end to the list of delicious slow cooked dishes made with healthful, inexpensive dried b...
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    Cooking with Cheese
    Cooking with Cheese Dairy products are not treated kindly by the slow cooker. Cheeses, cream, and milk tend to curdle or separate after even a few hours of low heat. One solution is to use processed cheeses, such as American cheese or Velveeta i...
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    Fragile Fish and Slow Cookers
    Fragile Fish and Slow Cookers Slow Savvy An easy way to remove pesky little pin bones from fish fillets is with your vegetable peeler. Run the blade of the peeler against the grain of the fish and the bones will stick out. If you can't remove th...
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    Poultry with Panache
    Poultry with Panache Ellen on Edibles White meat or dark? In my book, there's nothing like the texture of succulent dark meat that's been through the slow cooker. Skinless thighs are my favorite cut, and they can be used in place of mixed pieces...
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    Best Meats for Slow Cookers
    Best Meats for Slow Cookers Ellen on Edibles Marbling has nothing to do with stone, but the patterns that swirl through some polished sheets of marble are echoed by the fat patterns in cuts of meat. Although marbling is not wanted in lean cuts ...
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    Beans and Pulses in Slow Cookers
    Beans and Pulses in Slow Cookers Slow cookers are perfect for cooking beans and pulses. After all, today's slow cookers evolved from a bean pot. There is no end to the list of delicious slow cooked dishes made with healthful, inexpensive dried b...
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    Healthy Cooking Recipe Modification: Getting Started Making a few easy substitutions and using healthful cooking techniques can help you rejuvenate your favorite family recipes. There is no single way to change a recipe, but making small changes ...
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    Crazy Cooks Party
    Crazy Cooks PartyDirections The main activity at this party is cooking. Pick a menu all the ingredients. Set up the ingredients at different work stations and let kids work in groups to prepare the recipe. An adult should stand by to answer ques...
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    Bean Basics
    Bean BasicsIf you really want to improve the quality of your diet, think beans. A hearty and satisfying alternative to meat, beans are low in fat, and rich in protein, complex carbohydrates, B vitamins, iron, zinc, copper, and potassium. As for f...
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    Eggs and Slow Cookers
    Eggs and Slow Cookers The slow cooker is very successful with egg dishes because eggs need to cook at a low temperature to remain tender. The protein in an egg becomes hard at 165°F, which is just about what the slow cooker heats to on Low. Egg...
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    Lightening Up Your Soup Recipes
    Lightening Up Your Soup RecipesAlmost everyone has a favorite soup recipe or two. Maybe it's a recipe for Mom's Chicken Noodle Soup — the one she always made for you when you were sick. Or maybe it's a recipe for the Vegetable Beef Soup that too...
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    Fruitful Fat Substitutes
    Fruitful Fat SubstitutesLooking for a healthful and delicious way to trim some fat from your baked goods? Think fruit. By now, everyone has heard about using applesauce as a fat substitute, but a variety of other products — including puréed can...
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    Healthy Cooking: Oils
    Healthy Cooking: Oils Like butter and margarine, oils used in cooking, baking, and salad dressings can blow your fat budget in a hurry. Many people are confused about oils because liquid vegetable oils have long been promoted as being "heart heal...
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    Ingredient Substitution
    Fruitful Fat Substitutes
    Fruitful Fat SubstitutesLooking for a healthful and delicious way to trim some fat from your baked goods? Think fruit. By now, everyone has heard about using applesauce as a fat substitute, but a variety of other products — including puréed can...
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