IN THE KITCHEN WITH PAPA PAUL
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TIPS FOR A TASTY CHILI
Corn on the cob is a summertime treat, but buttering it can be a messy job. My solution is as easy as bread and butter - literally! Quarter as many slices of bread as you need for the number of ears you're serving, then top each piece of bread with a pat of butter, and pile them on a plate for the buffet line or for passing around the table. No more holding up the line waiting for everyone to butter their corn!
When we open a bottle of wine and don't love it, instead of pouring it down the drain, we turn it into sangria! The added fruits and liquors really bump up the flavor for a refreshing treat.
I cut parchment paper to line round cake pans when baking, but it leaves behind scrap pieces. Instead of wasting them, I cut the scraps into squares and use them to hold herbs and spices when prepping meals, then just toss the pieces when done.
There are times when I want to take freshly baked goods to a gathering, but they aren't quite cool enough to travel. Setting an ice pack under the cooling rack quickens the cooling process, so when I'm ready to go, the baked goods are too!
This time of year I always seem to end up with extra hot dog buns. To use them up, I make hamburgers in the shape of hot dogs and call them doggie burgers - the grand kids love them!
ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT
I love grape tomatoes in salads, but they can be time-consuming to halve. For fast and easy slicing, I make a cutting guide from two plastic take-out container lids. Lay one lid, flat side down, cover with grape tomatoes, and top with the second lid. Hold the top lid in place while slicing through all the tomatoes at once with a serrated knife.
I'm often asked to bring pies to family dinners, but it's frustrating when they get banged up in transport. One day I set the pie plate on a rubber jar opener in the pie carrier and said goodbye to shifting pies and damaged crusts!
Cutting the flesh from clingstone peaches was really a pain - until I used my mango pitter to pit them. It worked like a charm, and I love having a utensil that can multitask.
In the heat of summer, we go through a lot of iced tea and the ice to keep it cold! I freeze water in small plastic containers to make ice "blocks". They fit nicely in a pitcher of room temperature tea, keep it cool, and best of all, save the ice cubes for the glasses.