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Stop the smoke when something spills in the oven

When you’re baking and something spills in the oven and starts to smoke up the house, the ideal solution is to turn off the oven, let it cool, and get it cleaned up. But what if you’re having company and must get the food cooked… or worse yet, in the middle of cooking a thanksgiving turkey?

baking-sodaBaking Soda to the Rescue!

Just grab your handy box of baking soda. Open the oven, remove the food so you have access and won’t risk getting baking soda on it. Then carefully, and liberally, sprinkle baking soda over the spill. Don’t be stingy, baking soda is very inexpensive. Once the spill is covered with baking soda you can adjust your food so nothing more spills and put it back in the oven. In the case of a pie, it should really be on a baking sheet. The baking soda will keep the spilled food from further burning and stop the smoke.

Again, be careful!

This tip has rescued me on more than a few occasions.

Flour Tortillas – Recipe


Flour Tortillas

A good friend taught me how to make these when I was a teenager, he'd learned from his mother. Thanks, Jimmy!


  • 6 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ cup Vegetable shortening — cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups Warm water (about — you may need a little more or less)


  • Place the flour in the bowl of a mixer. Add baking powder and salt. Mix well. Add shortening. Mix on low while slowly adding water. Mix on low for 90 seconds or until well mixed.
  • Scrape the dough out of the bowl and onto a floured surface. knead for about 1 min – just enough to make sure it’s a ball of dough and not bits and pieces. Divide dough into 2 equal portions. Cover with plastic wrap, set aside at room temperature for 10-20 minutes. Divide each half into 8 equal portions. Lightly flour a work surface and rolling pin. Roll each ball into an 8-inch round. Stack rounds on baking sheet with plastic wrap between each tortilla. Let set for 10 minutes.
  • To cook, grill in a dry frying pan until lightly brown and slightly bubbly. (No butter or grease!) Let cool and use or freeze.
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    Super Sandwich Rolls

    Valerie’s Super Sandwich Rolls – Serves 12

    9 oz beer
    3 tbsp powdered milk
    1/4 cup potato flakes, instant
    1-1/2 tbsp shortening
    1-1/2 tsp salt
    1-1/2 tbsp sugar
    3 cups bread flour
    2 tsp Yeast, Active Dry*

    Put ingredients in bread machine in order listed. Set machine for 1-1/2 lb, dough setting. Start.

    When the dough is ready, take it out of the machine and set it on a floured counter to rest for a few minutes.

    Roll to about 1/2″ thick and cut with 3″ biscuit cutter. Ball up the scraps and repeat. You should be able to get about 12 hamburger-size rolls from this.

    Set rolls a couple inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with egg wash (1 egg, beat with 2 tsp. water) and sprinkle with sesame seeds** if desired.

    Let rise for 35 minutes in a warm place.

    Bake for 20 minutes in a pre-heated 375° oven.

    This is just my quick, lazy way to shape the rolls when I’m in a hurry. It works well, though! Normally I would knead the dough after taking out of the bread machine and then shape it by hand. You can also make delicious sub rolls with this dough; it makes about 8 of those.

    *If you can get your yeast nearly free by using coupons, by all means go for it. But if you make bread regularly (like I do), purchase it at a warehouse club like Costco or Sams; it’s usually just over $2 a POUND. It will keep a long time in the freezer. Mine is in a small Tupperware container in the freezer door.

    **Sesame seeds are really expensive in the spice aisle of the grocery store, so check to see if your store sells them in their bulk section. I got mine at WinCo– $1.93 for about half a POUND.

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