Now here's a tip!

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• Here’s an­other item to add to your en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly choices list: If you’re not go­ing to eat take­out food in the car, just say no to plas­tic uten­sils. They are usu­ally pack­aged in a plas­tic bag with a nap­kin, so there’s even more you could be sav­ing in waste.

• Make your own whipped but­ter for din­ner rolls. Sim­ply let but­ter come to room tem­per­a­ture, then whip in your elec­tric mixer un­til it’s nice and fluffy. Chill, or drop by tea­spoon­ful onto a cold cookie sheet lined with parch­ment pa­per. Freeze, and then you can ar­range them on a plate for a nice pre­sen­ta­tion. They thaw quickly.

• Add to a pot of wa­ter a cin­na­mon stick, a hand­ful of cloves, two slices of cit­rus (or­ange, lemon or both) and some car­damom pods if you have them. Put on a slow sim­mer, and your house will smell so good!

• Here’s a great cook­ing tip when you want to sear meat: Make sure you pat it dry us­ing ei­ther pa­per tow­els or a kitchen cloth specif­i­cally for that pur­pose. Any mois­ture on the meat will cause it to steam cook.

• Want a quick snack that tastes great? Try spic­ing your own peanuts with this recipe from the Na­tional Peanut Board: In a skil­let, heat 1 tea­spoon of peanut oil over medium heat. Stir in 1 cup of peanuts and toast for about 1 minute. Next, stir in your choice of spices and cook for 1-2 min­utes or un­til spices smell fra­grant. Re­move peanuts from the pan to drain well on pa­per tow­els. Serve warm or at room tem­per­a­ture. How about curry and gin­ger, or cilantro with chili pow­der and cumin?

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