Posted by: Brooke Hukill | January 23, 2009

Friday Fun Facts

It’s been a long and hectic week at The Hukill House so I thought we’d end it with some fun but helpful information…

Peel a banana from the bottom and you won’t have to pick the little ‘stringy things’ off of it, that’s how the primates do it! And
take your bananas apart when you get them home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich just add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up. Don’t literally BEAT them up with your fists that’s not nice, but a whisk will work! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry, that’s my pathetic attempt at being funny!

Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic. The Hukills LOVE garlic so we always add at the end.

Left-over Snickers bars make a delicious dessert. (Not that we ever have any left-over!) Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. SO Yummm!

Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza.

Did you know you can expand frosting? When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

Measuring Cups ~ Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out. Also I have heard that spraying the inside of the cup with PAM will let sticky stuff slide right out. Makes sense!

Please leave your Fun Facts for all to read too…



  1. You must teach me more. You are my new hero!

  2. Great new look on your blog! What beautiful kiddos too ๐Ÿ™‚

    And thanks for the tips.

  3. Wow, I didn’t know any of these.

  4. Your food tips (snickers, pizza, etc.) are way too delightful for this pregnant lady! Not to self – do not read blogs containing “kitchen” in the title while pregnant! J/K – love this site!

  5. Nice tips, I have never thought of adding sour cream to eggs I will try that tomorrow, or that if I separated my bananas they would not ripen so quickly, hmm..

  6. Wow! I was just eating soggy microwave pizza 3 days ago. Also, my sister was discussing how its hard to get the store frosting to cover both cakes yesterday. I’ve never considered peeling a banana any differently, but I will try it soon. Thanks for the info.

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