Speaking of tricks, which one's your favorite?
All of us cooks have a little something up our sleeve to save time, add flavor or impress our guests. Whether we learned them from Grandma or (gasp!) Sandra Lee, these secrets run the gamut from simple to complex to slightly bizarre. Here's a couple to kick things off:
Freezing bananas: When making banana bread or anything that calls for mashed bananas, I freeze them first (in the peel), then thaw them out on the counter before proceeding with the recipe. It makes them much easier to mash, and they'll blend right into any batter - no lumps.
Mayonnaise in cake: Anyone heard of this one? I've never tried this trick, but adding mayo or Miracle Whip to cakes dates back to the 50's, I think, and is supposed to yield unbelievably rich, moist results. I wonder if it really works...
Now let's hear yours!