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  • #467

    Smile Therapy

    Bananas Pan-fried with Ham and Eggs…..

    A mid-winter favorite for everyone!

    2 tablespoons butter or margarine
    2 firm bananas
    1 slice ham, cut 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick
    2 eggs

    Melt butter or margarine in a large skillet. Cut ham into 2 pieces, and place in skillet. Peel bananas and fry slowly with ham about 8 minutes, turning both bananas and ham frequently to brown evenly. Carefully break 1 egg at a time into saucer; slip each egg, one at a time, into skillet containing bananas and ham. Fry over low heat, about 3 minutes longer or until eggs are set, the ham is browned and bananas are tender. . . . easily pierced with a fork.

    Two servings.

    Important: If your skillet is not large enough to fry this combination together, fry seperately using butter or margarine for the frying when the fat from the ham is insufficient.

    Bananas Pan-fried with sausage or bacon and eggs; Sausage or bacon may be used in place of ham but should be fried sperately. Sausage or bacon and cooked bananas make and excellent flavor combination.

    ST – Staff

  • #1007

    Smile Therapy

    January is National Soup Month…..

    Check out these recipes:

    http://www.soupsong.com or http://www.souprecipe.com


  • #1008

    Smile Therapy


    From our Apple Country Kitchen

    2 Locations

    Route 4, North Greenbush, New York


    Corner New Karner Road & Albany St. Colonie, NY

  • #1009

    Smile Therapy

    Insider tip for wine…..

    Serve wine at an ideal temperature (55 degrees F to 58 degrees F for whites, (62 F to 65 F for reds) to enjoy the fullest range of flavors. An easy-to-remember rule: Remove a bottle of white from the fridge 15 minutes prior to serving, and put a bottle of red in the fridge 15 minutes before, recommends Kristen Wolfe Bieler, a wine expert based in New York City.

    ST – Staff

  • #1010

    Smile Therapy

    Fried tatties for brekky

    When boiling potatoes for dinner, double the amount, let the extra cool, and refrigerate overnight.
    For breakfast, chop them up (not mash) and fry with a little salt and/or paprika. Great with diced onion, have it with anything you want.

    Martin B Cov UK

  • #1011

    Smile Therapy

    Tasty TEXAS “CAVIAR” recipe

    Tasty Texas Caviar:

    1/3 cup diced sweet red pepper
    1/3 cup diced sweet green pepper
    1/3 cup diced red onion
    1 can Black beans rinsed/ drained
    1 can Sweet Corn, drained
    1 can Black-eyed peas, rinsed, drained
    About 1 cup of Light Italian dressing. Season with salt, black pepper, chili powder to taste. Mix everything. Let sit for 2 hours or overnight.

    Serve with some high quality Tortilla Chips

    Ahhhh Enjoy 🙂

    Emily T’s dad, Marcellus, NY

  • #1012

    Smile Therapy

    Wine enthusiasts…

    2 recommendations ( RED)

    Markum Merlot 2002

    Evans and Tate Shiraz 2003

    MMMMM. Yummy

    Evette, wine lover

  • #1013

    Smile Therapy

    Best Chocolate

    Best Dark Chocolate ever. 100% dark chocolate is very bad tasting and actually should not be consumed, but 70% Dardk Chocolate is amazing and very good for you. My brand is Endagered Species Chocloate, 10% of its profits are donated to help the Habitat for Humanity. Besides, if you gave up coffee like I did and you get the headches that go along with it, try a piece of Dark Chocolate, it has some cafeine in it and along with the sugar, it’s a great boost and makes my headache go away!!


  • #1014

    Smile Therapy

    My Favorite Dish to Bring to a Party

    My favorite dish to bring to a party is:

    1 pkg. chicken ramen noodles
    5 to 6 c. shredded cabbage
    1/4 c. green onions
    2 tbsp. sesame seeds
    1/2 c. slivered almonds (browned)
    Flavor pkg. from noodles
    3 tsp. vinegar
    2 tsp. sugar
    2 tsp. oil
    1/2 tsp. pepper
    Crush noodles slightly, put in colander and pour 1 cup boiling water over the noodles to soften. Drain well. Mix all salad ingredients except almonds. In a covered glass combine dressing ingredients. Shake well and pour over salad. Stir until evenly coated. Add almond and chill 2 to 3 hours before serving.

    Pam C, Syracuse

  • #1015

    Smile Therapy

    The BEST Pretzels ever??

    We at Smile-Therapy think so.


    If you buy the broken pretzels in the 8 pound box, they will last you a long time.

    Very reasonable price too!!


    ST Staff

  • #1016

    Smile Therapy
  • #1017

    Smile Therapy

    Crazy for Chicken???

    If you have any interest in 300 Recipes for Chicken(yes Three Hundred)…

    Have a ball


    Marilyn B, Auburn

  • #1018

    Smile Therapy

    What exactly is in that.. FAST FOOD???

    Attention Fast Food Consumers and Junkies

    Get the scoop on whatever you want to know about the foods at the Fast Food restaurants.

    Very informative.


    Nancy P

  • #1019

    Smile Therapy

    Need a unique gift idea( Food)?

    Have you heard of Fairytale Brownies??



    V Kelly, Syracuse

  • #1020

    Smile Therapy

    Any SOUP fans out there?

    There is a soup company out of Canada that has very healthy and delicious soups.

    Interesting marketing strategy… they give you a nice HEARTY FREE SAMPLE to get you hooked on their soups.

    (note: you do pay for s&h)




  • #1021

    Smile Therapy

    Clean Your Coffee Pot.. …Heres How

    This is a “reminder” AND a “how to” clean your coffee pot.

    Your coffee machine begs for a rinse . . .
    Pour a quart of white vinegar into the water chamber, put in a filter, and run the machine through its brewing cycle. Put the vinegar in again, but this time let it sit for half an hour. Run through the brewing cycle again. Then run a pot of fresh water through the entire cycle. Repeat with a second pot of fresh water.

    Janice, Central Florida

  • #1022

    Smile Therapy

    Cooking,……….. Money saver

    When making a casserole, make a quadruple batch of it. They are nice easy dishes to prepare, but sometimes its still simpler to order a pizza or eat some type of fast food.

    So, next time you make a casserole, make 4 batches of it and put the other 3 in the freezer.

    This also allows you to buy in bulk, which will make your food lower in overall cost.

    Trent, Thesimpledollar.com

  • #1023

    Smile Therapy

    Best Chocolate

    Without a doubt…DOVE DARK chocolate…THE very best!!!!


  • #1024

    Smile Therapy

    Are you a Starbucks SNOB.. check this out..

    Is it possible Mc Donalsd coffee is similar in taste to Starbucks??
    Check this out from post advertising.com


    From The “net”

  • #1025

    Smile Therapy

    Trick for Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

    Add 1 tsp of baking soda to the water when boiling the eggs. Cool them. Tap both ends of egg on counter and peel small peice of shell off and blow the egg out of the shell.


    P. Cook

  • #1026

    Smile Therapy

    How to get 8 meals out of a $5 purchase

    Here’s a frugal tip for you! Here’s how I make one little rotisserie chicken last me for a minimum of 7-8 meals. I buy a chicken when they are on sale for $4.99. I top a fresh green salad with chicken for a light meal and can get 4 chicken-topped green salads out of one chicken. Then I take the bones and carcass and make soup with them (very healthy to make soup from bones). I add whatever veggies I have around and wah-lah…several healthy meals for under $5.00.

    Linda D,Syracuse

  • #1027

    Smile Therapy

    3 Useful Hotlines During the Holidays

    Here are 3 useful Toll Free Hotlines available in November and December.

    US Dept of AG( Meat and Poultry) Food safety specialists for food prep

    Crisco Pie Hotline.. anything you need to know about pies( from 11-17 to 11-26 and 12-15 to 12-23)


    Butterball TAlK TURKEY line ( from 11-3 to 12-23 and open on Thanksgiving and Christmas day)
    You have turkey questions, they’ll have the answers.


  • #1028

    Smile Therapy

    $$ saving/ New idea for Kids School LUNCHES

    What’s In the Thermos Today?

    My girls were constantly complaining about frequently having sandwiches in their cold lunch and the food that the school was offering in their lunch program. So, I went to Target and purchased two small Thermoses that fit perfectly into my daughters’ lunch boxes. Now, in the morning, I simply heat up whatever leftovers that I have in the refrigerator and send it in the lunch box.

    In the last two weeks, they’ve eaten ham and 16-bean soup, beef stroganoff, chicken noodle soup, and even tacos. I sent the taco meat in the Thermos and all the extras like cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, etc. on the side. They love it (especially the tacos)! And I know that they are getting a nutritionally balanced meal that they’ll eat. Plus, as an added bonus, we’ll save some money. Each of the Thermoses cost about $14 for a total of $28. With school lunches being about $3.60 each day for both of them to eat, it only took a little over a week’s worth of meals to pay for the Thermoses. And the food was already made for prior meals, so all I had to do was warm it up.


  • #1029

    Smile Therapy

    $$ saving/ New idea for Kids School LUNCHES

    What’s In the Thermos Today?

    My girls were constantly complaining about frequently having sandwiches in their cold lunch and the food that the school was offering in their lunch program. So, I went to Target and purchased two small Thermoses that fit perfectly into my daughters’ lunch boxes. Now, in the morning, I simply heat up whatever leftovers that I have in the refrigerator and send it in the lunch box.

    In the last two weeks, they’ve eaten ham and 16-bean soup, beef stroganoff, chicken noodle soup, and even tacos. I sent the taco meat in the Thermos and all the extras like cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, etc. on the side. They love it (especially the tacos)! And I know that they are getting a nutritionally balanced meal that they’ll eat. Plus, as an added bonus, we’ll save some money. Each of the Thermoses cost about $14 for a total of $28. With school lunches being about $3.60 each day for both of them to eat, it only took a little over a week’s worth of meals to pay for the Thermoses. And the food was already made for prior meals, so all I had to do was warm it up.


  • #1030

    Smile Therapy

    Get the KIDS eating Vegetables..

    My husband and I are trying to eat healthier and save money at the same time. Not an easy task. So we bought an electric wok. For the past several nights, we have chosen a type of protein (chicken, pork, or shrimp) plus a huge selection of veggies (snap peas, green peppers, green onions, broccoli, etc.) and cooked a small amount of rice to go with the dinner. We are eating better and having fun cooking the meal together. Our kids are actually eating a lot of veggies, and we have considerably lowered our food bill. By using the meats and veggies bought on sale, and going a little lighter on the meat portions, we are saving quite a bit on our food budget. An extra bonus is that the cleanup is easy and fast.

    Mary R, USA

  • #1031

    Smile Therapy

    Maximize your use of Cereal?? …..YUM !

    To use up breakfast cereals that no one in my family wants to eat, I make them into cereal treats, and my family gobbles it up. I start by spraying a 13x9x2 pan and a spatula with non-stick cooking spray. Then I use two tablespoons of butter (margarine can be used), a half of a bag of large marshmallows or three cups of miniature marshmallows, and six cups of breakfast cereal, mixing Rice Krispies(r) half and half with other cereals. First, I melt the butter in a stockpot and then add the marshmallows, stirring until completely melted. I then remove from heat and add the cereal. I stir the cereal until it is thoroughly coated. Using a spatula, I press it into the pan. After it’s cooled, we eat it.

    Jennifer, USA

  • #1032

    Smile Therapy

    Longer Lasting BANANA\’S

    Bananas stay brown spot free much longer when you separate them from the bunch. Separating them stops the chain reaction of all your bananas getting mushy at once. I have some bananas right now in my kitchen (separated) that are a week and a half old, and they only have a few small spots on them.

    Sarah L

  • #1033

    Smile Therapy

    Grocery Tip

    After grocery shopping, I write out a list of all the meals I can make with the groceries I have on hand and post it to the side of the refrigerator. When I make a meal, I cross it off my list. This is a visual reminder to use up what I have on hand. Before I started doing this, I would forget about a lot of the things I had in my pantry and freezer and feel that I had to run to the store and spend more money to make dinner. Now I really try to use up what I have.

    B M Searcy , AR

  • #1034

    Smile Therapy

    Great Dining at a very inexpensive price?

    Always check to see if the city you are in has a culinary school. I live in metro Portland, Oregon, home of The Cordon Bleu-Western Culinary Institute. The students getting ready to graduate as chefs and/or restaurant managers run a restaurant that is open to the public. You get a gourmet meal at a budget price because you are “eating their assignments.” The food, presentation, and service are great because the students want a good grade. Some community/junior colleges have culinary programs and they might offer “their assignments” to the public as well. Eat great and eat cheaply!

    Baroness, Oregon, USA

  • #1035

    Smile Therapy

    Whats the Expiration Date.. Food?

    When I buy a dozen eggs, I cut off the section of the egg carton that has the expiration date and put it into my egg holder, along with my eggs. This lets me see the expiration date whenever I open the refrigerator so I can plan on using the eggs before this date. It’s easy to do, prevents waste, and keeps the guesswork out.


  • #1036

    Smile Therapy

    Healthier and Cheaper way to EAT

    How do I eat healthy for less? Grain! I have discovered cooking with all kinds of whole grains, like bulgar, wheatberries, oat groats (which are just whole oats), brown rice, couscous and cracked wheat. Not only is it healthy, but also it is so economical. You can make a whole meal with one cup of oat groats, seasoning, and some zucchini and tomatoes for a family of four. I serve things like this as an entree or a side dish. You can get a ton of information about cooking with whole grains at wholegrainscouncil.org. I don’t buy pre-made or pre-packed foods. The less processed the cheaper and healthier it is.

    C.P USA

  • #1037

    Smile Therapy

    Restaurant Gift Certs for 80-90% off/ $50 GC\’s for $10

    $50 Gift Certificate for $10?

    This is possibly the best bargain we’ve found on the internet in quite some time( United States only).

    1.)If you go to http://www.Restaurant.com

    2.) Click in your zip code, use a 25 mile radius. All participating restaurants come up.. and some very good ones (at least in the Syracuse NY area).

    They have $10 GC’s for $ 3.
    They have $25 GC’s for $10.
    They have $50 GC’s for $20.

    Additionally, you need to find out the CODE of the week(go to retailmenot.com and type in Restaurant.com for current CODE. You will get extra 50-70% savings by using this code.It\’s amazing.

    So in reality $10 GC’s for 1.50.
    $25 GC’s for $5.
    $50 GS’s for $10.

    Be sure to check for conditions and restrictions.

    FYI, I have order and successfully received from Restaurant.com( so its legit).

    Happy Dining,
    TA Smith

    TA Smith, Creator, S-T

  • #1038

    Smile Therapy

    Wonderful site for RECIPES



    ST Staff

  • #1039

    Smile Therapy

    Looking for VEGAN Food.. look no further

    have a look at this site for Vegan food


    WWWeb scout

  • #1040

    Smile Therapy

    Magic Secret to MAKING Delicious Cookies

    Heres a tip that has won me at least 100 compliments on my cookies.

    Take any cookie crumbs from the cookie jar, the bag after the last cookie has been eaten, or even the crumbs at the bottom of the zip lock bag.Save the crumbs from any/ all types. When about a 3/4 cup full.. take them and throw in the blender to grind them up.

    Next when making your next batch of cookies,rather than using 2 cups of flour, use only 1.5 cups of flour and use the half cup of ground up assorted cookie crumbs, for the new batch.

    When done, people just comment that \”there\’s some thing different about the cookies\”, yet they are delish!!
    Give it a try. You\’ll be glad you did!

    YC, Westvale NY

  • #1041

    Smile Therapy

    Incredible DINER ( YUMMY PIES!!)

    If you are ever driving on Rt 81 near Binghamton NY, Scranton Pa, there is an incredible food stop called Bingham\’s Diner.
    Homemade bread thick and tasty. The soups are more like stews…yummm. And the pies.. don\’t forget to try them. All I can say is, you will be glad you did.


    John O, Central NY

  • #1042

    Smile Therapy

    Tip with Utica Greens

    If you are a Utica greens fan,remember this tip….
    Normally when ordering Utica Greens, you either get too many that you can\’t possibly finish, or, they are so delishious you eat them all, but doesnt leave much room for the main course.
    Try this tip. Eat only half. Take the rest home and use them the next monring in some scrambled eggs. GREAT \”double treat\”

    John O, CNY

  • #1043

    Smile Therapy

    Delicious Lemon Glaze

    Lemon Glaze
    This is so good and so easy, you will wonder why you have not been pouring it all over stuff for YEARS.

    Lemon Glaze
    1 cup powdered sugar
    1/2 scant teaspoon lemon extract
    1-2 tablespoons hot water
    1 drop yellow food coloring (optional)

    There! Mix it up, pup! The hot water measurement varies depending on how you want the glaze to behave. Do you want it to sink in a little and be really thin? Two tablespoons of hot water. Do you want it thicker and a little easier to control? One tablespoon of hot water. Not sure? Start with one tablespoon and see how things go.

    I use this mostly on Lemon Muffins: they never come out as lemony as I want them, so the glaze adds more lemony. It also makes the muffins look fancy-pants, if you’re bringing them to an event or serving them to guests. Spread a little glaze on each muffin, or drizzle it, or just glop a spoonful on while the muffins are still warm, and the glaze will trickle all over the tops (and down the sides—it’s a little messy).

    You can also use it on muffins that came out a little dry, or to disguise muffins that came out a little soggy (”They’re not soggy, they’re MOIST! Moist with GLAZE!”). I once had a batch of pumpkin spice muffins get all frosty in the freezer, so that the tops were icky and wet when thawed. I covered the tops with lemon glaze and they were perfect.

    It’s good on quick breads like zucchini or banana. I like to take a slice of quick bread, toast it, and then spread lemon glaze on it like butter. It melts and sinks in deliciously. I once got a boxed mix of lemon poppy seed bread that came out pretty lame and almost flavorless, and the lemon glaze made it delicious instead of fit only for the trash.

    It keeps a long time, so you can mix up a batch and put it in a container in the fridge in case you need it for a sudden baked goods emergency. The recipe above is enough to skimpily cover 24 muffins—but I usually double the recipe so I can use as much as I want and then have the extra in the fridge.

    You can make other flavors, too, of course. I had some orange extract once, and made orange glaze. I haven’t tried it with peppermint extract, but I’m wondering if that might be heavenly on brownies? Must experiment.

    SW, from Sundrybuzz.com

  • #1044

    Smile Therapy

    Stretching MEAT into a GRANDE Meal

    Ground Beef Stretcher

    Last night I had less than a half a pound of hamburger to feed our household of four adults and two children (my husband, myself and my grown son and his family). Rather than everyone having to skimp, I got out my food processor and ground up two green peppers, three large mushrooms, two onions, and three carrots. I added them to my usual meatloaf recipe and my family was not only delighted with the taste (it was much more moist than my usual meatloaf), but we also have a lot of leftover meatloaf for lunches today.

    Deb B, USA

  • #1045

    Smile Therapy

    Neat BAKING Tip/ Idea

    Foiled Again!

    This hint is actually from my late mother-in-law. She never owned a dishwasher so this was a big deal to her and now is to me.

    Instead of using a cookie sheet to bake frozen biscuits, roast marshmallows, or reheat pizza, etc., use a doubled sheet of foil! Tear off the appropriate size, fold in half, and spray with a cooking spray to prevent sticking. The cooking time will be reduced, and there\’s no clean up! It will save energy, water, washing soap, and time! Her motto was \”Why use a pan when a piece of foil will do?\”

    Carol, USA

  • #1046

    Smile Therapy

    Coffee $$ SAVER?

    All the Flavor

    My husband is a coffee lover and only wants a very expensive coffee to drink. I buy the expensive coffee and a bag of inexpensive coffee beans, which I grind and mix with the expensive coffee in a ratio of 5:1 (the inexpensive coffee being the smaller ratio). He cannot tell the difference, and by cutting the expensive coffee this way, it costs a lot less.

    MS, in NY State

  • #1047

    Smile Therapy

    Easier Shopping and Record Keeping(Pantry)

    Easy Pantry Inventory

    I work full time and I have two kids and a husband. Between homework, changing diapers and house chores, I came up with an idea on how to keep track of what is in my pantry. I just save the grocery store receipt and tape it to the inside door of my pantry cabinet. Once I use the item from my pantry, I just cross it off my receipt, and if I have time, I add it to my grocery-shopping list. If not, I just highlight the item on my receipt and take the receipt with me to the store. By doing this, I can also compare the price from when I last purchased the item.

    Luna, Reno NV

  • #1048

    Smile Therapy


    I use photo albums that have the sticky sheets to store all my favorite recipes. I wait until they go on sale. They are perfect for storing recipes you find in magazines, etc. I just use tab dividers to sort out main dishes, side dishes, desserts, etc. It\’s perfect and right at your fingertips. My cupboard is so organized now that I store my recipes in photo albums.

    June C, USA

  • #1049

    Smile Therapy

    CLEAR WRAP fall out Prevention

    You know how frustrating clear wrap and aluminum rolls can be. It can be challenging to unroll the product out of the box without pulling the whole tube out. If you look at each end of those boxes, you will find push in tabs to prevent the roll from flying out each time. I had never noticed those before in all these years and received this tip in an email. Go and check your boxes and push in your tabs!

    Janine, Virginia, USA

  • #1050

    Smile Therapy

    How to cut WAY DOWN on Spolied Food

    No More Spoiled Food

    I have a magnetic dry erase calendar on my freezer door. When I open a refrigerated item that needs to be used by a certain date once opened, I mark it on my calendar. This also works really well for leftovers. I write the name of the item on the date that it needs to be used by. I\’ve wasted a lot less food, and since I see the calendar on my freezer door every time I open the fridge, it makes me much more aware of what needs to be used up.
    Heather in CA

    Heather, California, USA

  • #1051

    Smile Therapy

    CAREFUL..OLD Cake Mixes

    Warning re: cake mixes – who knew?

    I always thought that \”old\” mixes that were past their expiration date would just not rise/bake correctly. This is scary!

    Somebody wrote: Before my surgery I bought quite a few Duncan Hines cakes mixes that were on sale. A couple of months ago I decide to use one, I checked the expiration date and found it past, all the boxes were passed the expiration date. I phoned Duncan Hinds to ask if the one that was only two months passed if it was OK. She told me in no uncertain words to throw them all out, she even said to open the boxes and throw the mix in the garbage, just in case someone picked it up and used it

    Cake Mixes & Toxins- **PLEASE READ** Pass this on to ALL in your address book. You never know whose life you may save by doing so. For those of you at work, PLEASE remember to check your cupboards when you get home tonight!!!

    This is confirmed on Snopes :


    A student at HBHS (high school) had pancakes this week and it almost became fatal. His Mom (registered nurse) made him pancakes, dropped him off at school and headed to play tennis. She never takes her cell phone on the court but did this time and her son called to say he was having trouble breathing. She told him to go to the nurse immediately and proceeded to call school and alert the nurse. The nurse called the paramedics and they were there in 3 minutes and worked on the boy all the way to the hospital. He came so close to dying. Evidently this is more common then I ever knew. Check the expiration dates on packages like pancakes and cake mixes that have yeast which over time develop spores. Apparently, the mold that forms in old mixes can be toxic! Throw away ALL OUTDATED pancake mix, brownie mixes, Bisquick, cake & cookie mixes, etc., you have in your home.

    P.S. Tell this to your children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and anyone else who keeps these types of mixes in the cupboard.

    P.P.S. This warning especially applies to any person(s) with mold allergies.

    WWWeb scout

  • #1052

    Smile Therapy

    Keeping Broccholi fresh!

    Keeping Broccoli Fresh

    Broccoli is a delicious, nutritious vegetable, but it is expensive. I originally discovered how to keep broccoli fresh when I pulled a limp, but still green crown of broccoli from my fridge. It obviously wasn\’t going bad, but it literally sagged in my hand. On a whim, I tried crisping it in ice water, and it worked!

    Now when I buy broccoli, I trim off the bottom end and store it in a cup or pint jar of water in the fridge. It is set so that it can \”drink\” water while it\’s stored. It is just my husband and me, so we can\’t eat a whole crown of broccoli at a single meal, which means keeping it for a while. As I use part of the crown, I trim off another 1/8 inch off the end of the stem and replace the old water in the jar with fresh. I also loosely bag it, cup and all, into a used produce bag to keep it from drying out. I keep broccoli green and crisp for weeks this way, and it always tastes good!

    Carla C, USA

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