Put garlic in the freezer for 15 minutes before before peeling. It makes it easier to work with (removes any potential sliminess), makes the peel come off easier, and keeps it from releasing as much essence into the air.
Have a dish of vinegar out when chopping onions. The vinegar binds with the onion essence to prevent it from binding with the water in your eyes, where otherwise it forms hydrochloric acid (the familiar sting).
Make crackers by spritzing wonton wrappers with oil and bake until golden.
Freeze salmon and cream cheese appetizer rollups for easy slicing or prepare cheese straws appetizers with frozen puff pastry.
Fill a store-bought, hollowed-out pound cake with quick food processor lemon buttercream.
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