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  • Make a week's worth of McCann's steel cut oats all at once. 1.5 cups of oats + 6 cups of water makes about 5 servings. Package them in single serving containers. To serve, microwave for 2 minutes. Top with chopped roasted almonds, maple syrup and cinnamon for a tasty, healthy breakfast. (Dried cherries or cranberries are also yummy) Ted Bongiovanni 07:49, 30 Apr 2005 (EDT)
  • To make hot chocolate from scratch, put cocoa powder and sugar in the bottom of a coffee cup, then add just a little bit of boiling water to dissolve them. Once they are dissolved you can add milk to your heart's content and microwave. If you put in the powder first it never gets properly dissolved. --Edward Vielmetti
    • Standard ratio for homemade hot chocolate: 1:1 cocoa powder to sugar. After that, you can customize to your heart's content. Salt? Of course, but then go ahead with cayenne pepper, espresso powder, Pero (mmmm, chickory!), cinnamon, vanilla, hazelnut, etc. to taste --JW
    • If you have hot chocolate powder made with water not milk, add some milk at the end for extra creaminess. -- Sophia
    • If you have an espresso machine with a milk frother, mix, heat, and froth your milk-based hot chocolate with it. You haven't had hot chocolate until you've had it with chocolate milk froth on top. --Deicidus
  • If you like omelettes but have problems artfully and quickly flipping them, do the following: make a paste of rougly 1 teaspoon of flour and some water and beat that into the eggs. It will skin up quickly and allow you to flip well. Used this trick to make omelletes in cast iron skillets many times.
  • If you're looking for recipe books, make sure to look at recipe books aimed at children. They often contain simple and quick recipes, which are usually quite tasty (in order that children will eat them) and nutritious (to encourage good eating habits). Often they have explanations for tasks more seasoned cooks may take for granted (eg, efficient techniques to chop certain vegetables properly).
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