Love the taste of pepperoni on your home-made pizza, but not all the grease? To eliminate some of the grease, place the pepperoni slices in a strainer and submerge in boiling water for about 30 seconds. Then remove and blot dry with paper toweling to make the pepperoni less greasy and more-tender.
To remove seeds from a cucumber, just halve the cucumber lengthwise and drag a teaspoon down the middle of each half. Discard the seeds and slice the cucumber crosswise for crescent-shaped slices or chunks.
When rolling out sugar cookie dough for those heart-shaped Valentine cookies, dust the counter with powdered sugar rather than flour to prevent the dough from sticking and add a little extra sweetness.
To prevent lids on sticky ingredients such as honey, molasses and maple syrup from sticking, apply a little vegetable oil to a paper towel and wipe the bottle threads. If you do this the first time the bottle is opened, the lid will never stick.
To make chocolate curls for decorating your Valentine's desserts, melt a cup of chocolate chips, then pour into an empty Crisco stick container. Chill until solid, remove the bar from the container and warm to room temperature. Hold the bar with a paper towel, then slice a vegetable peeler along the length of the chocolate to create a curl. Chill until needed.