November 12, 1986 |
Dear Polly: How can I remove a stale odor from the inside of my microwave oven? - Betty Dear Betty: If you think the oven needs cleaning, wash it out thoroughly with a little baking soda dissolved in hot water. Then, if the odor persists, place a cup of water, with several tablespoons lemon juice added, into the oven. Bring the water to a boil and let it boil for a few minutes. This should freshen up the oven nicely. I'm sending you a copy of my newsletter, "Eliminating Household Odors," which includes other tips for freshening up your household furnishings and appliances, as well as formulas for homemade air fresheners and methods for destroying obnoxious odors such as tobacco smoke, musty mildew, paint and cooking odors.
December 12, 1990 |
Dear Polly: I like to serve a fruit plate as a salad. One of my favorite fruits is apple slices, but when I put them on a fruit plate, they turn brown so quickly. How can this be prevented? - Adrienne Dear Adrienne: Apples and other fruits that turn brown quickly can be sprinkled with a little lemon juice to keep them from turning brown. They can also be dipped in lemon juice diluted with a little water, salt water or an ascorbic acid solution. Ascorbic acid products, usually containing sugar as well, are sold under a variety of trade names such as "Fruit Fresh.
May 24, 2012
1 quart ripe strawberries 2 tablespoons maple syrup or other sweetener 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1. Wash, hull, and cut strawberries into 3 or 4 pieces each. 2. Add lemon juice and maple syrup. Mix gently. From the kitchen of Giuliana and Bob Pierson Per serving (based on 6): 49 calories, 1 gram protein, 12 grams carbohydrates, 9 grams sugar, trace fat, no cholesterol, 2 milligrams sodium, 2 grams dietary fiber.
April 18, 2013
Makes 1 cocktail 2 ounces vodka 3/4 ounces lemon juice 3/4 ounces simple syrup 6-7 leaves of arugula 1. Muddle arugula leaves, lemon juice, and simple syrup in small mixing tin. 2. Add vodka to mixing tin and shake ingredients with ice. 3. Double-strain mixture into cocktail glass full of ice. Garnish with arugula leaf. - From Mike DiTota
March 29, 2012
1 pound sugar snap peas 2 small cucumbers, unpeeled, thinly sliced (Persian if you can find them) 1 cup (about 1/2 pint ) cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil Grated zest of 1 large lemon 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from one large lemon) 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 (14.75-ounce) can of boneless, skinless pink salmon, drained 1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat.
June 7, 2012 |
? cup heavy cream 2? tablespoons fresh lemon juice ? cup minced fresh Italian basil, plus small leaves for garnish 1? teaspoons sugar 3 cups thinly sliced cantaloupe, honeydew, or other sweet melon 1 to 1 ½ pounds very ripe figs, halved or quartered lengthwise 1. In a bowl, mix the cream, lemon juice, minced basil, and sugar. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 6 hours. 2. When ready to serve, divide the melon and figs among individual plates.
April 15, 2016
Makes 6 1/4-cup servings Two ripe avocados, halved and pitted 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1 large ripe plum tomato, seeded and chopped 1 tablespoon chopped red onion, finely diced Salt, pepper to taste Dash of hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco 1. Scoop the avocados into a bowl. Add the lemon juice and mash the avocados coarsely. 2. With a fork, gently mix in the tomato, onion, salt, pepper, and red pepper sauce. 3. Serve up to ¼ cup on top of each serving of vegetarian chili (see accompanying recipe)
March 29, 2012
1 cup fresh bread crumbs 2 cloves garlic, split in half lengthwise 1 teaspoon lemon zest Olive oil Salt 1 pound kale 4 teaspoons lemon juice 1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano, ? grated or shaved with a vegetable peeler 1. To toast the bread crumbs, combine them in a small saucepan with the garlic, lemon zest, and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Stir to coat well. There should be only a light trace of oil in the bottom of the pan. Season with a pinch of salt and place over medium-high heat.
May 5, 2016
Makes 16 servings 1 medium red onion, finely diced. 3 bell peppers, finely diced. (Use red, yellow, or orange pepper and bring color to your food) 3 tomatoes, finely diced, 1 bunch scallions or spring onions, finely sliced 1/2 cup olive oil Juice of 3 seeded lemons (but keep some of the pulp) Salt and pepper to taste 1. In a container with a lid, mix olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and shake it until becomes smooth and creamy. 2. In a bowl, mix veggies and oil-lemon mixture.
May 9, 2013
Makes 2 cocktails 3/4 cup whole milk 3 ounces dry gin 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon orange-flower water 1 egg white 2 tablespoons powdered sugar 1. Put the milk, gin, lemon and lime juices, orange-flower water, egg white, and powdered sugar into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Cover and shake vigorously. Pour into 2 tall glasses and serve. Note: You may need to seek out a source for the orange-flower water, but do so, because it is vital to the drink's distinctive perfumed taste.