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Recipes for May 11 (Uses for Baking Soda)

Uses for Baking Soda

Health Uses:
1. Use it as an antacid.

2. Use it as underarm deodorant by applying it with a powder puff.

3. Mix half a teaspoon with peroxide paste and use it as toothpaste.

4. Use it as a face and body scrub.

5. Add a cup to bathwater to soften your skin.

6. Relieve skin itch from insect bites and pain from sunburn.

7. Remove strong odors from your hands by rubbing them with baking soda and water.

8. Put two tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.

9. Apply it on rashes, insect bites, and poison ivy irritations.

10. Take a baking soda bath to relieve skin irritations.

11. Heartburn? Take a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with one-half glass of water.

12. Freshen your mouth by gargling half a teaspoon of baking soda mixed water.

13. Relieve canker sore pain by using it as mouthwash.

14. Use it to relieve bee stings.

15. Use it to relieve windburns.

16. Apply it on jellyfish sting to draw out the venom.

17. Unblock stuffy nose by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to your vaporizer.

In the Home:
18. Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon to the water in the vase.

19. Put out small fires on rugs, upholstery, clothing, and wood.

20. Put an open container of baking soda in the fridge to absorb the odors.

21. Sprinkle it on your ashtrays to reduce bad odor and prevent smoldering.

22. Sprinkle it on your slippers, boots, shoes, and socks to eliminate foul odor.

23. Turn baking soda into modeling clay by combining it with one and 1/4 cups of water and one
cup of cornstarch.

24. After feeding your baby, wipe his shirt with a moist cloth sprinkled with baking soda to
remove the odor.

25. Wipe your windshield with it to repel rain.

26. Improve the smell of dishrags by soaking them in baking soda and water.

27. Suck it in with your vacuum cleaner to remove the odor.

28. Freshen the air by mixing baking soda with your favorite perfumed bath salts. Put the mixture
in small sachet bags.

29. Restore stiff brushes by boiling them in a solution of 1/2 gallon of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar,
and a cup of baking soda.

30. Put it under sinks and along basement windows to repel cockroaches and ants.

31. Scatter baking soda around flowerbeds to prevent rabbits from eating your veggies.

32. Sweeten your tomatoes by sprinkling baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants.

33. Sprinkle it onto your cat’s litter box to absorb the bad odor.

34. Sprinkle it on your pet’s comb or brush to deodorize their fur and skin.

In Cooking
35. Use it as a substitute for baking powder by mixing with it with cream of tartar or vinegar.

36. Wash fruits and vegetables with it.

37. When plucking/boiling a chicken, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water. Feathers will
come off easier, and the flesh will be clean and white.

38. Soak dried beans to a baking soda solution to make them more digestible.

39. Remove the distinctive taste of wild game by soaking it in a baking soda solution.

40. Make a sports drink by mixing it with boiled water, salt, and Kool-Aid.

41. Remove the fishy smell from your fillets by soaking the raw fish in a baking soda solution for
an hour inside the fridge.

42. Make fluffier omelets by adding half a teaspoon of baking soda for every three eggs used.

43. Reduce the acid content of your tomato-based recipes by sprinkling them with a pinch of
baking soda.

Cleaning Purposes:
44. Add a cup to the toilet, leave it for an hour, and then flush. It will clean the toilet and absorb
the odor.

45. Use it to scrub sinks, showers, plastic and porcelain tubs

46. Spray it on walls, mirrors, and countertops.

47. Add a spoonful to your dishwasher to make scrubbing dishes easier.

48. Remove grease from pots and pans.

49. Dry clean carpets and upholstered furniture by sprinkling baking soda over the fabric and
gently brushing it. Leave it for an hour or overnight, then vacuum.

50. Boost your laundry detergent’s cleaning power by sprinkling a handful on dirty clothes.

51. Combine it with water to make a paste for polishing stainless steel and chrome.

52. Remove scratches and crayon marks from vinyl floors and walls.

53. Clean your shoes with it.

54. Clean garbage cans with it.

55. Use it to wash diapers.

56. Clean the fridge with it.

57. Soak brushes and combs in a baking soda solution.

58. Mix it with water to wash food and drink containers.

59. Put three tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water, then use the mixture to wash
marble-topped furniture.

60. Absorb it with a damp sponge, then clean Formica countertops with the sponge.

61. Use it to get rid of stale odors from cooling containers and thermos bottles.

62. Run your coffee maker with a baking soda solution, then rinse.

63. Combine with hot water to clean baby bottles.

64. Sprinkle it on barbecue grills, then rinse it off.

65. Scatter it on your greasy garage floor, scrub the floor, and rinse.

66. Remove burned-on food from a pan by soaking it in a baking soda solution for 10 minutes
before washing.

67. Clean your ashtrays with a baking soda solution.

68. Keep your drains clean by putting four tablespoons of baking soda in them each week. Flush
it down with hot water.

69. Clean your shower curtains by soaking them in baking soda and water.

70. Put it on a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean.

71. Use it to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from a toaster. Sprinkle baking soda on a
damp rug, then use the rug to clean the toaster.

72. Use it to clean your retainers and dentures.

73. Make a thick paste of baking soda and water, and used it to scrub enameled cast iron and
stainless steel.

74. Mix four tablespoons of baking soda with a quart of warm water, and use it to clean the
inside part of an oven.

75. Use it to unclog gas stoves.

The most amazing thing about baking soda is that it’s very cheap. You can do all these things for
a very small cost. Baking soda is truly a miracle product, whether it’s used for baking or not.
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For Jean: a courgette is a zucchini or small squash.
Have a great day,
Barb in Ohio

For Jean Cecil VA in ref to her question from the May 10 Newsletter. Courgette is zucchini. I had
never heard it called courgette either but when I did a search for it, I found out what it was.
Interesting that someone would use that word rather than the common name.
Sara in FL

The recipe was sent in by someone in England. In England it is a courgette and in the US it is a
Nancy Rogers

Nancy I have to thank you once again for all the glorious recipes you share. I Share them all with
my local cooking group as well here in Idaho. They just love them !
Linda, North Idaho

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Jan requested fresh pineapple buttermilk cake recipes in the 4/28 newsletter. I am not sure if
she was hoping for layer cake or bundt cake recipes, or if an upside down cake will meet her
needs. I hope this helps her.
Robbie IN

Fresh Pineapple Upside Down Cake

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large pineapple, cored and cut in to 1/3 inch slices, about 10 slices
1/4 cup dark rum
1/2 cup heavy cream
For the cake
2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4teaspoon salt
3/4 cups softened, unsalted butter
1 1/3 cups sugar
3 eggs, separated
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup fresh pineapple juice
1/2 cup buttermilk

Combine butter and brown sugar in a cast iron skillet and cook until bubbly. Add pineapple and
caramelize until a deep golden brown, turning once. Remove from skillet. and set aside. In a
skillet heat cream and rum and cook about five minutes, until it thickens, stirring constantly with
a Wisk. Remove from heat. Grease a 10 inch round cake pan and line with parchment paper.
Arrange pineapple rings to cover bottom of pan. Pour cooled sauce over pineapple and set aside.
Sift together all dry ingredients. In a large bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy;
one at a time add egg yolks, beating after each addition. Add vanilla extract. Combine buttermilk
and pineapple juice. Alternately add sifted, dry ingredients and pineapple/buttermilk mixture to
creamed mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.

Whip egg whites to soft peaks and fold in to batter. pour into pan containing pineapple rings
and spread evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 55- 60 minutes, or until tester comes out clean.
Invert pan on to a serving platter.
Robbie IN
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Hi Nancy,
Irene in La. mentioned she was having problems copying recipes into Word. That happened to
me too so what I've done is set up a notepad file on my desktop.

Anywhere on the desktop, right click with the mouse. That will bring up a list of options. Go
down and click on "new", then click on Folder. Name the folder (mine's called Recipes from
Nancy's Site). Open the folder and either set up categories or simply each individual recipe
(either way - right click, click on new, and then Text Document). Simply paste the recipe to the
document and save it.

They are handy and I never have to pull up Word and look for them. Hope this helps.
Sherry, from Indy

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Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
Makes 40 brownies as adapted

1 box of your favorite brownie mix
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or grease 40 mini-muffin cups.

Prepare boxed brownie mix as directed. Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups (about 1 heaping
teaspoon). Bake for 13-15 minutes or until top is set and a toothpick inserted into center comes
out slightly wet. After brownies are out of the oven, wait for centers to fall. This will happen
upon cooling. If not then tap the centers with the back of a teaspoon to make a hole for the
peanut butter.

Place peanut butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 45 seconds then stir.
While brownies are still warm spoon about half a teaspoon of peanut butter into the center of
each brownie. Top with semi-sweet chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Cool completely in
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1 Bottle of White Zinfandel
8 ounces of Strawberry Daiquiri Mix (non-alcoholic)
6 ounces of Peach-Flavored Mixer (such as Fuzzy Navel – non-alcoholic)
8 ounces of pineapple juice
16 ounces of pineapple rum
Assorted fresh fruits: strawberries, pineapple, lemons, limes, oranges, or peaches (any

Combine the wine, fruit juices, and rum in a pitcher. Cut up any fresh fruit you'd like and put into
the pitcher. Chill in the refrigerator, and serve...YUMMY!
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Dorito Chicken and Cheese Casserole

3 cups cooked chicken, chopped (I used a rotisserie chicken)
1 cup sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup minced onion
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 medium sized bag of nacho cheese Doritos, crushed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Spread the bottom of the pan with half of the
Doritos . Reserve one cup of cheese. Mix together remaining ingredients in a large bow. Pour
chicken mixture over the Doritos. Top casserole with the remaining cheese and Doritos. Bake 30
minutes or until bubbly.
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Good Morning Nancy,
I think I listed the wrong item in my Southern cornbread recipe. I am sending it again, just in case.
Laura in Texas
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Sunflower Chicken Salad

2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast meat
1 cup cubed Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup sunflower seeds, hulled
1/4 cup thinly sliced celery
1/2 cup seedless green grapes, halved
1/2 cup mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl combine the chicken, cheese, sunflower seeds, celery, grapes, mayonnaise and
salt and pepper to taste. Mix all together and serve on rolls or lettuce leaves, if desired.
Bren in North Louisiana
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Beer Battered Fish and Seafood
For Betty in Warsaw who wanted a batter to fry fish in.

Beer battered Tilapia or 2 lbs. fish, shrimp, oysters, clams
8 Tbs. self-rising flour
2 Tbs. olive oil
About a half a bottle of good beer
1/2 tsp. salt
Oil for frying
Kosher salt

Mix the flour, oil, salt and beer together in a bowl. Add the beer last and do it slowly, stirring all
the time. You want enough beer in the batter to make it the consistency of house paint, or
pancake batter.

Put the batter in the fridge for 20 minutes. After 10 minutes, take out the fish and salt it liberally. Let it sit on the counter for 5 minutes or so, then slice it into pieces about the size of a
large shrimp.

Heat the oil to 350 degrees. I use canola oil, but any vegetable oil will do. When the oil is hot, dredge the fish into the batter and let it get coated thickly. Gently place it in the oil and repeat. Do not crowd the pot or deep-fryer. Do this in several batches. Fry until the fish is golden brown, moving it around the oil so it does not stick anywhere. This take about 5-8 minutes.

Let the fish drain on a wire rack or paper towels.
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Another recipe for Betty in Warsaw without alcohol.

Fried Fish

3 pounds fish fillets
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups pancake mix
3 cups club soda
1 Tbs. onion powder
1 Tbs. seasoned salt
1 egg

Dip moistened fish pieces evenly but lightly in the flour. Dust off any excess flour and allow
pieces to air dry on waxed paper, about 5 minutes. Whip the pancake mix with the club soda to the consistency of buttermilk. It should be pourable, but not too thin and not too thick.
Beat in the onion powder and seasoned salt. Dip floured fillets into batter and drop into 425F oil
in heavy saucepan using meat thermometer. Brown about 4 minutes per side. Arrange on cookie sheet in 325F oven until all pieces have been fried.
Serves 4
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For Betty in Warsall (spelled wrong sorry) I have a great recipe for a copy cat of fish batter.

Copycat long John Silver’s Fish Batter

3/4 cup flour
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon old bay seasoning
3/4 cup water

Sift dry ingredients together. Add water and mix well. Use to coat or fish or chicken fillets. Cover
the fish completely. Deep fry until nice and golden brown.

We really love this recipe and it does taste like Long John Silver’s.
Enjoy, Fran – LaVista, Ne
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