When serving cheese as an appetizer, be sure to take it out of
the refrigerator at least 45 minutes before the guests arrive.
Not only will it be more sliceable and spreadable, it will also
be ten times more flavorful. Refrigeration retards the cheese’s
ripeness. This is particularly true for goat cheese, which you
should remove from refrigeration at least two hours before
When freezing fruit, choose firm, sound, uniformly sun ripened
fruit. [Pears and bananas do not freeze well]. It is not
essential to use sugar but it is often preferable. To sugar
fruit, place it in a shallow tray. Just before you pack, sift
the sugar over it until evenly coated. Don’t let the mixture
stand or the sugar will draw the fruits’ juices. When packing,
allow some room for expansion on freezing.
To make croutons, cut white or whole-grain bread into 3/4"
cubes. Arrange on baking sheet and mist with cooking spray and
sprinkle with powdered garlic. Broil until golden, about 3 min.
Stir to expose the untoasted sides. Mist with cooking spay and
broil another 2-3 min.