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The appliance repairman told me using the self-cleaning feature takes years off the life of an oven. The best oven cleaner! Cover bottom of oven with baking soda, then pour vinegar so it's all wet. Let sit around 20 minutes or so then wipe all of it out with damp cloth or sponge. I leave my oven door open too. After drying you may see some white residue, wipe again.

The secret to awesome oven fries is presoaking them in salted water, which makes the potatoes release a bunch of their moisture before cooking. This ensures they will crisp up without having to risk burning them. >> Must try this!

Less-Mess Bacon...This spatter-free technique puts the "bake" back in bacon. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper, then lay the bacon strips flat, making sure pieces do not overlap. Bake until crisp and browned, 15 to 18 minutes, or desired doneness, rotating the sheets once. Transfer strips to a paper towel to drain.

Freeze chopped fresh herbs in ice-cube trays. Drop a teaspoon or two of herbs into each cube and fill with water or chicken broth. Pop out the cubes to add to sauces or soups.

Make large batches of soup then freeze in silicone muffin molds. Pop 'em out and store 'soup pucks' in zip top bag in freezer. Just reheat 2-3 pucks in a mug for a quick dinner. Perfect for the upcoming fall/winter season! Most any soup will work. I've even done cream based like clam chowder...

This may sound a little adventurous, but you won't taste the difference: Switch out half of the butter in a cookie recipe for mashed avocado. This simple change will reduce fat content by 40% and cut the number of calories by nearly as much. You'll still get the creaminess of butter and the fatty taste, but this substitution knocks out some of the saturated fat in favor of the belly-flattening monounsaturated kind.

Genius! ------1-2-3 Cake. I LOVE this idea!!! You need two boxes of cake mix. One can be any flavor you prefer, but the other MUST be Angel Food cake mix. Mix them together (shake them in a big ziploc bag or stir them together in a big bowl). Then simply store the mixture in an airtight container until you get the urge for dessert. Then just put three tablespoons of the dry mixture in a big coffee mug and stir in two tablespoons of water. Microwave it for one minute and you will have a single...

How to correctly store produce, from Apples to Zucchini. Most of your produce will last weeks longer.

This is brilliant! I never get to use all of my scallions before they go bad. Freeze green onions in water bottles - shake out the right amount and return to the freezer.

Cooking Light's Most Common Cooking Mistakes and How to Correct Them....this one is oversoftening butter to be used in baking...