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Aiming for eggs-cellence? Try this

Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune Files

The flavours of Caprese salad — fresh tomatoes, rich mozzarella and pungent basil — transform creamy scrambled eggs.

Question: I cook scrambled eggs, but they are never fluffy. They are never perfect, the way they are at restaurants. What am I doing wrong?

— Janet

Answer: One of the ways to avoid making scrambled eggs that are runny is to season them after they are cooked. If you salt eggs as they cook, or before, they tend to break down and become watery. As well, it is not necessary to stir in water or milk to the eggs as they scramble. This is a personal preference, of course, but many chefs add nothing to the eggs. Avoid overcooking scrambled eggs by removing the pan from the heat a few times as they cook. Stir with a spatula to ensure they cook evenly and become fluffy little heaps of sunshine as they finish. Season before eating.

 

Question: In areas less used, my countertops are sticky, like old plastic containers. I believe the material is laminate. Any suggestions? Thank you.

— Trudy

Answer: Contributors have had great success cleaning sticky countertops with one of the following products: Goo Gone, household ammonia or Bar Keepers Friend. Use one of these products regularly, rinse with water and a small amount of dish soap. I welcome suggestions from anyone else who has experienced this challenge.

 

Question: My older dishwasher still works well, but lately at the end of the cycle it is retaining a great amount of soap suds. I have tried rinses with cold water and scooping out excess till the cows come home! I am beyond aggravated, help!

— Carolyn

Answer: Only use enough liquid detergent to fill the main compartment halfway. Most people use far too much dishwasher detergent in each load. Also, avoid using rinse aid. One of the most popular rinse aid products recently changed its formulation, making it thinner and causing sudsing in the bottom of dishwashers. If suds continue to collect, you may have a clog in the hose which needs repair.

 

Question: I collect plastic headbands to keep my hair from going into my eyes. Whenever I see a new pattern or colour, I immediately have to have it. However, I am often disappointed when I try to wear the band and it slips off my head and won’t stay in place. Now I have a pile of hairbands to wear and another pile just for display. Do you have any tricks for turning my display headbands into functional hair accessories?

— Loral

Answer: You will be happy to know that there is an easy fix for this headband challenge. Purchase a strip of Velcro and use only the hook side. Cut a piece a little smaller than the width of the headband and cut the length one inch. Use a hot glue gun to fasten the Velcro to the middle of the underside of the headband. Voila, it’s ready to wear!

Note: Every user assumes all risks of injury or damage resulting from the implementation of any suggestions in this column. Test all products on an inconspicuous area first.

Reena Nerbas is a popular motivational presenter for large and small groups; check out her website at reena.ca. Ask a question or share a tip at reena.ca.

 

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