Solutions & Substitutions by Reena: Flaky Pie Crusts

By Reena Nerbas

Red Curry Stain on Clothes

Dear Reena,

My compliments for your helpful and practical suggestions on various subjects, mainly household related stuff and cleaning. We were having dinner at a friend’s place. I spilt a little bit of red curry stuff on my brand-new cotton, khaki pants and the following happened: My wife told me to put powder on it, but I did not listen. I washed it with water. It spread from two spots to one large spot. I then washed it with vinegar, but the stain remained, so I sprayed WD-40 and washed my pants with a regular load of clothes in the washing machine. The pants still have a light, dark shade stain. What do I do now? Please help, your guidance is much appreciated. Abbas

Dear Abbas,

It sounds as though you have done a great job acting quickly to remove the stain. Cover the stain with glycerin and squeeze the juice of a lemon onto the stain. Wash as usual and air dry or dry the garment in the sun. Repeat this process until the stain is gone. Avoid dryer use, as the heat of the dryer will set the stain.

Flaky Pie Crusts

Dear Reena,

Any advice on making flaky pie crusts? My track record tends to be creating hard crumbly disasters that make me feel like giving up on baking pies. Thanks, Meghan

Dear Meghan,

The secret to making fabulous pies is not to over knead. Handle or mix the dough as little as possible and make sure the dough is very cold. When rolling the dough, you should still see flakes of butter. For an easy and delicious pie crust, check out the recipe on the back of the Crisco shortening box.

Breading Meat

Dear Reena,

I love to eat breaded meat. How can I prevent breading from sticking to the pan? All the best, Melanie

Hi Melanie,

The key is to use two steep pans and a bowl. Fill the first pan with flour. Put beaten eggs into the bowl. The second pan should be filled with; dry bread crumbs, seasoning and a teaspoon of lemon-pepper, salt and Parmesan cheese. The flavor is all on the outside, and you want the taste to last for the entire chew. Put the meat into each bowl. Pat firmly. Flip each piece over and repeat. Put the meat uncovered, in a single layer, in the fridge for an hour or so. The egg seems to evaporate, and you are left with a nice crust before you even cook it. Either pan fry in a mix of a little oil and butter, or olive oil. Baking works well with stuffed chicken but tends to get a little gooey on the bottom.

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