Check Your Heat
To check the temp of oil for frying, drop a cube of bread in the pan. If it turns brown and bubbles in 30 seconds, your oil is ready to fry.
For a quick, easy, and unexpectedly delicious way to decorate cookies, use a basting brush to paint on some jelly.
Some veggies take longer to cook, like carrots and potatoes. These should be added before quick-cooking items, such as tomatoes or pea pods.