Help! Can I Use Powdered Garlic Instead of Fresh

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Dear Home-Ec 101, I don’t have fresh garlic. Could I use garlic powder? And if so, how much do you think? I have about 5 drumsticks. Signed, Look at My Chicken Legs, LOOK AT THEM! Heather saysI hope those drumsticks have been in the refrigerator.Yes, you can absolutely use garlic powder in place of fresh garlic in most recipes. Will it ...

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Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac, It’s All About the Urushiol

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From Facebook:How do you deal with poison oak, sumac, and ivy in general?Scratchy in Santa FeHeather says:If you come into contact with poison ivy, oak, or sumac the most effective "treatment" is to immediately and thoroughly wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water. All three of these plants (and interestingly their ...

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Is Extra Virgin Olive Oil a Substitute for Vegetable Oil

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Dear Home Ec 101, If a recipe calls for vegetable oil, is extra virgin olive oil a suitable replacement or is there a specific reason for vegetable oil? Signed, Slick in SlatesvilleHeather says: It depends on the recipe in question. In baking, oils are often specified for their lack of taste, so for baking it depends mostly on the quality ...

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