Crack eggs into a separate bowl
This way if one has gone bad you won’t have ruined the whole batch. Also, if you get some shell in, it’ll be easier to pick out.
Blanch tomatoes for easy peeling
Place fresh tomatoes in boiling water for about 20 seconds, then cool them. The peels will slide off.
Don’t have buttermilk? No problem
Use 1 scant cup of milk with a tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar, or alternately, use plain yogurt.
For crispier potatoes, soak them in water
An hour before cooking, place sliced potatoes in water to remove some of the starch. Dry and roast or fry, according to your recipe.
Don’t wash your mushrooms
Mushrooms soak up and store water. To prevent them from getting soggy, brush off any visible dirt rather than washing them.