For casseroles made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator or freezer, write the cooking instructions (both oven temperature and time) on masking tape and attach to the pan's lid. Source: Mary Hudson, Memphis

- WHEN YOU CUT the crusts from sandwiches, dice the strips, then saute in garlic and olive oil. Cool and store in the freezer. These croutons are great with soups or salads. Source: V.L. McLemore, Greenwood, Miss.