Potatoes will bake much faster if they are boiled for about 10 minutes before placing them in a hot oven. They will bake even faster if you place them on a skewer.
When browning meat, be sure that the meat is very dry – and the fat is hot.
When you take a pan of hot muffins out of the oven…place them on a wet towel for a moment, then the muffins will slide right out of the pan.
A small piece of butter or a teaspoon of oil added to noodles will prevent the water boiling over.