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Mini Cooler as a Side Dish Warmer

A clever way to repurpose an everyday item.

By Melinda Page and Elizabeth Wells
Corn in a coolerBeatriz da Costa

Use a small cooler to fake a perfectly timed meal if side dishes (like corn on the cob) are ready before the main course. Simply store the early sides in the insulated case to retain their warmth.

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