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Aug 6

HELOISE’S KITCHENEERING: Coleslaw that’s fast – Santa Maria Times (subscription)

Dear Heloise: You had a recipe for FAST COLESLAW that was easy to make and had a nice taste to it. Having just graduated from college and moved into my first apartment, I have to prepare my own meals, and I’d love to have that recipe. — Tiffany B., Hartford, Conn.

Tiffany, I’m happy to repeat my Fast Slaw recipe for you. Here it is:

1 (1-pound) package coleslaw mix

1/4 cup Italian dressing (or 1/2 cup, depending on your taste)

Place all ingredients in a large plastic bag and shake, shake, shake! You can add a teaspoon of lemon juice if you’d like, or if you want something with a bite, add a dash of hot sauce. If you’re looking for more recipes that have stood the test of time, go to my website, http://www.Heloise.com, or send a stamped (70 cents), self-addressed, business-size envelope, along with $3, to: Heloise/Main Dishes, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Since you’re just starting to make all of your own meals, you’ll find a wealth of new ideas and inspiration in various recipes. Once you start cooking, you’ll even develop your own twists on favorite foods. — Heloise

Dear Readers: Speaking of slaw, blender slaw appeared in my mother’s book “Heloise’s Kitchen Hints” back in 1963. I’ve retested it, and it’s as reliable today as it was back then. A reader in Ohio wrote to say that she cut her cabbage into large chunks, placed the chunks in a blender, then covered it with water and gave it a buzz. She drained the water, and she had slaw! I like to add some green salad olives, a little low-cal Italian dressing and a dash of dill. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: My hint is something I didn’t learn until I was in my 50s: When buying oranges, pick the heaviest ones. They’re the ones that are very juicy and delicious! — Cathy B. in Houston

Dear Heloise: I’m discovering that many foods we eat — ketchup, yogurt, dried fruit, breakfast cereals, even some coleslaws — have sugar in them. I find this disturbing since there are many diabetics and people who are trying to lose weight who don’t know about these hidden sugars. — Kate G., Garden Grove, Calif.

Kate, it’s very important to read labels and keep abreast of nutrition news. Like you, I wish food manufacturers would cut back or eliminate sugar in their foods. A little sugar isn’t a bad thing, unless your doctor doesn’t want you to eat it. However, our American diets have very high amounts of sugar, which in one form or another is in many favorite foods. — Heloise

* According to the website Say No to Food Waste, in America it is estimated that between 40 percent and 50 percent of food is thrown away, which is about $165 billion worth of food.

* If we reduced our wasted food by 20 percent, we could feed 25 million Americans.

Dear Heloise: I’ve discovered MEDITATION — just 10 to 20 minutes a day, once in the morning and once at night; no television, cellphone, computer or music. It can bring a bit of peace into my life. I’m free to think clearly!

In today’s world, we are all overscheduled and subject to too much information, all the time. Taking a break helps me manage my day, work for my family and feel calm. — Jennifer J. in Houston

Jennifer, it’s so nice that you’ve found a twice-daily minivacation. My mother, the original Heloise (1919-1977), always would advocate for people to take care of themselves, especially if they are running a household, and she didn’t even have a cellphone or a computer! Thanks for writing. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: I love your column; I read it in the (Salem, Ore.) Statesman Journal. I have six solid-colored cotton knit shirts with grease stains, some of which I’d already laundered and dried.

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As a last resort, I worked a small amount of pumice-based hand cleaner into the stains. Hurray! The stains are gone, and I see no damage to the shirts.

I will only use this as a last resort, though! — Cindy U., Salem, Ore.

Dear Heloise: I often see hints that require sudsy ammonia. Is there a way to make regular ammonia sudsy? — C.M., via email

Sudsy ammonia is merely ammonia that has had a bit of detergent added to it. You can add a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid to 1/2 cup regular ammonia and 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol — be sure the dishwashing liquid does not contain bleach — to make one of my favorite all-purpose cleaners.

Ammonia is a wonderful, cost-effective household cleaner, and sudsy ammonia is good for dirty, grimy jobs and greasy surfaces, such as stovetops. Sudsy ammonia is not good for cleaning mirrors and windows, though; it can streak. Use regular ammonia for this task.

I’ve combined my favorite homemade cleaning solutions into a handy pamphlet. Would you like to receive one? Visit http://www.Heloise.com to order, or send a stamped (70 cents), self-addressed, business-size envelope, along with $5, to: Heloise/HCS, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Label all homemade cleaners with the ingredients and the date it was made. Use these quickly, because their efficacy can dwindle over time. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: I saw the hint about saving manuals. I go one step further: I staple the receipt to the inside of the cover and write the model and serial number on the front.

This can be helpful if you are calling for technical support or if you are a victim of theft, like we were. The insurance company needed this information. — Lisa Z., Waco, Texas

Dear Readers: When you are moving about your home, pause a moment before you take a step and look down. You never know what could be underfoot. Taking a moment can prevent a devastating fall. — Heloise

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