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This article was published November 2, 2012 at 1:54 a.m.

— DEAR READERS: Here is a recipe for spicy meatballs that many readers request. You will need: 2 cups bread crumbs 1/2 cup milk 8 ounces ground beef 8 ounces sausage meat (spicy) 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce 1 teaspoon garlic salt 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon monosodium glutamate (optional) 5-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, chopped

Mix bread crumbs and milk together in a large bowl, then add all other ingredients into the bowl and mix well. Place formed meatballs (they should be about 11/2 inches) onto an ungreased cookie sheet with sides. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels before serving. Before cutting, you should allow most cooked meats (such as brisket or roast) a few minutes to “set.” It allows the juices to completely soak into the dish.

DEAR HELOISE: I am constantly forgetting where I have saved documents or projects on my computer. I found a tool that has helped me many times. Go to the Start menu and select “Computer.” Select “Libraries.” In the upper right-hand corner on most computers, there will be a search box. Type in keywords, and it will locate any files with that keyword in it.

  • A Reader, via e-mail

DEAR HELOISE: I love traveling, and to save money on my trips, I try to use local transportation, like subways, buses or trains, instead of taking a taxi. I have a list of places I would like to visit, so before I leave, I map routes to and from. I look up bus or train schedules on the Internet, since most have websites. All you need are the addresses of the starting and ending locations. You type in the information, and the mapping website will tell you what bus or train you need to take. It even includes stops and transfers. It saves money and gives me a little different perspective of the place I am visiting.

  • A Reader in Illinois

DEAR HELOISE: For folks who live alone, before retiring for the night, put your car keys on your nightstand. If you hear or see anything suspicious going on, hit the “alarm” button on the key fob, and your car alarm hopefully will scare an intruder off.

  • D.L. in Missouri

Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or e-mail

MovieStyle, Pages 38 on 11/02/2012

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