DEAR HELOISE: Could you please reprint the Heloise recipe for cinnamon butter that I forgot to save?
- Judy, via email
DEAR READER: Happy to share this Heloise recipe. It is such a tasty addition to your morning toast, bagel, waffles or pancakes. You just need the following ingredients:
1/ 2 pound of butter or margarine (not diet)
3 tablespoons of cinnamon
1/ 2 pound of powdered sugar
Mix all of the ingredients using an electric mixer. Once well blended, place the butter in a container or old margarine tub, and store in the refrigerator. Cinnamon-sugar is a great addition to French toast. Combine 3 cups of sugar with 1/ 2 cup of ground cinnamon. Store this mixture in a container with your spices.
DEAR HELOISE: After replacing my stove’s drip pans for the umpteenth time, I had an epiphany. I was setting my self-cleaning oven to clean overnight, and I placed the grimy drip pans inside.In the morning, I just had to wipe them down, and they were good as new.
- Natalie Schuldt, via email
DEAR READER: Readers, be sure to check your oven’s manual. You can leave oven racks in and place the electric range drip pans inside the oven when self-cleaning. But do this only if your manual recommends it, and be aware that the racks may change color and be hard to slide out.
DEAR HELOISE: Being a military wife, we move often. I have learned that no two ovens cook at the same temperature. Familiar recipes need new cook times.
When making a meal or baked good, start checking it 20 minutes earlier than you expect it to be done. Keep checking every five minutes to ensure that you catch the proper cook time. Once you have that recipe’s time, you can adjust cook times for your other recipes.
- Kimberly J., Abilene, Texas
DEAR READERS: Cleaning out my spice cabinet, I found a jar of annatto seed (also known as achiote seed) and couldn’t remember why I’d bought it. Used in Latin American and Mexican cooking, it adds rich yellow and orange colors to foods. The seeds can be added to soups and stews, rice, pork or fish dishes, providing a peppery flavor.
Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email Heloise@Heloise.com
Food, Pages 34 on 08/21/2013
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