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DEAR HELOISE: My family has always put vinegar, wine vinegar and lemon juice on any kind of greens. Tastes great on fish and potato chips, too.

Also, I put a slice of bread on a shelf of the refrigerator to quickly remove odors. My mom always used the trick between cleanings.

-- Dee B., Indiana

DEAR HELOISE: I work about 48 hours a week and have little time to bake, but I'd like to make something tasty for dessert. I heard you have a no-bake cheesecake recipe and wondered if you'd print that for me?

-- Katie C., Hawaii

DEAR READER: Here is the recipe:

No-Bake Cheesecake

Mix one average-size package of vanilla pudding according to the package directions. Add a (8-ounce) package of softened cream cheese and mix until well blended. Pour the mixture into a ready-made graham cracker pie crust and refrigerate until set. You can top it with your favorite canned pie filling or, for a novel taste, use lemon pudding instead of vanilla.

Cream cheese also can be used to make frosting by mixing 8 ounces of cream cheese with 1/2 stick of softened butter, 1/2 box of confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Blend together until smooth and spreadable.

DEAR HELOISE: What does it mean to "frizzle" food? I have a recipe that calls for it. How do I frizzle?

-- Bernard P., Nevada

DEAR READER: To frizzle means to fry in hot fat until the edges of the food curl.

DEAR HELOISE: While watching a cooking show, they talked about "ramekins" but never said what they were. What are ramekins?

-- Tyler N., Fairbury, Neb.

DEAR READER: Ramekins are small, individual-size baking dishes.

DEAR HELOISE: Whenever I go on vacation, I like to collect a cookbook from that area. I love regional cookbooks. When I prepare a dish from one of the books, I follow the recipe to the letter the first time. Then the second time, I often try a few variations to make it more interesting and put my personal stamp on it. The dish usually turns out well.

-- Gloria Z.,

Vero Beach, Fla.

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Food on 01/30/2019

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