Sausage pat­ties don’t have to be messy

Antelope Valley Press - - VALLEY LIFE - Hints from Heloise

Dear Heloise: My hus­band loves sausage with his eggs, so I make sausage pat­ties by hand. It’s cheaper to make my own pat­ties than to buy pre-sliced. I al­ways hated when the fat in the sausage stuck to my hands. So now I dampen my hands with wa­ter so the fat doesn’t stick to my fin­gers. I re-wet my hands if the fat starts to stick again. — Lisa in Wis­con­sin

Pump­kin bread

Dear Heloise: You have a recipe for pump­kin bread that I love. It al­ways turned out great and was easy to make. Un­for­tu­nately, I lost the recipe and want to make a loaf when my par­ents come for a visit in late Au­gust. Would you re­peat that recipe for me? — Tina in Louisiana

Tina, this scrump­tious recipe can be made any time of year and is a fa­vorite of mine. You’ll need:

1 2/3 cups flour

1 1/4 cups sugar 1 tea­spoon bak­ing soda 1 tea­spoon cin­na­mon 1/4 tea­spoon salt

2 eggs, slightly beaten 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup salad oil

1 cup canned pump­kin

Sift to­gether dry in­gre­di­ents. Add nuts and mix well. Set aside. Com­bine re­main­ing in­gre­di­ents and add to dry in­gre­di­ents. Mix just enough to blend. Pour into 9-by-5-by3-inch greased and floured loaf pan. Bake at 350 de­grees for 60-75 min­utes.

This easy-to-make recipe is one of three recipes found in my pam­phlet “Heloise’s Bak­ing Soda Hints and Recipes.” You’ll also find tof­fee cook­ies and car­rot cake. If you’d like a copy, visit www.Heloise. com or send $5 along with a long, self-ad­dressed, stamped (70 cents) en­ve­lope to: Heloise/Bak­ing Soda, P.O. Box. 795001, San An­to­nio, TX. 78279-5001. Did you know bak­ing soda can also be used as a nat­u­ral de­odor­ant, home­made tooth­paste and as a gar­gle for fresh breath? — Heloise

Bad smell

Dear Heloise: My wooden cut­ting board has a ter­ri­ble, lin­ger­ing onion-gar­lic smell that I can’t seem

to get rid of, no mat­ter how much I try. What would Heloise do? — Ellen, via email

Ellen, the best way I’ve found to kill those odors on a wooden cut­ting board is to sprin­kle the sur­face with a gen­er­ous amount of salt, then take half a lemon or lime and scrub the board in a cir­cu­lar mo­tion. Let it sit for about 10 to 15 min­utes, then wash with warm soapy wa­ter and air-dry. — Heloise

Clean­ing let­tuce

Dear Heloise: I live in a warm cli­mate and to make cer­tain my let­tuce is clean and bug-free, I soak the head of let­tuce in a bowl of cold, clean wa­ter with a hand full of salt and about a half cup of vine­gar. I let it sit for about 15 min­utes to make cer­tain the leaves don’t har­bor any pests. Then I empty the wa­ter out and use run­ning wa­ter to wash off each let­tuce leaf, and gen­tly dry the leaves with a paper towel. — Malia in Hawaii

Send a money-sav­ing or time-sav­ing hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San An­to­nio, TX 78279-5001

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