DEAR HELOISE: Your mother had a recipe for a cheese spread whose primary ingredient is cream cheese. Unfortunately, I can’t remember its name. Please reprint it for me and others.
— Marnie W., Florida DEAR READER: Marnie, yes, that would be the Olive Nut Dip or Sandwich Spread, and here it is:
Heloise’s Olive Nut Dip or Sandwich Spread 8 ounces cream cheese,
½ cup real mayonnaise
½ cup pecans, chopped
1 cup sliced olives (the jar will say “salad olives” and is filled with bits and pieces of olives and pimientos) 2 tablespoons juice from the
Dash of pepper but no salt Mix all ingredients well and refrigerate for an hour or so.
DEAR HELOISE: If you are frustrated by not getting the cocktail-shrimp tail meat out of the shell, here is a solution: Grab the tail as you do when dipping the shrimp in the cocktail sauce, but instead of trying to bite and pull the shrimp tail from the shell, squeeze the shell at the end of the shrimp body, and out it comes.
— Ed Y., Villa Park, Calif.
DEAR HELOISE: I worry about my children (I have three, all under 10 years of age) eating too much junk food. Any suggestions on how to get them to eat fresh fruit, or anything that’s healthier?
— Abby V., Mississippi DEAR READER: First, don’t buy any of the items you consider junk food. If it’s not within easy reach, if it’s out of sight at home, your children likely won’t eat it.
Maybe going “cold turkey” isn’t for you, so try setting limits. For example: If they finish their homework or clean their room, they can have one scoop of ice cream. Make them work for it.
Find healthier alternatives. Arrange banana slices on a plate with some strawberries, or give each child a lunch-size bag of baby carrots.
Keep them busy. Get your kids into activities that make them get up and move. Go for walks in a park, bike rides, hikes or swimming.
Make sure they get enough sleep. When people are tired, they often will reach for an unhealthy snack to keep them going.
All too often we indulge in mindless snacking while watching TV. Don’t let your kids form that habit.