HELP­FUL HINTS

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NOTHWEST/TELEVISION - HELOISE 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

DEAR HELOISE: Some­times we have leftover french fries when we dine out. When­ever pos­si­ble, we ask for a “dog­gie bag” and save the ones we don’t eat. I take them home and put them in the freezer and use them for break­fast potatoes. I chop them up and mix them with pep­pers or onions in a potato pan­cake, or use them as hash browns. My whole fam­ily has now started to copy what we do with leftover fries. — Karen W. in San An­to­nio

DEAR HELOISE: I see a lot of pack­ages in the gro­cery store that say “Gluten Free.” Is it dangerous to eat gluten?

— Lana A., Find­lay, Ohio DEAR READER: Some peo­ple can­not eat gluten be­cause it dam­ages their small in­tes­tine. If you don’t have this prob­lem or al­ler­gies to grains, you prob­a­bly can eat gluten-con­tain­ing prod­ucts. If you have any doubt, please check with your doc­tor.

DEAR HELOISE: We bought some pep­per jack cheese and saw that it con­tained “ghost pep­pers.” What in the world is that? I thought it might be pep­pers that don’t show up in the cheese.

— Cu­ri­ous in Texas DEAR READER: I was cu­ri­ous, too, so I called a cheese­maker in Wis­con­sin and found out that there is such a thing as a ghost pep­per (that’s its proper name), and it is one of the hottest of all the pep­pers.

DEAR HELOISE: I en­joy en­ter­tain­ing, but since I don’t like to cook, my mother told me to make an easy meal, but make it look re­ally pretty and your guests will think you’re a great cook.

— Alice B., Lima, Ohio

DEAR HELOISE: My hus­band loves go­ing out for sushi, but I don’t care to eat raw fish. I’ve heard too many sto­ries about par­a­sites, and am wor­ried we’ll pick up some­thing.

— Sarah N., Ari­zona DEAR READER: I did some in­ves­ti­gat­ing and found that the Cen­ters for Disease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion rec­om­mends that seafood be cooked to an in­ter­nal tem­per­a­ture of 145 de­grees. How­ever, for die-hard sushi lovers, there are some dishes that have cooked fish. Sushi also in­cludes dishes that have no seafood, or whose main in­gre­di­ents are veg­eta­bles or egg. The like­li­hood of pick­ing up a par­a­site is small in a clean, rep­utable restau­rant, and there are sev­eral health ben­e­fits of eat­ing sushi.

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