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DEAR HELOISE: My hus­band’s brother and sis­ter-in-law are com­ing for a visit, and I’d like to “wow” them with some tasty dishes, es­pe­cially since my hus­band has bragged so much about my cook­ing. What I need, how­ever, is a salad that’s a lit­tle novel to serve with a main dish of shrimp and rice. Got any ideas?

— Etta N., Eu­gene, Ore. ETTA, I THINK my Hearts of Palm and Ar­ti­choke Salad would be a won­der­ful ad­di­tion to your main dish:

1 (14-ounce) can hearts of palm, drained and sliced

1 (14-ounce) can ar­ti­choke hearts, drained and cut in half

1 medium head radic­chio, torn 1 bunch wa­ter­cress, torn

™ cup creamy but­ter­milk salad dress­ing

Pep­per and salt

In a large bowl, gen­tly toss to­gether the hearts of palm, ar­ti­choke hearts, radic­chio and wa­ter­cress. Pour dress­ing over all, toss­ing gen­tly to coat. Sea­son with pep­per and salt to taste. Cover and chill un­til serv­ing time. Serves 4.

— Hugs, Heloise DEAR HELOISE: Now that I have my mom’s old recipes, I find that I can’t read parts of them due to stains, poor pen­man­ship, etc. If I search the in­ter­net, usu­ally the recipe will come up. Still, it’s so nice to save the orig­i­nal in my mother’s or grand­mother’s own hand­writ­ing.

— Su­san G., Brea, Calif.

DEAR HELOISE: I work at a food pantry where we col­lect and dis­trib­ute food in our com­mu­nity. With the holidays com­ing up, we need more canned goods for fam­i­lies who would oth­er­wise go with­out a de­cent meal. In this land of plenty, there should be no hun­gry chil­dren, but the groups so of­ten over­looked are the el­derly and shut-ins. I would urge peo­ple to in­vite one or two ex­tra peo­ple — a ser­vice­man or -woman, or an el­derly neigh­bor, for ex­am­ple — to share this Thanksgiving.

— Christina C., Eau Claire, Wis. CHRISTINA, HOW RIGHT you are! It’s not fun to eat alone on the holidays.

— Heloise DEAR HELOISE: I found a long pad of lined pa­per on which to make lists. It has a mag­net on it and now hangs on the front of my re­frig­er­a­tor. When any­one in our fam­ily sees that we are run­ning low on some­thing, he or she sim­ply adds it to the list of items on the pad that I need to get the next time I’m at a gro­cery store. This is why we never run out of milk, toi­let pa­per, pa­per tow­els or cof­fee.

— Janet T., Elmira, N.Y. DEAR HELOISE: For Thanksgiving and Christ­mas, I like to use a long, beau­ti­ful table­cloth for the adult ta­ble. How­ever, I set a chil­dren’s ta­ble with a fancy pa­per table­cloth and pa­per plates with plas­tic cups. They can sit down to a nice din­ner with­out hav­ing to worry that they might spill some­thing on a table­cloth or break a plate. When they’re done, I re­cy­cle the plas­tic cups and then take each cor­ner of the pa­per table­cloth, form a sack with all the pa­per dishes in­side and toss it out.

— De­bra S., Naples, Fla. Copy­right 2017

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