Spring is almost here, it’s time to ponder your garden
Dear Heloise: Now that the holidays are over, many of us are longing for spring and planting our gardens. No matter how small the yard, it’s always fun to grow some of your own vegetables.
Tomatoes are easy to grow in a wire cage or even in a pot. There’s nothing like homegrown vegetables, picked when they are ripe and ready to be eaten. It’s also nice to get the kids involved and teach them where their food comes from and how healthy it is to grow food that isn’t coated with wax or insect sprays, or isn’t genetically modified.
— Steve and Gloria, Marshall, Illinois Steve and Gloria, I love growing a few tomatoes, onions and lettuce. It’s always fresh and has a wonderful flavor when it comes straight from the garden.
Dear Heloise: How long will peanut butter last once it’s been opened?
— Lorna R., Bartlesville, Oklahoma Lorna, peanut butter keeps well in the pantry for about two to three months after opening. Then refrigerate it to last another three to four months.
Dear Heloise: Why is cottage
cheese considered “diet food”?
— Kathy Y., Durango, Colorado
Kathy, probably because it’s usually made from skim milk, and it’s fresh and unfermented. Cottage cheese is also low in fat, contains calcium and protein, but is relatively high in sodium compared with other dairy products.
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