The Record (Troy, NY)

Learn the difference between icings

- Write to Heloise at P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 782795000; Fax 210-HELOISE; or email

DEAR HELOISE » What is the difference between frosting, ganache and glaze on a cake?

— Ava W., Montgomery

County, Mississipp­i

You can pour a ganache while it’s still slightly warm over a cake and get a beautiful, smooth finish. However, if the ganache is too warm, it will run off the cake.

There are actually three types of ganache: white, milk and dark chocolate, with white being more versatile than the other two. But the milk and dark chocolate ganache have a deep, rich chocolate taste.

Baking soda to the rescue

DEAR HELOISE » Recently, I bought my first house at an auction, and while I’m thrilled to be a new homeowner, I am having trouble cleaning out my bathtub. When I ask my mother about cleaning products, she suggested I contact you for useful but cheap ways to keep this place clean after the remodeling is done. So, can you suggest something to clean the bathtub without wearing away the finish on the tub?

— J. Henry G., Metairie,

Louisiana After you’ve given the bathtub a good scrub, use a spray bottle filled with vinegar and spray the places you scrubbed with baking soda. You’ll see it foaming, but don’t worry — it’s helping to release some of the dirt that’s stuck on. When the fizzing stops, rinse the inside using the shower or showerhead, and you’ll see a much cleaner tub.

If you like easy, economical ideas for keeping your home clean, plus a few recipes, then you need to get a copy of my pamphlet “Heloise’s Baking Soda Hints and Recipes.” It’s so easy to get a copy. Just go to Heloise. com or send $5 along with a stamped, long, self-addressed envelope to: Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Let me help you simplify your life with hints and recipes from my collection of time-honored hints.

Splatter, splatter, what’s the matter?

DEAR HELOISE » I routinely use my hand mixer for many kitchen tasks, but unfortunat­ely, I would always make a mess, with bits and pieces flying all over my counter and backsplash. Cleaning up became a real chore!

One day, my husband suggested that I place the bowl in the sink. Now, I just rinse out the sink instead of half the kitchen.

— Jean W., Royal Oak, Michigan

Clothespin­s in the kitchen

DEAR HELOISE » I’ve found that clothespin­s have a lot of uses, especially in my kitchen. I use them to:

1. Keep any bag closed after opening.

2. Keep a cookbook open at the page I’m reading from.

3. Use four of them to raise the lid on a pot so steam can escape.

4. Keep wax paper secure around a bowl.

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