Cre­ative cook­ies

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK -

DEAR HELOISE >> Chil­dren love to DEC­O­RATE COOK­IES, and I found it much eas­ier to have the cook­ies cut out and put on a pre­pared cookie sheet ready to dec­o­rate. My mini muf­fin pan is a good place to put in­di­vid­ual dec­o­ra­tions in the mini re­cep­ta­cles, mak­ing them eas­ier to get to. — Glo­ria H., Mon­roe, Ohio

DEAR HELOISE >> Please re­print your Vi­nai­grette Pasta Salad. I ab­so­lutely love it, and so does my fam­ily. It’s per­fect for these warm sum­mer days. — Kyla G., Amer­i­can Fork, Utah

DEAR KYLA G. >> Kyla, thank you. This is one of my all-time fa­vorites. You’ll need: 1/2 cup dis­tilled white vine­gar 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 tea­spoon lemon pep­per 1 tea­spoon fresh dill or 1/2 tea­spoon dried dill Com­bine all in­gre­di­ents in a small bowl or jar, mix­ing vig­or­ously. Makes 1 cup. Set aside to use shortly.

1 pound fet­tuc­cini, cooked, drained, cooled

6 ounces sliced salami, cut into 1/4inch strips

6 ounces sliced cooked ham, cut into 1/4-inch strips

6 ounces thinly sliced, fresh spinach, ro­maine or es­ca­role

1/3 cup grated Parme­san cheese

Com­bine all in­gre­di­ents ex­cept vi­nai­grette in a large bowl. Pour vi­nai­grette over the pasta; toss un­til well­coated.

This recipe and many oth­ers, like my Un­for­get­table Coleslaw, are in­cluded in my pam­phlet Heloise’s Fantab­u­lous Vine­gar Hints and More! And of course, you’ll also find tons of clean­ing and de­odor­iz­ing hints us­ing my old fa­vorite. To get a copy, send $5, along with a stamped (70 cents), self-ad­dressed, long en­ve­lope, to: Heloise/Vine­gar, P.O. Box 795001, San An­to­nio, TX 78279-5001. Or you can or­der it on­line at Heloise.com. FYI: Did you know you can use vine­gar to get rid of odors by boil­ing a cup of wa­ter in a pan on the stove with 2 ta­ble­spoons of vine­gar added? Add a lit­tle cin­na­mon to make the whole house smell good!

DEAR READ­ERS >> The de­li­cious pa­paya plant is a tropical fruit packed with nu­tri­ents, yet low in calo­ries. It’s also very low in fat and has zero choles­terol, so it’s per­fect for di­eters. It’s an ex­cel­lent source of vi­ta­mins C and A and is rich in vi­ta­min B com­plex. Stud­ies have dis­cov­ered that pa­payas con­tain an­tiox­i­dants, which help re­duce can­cer risks. This tasty fruit aids di­ges­tion and is also used in the man­u­fac­tur­ing of sev­eral cos­metic and skin prod­ucts. It’s the fruit you should add to your menu for a health­ier life­style.

IS MILK SAFE FOR ADULTS?

DEAR HELOISE >> I’ve heard that adults shouldn’t drink milk. My sis­ter-in­law be­lieves that milk con­trib­utes to her al­ler­gies. I find this dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand since milk is sup­posed to be good for us. Is it harm­ful for adults to drink milk? — Kelly T., Uvalde, Texas

DEAR KELLY T. >> Kelly, although milk is a great source of vi­ta­min D, potas­sium and cal­cium, it also con­tains fat. If a per­son is lac­tose-in­tol­er­ant, he or she might ex­pe­ri­ence gas­troin­testi­nal dis­tress, bloat­ing, vom­it­ing or di­ar­rhea.

There is a lot of re­search that ad­dresses the ques­tion of whether adults should con­sume milk af­ter be­ing weaned. If cow’s milk causes prob­lems for you, try soy milk, al­mond milk or goat’s milk.

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