Hints From Heloise: Don’t write on the back, Jack!

January 2

Dear Heloise: Please remind people when sending greeting cards NOT TO WRITE ON THE BACK of the front panel. You can then remove the backs and mail the card fronts to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, 100 St. Jude’s St., Boulder City, NV 89005. -- Bettie S. in Texas

Thanks for the reminder for my readers not to write on the front panel, and to save cards (just the fronts, please) for such a good cause!

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children is a wonderful organization that I have written about often. For more than 30 years, it has taken care of abused, abandoned and neglected children. The old, donated card fronts are glued to pre-folded stock paper and signed by the child who made it. The recycled cards are available for purchase at the online store at www.stjudesranch.org. The card project helps the kids earn some spending money and teaches them good work skills.

Visit the Web site or call 877-977-7572. Save your cards for St. Jude’s, and maybe send a dollar or two with the card fronts. -- Heloise

HANDY ADDRESS

Dear Heloise: Sometimes I can’t even read my own handwriting. So I have developed a habit of carrying name and address labels with me (in my purse). I use them for gifts, weddings, funerals, forms at the doctor’s office, etc. It saves writing the same information, and it helps other people who might not be able to read my handwriting. -- Judy in Milwaukee

HELOISE’S TEXAS CAVIAR

Dear Heloise: Could you please reprint your recipe for Heloise’s Texas Caviar? I loved it but have misplaced my copy. -- A Reader in Texas

Happy to — it’s one of my favorites! For this yummy appetizer, you will need:

1 large jar of picante sauce (your choice, mild or hot)

2 cans (16 ounces each) black-eyed peas, drained

1 can (16 ounces) white hominy, drained

1 cup diced green bell pepper

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped fresh tomato

1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro

1/4 cup seeded and chopped jalapeno peppers (optional)

1 cup green onions (including tops)

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon salt

2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper

2 tablespoons ground comino (cumin)

Mix all the ingredients together well and let sit in the refrigerator for 24 hours before serving. It’s best served with tortilla strips. Yum! Want to know some of my other favorite sauces and substitutes? Order my pamphlet, and you can have them all! To receive one, send $3 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Seasonings, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. No sour cream? Combine 6 ounces of cottage cheese with a teaspoon of lemon juice. Use a blender to mix until smooth. -- Heloise

SPRING MIX

Dear Readers: I love spring mix for salads and usually have a bag on hand. One morning, I ran out of spinach for an omelet and threw some of the spring mix in instead. It was tasty, and now I use it for many things, not just salads. -- Heloise

Heloise’s column appears six days a week at www.washingtonpost.com/advice. Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com.

, King Features Syndicate

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