Dear Heloise: Do you have a hint for how to quickly and efficiently CLEAN BLENDERS AND FOOD PROCESSORS? I like using these appliances but don’t enjoy taking them apart for cleaning. -- Susan W. in Pennsylvania
I’m with you! A blender is easy to clean, but a food processor seems like too much work! Susan, there is an easy hint for cleaning these appliances: After you are done using the blender or processor, rinse the pitcher or bowl with water. Fill half of the pitcher or bowl with warm water and add a drop of dishwashing liquid. Put the lid on securely and turn the appliance back on for 20-30 seconds. Also, it takes only a drop of detergent — don’t overdo it, thinking more is better. Rinse, dry and that’s it. The appliance will be ready for the next time you want to whip up a meal. -- Heloise
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Dear Heloise: Help! Years ago, you printed a waffle recipe using club soda. When I opened the book where I kept the recipe all this time, it wasn’t there! Could you please print it again? -- Lucille S. in Texas
Lucille, don’t worry, because you can enjoy these Heloise Club Waffles again! Gather the following ingredients:
2 cups biscuit mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/3 cups club soda
In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients using a large spoon. Be sure not to overmix, and use the batter immediately so it does not have a chance to go flat.
Get out your waffle iron and start making delicious, fluffy waffles for everyone to enjoy, or freeze for later! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I love fresh fruit in my morning oatmeal, especially peaches. Though they may not always be in season, I found a way to have them all year long! I purchase the cups of diced peaches in 100 percent fruit juice and strain the juice from the cup. I then stir the peaches into the oatmeal when it has 30 seconds left in the microwave. So delicious! -- Jacki, via e-mail
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Dear Heloise: After collecting wine corks from a few bottles (real ones, not the plastic kind), just wedge them under the handles of pot lids, using two or more, depending on how many the handle will allow. The corks remain cool throughout cooking, and they create a stable grip by which to grasp your pot lids. No need for oven mitts, which can really crowd the space around the stove! -- Abbie in San Antonio
Dear Heloise: I have the perfect solution for removing melted cheese from plates, eating utensils and glass cookware: Rinse the item in hot water and remove the melted cheese with a wet, clothlike paper towel. The cheese comes right off, sticks to the paper towel, and your dishes are ready for soap. No more cheese stuck to a scrubbing brush or nylon scrubber. -- Melissa H., Auburn, Calif.