Dear Readers:

For your next get-together, why not dazzle your friends by whipping up a delicious meal that will taste gourmet without much fuss? It's a reader favorite.

SHRIMP DIJON

11/2 pounds of peeled, deveined shrimp

1/4 cup butter or margarine (not diet)

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

1/4 cup flour

11/2 cups milk

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

16-ounce package of real cream cheese, softened

Melt butter or margarine in a frying pan; add shrimp and onion and saute for 3 minutes. Do not brown. Sprinkle flour into mixture while thinning the mixture with milk a little at a time to avoid lumping. Add mustard, nutmeg, salt and pepper and cook for 3-5 minutes. Stir in cream cheese until blended; warm through but DO NOT BOIL. Serve over rice.

Dear Heloise:

While writing out my shopping list, I take a few moments to empty the refrigerator of anything that has been there too long and to wipe up spills.

I get to see if there is anything that I need to get that I didn't think of, and it helps me keep the fridge clean between major cleanings.

Linda Kiss, Brick, N.J.

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