Dear Readers: Wow! I asked you for hints on USING CHOPSTICKS, and boy, did you respond!

* Carol S., via e-mail, wrote: “I am a quilter, and many times I use chopsticks as a guide tool to help direct the fabric through the feed dogs (the metal teeth on the sewing machine -- Heloise). Also, when turning something inside out that you want to have nice corners, use the chopsticks to smooth out the seams and form the corners.”

* Mia P. in California wrote: “I use chopsticks to stir small items that I’m dyeing.”

* Tony in California wrote: “As a clock repairman, I use chopsticks to hold various washers and parts to polish the brass. They do not break easily and are tapered to hold the part nicely.”

* Kathy G., via e-mail, wrote: “I use chopsticks to stir iced tea if I add sugar or lemon in it. A quick rinse and wipe with a paper towel, and it goes back in the drawer. This way, I don’t use up all the spoons.”

Thanks one and all! -- Heloise



P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 210-HELOISE



Dear Heloise: I bake bread a lot, and sometimes the crust on a fresh loaf hardens to the point of not being able to cut the bread. It doesn’t often happen, but when it does, I wrap the loaf in a damp cloth and put it in a plastic bag overnight. By morning, the crust is soft, and cutting is no problem. -- Joyce in Vienna, W.Va.

I love fresh-baked bread with some orange marmalade and a cup of coffee. My hint? I use a serrated bread knife to cut right through. -- Heloise


Dear Readers: Who doesn’t enjoy a taste of chocolate after a meal or as a treat during the day? Have you ever thought about the aluminum foil that the chocolates come wrapped in?

One major manufacturer uses more than 100 square miles of aluminum foil every day to produce just one type of treat. Aluminum foil can be recycled, so consider recycling these wrappers from now on. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: As a busy mother of four boys, it is difficult to find things that are both tasty enough for their standards and healthy enough for mine. Macaroni and cheese is a favorite of theirs, but nobody needs so much saturated fat. Instead of using butter, I use 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and instead of dairy milk, I use soy milk.

For additional health, I buy the whole-grain pasta. Instantly, I have a dinner that is easy to make and easy to eat. -- Margaret, via e-mail


Dear Heloise: When you buy cookies or crackers with dividers in them, don’t toss the dividers out. Rinse and let dry to use as drawer dividers. I use them in my bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and sewing room. They are free and come in many sizes and shapes. -- Shirley M., Springfield, Ill.

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