Dear Heloise: Several years ago, you had a recipe for waffles made with club soda that would freeze really well. Is it possible to print the recipe again? -- Rose D., Warren, Ohio
Rose, I would be happy to share the Heloise Club Waffle recipe, which is a real favorite with you and other readers, as it is one of the most requested. These are fun to make, and they save a few calories since you are eliminating the milk. Here is what you will need:
2 cups good biscuit mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/3 cups club soda
Combine the above ingredients with a large spoon, but don’t overmix. Use the batter immediately, since if it sits, it will go flat. Add to a hot waffle iron and voila -- light, fluffy, yummy waffles for everyone to enjoy! Go ahead and use all of the batter to make pancakes or waffles. Freeze waffles for a quick, yummy breakfast later. Just reheat. -- Heloise
P.S.: Try these on a Sunday when the family has time to watch!
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Dear Readers: Start your day off with a cup of coffee? Here are some Heloise hints about storage that you might not know:
* The right storage is important in order to ensure a good cup of coffee. Most coffee experts say DO NOT refrigerate or freeze coffee beans or fresh grounds, because moisture will cause deterioration. A cool, dark location in an air-tight container (preferably opaque glass) is best. So, not on the counter next to the stove or by a sunny window. Light, heat, air and moisture are the culprits that will ruin the coffee beans and grounds!
* Purchase freshly ground coffee or beans in smaller quantities, since it’s best when used within one to two weeks. Beans actually begin to lose freshness right after roasting! But that may not be practical for some.
Many people do freeze or refrigerate coffee and do not have a problem. So, if that works for you, then do it. Enjoy! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: It was from one of your columns that I originally learned to use a plastic knife to cut brownies neatly while still in the pan (whether glass, nonstick or other). However, when cleaning out my kitchen drawer filled with all the “extras” (measuring spoons, spatulas, etc.), I found the serrated plastic knife I’d bought for cutting lettuce and thought this would be a better choice. It can be washed and reused! -- Belinda S., Hammond, Ind.
Dear Readers: Here is a twist for a quick and healthy breakfast or snack that I like to fix: I toast a piece or two of wheat or multigrain bread, spread a thin layer of peanut butter on it, then grate a Granny Smith apple over the top. A sprinkle of cinnamon adds a zing. Wow, is it delicious! Give it a try. -- Heloise
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