Dear Heloise: I enjoy cooking and like to try new recipes all the time. One thing that was annoying to me was trying to REMOVE A GARLIC CLOVE when the dish was done. Now, before I add the clove to a sauce or dish, I stick a toothpick through it. When the dish is done, I can easily remove it. Makes cooking easier. -- A Reader, via e-mail

Easier cooking certainly is more enjoyable! Want to try some new recipes? I have compiled a great pamphlet that every kitchen should have; it is called Heloise’s Main Dishes and More. It is filled with great recipes to try, meat dishes and even some side dishes. To receive a copy, please send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/MDM, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. FYI: To make gelatin salads easier, try using a pitcher to get liquid gelatin into individual cups or other small dishes. No spills to clean up, and very easy to do! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: For the reader whose dog escaped when the gate was left open by a lawn service, she should put up signs that say “Keep Gate Closed” on the gate. From personal experience and that of my neighbors, this is one of the greatest responsibilities of a pet owner: keeping the pet safe! You may even want to put locks on all gates. Keep the key in your possession. It takes only one road-crossing to cause the loss or death of your pet.

Children roam around. Kids also can get hurt on your property — which is big trouble. -- Pat in Arkansas


Dear Heloise: Whenever I purchase a new product that comes with a manual, I check online to see if a digital version is available. I created a “Product Manual” folder on my computer, and I save the files there. To date, I have more than 250 manuals, for everything from backpacks to thermostats, all in one convenient place and taking up no household storage space. -- Wade in Burnham, Pa.


Dear Readers: Jane J. Sims of Manchester, N.H., sent in a photo of her two rescued cats, Cinnamon and Little One, lying all curled up together. Jane says: “I rescued these two sisters. They love each other very much, and the yorkipoo that lives with them. They all entertain me at great lengths.”

To see the sisters, visit my Web site at and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Reading of paying bills (Heloise hint: a previous column about organizing bill schedules), I have a hint. After once misplacing a bill, I now take my checkbook with me to the post office and pay the bills that came without taking them home. They go right into the mail slot. -- Earl R. in Kentucky

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Please include your city and state.

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