Dear Readers: Here is a recipe for SPICY SWEDISH MEATBALLS that many readers request, since it’s a favorite as an appetizer at all gatherings! You will need:

2 cups breadcrumbs

1/2 cup milk

8 ounces ground beef

8 ounces sausage meat (spicy)

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon monosodium glutamate (optional)

5-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, chopped

Mix breadcrumbs and milk together in a large bowl, then add all other ingredients into the bowl and mix well. Place formed meatballs (they should be about 1 1/2 inches) onto an ungreased cookie sheet with sides. Bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees F, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels before serving. They go perfectly with my jelly or wine sauce. Want to know the recipes? Order my pamphlet Heloise’s Main Dishes and More. Send $3 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (65 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Main Dishes, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Before cutting, you should allow most cooked meats (such as brisket or roast) a few minutes to “set.” It allows the juices to completely soak into the dish. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I am constantly forgetting where I have saved documents or projects on my computer. I have found a tool that has helped me many times. Go to the Start menu and select “Computer.” Select “Libraries.” In the upper right-hand corner on most computers, there will be a search box. Type in keywords, and it will locate any files with that keyword in it. -- A Reader, via e-mail


Dear Heloise: I love traveling, and to save money on my trips, I try to use local transportation, like subways, buses or trains, instead of taking a taxi. I usually have a list of places I would like to visit, so before I leave, I map routes to and from. I look up bus or train schedules on the Internet, since most have Web sites. All you need are the addresses of the starting and ending locations. You type in the information, and the mapping Web site will tell you what bus or train you need to take. It even includes stops and transfers. I find that it saves money and gives me a little different perspective of the place I am visiting. -- A Reader in Illinois


Dear Heloise: For folks who live alone, before retiring for the night, put your car keys on your nightstand. If you hear or see anything suspicious going on, hit the “alarm” button on the key fob, and your car alarm hopefully will scare an intruder off. -- D.L. in Missouri


Dear Heloise: The bar soap that comes in small boxes wrapped with plastic are very soft, and the soap dissolves quickly. I remove all of the packaging when I get it and leave it out for several weeks so that it can dry out a bit. It is still soft enough to make a good lather, and it seems to lasts longer. -- C.W. in Illinois

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