When the letters are scrambled
Dear Heloise: I love to solve the SCRAMBLED-WORD PUZZLES in the paper. The Sunday solution usually is very long, and writing the letters out in a row still is hard to figure out. I use my word-game tiles and select the letters from the puzzle words. It’s easy to move them around and come up with the right answer. Hope this helps keep the brain working! — Judy R., Mandeville, La.
It certainly will! Plus, it’s a nice way to spend some time on a hopefully slow Sunday. We all need a little downtime doing what we enjoy. — Heloise
Heloise’s corn bread dressing
Dear Heloise: Could you please reprint your recipe for your corn bread dressing? I want to make it for the holidays. — A Reader, via email
Happy to reprint it! This is Heloise’s Corn Bread Dressing, and it’s great for the holidays. It’s an old family recipe that my grandmother and mother, the original Heloise, made. Yes, it’s Southern-style, and I love it! Here is what you need:
6-8 slices of stale bread (torn into pieces)
1 1/2 packed cups of crumbled corn bread
1 cup turkey broth from cooking giblets and neck, or turkey/chicken bouillon
1/2 to 1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 stick butter or margarine
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 tablespoon sage
Place bread pieces and corn bread in a large bowl and pour broth or bouillon over it until the bread is moist. In a large skillet, saute the celery and onions in the butter. Combine onions, celery, bread mixture, beaten eggs and seasonings. Mix well. Place mixture in an oiled casserole dish, cover and bake for 35 to 45 minutes at 325 F. You can get all of my family favorite main dishes in my pamphlet Heloise’s Main Dishes and More. To order, send $3 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Main Dishes, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Do you like your dressing a little drier? Uncover the dish 15-20 minutes before it is supposed to be done, then finish cooking. — Heloise
Dear Heloise: After a bait bucket tipped over on the front floor of our new car, I scrubbed the carpeting numerous times, unsuccessfully. Our postman suggested putting charcoal briquettes in a dish, and voila! The odor is gone. — Jane S., Rochester, N.Y.
Dear Readers: Here is a natural and safe home remedy to try as a dandruff “rinse” that also is cheap. Use a cup of water and 1 tablespoon of chives to make a “tea.” The water just needs to be hot (not boiling) when adding the chives. Let it steep a bit, strain and cool before rinsing your head and hair. — Heloise
Dear Heloise: I keep a spare pair of eyeglasses in my laundry room so I can always read the washing instructions on clothes. — J.R., via email.