A sparkling clean stovetop and out of this world potatoes
Dear Heloise: How do I clean burn marks off my glass-top stove? — Andrea N., Clarinda, Iowa
Andrea, when the top has cooled off, wipe down the surface with a sponge and mild soapy water. Wipe dry. Then make a paste of baking soda and water and, in a circular motion, start to clean the burn spot. It will take some effort, but you can get the marks off your stove. Some people will take a razor blade to carefully scrape the stubborn areas, but if you use a razor blade, be extra careful not to scratch your stovetop. — Heloise
HELOISE’S PEKING POTATOES
Dear Heloise: Your mother had a recipe for potatoes that was out of this world! I believe it was called Peking Potatoes. Could you reprint the recipe? My son is coming home at Christmas, and I want to make this recipe for him. — Lucinda W., Troy, Mich.
Lucinda, Heloise’s Peking (Double Baked) Potatoes is a favorite of my other readers, too. You’ll need:
Milk to moisten
Drop or two of yellow food coloring (optional)
A bit of margarine
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Grated cheese, your choice
Grated raw onion
Optional ingredients for variety:
Bake potatoes in the oven until done. Wearing oven mitts, cut each potato in half and scoop out the centers with a spoon (but leave the skins intact) and place the pulp in a mixing bowl. Mash the potatoes while still hot. Add just a little milk at a time to moisten, the yellow food coloring, margarine, and salt and pepper. Grate the cheese and raw onion using the coarsest holes of the grater. Add cheese and onions to the mashed potatoes and blend well with a fork.
DO NOT beat or use a mixer. Then gently fill each baked potato half-shell with the mixture. Don’t overstuff. Place in a baking dish and heat in the oven until thoroughly warmed.
After re-baking, a nice touch is to sprinkle Parmesan cheese (or your favorite cheese) over the top and let it melt. If you like to add extra items such as garlic powder or chives, do so.
If you like this easy-to-make recipe and would love to see more like it, you can get a copy by sending for my pamphlet “Heloise’s Main Dishes and More.” To get a copy, send $3 along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Heloise/Main Dishes & More, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX. 78279-5001.
Dear Heloise: We have four sturdy cardboard boxes we put by the door after we order groceries. With a marker, I wrote on the inside bottom “For Groceries.” My instructions to the delivery person say, “Leave in boxes on the porch and ring the bell.” This way there is no awkward moment when the delivery is made during this time of COVID-19. — Andrea E., San Antonio, Texas
CORE AN APPLE
Dear Heloise: When I cut an apple in half, I use a melon ball tool to scoop out the seeds and core. It works perfectly! — Ann B., Katy, Texas
Hints from Heloise run occasionally in Lifestyles. Readers may send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE, or email: Heloise@Heloise.com. Letters won’t be answered personally.