Dear Heloise: As I read your recipe for Bootlegger Beans, what came to mind was what my grandmother Linda would call Bacon Beans. Her recipe was a can of pork and beans, and two or three types of beans, like pinto, kidney and great northern. She would fry up bacon until almost done, which meant crisp to her; add onion and cook until translucent along with a bit of garlic (her words); add beans and one large can of tomato sauce — usually her own canned version, which had bits of tomato in it. It was delicious!

I make it today, except I use canned tomatoes. —Brenda Mayberry, via e-mail

Brenda, thanks for passing along your recipe — it sounds delicious! This would be a wonderful addition to any barbecue or family dinner. —Heloise

Dear Heloise: Here's a hint when slicing a whole onion: When you get to the last bit of the onion, use a fork to hold the onion upright on the cutting board, thereby avoiding getting the knife too close to your fingers. You can still get those last slices but won't risk the knife slipping and cutting yourself. —A Reader, via e-mail

Dear Heloise: When fresh fruit is available and plentiful and I don't have time to make pies and freeze them, here's what I do: I place foil snugly in a pie dish and over the rim. I slice apples or prepare other fruit, then fill the pan, place plastic wrap snugly over the fruit and freeze. When I'm ready to make the pie, I remove it from the freezer and unwrap, then place in a pan that has a pastry ready to bake. I add spices, sugar and whatever else the pie needs and bake. —Dolores Pengra, Rapid City, S.D.

Lighter-colored fruit will darken when frozen. So, you will need to add some lemon juice or other ascorbic citric acid to keep the fruit from turning. —Heloise

Dear Heloise: This is a comment on unplugging electronics to reset them: My dishwasher has a digital control panel, and obviously one cannot unplug a dishwasher. So, I threw the breaker for it for a few minutes when it malfunctioned, and the dishwasher reset itself! A repair person wanted a hefty fee to even look at it and might even have done the same thing! —Donna, via e-mail

Dear Readers: What's up with a double-yolk egg? Usually the yolks are produced by either young hens just coming to egg laying or older hens who are almost done with their egg-laying days. Sometimes, a young hen might lay an egg without any yolk at all — and that is not a yolk!


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