Dear Heloise: I remember that you have a recipe for a homemade baking mix. Would you please print it again so that I can clip it? — Kathryn, Lubbock, Texas

This is a tasty, inexpensive alternative to store-bought mixes that can be used to make biscuits. You'll need:

8 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup baking powder

2 teaspoons salt

8 teaspoons sugar (optional)

1 cup shortening

1/3 cup milk per each cup of mix

Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Store in a tightly covered container, preferably in the refrigerator. To make biscuits, use 1/3 cup of milk for each cup of mix. Bake at 450 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: Reheated pizza is usually just so-so, but here's a method I devised that works pretty well for a couple of slices. Loosely wad up a couple of pieces of aluminum foil so that they are the size of a thick hamburger patty. Put them in a skillet and place a cold pizza slice on top of each foil wad. Cover the skillet and turn the heat on low.

When you see the cheese starting to melt, your pizza is ready (a glass lid helps) and will not be hard or charred on the bottom. If you put the pizza directly into the skillet, it dries out, as often happens in microwave reheating. — Betty Camp, Parkersburg, W.Va.


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