Dear Helosie: I am craving the waffles I make using your recipe. My family is "camping out" in my mother's almost-empty house, so all of our stuff is in storage, including my recipes. My mom did leave her waffle iron here, so I can make them. Please help. I read your hints in the Houston Chronicle. Thanks for all your practical tips, hints and recipes. — Loyal Fan in Friendswood, Texas

Here is the popular recipe you requested. Remember, the waffles need to be cooked ASAP so they will be fluffy — don't let the batter set and go flat. You will need:

2 cups good biscuit mix

1 egg

1/2 cup oil

1 1/3 cups club soda

Combine ingredients and blend with a large spoon, being careful not to overmix. Add to the hot waffle iron, and when done, you will have a delicious, light and fluffy waffle. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: I cook for my wife and myself. I often like to add small amounts of chicken or beef broth to soups or something I am cooking. When I open a container of broth and use only a little, I pour the remainder in ice-cube trays, freeze it and then put the frozen cubes into plastic bags or containers. Then, when needed, I just drop in a few cubes. Works fine for me. — Edgar Burks, Springfield, Mo.

Dear Heloise: When I got a new dishwasher, it was suggested that I use only the powdered type of dishwasher detergent. I do prefer the way the liquids and gels are packaged, though, with a handle on the bottle for easier pouring.

So, I washed out an empty, plastic half-gallon milk jug and allowed it to dry thoroughly. Then I poured the dry detergent from its cardboard box through a funnel into the jug. I cut the product name off the box and taped it to the jug on two sides.

Now I have a container with a handle for my dry dishwasher detergent. Keep the lid on the jug so that the detergent doesn't form clumps from the humidity in the air.

Dear Heloise: I find that those plastic bowls with lids that you get when you purchase a salad are definitely worth keeping. I give them a good washing and place lots of cut-up fresh veggies and fruits in them.

When you are hungry for a healthy and delicious snack, just reach into the bowl, and there are some fresh picks for your five-a-day, all cut and ready to eat. — Anna Victoria Reich, Stafford, Va.

Dear Heloise: A coffee filter can serve as a cover on a bowl of food as you are heating the food up in the microwave. Works great when you do not have the correct-size lid. — A Reader, via e-mail


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