DEAR HELOISE: With regard to living lettuce (hydroponically grown lettuce that comes in a plastic container), I agree that it is so good.
I took it one step further. Once I had used all the leaves, I told my husband that I was going to plant the roots outside with the rest of the lettuce I have grown. He laughed, but I laughed last when it grew again, and we had salad from that plant for a long time. I've had success four of the six times I've tried it!
Waste not, want not!
Nancy L. In New Jersey
DEAR NANCY: Wow! You certainly got your money's worth! So, how did that "last laugh" salad taste? Yummy, I hope.
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DEAR HELOISE: I have often used the recipe for War Cake that was in your column years ago. I have a couple of suggestions: 1) Add candied fruit. 2) Add 1/4 cup of vegetable oil and exchange a portion of the flour for a package of instant pumpkin pudding (This pudding is sold seasonally).
The results are amazing.
Nancy In Indiana
DEAR NANCY: Nancy, that's the great thing about recipes they can be altered!
Readers, here is the War Cake recipe. Mix together:
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups hot water
2 teaspoons shortening
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup raisins
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
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3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 2 teaspoons hot water
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a tube-style pan. Take the first seven ingredients and place in a medium to large saucepan. Boil for 5 minutes after the mixture has started to bubble. Take off the stove and cool completely.
After the mixture is cool, add the 3 cups of flour and 1 teaspoon of baking soda that has been dissolved in 2 teaspoons of hot water. Mix well. Place the entire mixture in the greased pan and bake for 1 hour.
This recipe and others can be found in my Heloise's Cake Recipes pamphlet. To receive one, send $3 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Cakes, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001.
A toothpick inserted into a cake will come out clean when the cake is done cooking. No toothpicks? Use a piece of uncooked spaghetti.
DEAR HELOISE: Those of us with children have always had the problem of multiple boxes of opened cereal. When I put my groceries in the pantry, I place the cereal boxes upside down.
My household of five is allowed three open boxes at a time, which are stored right side up. When one is empty, then another can be turned right side up and opened. No more multiple boxes of stale cereal.
Janice In Ohio