Dear Heloise: My husband and I love to eat BREAKFAST FOR DINNER. We usually do this type of meal on Friday nights, but I decided to experiment with something a little different for scrambled eggs. I chopped up scallions and mushrooms, and add about a tablespoon of half-and-half to the eggs, then beat the mixture. My scrambled eggs were creamy and very tasty with these additions. — Beth Ann G., Wichita Falls, Texas
Dear Heloise: I love coffee! I even like coffee-flavored ice cream better than other flavors. I had coffee at a friend’s place, and it was delicious. She said she got the recipe from a pamphlet she had purchased from you. It was called “Spiced Coffee.” Would you print that recipe for me? — Larry S., Fort Dodge, Iowa
Larry, I’m so glad you like my Spiced Coffee! The recipe below is one of my husband’s favorites, too. Mix together:
1 cup instant coffee
4 teaspoons dehydrated lemon peel
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
Store in a tightly covered container. For each serving, spoon a rounded teaspoon of the mixture into a coffee cup. Stir in 6 ounces of boiling water. You can also use this for iced coffee. For added flavor, sprinkle with nutmeg.
If you like this recipe, you’ll enjoy my pamphlet Heloise’s Flavored Coffees and Teas, with recipes and facts on coffee and tea. To get a copy, send $3, along with a stamped (70 cents), self-addressed, long envelope, to: Heloise/Coffees and Teas, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Or you can order it online at www.Heloise.com. If you enjoy coffee or tea, you will truly love the recipes found in this pamphlet, including the ones for orange, mocha, vienna and au lait coffees. — Heloise
ROLLING PIN PROBLEM
Dear Heloise: I was told never to wash my wooden rolling pin, but I find that sort of unclean. What do you think? — Nita H., Westbrook, Maine
Nita, I wash my rolling pin in hot, soapy water and rinse it off, then let it air-dry before putting it away. However, some people just shake it off and store it in a plastic bag. Personally, I like washing my rolling pins, whether they’re marble, plastic or wooden. — Heloise
HERE ARE A FEW HANDY HINTS
Did you know:
• The cap of certain small bottles of vanilla measures 1 teaspoon, and with larger bottles of vanilla the cap measures 1 tablespoon.
• If you save yogurt cups, they usually measure exactly 8 ounces, and they are throwaways. So, no messy cups to wash!
• Got grapefruit spoons you never use? Try coring an apple or a tomato with them.
• Wooden spoons need to be seasoned before use. First, wash all your wooden spoons in hot, soapy water. Towel dry and let them sit overnight. Next, heat some cooking oil to medium hot and dip the spoons in the hot oil. Let them cool, then wipe the spoons dry. Seasoning wooden spoons keeps them from absorbing cooking odors. — Heloise