Hints from Heloise: Cupcake wrappers keep it neat

DEAR HELOISE >> My cupcake wrappers used to be all over the place in the cupboard. Finally, I used an empty frosting can to hold the wrappers. No more wrappers spread all over the shelf.

— Corrine K., Amarillo, Texas

DEAR HELOISE >> You have a recipe for Shrimp Dijon that I dearly love. However, I’ve lost the recipe. Would you repeat that in your column? My brother is coming for a visit, and I’d like to make that recipe for him.

— Mary Ellen C., Sedona, Arizona

DEAR MARYELLEN>> This is one of my most requested recipes! Here it is.


1/4 cup butter or margarine 11/2 pounds peeled, deveined shrimp 1medium onion, thinly chopped 1/4 cup flour 11/2 cups milk 2tablespoons Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 16-ounce package cream cheese, softened


Melt butter or margarine in frying pan, add shrimp and onions, and sauté for 3minutes; do not brown.

Sprinkle flour into mixture while thinning the mixture with the milk a little at a time to avoid lumping. Add mustard, nutmeg, salt and pepper and cook for 3to 5minutes.

Stir in cream cheese until blended and warmed through, but DO NOT BOIL. Serve over rice.

If you enjoy this recipe, I think you will like all the recipes in my pamphlet “Heloise’s Main Dishes and More.” There are so many ways to invigorate a meal with a new recipe. To get a copy, just go to Heloise.com or send $3 along with a stamped, self-addressed long envelope to: Heloise/ Main Dishes, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Nothing feels more like home than a hot, delicious meal at the end of the day.

DEAR HELOISE >> I used to have waffle batter dripping all over my counter, until I made a discovery. After I pour the batter into the waffle iron, I leave the top of the waffle iron open for about 30 to 40 seconds and then close the top.  No more mess on my counters.

— Allison D., Santa Rosa

DEAR HELOISE >> Whenever I made crab cakes for dinner, I used to use breadcrumbs.

One night I discovered that I was out of breadcrumbs, so I replaced the breadcrumbs with instant potato flakes. They proved to be a good binding agent, and my family seemed to enjoy the instant potato flakes a little more than the breadcrumbs.

— Sarah T., Oakdale, Louisiana

DEAR HELOISE >> Every year the whole family celebrates Thanksgiving at our place.

While everything is usually served hot, the gravy used to get cold rather fast. I finally figured out that if I served it in an insulated coffee carafe instead of a gravy boat, not only would I have hot gravy, I wouldn’t have to keep filling gravy boats.

— Helen R., Ogden, Utah 

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P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

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