MELBA'S SWAP SHOP
Twinkies are back
DEAR MELBA: I thought I'd never be able to use this recipe again, but Twinkies are back, so thought I would share this recipe in case there are others who enjoy this product.
It's such an easy dessert to take somewhere or just to make for your own family to enjoy.
TWINKIE BANANA SPLIT CAKE
1 box Twinkies
2 or 3 bananas, sliced
1 can crushed pineapple, well drained
Sliced strawberries, optional
2 small boxes vanilla pudding mix
Prepared whipped topping
Chopped cherries, optional
• Split Twinkies in half and arrange enough to cover 9-by-11-inch pan. Layer with sliced bananas, pineapple and strawberries.
• Prepare vanilla pudding according to box directions. Carefully spread over fruit layers. Do not stir. Spread with prepared whipped topping and sprinkle with chopped pecans and any of the remaining ingredients you choose. Cover and refrigerate.
VIRGINIA KINCAID, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: This recipe came from a friend in Monroe, La. It's great with a morning cup of coffee as a snack to start the day.
3-2-1 MUFFIN MIX
1 box angel food cake mix
1 box Duncan Hines cake mix, flavor of choice
• Stir both boxes of dry mixes, cover.
• When ready for a muffin, in microwave-safe cup, blend 3 tablespoons mix with 2 tablespoons water. Mix well and microwave 1 minute.
MARILYN CHANDLER, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: Tell your readers who are garlic lovers to enhance the flavor of their chips by putting a peeled garlic clove in the container several hours before serving. They should discard the garlic clove before serving the chips.
JANIE, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: A tip I read years ago and use frequently is for softening brown sugar when it cakes and hardens. Put half an apple in it and close the container. Let stand for a day, and then remove the apple. You can stir the sugar with a fork at this point.
FAITHFUL READER, Edmond
DEAR MELBA: Readers might enjoy this chuckle: “There will be a meeting of the board immediately after the service,” announced the pastor. After the close of the service, the group gathered for the announced meeting. But there was a stranger in their midst. He was a visitor who had never attended their church before.
“My friend,” asked the pastor, “did you understand that this is a meeting of the board members?” “Yes,” said the visitor, “and after that sermon, I'm about as bored as you can get!”
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