Make muffins for the little ones
DEAR MELBA: I make these Mini Ice Cream Cone Muffins for special occasions for the little ones in my life.
I'm not sure where to find the miniature ice cream cones except Wal-Mart. They're called Joy mini cups, and come 42 to a box, or 21 in a package.
MINI ICE CREAM CONE MUFFINS
1 package (7 ounces) berry muffin mix
1 package (21) miniature ice cream cones Confectioners' sugar
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In large mixing bowl, mix muffins by package directions. Spoon about a teaspoon of batter into each of the ice cream cones. (This mixture usually fills 18 or so, depending on how much batter you put in each cone.) Sprinkle each with confectioners' sugar.
Bake 12 minutes, then check with cake tester in middle of a cone to make sure it is done. If not, cook another minute. Remove from oven and let cool. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
CAROLINE MEDLINGER, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: I think The Oklahoman published a recipe for Raisin Pudding in the 1960s. I hope someone saved a copy and will share. Better yet, maybe someone will share his or her favorite Raisin Pudding recipe.
JEAN MORGAN, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: A reader wrote concerning the Meatloaf Mix sold at Crescent Market. A butcher told me the proportions were one-third ground beef, one-third ground pork and one-third veal. He didn't say anything about an amount of fat, but maybe this will be a base for starting.
KATHERINE WINSLOW, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: Here's a bumper sticker you'll like: “We're working to beat the devil.”
A MELBA FAN, Moore
DEAR MELBA: Some more church signs: “We're prayer conditioned.”
“In every family tree, there is a little sap.”
“Join our sit-in demonstration every Sunday.”
“Gossip is like soft soap — mostly lye.”
“Those who gossip usually wind up in their own mouth trap.”
“If your problem is deep seated and long standing, try kneeling.”
OKLAHOMA CITY READER
DEAR MELBA: One more quote: “Untold millions are still untold.”
And this is one of my favorites: “When you can't see God's purpose, focus on His presence.”
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, you've never had a mosquito in your bedroom.”
CAROL JACKSON, North Carolina
DEAR MELBA: I read your recipe for minestrone soup and would like to share a trick I learned from my sister-in-law who is Italian.
She cooks the pasta separately and adds a spoonful of the pasta to each serving of the soup. This way, if you are fortunate enough to have any leftover soup, the pasta will not soak up all the broth.
Another Italian tip is to add a pinch of baking soda to pasta sauce when cooking. It helps prevent indigestion, and the food doesn't feel so heavy on the stomach.
A FAITHFUL READER
DEAR MELBA: I have a collection of Quilter's Newsletter magazines, dating from 1973 to 2002, all in excellent condition and in binders. I would like to give them to someone involved in quilting.
Please have anyone interested contact you.
JEAN, Oklahoma City
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or write me at Box 25125, Oklahoma City 73125.
DEAR MELBA: An easy way to peel turnips is to warm them in warm (not hot) water. The peel then slips off easily.
MAYBELLE BARRETT, Oklahoma City
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