WANT SOME EASY SNACKS?
DEAR MELBA: I really like your readers' recipes. They are the type I grew up using. I am from the Ssouth and proud of my heritage. I know how hard it was for my grandparents to make a living on a farm. They were resourceful, because they had to be.
This is a snack my grandmother made. When I make them, I am reminded of how they made their snacks by using what they had on hand.
In this recipe, I have a tendency to use too much marshmallow creme, and they are a little messy. But it's a simple snack that is not too sweet.
• Spread one cracker with marshmallow creme. Spread another cracker with peanut butter. Close the crackers together, and enjoy.
And, you're probably familiar with Haystacks. I don't use the whole can of noodles, nor the total amount of peanuts. I stir in some noodles and then some nuts until it is the consistency I want. I like to have the candy a little creamy. I find that if you add all the noodles and nuts, it can be a little too dry. It's a trial and error thing.
2 packages (6 ounces each) butterscotch morsels
1 can (5 ounces) dry chow mein noodles, approximately
1 can (12 ounces) cocktail peanuts, approximately
• In large glass bowl, melt butterscotch morsels in microwave. Stir in noodles and peanuts.
• Using two forks, pick up small amounts of mixture and drop on waxed paper. They will have the appearance of “haystacks.”
Carol Jackson, N. Carolina
DEAR MELBA: I'm looking for a recipe for the salad dressing served at Beverly's Restaurant.
Jeannie, Oklahoma City
Someone shared this recipe years ago with a note that it was similar to Beverly's.
CREAMY SALAD DRESSING
1 quart mayonnaise
21/2 teaspoons garlic powder
11/2 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
2/3 cup vegetable oil
Juice from ½ lemon
• In large bowl, combine ingredients. Mix well by hand. Cover and store in refrigerator. Makes 11/2 to 2 quarts.
DEAR MELBA: Years ago, Barry Switzer had a restaurant called Barry's Chicken between Moore and Norman. It's been closed for a few years, but they served a sweet vinegar-type salad dressing that was so good. I would love to have the recipe.
Lucille Richardson, Oklahoma City
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Cheryl, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: Mary Lou Moad asked for recipes and information about a medical issue that requires eating a gluten-free diet. I have recently read a really good book, “Wheat Belly,” by William Davis, MD, that explains how wheat performs in your body. It also includes many
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