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Reader has recipe for peanut butter pancakes

Dear Heloise: I usually take the tiny amount of peanut butter left over in the jar and microwave it until it’s soft and runny. (Keep an eye on it.) Then I add it to my pancake batter. The peanut butter isn’t wasted, and my pancakes are a big hit with my family. — Mia N., Gaffney, S.C.

Bootleg beans

Dear Heloise: I had a dish at my sister-in-law’s that was out of this world. She said it was called Bootleg Beans, and it was your recipe. Would you reprint that for me? — Barbara in Pennsylvania

This is an all-time favorite.

3 strips bacon

1 small onion, chopped

1 (15-ounce) can of pork and beans in tomato sauce

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

2 to 3 tablespoons ketchup

Fry the bacon in a medium saucepan over medium heat until almost crisp. Add the onion and continue frying until the onion starts to brown. Pour off almost all of the grease. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir to mix well, cover and simmer until heated through. — Heloise

Table runner

Dear Heloise: I like to switch out my table runner according to the season or holiday, which means I have several. To store them, I roll them around used cardboard rolls that once held paper towels. This keeps them clean and wrinkle-freee. — Lisa D., Manchester, Maine

Lemon ice tea

Dear Heloise: I love iced tea all year I also like fresh lemon in my iced tea, so I freeze freshly squeezed lemons in my ice cube trays. When I want lemons, I have them fresh and ready to use. — LaDonna, via email

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send a hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.)

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