Wrapping circular plates can be frustrating, difficult

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about holiday plates: “Why can’t manufacturers make a nice variety of square and rectangular holiday plates for goodies? Have you ever tried to put foil or plastic around a large circular plate? It never fits!” — Barbara C. in Montana

Barbara, it’s a little bothersome and somewhat frustrating. Here is a hint: Rather than putting the wrap over the food, then tucking it UNDER the plate, place the wrap UNDER the plate (put several pieces on the counter, “fanned out” in a circle) and pull the wrap UP over the food. Twist to seal, or close with a twist-tie. Thanks to my husband, David, for showing me this hint! — Heloise

Dear Readers: Other uses for cotton swabs:

* Use to dip into a lipstick tube to get the last bit!

* Dip in rubbing alcohol and clean around yucky computer keys.

* For knickknacks, to clean small areas.

* For a small paint touch-up.

* Remove nail polish from cuticles. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: To get candle wax off my carpet, I placed a paper towel on top of the wax and ironed it very lightly with an iron on the lowest heat setting.

I repeated this process until no more wax appeared on the paper towel. This process lifted all the wax off the carpet. — Dora G., via email

Dora, just remember that before taking an iron to spilled wax on carpet, the wax must be DRY AND COOL first. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: I seem to remember you had a marinade/barbecue sauce recipe that uses dark beer. It was really tasty and different. Can you please find it for me? — Virginia M. in Houston

Yes, I do! It does have a “kick” to it, and is easy to make. Here it is:

1 cup dark beer

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon sugar

Whisk all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Use as is right away, or put into a lidded jar or bottle, then store in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to seven days. For more delicious sauces and marinades, including many family recipes, order my Seasonings, Sauces and Substitutes pamphlet. Please visit www. Heloise.com, or send $3 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (68 cents) envelope to: Heloise/SSS, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001.

Meat that has been marinated tastes better than simply seasoning it before grilling or cooking. Once you make this one, next time make it your own by adding different ingredients! — Heloise

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