Food Ideas: Growing, Catching, and Preparing

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A food idea to sidestep nut allergies: oatmeal toasted in butter or margarine makes a delicious nut substitute.

We get a multitude of suggestions, recommendations, hints, and pointers about food that aren’t long enough for their own articles. It seems to us that wasting food ideas is almost as bad as wasting food itself, so we’ve collected a handful here for you. Bon Apetite.

Fluffy Omelets

For fluffier omelets, simply add a pinch of pancake mix to the egg blend before cooking. This will keep the omelets from going flat when they cool, according to Owen Bradford of Phoenix, Arizona.

Nut Substitute

“If you have a youngster who’s allergic to nuts, brown some oatmeal in a bit of butter or margarine, and use the crunchy flakes as a substitute for chopped nuts in candy or cookie recipes,” writes Mrs. Arthur E. Norha of Virginia, Minnesota.

Colors for Curbing Appetite

According to Topeka, Kansas reader Country Monia, colors can influence our appetite for food. The Sunflower Stater suggests that green and blue make people feel less hungry (she wonders whether that might have something to do with the phrase “blue plate special”), while the color orange will cause diners to desire more food. Country is planning to redecorate her kitchen soon, and put a green light in her refrigerator!

Shirt Pocket Tackle Box

“When rock-hopping with my fishing rod, I like to travel as lightly as possible,” writes Doug Smith of Cambria, California. “But I used to have trouble finding a suitable place for my spare hooks and leaders, a spot where they wouldn’t tangle together. Well, now I just slip the made-up leaders and hooks into a wallet-sized photograph holder. One rig fits in each plastic sleeve, and the whole packet rides neatly in my front shirt pocket.”

Sprouting Jar Lids

May and June are often considered “wedding months,” and if your spring calendar includes a few of these nuptial celebrations, you might want to take this tip from Norma Sizemore of Lima, Ohio. When the reception ends with the traditional custom of throwing rice at the bride and groom, Mrs. Sizemore collects the small pieces of leftover netting which held the grains and carries them home. She’s found that they’re the perfect size to cover her sprout jars; when held in place with a rubber band, they’ll keep even the tiniest alfalfa seeds in the jar!

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