DEAR HELOISE: My son put three of my nonstick pans in the dishwasher three or four times while my husband and I were on a cruise. They're ruined. Can these pans be re-coated to make them nonstick pans again?
-- Susan M., Jonesboro
DEAR READER: I checked with a few manufacturers, who said placing a nonstick pan in the dishwasher is a "no-no." Once you do that (especially if you do it more than a couple of times), the pan is ruined and cannot be re-coated again. Nonstick pans need to be washed by hand with a gentle soap and a soft sponge. Don't use abrasive or caustic cleaners.
DEAR HELOISE: Please reprint your recipe for Baked Italian Chicken. My husband had this recipe before we married last year, but now he can't find it. I want to surprise him on his birthday by making this dish.
-- Carmela E.,
DEAR READER: This is an easy and tasty recipe for any occasion:
Baked Italian Chicken
1 chicken, cut up or equivalent in parts
1 (8-ounce) bottle nonfat (or regular) Italian salad dressing
1 medium onion, peeled and sliced
4 medium potatoes, sliced (peeled or not) into bite-size pieces
Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a casserole dish with nonstick spray. Place the chicken in the dish and cover with Italian dressing. Top with onions and potatoes. Bake for about 1 hour or until done.
FYI: Too often new cooks are afraid to adjust recipes. Playing with the recipe often yields something better than the original, so be creative.
DEAR HELOISE: I discovered that when I buy soft fruit (such as berries or fresh peaches), if I put it in a plastic bag and trap as much air in the bag as possible before closing it, I can cushion the fruit to prevent it from being damaged.
-- Georgia J.,
DEAR HELOISE: One of my favorite hints is simple: When trying to open a bottle that's hard to open, I use a nutcracker to grip the cap and twist it off. Most grocery stores sell metal nutcrackers.
-- Shirley L., Virginia
Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email
Food on 12/05/2018
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