Long live and preserve your celery

Dear Heloise: Celery gets rotten so fast that I used to throw a lot of it away. Now when I buy a new stalk, I wrap the whole thing in paper towels and put it back in the long, plastic bag it came in. It stays fresh to the end. — Marion D., Harvey Cedars, N.J.

Nut substitutes

Dear Heloise: If you have a recipe that calls for nuts and you have someone in your family or a friend who cannot eat nuts, or you just don’t have any nuts on hand, substitute a rice cereal, using the same amount as in the recipe.

Also, you can always substitute walnuts for pecans in a recipe. The taste will vary a little, but both nuts make great pies. — Dawn P., Bryant, Ark.

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