Creative cookie decorating with children

Dear Heloise: Children love to decorate cookies, and I found it much easier to have the cookies cut out and put on a prepared cookie sheet ready to decorate. My mini muffin pan is a good place to put individual decorations, making them easier to get to. — Gloria H., Monroe, Ohio

Pasta salad

Dear Heloise: Please reprint your Vinaigrette Pasta Salad. I love it. Kyla G., American Fork, Utah

You’ll need:

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper

1 teaspoon fresh dill or

1/2 teaspoon dried dill

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl or jar, mixing vigorously. Makes 1 cup. Set aside.

1 pound fettuccini, cooked,

drained, cooled

6 ounces sliced salami,

cut into 1/4-inch strips

6 ounces sliced cooked

ham, cut into 1/4-inch


6 ounces thinly sliced,

fresh spinach, romaine

or escarole

1/3 cup grated Parmesan


Combine all ingredients except vinaigrette in a large bowl. Pour vinaigrette over the pasta; toss until well-coated.

FYI: Use vinegar to get rid of odors by boiling a cup of water on the stove with 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Add a little cinnamon to make the house smell good! — Heloise

(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.)