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A substitute for lettuce is suggested

Dear Heloise: When preparing tacos, if you do not have lettuce on hand, do not fret. You may have a cucumber. Cut it into matchstick-size pieces.

It gives the tacos an added crunch. — Lucille S., Barrington, N.H.

The need to knead?

Dear Heloise: You don’t really need to knead bread dough. You can make excellent no-knead bread with much less effort and in a much shorter amount of time.

There are numerous recipes online. — Eric N., via email

Kneading bread dough enhances the texture of certain bread recipes, and some people enjoy the act of kneading dough.

However, you’re right — there are indeed many recipes that do not require kneading the dough. — Heloise

War cake

Dear Heloise: Please reprint your recipe for War Cake. I want to make it for my dad, who loves this recipe more than any other cake. Mahalo! — Kiko H., Hilo, Hawaii

Using a medium-to-large-size cooking pot/pan, mix together 2 cups brown sugar, 2 cups hot water and 2 teaspoons shortening. Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup raisins and 1 teaspoon each of salt, cinnamon and cloves. Boil for 5 minutes after the mixture begins to bubble.

When the mixture is cold (and it must be), add 3 cups of flour and 1 teaspoon of baking soda that has been dissolved in a couple of teaspoons of hot water. Mix, then pour into a greased tube pan and bake 1 hour at 350-375 F.

— Heloise

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send money-or time-saving hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.)

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