Hillary Hebert of Raleigh shared her recipe for Indian Spinach Salad. “It’s a surprise hit with folks who like spinach salads but want something a little different.”
For the salad:
10 ounces (8 cups) fresh spinach
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 cup chopped red apples
1 cup peanuts
2 teaspoons sliced green onion
For the dressing:
1/4 cup white wine or vinegar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons chopped chutney
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
Wash and dry spinach (if needed), and remove any tough stems. Toss together salad ingredients. Combine dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well. Pour over salad and serve.
Best new use
Becky Winders of Durham offered a new use for household items.
“I use binder clips from my office to close potato chip bags, bags of salad mix, etc., in the kitchen. With small inexpensive magnets, the binder clips will hold pictures, coupons, memos, etc., on the refrigerator or other metal surface. I put outgoing mail in a clip on a magnet on the inside of my metal outside door where I will see it and remember to mail it when I go out.”
Best for seedlings
Susan Quinby-Honer of Raleigh says toilet paper rolls make perfect seed-starting pots.
“Cut three slits in one end of the roll and fold in (the edges) to form the bottom of the pot. Dunk the pot in water and then set up to dry. You can use the pot to start your seeds, and, when they are ready for transplanting, the whole pot can be planted without disturbing the young plant.”
Best for removing rust stains
Pressing my favorite cream-colored slacks in a rush before work, I wound up staining them with rust from my steam iron. What to do?
I grabbed a bar of Fels-Naptha laundry soap, wet it with warm water and started scrubbing. I scrubbed for a few seconds, then rinsed with warm water, wringing out the excess and repeating the process. After about two minutes, the stains disappeared. After rinsing and thoroughly wring out the slacks, I hung them on the shower door. When I returned after work, they were dry and stain-free.
Best garden tour
More than 20 private gardens – ranging from Charleston-style courtyards to complete outdoor rooms – will be open to visitors at the inaugural Garden Walk at Bedford, a North Raleigh community, on May 2. The tour is from 1-6 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance by visiting bedfordgardenwalk.com/. The tour takes place rain or shine.
Or pony up $35 for a combination ticket for the garden tour and the Tea at Bedford Abbey, which takes place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Seating is limited for the tea, at the Bedford Clubhouse, 10630 Bedfordtown Drive. The event’s theme comes from the popular PBS series “Downtown Abbey,” and guests are encouraged to dress in their best spring finery. Tickets for the tea only are $20.
Proceeds will benefit Backpack Buddies of Wake County.
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Best of the tube
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