DEAR HELOISE: I had a hard time peeling pears, so I cut one in half and ate it with a spoon. I read your column daily in The Spokesman-Review.

— Eva B., Spokane, Wash.

Microwave fudge

DEAR HELOISE: Please reprint the recipe for microwave fudge.

— Melissa H., Roswell, N.M.

I’d love to, Melissa. You’ll need:

1 pound powdered sugar

1/2 cup cocoa

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons butter or margarine

4 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Combine all ingredients except the nuts in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high until all the ingredients in the mixture are melted and smooth. Remove and stir periodically. When the mixture is smooth, remove from microwave and stir in nuts. Spread into a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan and allow to cool completely before cutting into bite-size pieces.

— Heloise

Loving lemons

Dear Readers: It’s well-known that lemons contain a high dose of vitamin C, but did you also know:

Lemons are good for your liver. Fresh lemon added to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver detoxifier.

Lemons can help cleanse the intestinal tract. Drink a glass of warm water with the juice of one lemon in the morning.

Sprinkle lemon juice on fresh veggies for a delightful, new taste to foods.

Lemons contains anti-cancer compounds.

As good as lemons are for you, do not suck on fresh lemons because it can damage your tooth enamel. After eating foods with lemon juice, rinse your mouth with water to reduce any possibility of tooth damage.

— Heloise

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