Fr. Carmen S., OFM in Sybertsville, Pa. writes: Wondering what to do with leftover ice-cream sticks? I found that they make great levelers for measuring spoons and small measuring cups. Just dip the spoon or cup into the dry ingredient and run the edge of the stick across the top one or two times.

This leaves the spoon or cup perfectly level, and it can be used over and over again with a quick rinse and air-dry.

I keep several in the kitchen drawer in case I have multiple ingredients that need leveling and I donít want to mix flavors together. You also can use wooden tongue depressors the same way for larger cups.

Helen W. in Hammond, Ind. writes: Here is my hint when grating cheese using a cheese grater: For faster, easier cleanup, I start by spraying the grater with nonstick cooking spray. The cheese doesnít stick to the grater, and washing is much faster, because I donít have to soak the grater for hours in hot, soapy water anymore.

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