Claire W. in Southfield, Mich., writes: My four sons often bring their friends over after school or practice, and as you might have guessed, they’re always hungry. English muffins have become my best friend because of the versatility they offer. I can top them with cream cheese, chutney and peanuts, or almond slices. A slice of tomato and cheese, and a few seconds under the broiler, also is a tasty treat.

Joseph E. in Dayton writes: Sometimes people will burn a glass coffeepot with just a little leftover coffee. It’s stuck at the bottom and is hard to clean — unless you do this: Take about six to eight ice cubes and about 2 to 3 tablespoons of salt and put them in the coffeepot. Hold the pot by the handle and start swirling the salt/ice cubes in a circular motion, so that they spin around the inside. The burned-on coffee will be gone in a couple of minutes. Just rinse out the pot, and you’re done.

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