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DEAR MELBA: A nice thing about these Hot Cheese Wafers is that they can be made and stored for 2 weeks.


•1/2 cup butter or margarine

•1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese

•1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

•1 cup flour

•1/4 teaspoon salt

•1 cup Rice Krispies

Preheat oven to 350 F. In large bowl of electric mixer, cream butter, cheese and cayenne pepper until smooth Add flour, salt and cereal continuing beating until combined. Using a teaspoon, measure dough into balls. Arrange on cookie sheet and press each ball with your thumb to flatten slightly. Bake 20 minutes. Makes about 50 small servings.

— B.D., Oklahoma City

DEAR MELBA: This dip is not just good tasting, it's easy to make.


•1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

•1 cup sour cream

•1 tablespoon garlic powder

•1 tablespoon dried onions

•1/2 teaspoon salt

•1/2 teaspoon paprika

•3/4 cup finely grated sharp cheddar cheese

Put all ingredients in blender and beat until well blended. Cover and chill.

Put in serving dish and serve with chips of your choice.

— Carol, Oklahoma City


DEAR READERS: Remember the recipe for Water Pie that Ed Londagin shared recently? I said I did not plan to try it but if anyone did to let us know how it turned out. Here is what you said about it.

— Melba

DEAR MELBA: I made the Water Pie from your Oct. 23 column and took it to our Sewing Group at First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater. Everyone liked it. Yes, if I brought it again they would be glad to have another piece of the pie. The pie, when cooked, looked like a pudding pie, and I did take prepared whipped topping to spread on top of it.

— Rita Breuning

DEAR MELBA: I made the Water Pie. My boys liked it. They suggested it would taste better if it had pecans in it. I plan to make it again and will add pecans.

— Sharon Bass, Oklahoma City

If you have a problem other readers might help solve or an idea you’d like to share, e-mail or write to Melba’s Swap Shop, Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. Please include your name and address.