Dear Readers: How are SERRATED KNIVES different from smooth blades? Let’s take a look.
Each “tooth” of the serrated blade that comes in contact with food emits more pressure on that particular area, with a sawing motion, so the cuts are faster, but they can be more jagged. 
Serrated knives work well for cutting both “tender” foods, like bread, peaches and tomatoes (items that can tear or disintegrate easily with a smooth blade), and also for heartier foods, like a roast or a watermelon rind.
Whichever blade you choose, always practice knife safety. Did you know that you’re more apt to get cut by a dull knife than a sharp knife? Putting excess pressure on the blade can cause it to slip and slice. - Heloise


Dear Heloise: When I make cornbread, whether from scratch or box mix, I replace 1/4 of the milk called for with either plain yogurt or sour cream (reduced fat works fine) and bake as directed. This makes the cornbread moister, and it won’t dry out after cooling. I read your column every day in the Sidney (Ohio) Daily News. - Susan M., via email

We love cornbread here in Texas; I think I’ll give this a whirl! -- Heloise


Dear Readers: We got a whale of a response to our “Go gray or keep it colored?” column. Read on. - Heloise

“You can look vivacious and be gray at the same time. Wear your jewelry and a little colorful makeup for a classy presentation.” -- Respectfully, Gray in Ohio

“I’m frugal except when it comes to my hair, and there’s no way I would stop coloring my hair. I’ve been told by hairdressers that letting one’s hair go white adds 10 years.” - Babs, via email

“Let it rip! I gave up dyeing years ago. I use that extra time and money for living!” - Janet, via email

“I colored my hair for years. Decided to go natural a few years ago. How liberating! A person can cover the gray, but the other signs of aging are still there. The color of our hair doesn’t determine our age - attitude does. Be yourself. Age naturally.” - Joan D., via email

“I’m a hairdresser. This trend of going gray is just that -- a trend. Your hair is your mane. Women should feel beautiful. I have my hair highlighted. I am not hiding gray. I just want a flattering look. One of my best friends has gorgeous gray. People who decide to go natural shouldn’t judge those who don’t. This reminds me of ‘When you turn 40 you have to cut your hair short.’ There are no rules. Do what you want to do.” - Michelle G., via email


Dear Readers: Driving in a HAILSTORM can be a frightening event, but here are some hints to help you through:
If the weather is dicey, stay tuned to weather forecasts. When you detect hail coming down, slow your vehicle tremendously. Experts advise leaving up to three times the stopping distance between you and the next car. Low-beam headlights can be helpful.
Pulling safely under covered parking or in a parking garage is a good idea. Engage your emergency flashers. Don’t get out of the car. Be aware of any broken glass inside the vehicle. After the storm has passed, take care of the glass shards right away. These storms can be scary, but the good news is that they typically don’t last too long. - Heloise


Dear Heloise: Many people sit for long hours while working on their computers, and in the process they become sedentary and possibly develop hunched backs. 
The dancer in me led me to work on my computer standing up, placing it on a tall countertop while enjoying a view of our tropical gardens.  
Business owners may want to consider offering this option to employees who are eager to explore ways to stay more fit and healthy. -- Miss Mary, via email
Miss Mary, there are computer desks that are adjustable so you can stand at your desk and stretch out your legs. There are even desks that have a built-in treadmill! Get These desks can be expensive, but your health is invaluable! Make a presentation to the boss. - Heloise

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