Every message that shows up in my inbox or on my desk, regardless of its contents, I take as proof positive someone out there is reading what I write. That’s good because I’m not fond of talking to myself.
Once again today, I am glad to share a selection of those letters, hoping that one day soon, I’ll hear from you, too.
Comments: How to Store and Reheat Leftover Pizza
Dear Mary: I followed the directions for reheating pizza in a skillet. Cold covered pan, medium-high heat, 8 minutes, no peeking. Well, I like my crust crisp but there are limits. I imagine the secret is just what is “medium-high heat” on my gas stove top. The burning smell and the smoke should have been a clue. I confess I peeked then. I may try it again when I have a slice of pizza to spare. Marcia
Dear Mary: Thanks for the best tip ever—reheating pizza! Tried it, turned out perfect! Tasted for all the world just like it did the first time around. Bravo! Pete
Dear Mary: This is the method I use that you might like to try. Turn on faucet moderately. Quickly pass frozen or refrigerated pizza slice under running water. For a crunchy crust from a frozen slice, pass the bottom under water, also. Care should be taken not to get the refrigerated slice bottom wet. Put in a hot toaster oven. I use a convection countertop oven. The result is soft melted topping and a crisp crust. Clyde
Dear Mary: We’ve been enjoying Home Chef meals for about six months now and I wanted to share the result: I’ve lost ten pounds, my husband more than 20. We love that this is nothing about “dieting.” Just the contrary, we’re enjoying like 5-star fare! The meals are so much more healthy than we would eat otherwise. And we’ve reduced our monthly food bill, on average, by more than $100. It’s only the two of us, but it’s amazing how much we can spend and what we end up eating when we don’ have a plan. Many thanks. Sydney and Chris
Dear Mary: Go out and help blaze/clean up a trail in the middle of the wilderness. Right. Real relaxing. I’m a nurse with four kids. No. Just no. I want a vacation that does not involve work, is air-conditioned and I get waited on. Vicki
Dear Mary: Thank you for all of your informative and useful suggestions. I am all about being able to do several jobs at once—and the Eufy RoboVac II is the greatest time saver for me, ever! Imagine how I smile as I sit at my computer and watch this vacuum clean up dust bunnies, cat fur, and other assorted errant dirt particles like a champion. And the company’s customer service is unsurpassed. I lost the remote to the vacuum. Within five days of my contacting them by email, I had a new remote delivered to my house, gratis. I know that at this point in our lives we can afford to buy laundry detergent, floor cleaner, granite cleaner, etc. from the store but it is kind of fun to make it and I know that we save enough money to buy at least one airline ticket to Europe every year with all of your money-saving ideas. Margaret Finlay, Mayor, City of Duarte Calif.
Dear Mary: I ordered the Eufy Robovac 11 on a Monday and it arrived two days later. I did not vacuum first. I let my floor, as is, be the test under fire. Eufy passed with flying colors. We had a Roomba in the past, though it often got clogged with dog food and dog hair from our Great Pyrenees/Anatolian mix. Cleaned the Eufy twice, rescued it from a cat toy string and a rope, but otherwise it is the bomb! Michela
Dear Mary: I had been looking at robotic vacuums but didn’t want to pay the high price for a Roomba. I loved your article on the Eufy Robovac 11 and it convinced me to give it a try. I love it so far and really love the one-day deal Amazon offered. It has become my new entertainment watching it perform its duty keeping the floors cleaned. I had a dinner party last night and set it to clean this morning. It was great to have all the crumbs off the dining room floor and I didn’t have to lift a finger. Love your column! Jean
Dear Mary: Love that my Eufy Robovac 11 found and vacuumed the closet! Lynn