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Smartphone photo app makes a great mirror

Place a knife handle or wooden spoon next to the potato before cutting to keep from slicing all the way through the potato.
Place a knife handle or wooden spoon next to the potato before cutting to keep from slicing all the way through the potato. TNS

The winner: I was telling my 9-year-old granddaughter, Mary Owen, that I needed a “mirror app” for my phone so I could put on lipstick. She said, “Grandma, open your camera app and turn the lens so you can see yourself. Then you can put on your lipstick.” I learn all my technical tricks from the grandkids!

Carol Lassiter, Lake Wylie

Easy trick for potato slicing

Here is what I consider a more foolproof method for cutting the Hasselback Potatoes (recipe in the Saturday, Oct. 3 Observer). Lay two chopsticks parallel to each other on a cutting board and nestle the potato between them. When the potato is sliced, the chopsticks will prevent it from being sliced all the way through. I also use this method to slice a smoked sausage before baking it with a glaze. Two wooden spoon handles would work, as well. Lisa Buch, Concord

Note: You could use silverware, but be careful not to drag the knife on metal.

Wine bag converts to small gift bag

When receiving a bottle of wine in a paper bag, I convert it easily into a regular gift bag. I cut the bag in half and slip the cut-off top portion over the bottom portion. Glue the sides together on the inside. Voila!

Dora Dalmas, Cornelius

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