DEAR MARY: I have a great pair of leather shoes that I just love, but they aren’t in a color that goes with much in my wardrobe. I bought them over 10 years ago and would love to purchase another pair in black. The brand is Karen Moore Shoes. — Pam, California
DEAR PAM: I’ve had no luck finding that brand. However, I’m not convinced you need to replace these shoes simply because they are the wrong color. If these shoes are made of leather, a reputable shoe repairman should be able to dye your shoes black. While prices vary throughout the country, you could get an excellent quality job for far less than the cost to replace them. I’m so sure this will work out for you that I’m going to congratulate you for having the foresight a decade ago to invest in classically styled, excellent quality leather shoes.
DEAR MARY: A friend and I were talking about portions and quantities in recipes. If a recipe calls for two eggs, what size should they be: small, medium or large? Does it matter? — Ann, Connecticut
DEAR ANN: Although any size egg may be used for frying, scrambling, cooking in the shell or poaching, most recipes for baked dishes, such as custards and cakes, are based on the use of large eggs. The correct egg size can be important in recipes with exacting measurement requirements, such as cakes or souffles.
A large egg contains 4 tablespoons of content (2-3 tablespoons of white and 1 1/2 tablespoons of yolk).
Five large eggs or six small ones equal one cup.
Additionally, to halve a recipe calling for three eggs, use two eggs and decrease the recipe’s liquid by 2 to 3 tablespoons.
DEAR MARY: Any suggestions on how to clean a lampshade other than dusting? — Ginger, Oklahoma
DEAR GINGER: Fill a large basin with warm, soapy water (I use about 1/4 cup of laundry detergent in a sink filled with warm water).
Dunk the shade in the water a few times, then rinse with cool, clear water. Hang out of direct sunlight to dry.
DEAR MARY: The tag on my favorite pair of slacks is marked “Wash by hand.” Is there any way that I can get around this? They are 97 percent polyester and 3 percent spandex. — Amberleah, Huntingdon, England
DEAR AMBERLEAH: This is curious because polyester and spandex are both washable fabrics. I have a feeling the manufacturer is erring on the side of caution to limit all liability. I am hesitant to suggest you go against that instruction, but I would wash them by machine in a heartbeat.
I’d turn the pants inside out and wash them alone or with like colors on gentle cycle using cool water. Then I’d lay them flat or hang from the ankles, not the waist, to dry.
Never put spandex in the dryer. Of course, I am not officially recommending that you do this (wink, wink).
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