Originally created 10/03/00

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DESSERT DECISIONS:

According to a survey by the makers of Comstock and Wilderness fruit pie filling and dessert toppings, nearly half - 47.2 percent - of men and women said ice cream is their favorite dessert. But as with most things, men and women differ on what comes in second. Men prefer pie; women would choose cake. Ice cream, pie and cake finished top three in the telephone survey of 1,000 adults. One pie men and women should agree on is the Cherry Swirled Cheesecake:

1 14 cups chocolate cookie crumbs

1/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup melted margarine

1 21-ounce can cherry pie filling

1 teaspoon grated orange rind

2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened

1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

3 eggs

1/2 cup lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat oven to 300 degrees. Combine crumbs, sugar and margarine; press firmly on bottom of 9-inch springform pan. In blender, puree pie filling until smooth; add orange rind. In mixer bowl beat cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Add eggs, lemon juice and vanilla; mix well.

Pour half batter into pan; top with 1/2 cup puree. Repeat layering. With knife, swirl puree into cheese mixture.

Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until center is set. Cool; chill. Serve with remaining puree.

TRASHY SECRETS:

A survey by the maker of Glad Odor Shield trash bags has discovered that 49 percent of consumers have looked through the garbage to make sure something wasn't thrown away and 27 percent have taken something out of the trash that another family member had dumped. Sixteen percent have hidden something in the trash they didn't want another family member to know they had discarded, and 6 percent admitted to taking something from a neighbor's or stranger's trash.

BRIGHTER IRONS:

Black & Decker has two new irons designed to give clothes a professional finish without dry cleaning while adding a splash of color to your day.

The Translucent ProFinish Premium Irons offer maximum steam performance for tough wrinkles, and the models automatically adjust for any temperature setting. Additional features include automatic shut-off and a surge of steam for stubborn wrinkles. The models come in shades of boysenberry and light jade.

Suggested retail prices for the two irons ranges from $35 to $55. More information is available at www.household productsinc.com or by calling (800) 231-9786.

DEAR MR. WEBSTER:

We need a name for those funny little oblong things that pop out of the "handles" of plastic bags we get at supermarkets. Could we call them holettes?

TICKLING TAKES TWO:

Scientists may have unraveled a mystery that has puzzled them and millions of children for years - why it is impossible to tickle yourself? British researchers say the secret lies in the cerebellum, a region at the back of the brain that predicts the sensory consequences of movements and sends signals to the rest of the brain instructing it to ignore the resulting sensation. The mechanism once protected us against predators by distinguishing between stimuli we created and those generated externally.