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Here's where to find King Cake for Mardi Gras

It seems 2016 has barely started but already it's flying by. Mardi Gras is coming up Tuesday, although the parades and other celebrations start well before the actual day — on Jan. 6, or Twelfth Night, the 12th day of Christmas.

Readers uncover creamy seafood pan roast

When Lori Nehls emailed Taste of the Town in search of a creamy seafood pan roast, similar to those served at the Silver Legacy, Nugget and Peppermill casinos in the Reno area, I wasn't sure what she meant, since every pan roast I've had was broth-based. But readers knew just what she was talking about.

Readers search for potatoes simplified

If you really want, simply, potatoes, you can find them in the produce department of any supermarket. But if you don't like peeling and chopping, I guess Michael Foods' Simply Potatoes, which promise "fresh, never frozen potatoes and real ingredients" are the next best thing. And several readers have found them for Helen Arnold, who said she used to get them at Smith's.

Readers offer more recipes for green-tomato relish

After I ran a request from Marge Phegley for a recipe for green-tomato relish like that served at the Hush Puppy, I received several from readers (and thanks to all of them). I haven't been to the Hush Puppy in quite a while, but I'm hoping that one of the two recipes that follow is a close approximation.