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Q: Did Tom Jones or Engelbert Humperdinck write “What’s New, Pussycat”?

A: Neither. The song was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The most popular version of the song is performed by Tom Jones.

Q: How can I season a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven?

A: The instructions we found: Scrub skillet well in hot soapy water and dry thoroughly. Spread a thin layer of vegetable oil or melted shortening over the skillet. Place it upside down on a middle oven rack at 375 degrees (put foil on a lower rack to catch drips.) Bake for an hour and let cool in the oven.

Q: Does Seth Meyers have a brother on a Verizon commercial?

A: He does have a brother, Josh, who is an actor. We can’t find him on any recent Verizon commercials, though.

Q: I’ve been watching “Crime Watch.” What do they mean “Welcome Home, Lisa G.” at the end of every telecast?

A: That’s the logo — sometimes called a vanity card — of executive producer Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey, who runs Lisa G. Productions.

Q: I bought this toy in Mexico that looks like a small barrel with a string with wood spike attached on the other end. You throw it up in the air trying to get the spike to fall into a hole in the barrel. What is the name of this toy?

A: It’s often called a balero.

Q: Mr. Food had a recipe for coffee cake on his show Jan. 12. Can you print this recipe in Call the Courier?

A: Mr. Food’s Streusel-Topped Coffee Cake:


1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 stick butter, cut into pieces


3 cups pancake and biscuit mix

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups milk

2 eggs

1/2 stick butter, melted

2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, combine streusel ingredients; mix with a fork until crumbly, and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk pancake mix, granulated sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk milk, eggs, butter, and vanilla. Add egg mixture to pancake mix mixture and stir until combined. Pour batter into baking dish and sprinkle evenly with streusel. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Q: Is it legal to pass a car in a residential neighborhood?

A: According to the Waterloo Police Department:

1. You can pass in residential neighborhoods on one-way streets.

2. You can pass on residential streets that are multiple lanes.

3. You can’t pass within 100 feet of an intersection — for example on West Ninth, you will always be near an intersection, so no passing.

And keep in mind, you can’t speed to pass.

Q: Why do you repeat questions in Call the Courier?

A: We try not to very often. But not all people read the column every day, and if we get a question asked over and over, it will probably go back in the paper.

Calls are taken on a special Courier phone line at 234-3566. Questions are answered by Courier staff and staff at the Waterloo Public Library.

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