Magazine article Sunset

Open House: Letters from Our Readers

Magazine article Sunset

Open House: Letters from Our Readers

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Feedback on Frito pie

In your article about serving traditional Frito pie (May, page 44), you neglected to say the Fritos sack is sliced open along the side, not the top. That way you can get more chili in, and it's easier to hang onto as you eat.

Carol Nordengren

ALBUQUERQUE

Reading about New Mexico's Frito pie brought back fond memories of growing up in El Monte, California. The Little League snack bar's most popular item was a Pepper Belly--a bag of Fritos smothered with chili and shredded cheese--which made for many children and parents a very satisfying dinner.

For some reason, there is no comparison to serving them in the bag versus the bowl; the bag is far better.

Carolyn Suharik

DAVIS, CA

Parking strips are public passages too

Thank you for your inspiring article about landscaping parking strips ("Heavenly 'Hellstrips,'" May, page 81). What a great way to beautify a neighborhood, while encouraging bees, butterflies, and birds! And how thoughtful of you to recommend low-growing plants that won't interfere with drivers views of the road.

One clarification: In most areas, the space between the sidewalk and the street is part of the public right-of-way and would rightfully be used by people getting out of cars and so on. While no one would mind plantings there, people should be reminded to keep the space passable, as you touched on with the mention of steppingstones if the strip is long. …

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