Talking of berries—no need to worry about those red and blue bruise-colored stains juicy berries leave on your favorite shirt and best table linens. Barbara Gibbs Ostmann, co-author of The Recipe Writer’s Handbook (John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2001), told me her mother’s secret for dissolving berry stains. (Disclaimer: proceed at your own risk; neither this blogger nor Barbara Ostmann’s mother will assume responsibility for anything.) Stretch the stained part of the fabric over the drain in your sink. Slowly pour boiling water over the stain. The stain will disappear. Works for me and has never damaged my clothes or linens.