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DEAR SUN SPOTS: In the Wilton Blueberry Festival, a recipe for blueberry rolls does not tell in the directions when the blueberries are to be added to the recipe. Thanks. — Barbara.

ANSWER: The recipe was submitted by Glennis Gould and published in this year’s Wilton Blueberry Festival special supplement that published Friday, July 31, in the Franklin Journal and Wednesday, Aug. 5, in the Sun Journal’s western edition. Sun Spots is guessing that the blueberries would be added after rolling out the dough. Then roll it up like a jelly roll so the blueberries are on the inside. Maybe Glennis will read this and write in with more information if needed. Here is the recipe:

Blueberry roll recipe
From Glennis Gould
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 Tbs sugar
2 Tbs shortening
1 cup of blueberries
1/2 cup of sugar
Sift flour, salt, baking powder and sugar in a bowl, cut in shortening. Add enough milk to make a dough. Roll out dough 1/2 inch thick, then roll up like a jellyroll. Cut into slices, put in oblong glass dish
Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 Tbs flour
1 Tbs butter
1 cup of water
1 Tsp of vanilla
Boil above ingredients for three minutes. Pour syrup over dough slices. Bake 10 minutes at 425 degrees, then 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

READERS: This letter is written in response to a reader’s query about how to get rid of Japanese beetles:

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DEAR SUN SPOTS: I had no luck with Milky Spore here in Maine and like the other reader learned it’s probably because it is too cold here. There is, however, a Tachinid fly which is free (imagine that!) and attracted to small composite flowers which lays its eggs on the beetles’ heads. When the larva hatch, which they do very quickly, they parasitize the beetle.

I discovered these accidentally when one summer I was unable to tend my garden and planted a cover crop of buckwheat which went to flower. Upon finding small white dots all over the heads of the Japanese beetles I did some research. Now I always plant at least part of a row in buckwheat and the Japapese beetles, while still here, are far less of a problem.

My search led me to a research article published in 1928 so it’s not a new idea. A quick search online seems to lead only to for-profit companies offering their products (how sad when a much better solution is available) but here is the link to a more recent piece on these handy-dandy little flies. http://tinyurl.com/nen4v7b — Shared by Mary Reed on Facebook.

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