DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thank you for the great job you do!
I do a lot of knitting and am looking for a yarn outlet. These outlets sell yarn that is discontinued or colors that don’t sell very well or the dye lot is off-color. The yarn in stores is very expensive.
Also does someone have a very easy recipe to do cheesecakes with vanilla wafers? This recipe took minutes to do. Thanks for all your help. — No Name via email
ANSWER: Sun Spots is sure readers will have better suggestions for the yarn question than she does, but she did notice that some retail stores advertise online that they also sell seconds. And what about Marden’s?
You could probably get terrific prices online; there is tons of cheap yarn available on eBay.
There is a store in Massachusetts that says it “offers the most comprehensive selection of yarns, needles, books, patterns and supplies for knitters, crocheters, weavers and more.” It is at 75 Service Center Road, Northampton, MA 01060, 800-367-9327, www.yarn.com, and has discontinued yarns on its website marked down.
Readers, do you have some good local suggestions?
As for the recipe, Sun Spots usually can’t publish them because of copyright, but she feels it’s safe when the recipe is published by the manufacturer using their product and thus is an advertisement. Kraft has the following recipe for cupcake cherry cheesecake online at kraftrecipes.com/recipes/cupids-cherry-cheesecakes-55259.aspx
12 vanilla wafers
2 packages (8 ounces each) Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup cherry pie filling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a wafer in the bottom of each of 12 paper-lined medium muffin pan cups; set aside.
Beat cream cheese and sugar in small bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing just until blended after each addition. Spoon evenly into prepared muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.
Bake 30 minutes. Turn off oven; open oven door slightly. Let stand in oven 30 minutes. Remove from oven; cool completely. Top with pie filling. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving. Store leftover cheesecakes in refrigerator.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: Are there any local farms that sell fresh sour cherries (also known as pie cherries or tart cherries) in late June and July?
Alternatively does anyone sell individually quick-frozen sour cherries? Years ago I bought them through Agway’s frozen food sales. Thank you. — No Name, Lewiston
ANSWER: Sun Spots used the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association directory (mofga.net) to search for cherries in Androscoggin county and got two hits: Ricker Hill Orchards in Turner and River Rise Farm in Auburn. It doesn’t say whether the cherries are sweet or sour, but you can check back next summer.
Sun Spots also called Axis (the health food store), but they only have sweet cherries in frozen.
Sun Spots buys canned cherries for Mr. Sun Spots’ pies and they are pretty good, although a couple of years ago she planted a cherry tree, and it seems to be doing well.
Readers, any suggestions?
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