Thank you to all those wonderful readers who caught a lovely typo in the Nov. 14 column. Roux was incorrectly spelled and Sun Spots did not correct the writer’s version prior to publication. However, she was thrilled with the response from readers, especially those who shared some wonderful recollections with the column. Here are two that hopefully other readers will enjoy:

Dear Sun Spots: Oh Rue the days of phonetic spellings! Joy of Cooking describes ‘rue’ as a herb! Perhaps the German’s have their own word for the French gravy-maker Roux (pronounced rue) which is described in the Joy of Cooking, and of which many Mainers of Franco-American lineage must be familiar with.

My mother, who is deceased, drove a Model T ambulance in France after World War I, for which she received the Croix de Guerre. She absorbed countryside French cooking methods, not Cordon Bleu. Roux was one taught to her kids, now in our 80s!

Any of you can look it up. Just spell it properly. – S.M. Miller, Livermore.

And from reader Christopher Pottle of Oxford, who writes that the French would be turning in their graves over this one.

In a French-Canadian town like Lewiston, he writes, you have probably already gotten lots of flak about your discussion of browned butter and flour, called “Rue” in your column. My wife grew up in New Orleans and the basis of many of her wonderful dishes is this combination, whose correct name is “Roux.” When she took up cross-stitch several years ago she came across a pattern in New Orleans she couldn’t resist. We have had it hanging in our kitchen many years. I attach a photo of this cross-stitch hanging, which makes it very clear what the name and composition of this wonderful stuff is.

Dear Sun Spots: I read your page every day. Now I am looking for some help in finding a crochet pattern that is called Tumble Block Squares. I have checked just about everywhere I can think of and am not able to find it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. – Linda Pearl, No Town.

Sun Spots located a pattern online at It is a quilt, Tumbling Block, by “Herrschners Blue-Ribbon Afghans’ and the pattern appears to be included in Leisure Arts Hardcover ISBN 0-8487-1457-1 or softcover ISBN 0-8487-1460-1. You might check with your local book store to see if they could order this for you. Sun Spots did also locate the Herrschners Blue Ribbon book at or at

Dear Sun Spots: As an avid reader of your column, I hope you can help me. I would like to know how I can mail an item, Knuckleball Beer bottle, to Tim Wakefield to see if he could sign it for a disabled but loyal fan of the famous Boston Fanner. I would gladly pay all shipping. – Herb Foster, Norway.

You might consider contacting him by writing to him in the care of the Boston Red Sox, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215-3496.

Dear Sun Spots: I have a bag of knit things if anyone would like to have them for a church fair or a craft fair. We aren’t able to have our craft sale this year and I would like to have someone to have them if they could use them. You would have to pick them up. Please call me after 9 a.m. at 345-9056. – Natalie Taylor, Mechanic Falls.

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