DEAR SUN SPOTS: A relative sent me information from the June 15 Sun Spots regarding items belong to Arthur R. Cummings. That was my husband’s grandfather’s name. He was a quartermaster during World War II and served some time in France. He was born in Union, Maine, and I have more information.

I’m not sure how any of these items would have been lost, but my father-in-law died a couple years ago and his house was recently cleaned out, so it’s possible they were in a box there. — Nora, no town

ANSWER: Howie of Oxford had written to Sun Spots to say he had medals and dog tags that belonged to Arthur and wanted to get the items to a family member. I hope you see this, Howie and will reach out to [email protected] or 272-3936.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I really don’t bake anymore but miss enjoying things like strawberry shortcake and pie. I hope you and readers will share no-bake strawberry recipes and ideas. I would really appreciate it. — Belinda, no town

ANSWER: You probably know you can buy ready-made sponge cake, angel food cake, pound cake, and biscuits as your base for strawberries.

Here are some other really quick and easy ideas: chop or smash those berries, add a little sugar then spoon them over a plain old-fashioned doughnut that’s been split in half and toasted. You can do the same thing with an English muffin or just a piece of toast to turn something ordinary into something fancy. You can also cut up berries and spoon them on a graham cracker or shortbread cookie that has been spread with cream cheese for a treat that tastes just like cheesecake.

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Fresh strawberries stirred into whipped cream, sour cream, or cream cheese also makes a yummy spread for bagels, flour tortillas, and naan. You can also dip your berries in melted chocolate or eat them from a pretty bowl with just a splash of heavy cream (with a store-bought shortbread or lady finger on the side.)

You say you don’t bake, but perhaps you’d be up to making a simple strawberry filling that makes a really delicious dessert. In the baking aisle, you’ll find both full-size and individual graham cracker and cookie-crumb pie crusts that you can fill, chill, and enjoy. (Don’t forget the whipped cream!)

You’ll start with 5 1/2 cups washed and hulled berries. Leave 4 cups of the berries whole and cut up the remainder (1 1/2 cups). Place the cut-up berries in a medium saucepan with 1/2 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook and stir over low heat until thickened. Add 1 tablespoon butter. Place whole berries into a pie shell then pour slightly cooled berry mixture over the berries. Chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours. Serves 6.

Readers, I’m up for printing your strawberry recipes so write in if you have something special you’d like to share. Whether it’s a no-bake recipe or something from your oven, let’s celebrate strawberry season. It goes by all too quickly.

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