Category: Food & Drink

Seasons Not Schedules

By , March 30, 2017

I got the jump on birch tapping season this year, which is to say, I started early—too early, apparently.

Last year I found some very valuable information on proper birch tapping methods, but it appears I have yet to fully absorb its key points. Up until I found the information, everything I’d read on the subject focused on maple tree tapping methods, then extrapolated them to cover birch and other trees.

As it turns out, while maple and birch tapping share many methods, and the seasons overlap nicely, the saps rise differently. Therein lies the key.

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Quarter Century Sourdough

By , February 22, 2017

On Monday, we celebrated a family member’s important birthday by fattening her up and eating her.

Our sourdough strain turned 25 years old on Monday. We celebrated with sourdough pancakes topped with a friend’s homemade crabapple butter!

Aly makes sourdough pancakes from a sponge that's older than she is (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Aly makes sourdough pancakes from a sponge that’s older than she is (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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