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Where the syrup flows

Where the syrup flows

BIG RAPIDS — In early spring, when temperatures dip below freezing at night and rise above freezing by day, sugar-bush owners know it’s time to tap the maple trees. Who knows how many Michigan residents tap the trees on their properties for the fun of making their own maple syrup? One Big Rapids family taps […]

DRAFT PICKS: Ora et Labora

DRAFT PICKS: Ora et Labora

For more than 1,500 years, some of the best quality beer (generally ale) has been brewed in monasteries throughout Europe, (and later, to a limited degree, in the U.S. as well). Monks have long brewed beer for a number of very good reasons. First, a good strong ale covered up, and even neutralized, the taste […]

Ask Stewart Knowitall! How is bread made?

Ask Stewart Knowitall! How is bread made?

Destiney asks: How is bread made? To make bread you need the following: 4 cups flour (white or wheat) 1.5 cups of warm water 1 Tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 packet of yeast 1 egg (whisked) Large mixing bowl Measuring cup Measuring spoons Cookie sheet pan Pastry brush Clean kitchen towel What You Do: measure […]

DRAFT PICKS: Down in the cellar

DRAFT PICKS: Down in the cellar

Over the past few columns, I’ve mentioned a number of times that I expect to save this beer or another for sipping at a future date. As in the storing of wine, saving beer properly is referred to as “cellaring.” And yes … it can be done. We’ve talked about this before classmates, but it […]