AB BLOG 2017-01-09T10:46:25+00:00

Amanda’s Bequest Blog & News

When making bread Sourdough Sally loves her some CHEESE!

Sourdough and cheese making Bread and cheese.... I'm seriously passionate about both.  About 18 months or so ago, I learned they go hand in hand.  That explains it! Old English Farmhouse Cheese, its whey and flour...going to feed Sally to make bread! I have been making artisan sourdough bread for a long time but only learned cheese making about two and a half years ago.  Know that when making cheese, there is a byproduct called whey.  And [...]

Autumn in October

Autumn in White Lake Area I like to brag about how wonderful it is to live in Montague show folks how wonderful it is to live or visit this pretty area of the world.  There is way more than I can manage so much variety of things to see and do in this area.  I can't keep track of it all.  And this changes not with just each season, but each month.  Autumn is a great example. Having done "Walk" [...]

Landscape like a Crazy … and Win a Prize

How to Landscape like a Crazy ... and Win a Prize (aka...how to landscape around deer and not go crazy) I do landscape like I'm insane.  Nothing makes sense to anyone else...until it does. Learning to grow pretty gardens in a neighborhood FULL of Whitetail deer that are not afraid to climb on the porch to eat a plant was a pain in the... took some trial and error.  And I'm not even allowed to eat them.  There is a [...]

Playing with Food

Twisted Beer Pretzels Playing with Food is awesome fun except the cleaning part a favorite activity here at Amanda's Bequest Bed & Breakfast in our Bygone Basic's kitchen.  (HINT:  There's a savings deal in this blog post...you just have to find it) Lately, I (Valerie) have been playing with some spent grains acquired from our local microbrewery.  It seemed to me that the blend of fermented grains and my decades old sourdough ferment are the perfect pairing in [...]

Drinking in the Afternoon, Cohabitation, and other Sordid Stories about Asparagus

Pickled Asparagus is a Michigan thing. It is a treasured delicacy around here. I absolutely love the ones I make. Asparagus. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to the level of everyday's Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.  E.B. Browning Ok.  That might be [...]

Rice Pudding…how come the world stopped making it?

It seems that no one makes rice pudding anymore.  I love it and believe it surpasses even a good bowl of oatmeal in the morning. "Rice is the best, the most nutritive and unquestionably the most widespread staple in the world." -Georges Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935) Rice Pudding is versatile to many flavor additions. Here is a rice pudding with strawberry preserves swirled in, and on the right, a rice pudding with fresh orange and a bit of its juice [...]