When strawberry season comes around, one of my favorite ways to use them is in Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes! Yum! And it’s hard to believe that there is no cream cheese in the recipe at all. It’s a bit more complicated … Continue reading
All of you who have stayed here know that we always ask guests before arriving if they have allergies that might affect my breakfast preparation. A bit ago, a gentleman called and told me that he was allergic to Aunt … Continue reading
On a recent wonderful warm day I had the absolute pleasure to go and pick apples with friends at a private home right on Lake Erie. As you can see the trees are just laden with apples! They were just … Continue reading
During a recent vacation, we made a stop at a local craft ice cream maker. There were two flavors that were outstanding–Pineapple Pink Peppercorn, and Curry. The curry ice cream was intriguing. So this year, when my favorite local ice … Continue reading
Making the same cookies can get boring! I know, everyone loves the Chocolate Chip cookies, so I don’t DARE not have those out…but sometimes you just want something different. Today is a bit gloomy…and I see the gallon jug of … Continue reading
Like everyone, we have our own traditions here at the Grape Arbor! Of course we decorate! There are bunnies, chick, and eggs all around. And we bake…Hot Cross Buns (recipe given earlier), specialty Easter breads galore! But our family tradition … Continue reading
You all probably already know that we make our own bacon, and that our veggies in season come from a CSA. We also got our Thanksgiving turkey from a local farm, and grow a lot of our own herbs.
Our newest venture is…growing our own mushrooms! Intrepid Assistant Innkeeper Paul Roehl helped me (once I ordered the spawn, then promptly felt completely overwhelmed). After reading an article from one of my favorite blogs (A Way to Garden) about growing mushrooms, I decided to give it a try.
I did a bit of research and purchased some spawn (I know, it sounds like it comes from a horror movie) of three different types of mushrooms –Oyster, red brick, and mitaki–from Smugtown Mushrooms. Why there? Well, they aren’t very far away–Rochester NY, so I thought the climate would be about the same.
Each type of mushrooms grows best in a certain type of wood. Here’s where Paul came in.
You had to pick the type of wood the mushroom grows in best, then drill holes for the spawn. Insert the spawn in the holes, then plug them up with wax.
And wait 6 – 9 months (just like a baby)! We will see how they do over the winter!
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Like everyone else, I ended up post-holiday with a few extra pounds. You know–Christmas cookies (yikes how I love those Kolackies!), parties, yummy cocktails (oh my, New Year’s Eve with those Cranberry Cosmos and Dark and Stormies)…but I digress. So … Continue reading
What else do you do when the decorating is done? For the past several years I have always wanted to try making my own bagels. But I was afraid…I love bagels, lived in New York for a while, and so … Continue reading
I am always trying to find new and different things to serve for breakfast. When I saw a bag of persimmons at the store…I couldn’t resist, even though I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with them! So home … Continue reading