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20 in 20: Maple-Almond Cookies are Easy

April 9th, 2020 by srsm

20 in 20. Make 20 cookies in 20 minutes. Maple-Almond Cookies are the perfect cookie to bake in the early spring each year. The sugaring season is over for West Hill Sugar Orchard, just down the road from us here in the Mad River Valley of Vermont. All the buckets are off the trees and … read full article

Swedish Visiting Cake: my variation of a very tasty cake

December 7th, 2019 by srsm

Stirring It Up: Swedish Visiting Cake, quick and simple to make and very ‘moreish’ tasting! Here is my variation. This cake is crispy outside and chewy inside which is similar to the consistency of a coconut macaroon. Makes: One round 9″ (23cm) cake. Oven: 350°F (175°C) Bake: 25-30 min. Ingredients: 8 T (4oz) salted butter … read full article

Irish Soda Bread: Apparently It’s Not Irish in Origin

September 3rd, 2019 by srsm

Irish Soda Bread: Apparently it’s not Irish in origin. Stirring It Up: With apologies to my Scottish husband, I give you the recipe for Irish Soda Bread which has been enjoyed by many guests here at West Hill House B&B. This recipe just a few minutes to put together and only 30 minutes to bake. Best … read full article

Scrumptious Gluten-Free Cornbread

April 19th, 2019 by srsm

Stirring it up: Scrumptious Gluten-Free Cornbread. Love cornbread and need to eat gluten free?  This cornbread recipe is easy and made with ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now. The recipe can be halved and still produce an excellent result. Enjoyed by our guests. It’s keeper! Makes: one 9 x 9 inch pan (25cm … read full article

Sandbakkels are a Norwegian Sugar Cookie Treat- Get Baking!

January 8th, 2019 by srsm

Stirring it up: Sandbakkels are a Norwegian sugar cookie treat which is enjoyed throughout the Scandinavian countries, especially at Christmas. But seriously, who wouldn’t want a sugar cookie at any time of the year! A friend of mine has strong Norwegian roots and when I showed him the photo of my Sandbakkels he exclaimed, “I … read full article

Quiche. Real men do eat quiche and it has happened here!

August 20th, 2018 by srsm

Serving it up: Quiche.  This warm, creamy, egg pie is a winner at breakfast here at West Hill House B&B. Quiche can also be enjoyed for lunch or, dare I say, dinner and is especially tasty cold with a crispy salad on a hot summer day. Makes one 8″ (20cm) pie Oven 375°F  (190°C) Bake … read full article

Cheesecake Indulgence: A Tiny Treat for You to Eat

April 2nd, 2018 by srsm

Stirring it up: Cheesecake Indulgence: A Tiny Treat. Yes cheesecake is a decadent dessert but this recipe let’s you enjoy that decadent dessert without too much guilt! Makes 24 cupcake size Oven 350°F  (175°C) Bake 20 min. Abbreviations: c. = cup. USA cup measure has the capacity of 8 fl. ounces. t. = teaspoon T. … read full article

Mincemeat Biscotti – a yummy, crunchy treat

March 21st, 2018 by srsm

Stirring it up: Mincemeat Biscotti Biscotti recipes are simple and take little time to prepare. Enhanced with a variety of added ingredients such as nuts, chocolate and fruit, biscotti is a perfect complement to a hot beverage. These cookies traces their origins to Roman times. The word biscotto (biscotti is the plural) derives from “bis,” Latin … read full article

Scottish Oatcakes: A tradition in Scottish homes

October 25th, 2017 by srsm

Stirring it up:   Scottish Oatcakes are made with oats but the result isn’t a traditional cake! This recipe can be mixed and baked in about 30 minutes. The result is a crisp and cracker-like Oatcake to be eaten with cheese, butter, jam or meat. Makes ~32 Oven 375°F (190°C) Bake 15 to 20 minutes … read full article

Mud Squares for Mud Season

April 25th, 2017 by srsm

Serving it up: Mud season is a gray and rainy time here is the northeast. The snow has melted, the ground is thawing and the rain is coming down. Sometimes a sweet and gooey baked treat is the perfect pick-me-up on a gray and rainy day.  This baked treat fits the bill perfectly, a brownie-like cake base … read full article