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  • Fantastic Pancakes

    February 12th, 2013 by srsm

    Stirring it up: Pancakes…just the name conjures up the sights and smells of a marvelous breakfast. These Ricotta Pancakes are easy to make and will provide you with great taste, fluffy pancakes and enough energy to tackle a day on the slopes. Ingredients: 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour 1 t. baking powder 1/4 t. baking … read full article

    Fluffiest Cornbread Ever

    January 30th, 2013 by srsm

    Stirring it up! Cornbread is often thought of as a southern US food and seldom served in the northern states which is a pity. This cornbread recipe has become a favorite of our guests especially when served warm with honey-butter and along side an eggy breakfast casserole. Can’t say where I found this recipe as … read full article

    Chestnut Soup

    December 25th, 2012 by srsm

      Stirring it up! Until a few weeks ago I had never cooked with chestnuts. Many years ago I had chestnuts roasted on an open fire  (as one does at Christmas time!) from a street vendor in Toronto but nothing since then. I purchased some a few weeks back, sautéed them with some bacon and red onion … read full article

    Winter Wedding

    November 29th, 2012 by srsm

      With early season snowflakes whirling about them, and the temperature sitting at about 28°F, Ryan and Jeff were married in the meadow at West Hill House B&B. Our favorite Justice of the Peace, Greg Trulson officiated at the wedding making it a very meaningful occasion, as he always does. Following the ceremony,  the newly … read full article

    Soft Ginger Cookies

    June 29th, 2012 by srsm

    Stirring it up! While cleaning rooms the other day I clicked on the TV and found The Barefoot Contessa featuring a batch of the Ultimate Ginger Cookie. They looked absolutely scrumptious so after finishing the rooms I cleaned up and headed off to the kitchen to cook up a batch for our weekend guests. Unfortunately I … read full article

    Ajver

    December 12th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

    This past summer we were delighted to get to know Martina and Tanja, university students from Macedonia. While they were here I purchased a jar of Ajver for them. I had no real idea of what it tasted like but it looked good and I wanted to give them a small taste of home while … read full article

    Pecan Snowballs

    December 8th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

    Stirring it up! Special baked goods play a key role in many of the winter holidays whether it be Christmas, Chanukka, Pancha Ganapati, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year or any  number of others celebrations. Here’s a yummy recipe for cookies to help us encourage winter, Pecan Snowballs. Ingredients: 2 c. pecans 1 c. butter, softened 1/4 … read full article

    Cinnamon Crumb Cake

    November 13th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

    Stirring it up! Here’s a never fail coffee cake which is quick to make and yummy to eat. 2 c  all purpose flour 3/4 c  butter 1 c  white sugar Rub these three ingredients together to the crumb stage. Put 1 cup of the mixture aside to use as topping Mix the remaining mixture (from … read full article

    Scrumptious Sauce

    April 26th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

    Stirring it up! Unexpected guests for dinner? This quick curried fruit sauce has come to my rescue more than once. Good on a variety of meats or on rice or quinoa, this sauce is quick and easy to make. 1/2 c butter 1 c brown sugar 2-3 t curry powder (more if you are a … read full article

    Baked Blueberry Croissant French Toast

    January 25th, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

    Stirring it up! Can you think of a better breakfast than hot steaming Baked French Toast on a cold and blustery winter morning? Me neither! The other day I made Baked Blueberry Croissant French Toast for our guests. I often create and adapt recipes when I cook and don’t take time to write them down … read full article

    Summer Picnic Treat

    June 13th, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

    Stirring it up! We had a BBQ on the long weekend in May, a day I always think of as the first day of summer. In my books, watermelon is the quintessential summer fruit so of course it had to be included in the menu, but watermelon with a twist. Watermelon & English Cucumber Salad … read full article

    A Chocolaty Afternoon Snack

    May 19th, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

    Stirring it up! Sometimes our cookie jar is in reality a cookie plate – especially when I’ve baked a Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Sheet Cake. I found this recipe on The Old Farmer’s Almanac web site.  From the original recipe I have cut down the sugars and chocolate chips a bit with no complaints from chocoholics! … read full article