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Lorne Sausage is a great breakfast accompaniment.

March 6th, 2016 by Susan

Serving it up 

Lorne Sausage, also known as Square Sausage, Flat Sausage or Slice Sausage, is a traditional Scottish  food made with beef and pork. It is said to have originated in Lorne, Argyll in Scotland. If you are in Scotland and ask for a full Scottish Breakfast you will see Lorne Sausage on your plate.

The following recipe is my version using turkey. It has received “thumbs up” from our guests who prefer not to eat beef or pork.


Lorne sausage in a lined pan

Lorne Sausage ready for the first freezing.

  • 2 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 c. Fine Bread Crumbs   (seasoned or not as you prefer)
  • 1 tsp. Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Coriander
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 3/4 c. of Water
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 3 T. Maple syrup (optional)


Slicing Lorne sausage ready for second freezing.

Slicing Lorne sausage ready for second freezing.

  • Mix really well by hand then place in a wax paper or saran lined oblong pan about 10″ x 4″ x 3″.
  • Fold the wrap over top of the meat and place in the freezer until it’s just starting to set.
  • Remove it from the pan and peel the paper away, it might be a bit sticky.
  • Cut into slices to the thickness you like.
  • Separate the slices with wax paper, wrap the whole sliced loaf in waxed paper and put it into a freezer bag and put it back in the freezer.
  • When required, pop off a slice, defrost and fry it in a little fat or oil until crispy brown and cooked through.

If you make this using the traditional recipe, instead of using ground turkey, use 1 lb. of ground beef and 1 lb. of ground pork – neither being too lean or the sausage will be dry. You may wish to leave out the egg as these meats will have more moisture than turkey. Recipe can be doubled however use a very large bowl.

I serve this on half a lightly toasted English muffin or Kaiser roll or on toast and topped with mornay sauce. Next time I think I will make it with chicken instead of turkey and see how that turns out.

Lorne sausage with a fried egg.

Lorne Sausage topped with a fried egg.

Dishing it out

When we travel in Scotland, if we aren’t staying with family, we usually stay at B&Bs as it is a real treat to have someone else make breakfast for us!


A typical Scottish Breakfast

If you have never had a typical Scottish Breakfast, aka ‘Fry Up’, at a B&B or hotel (if you must!) here is a sample of what you will find on your plate and traditionally it is the same breakfast which is served every day. Ready? Going clockwise: baked beans, parsley (just for show), fried mushrooms, tomatoes -again the basil is just so you can say you had something really healthy, pork sausages, bacon, Lorne sausage or haggis, and tattie (potato) scone. OK, push back from the table now and you’ll want to loosen your belt about now – or maybe reach for something to settle your tummy.

If you keep eating these breakfasts belt loosening won’t help, you’ll need new clothing. I certainly don’t recommend eating like this every day of your Scottish holiday but you need to do this a few times just for the experience! We get smart after a couple of days and ask for the full breakfast minus whatever we have had enough of previously and often end up with egg (not fried), scone and Lorne sausage or haggis.   Now the average family is not subjected to this high fat diet so oatmeal, breakfast roll with butter and marmalade, some fruit and tea are the main stays and greatly enjoyed.


Mad River Valley’s Best Restaurants

February 26th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad River Valley's Best RestaurantsOne thing we’re always excited to pass along to our guests is what we think of as some of the Mad River Valley’s best restaurants.

Vermont has no end of great dining options and the Mad River Valley is no exception. Finding fantastic dining here isn’t the problem – choosing from among the crowd of mouth-watering options is!

It is with this in mind that we offer up a short-list of what we would consider some of the Mad River Valley’s best restaurants.

Presented alphabetically, this small selection of some of the best dining in our area is provided as a friendly guide for the next time you find yourself in the Mad River Valley and ask the age old question: where to eat?

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Discover Vermont Craft Beer!

February 15th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Vermont Craft Beer tastingsAmerica’s craft beer movement has certainly taken off – did you know there are over 50 craft beer breweries in Vermont, alone? We’re first in the U.S. for breweries and brew pubs per capita.

Beer lovers can be equal parts thrilled and confounded by the volume and variety of the Vermont craft beer scene – where to start?

Luckily, along with all the craft beer pubs and breweries, there are now numerous tours and trails one can take to discover and taste the very best that Vermont’s craft beer industry has to offer.

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Cats -Three Cheers Fur our General Manager

February 2nd, 2016 by Susan

smoky keeps any eye on things

Surveillance kitty style.

Hello all, I’m Smoky, I usually help greet you when you arrive at the B&B and I am introduced to you as The General Manager.

When our humans bought West Hill House B&B nearly 10 year ago now, they knew that it was a house just calling out for a cat to complete the home-like feel of the place. Being thoughtful humans, they decided that two cats would keep each other company and lots of good things come in pairs so what could be better than two cats.

Thus we were adopted from Turner’s Simplicity Farm on the north end of Waitsfield. We moved from being B(arn) kittens to B&B kittens and we are quite at home here. We are indoor cats, we don’t go outside as there are nasty critters out there that just might like cat for their dinner—yikes!

In an earlier blog (May 24th, 2015) you met my brother Snowball, we’re great buddies and each have our jobs around the B&B. Since arriving, I made it my job to keep an eye on everything that was going on in the B&B. I undertook surveillance duties when I was quite young and became very good at doing this subtly so that no one would notice me. Sometimes I got down very low, under a table for example (I was better at this when I was a tiny cat) and now that I am bigger I hightail it, sorry—no pun intended—up the spiral stairs to get a good overview. Other times I just stretch out pretending to do my cat yoga just to get out there and take a good look around.

Keeping an eye on things from the stairs.

Keeping an eye on things

Serious yoga

Serious yoga

Please don’t think that I just a lazy lay-about cat, absolutely not. I help with many tasks for example, at Christmas I help to organize Christmas wrapping paper.

I know that in this B&B business it is important to stay up to date with the latest in technology so you can often find my helping Susan at the computer and I must say, as a cat I have become quite adept at using the keyboard. For me, 5 ‘finger’ typing is so last Tuesday, I have 6 toes on each foot which makes much more of an impact on typing emails and gets a good rise out of Susan too! And I try my darnedest to keep up with my reading, taking every opportunity to stick my nose into a good book.

Helping with wrapping paper.

Helping with wrapping paper.

Tech savvy

Tech savvy

While you are here at West Hill House B&B, please feel free to give Snowball and me a pat, we may even jump up onto your lap for a little snuggle or even a cat-nap. Remember though, we are cats and we have our own cat agendas which may include visiting, sleeping, eating, or being sociable. On the other hand, we might just plain ignore you but don’t take it personally because, if you are a cat, that’s what you do.

Keeping up to date with my reading.

Keeping up with my reading

Focused on other things, it's what cats do sometimes.

Focused on other things

Moonlight Skiing at Sugarbush!

January 22nd, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Moonlight skiing at SugarbushImagine yourself moonlight skiing through deep powder that sparkles under the full moon’s glow. Well, hang on because you can do more than just imagine it – you can live it with Sugarbush’s Guided Moonlight Skinning and Snowshoe Tours!

Sugarbush resort’s guided moonlight skiing tours are a popular – and rare! – opportunity to enjoy an evening of skinning or snowshoeing on Vermont’s third highest peak, followed by a hearty dinner, drinks, and fun! This is a great opportunity to discover skinning or snowshoeing and connect with nature in Vermont’s Mad River Valley.

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A Year of Vermont Elopement Specials

January 15th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

A Year of Vermont Wedding Specials at West Hill House B&BThe Mad River Valley makes a stunningly beautiful setting for any Vermont wedding and West Hill House B&B is offering a Year of Seasonal Vermont Elopement Specials!

The impetus for our decision to offer a year of seasonal Vermont specials – beyond the fact that we simply love to host weddings at our Mad River Valley B&B – was the advent of the 2016 Leap Year: its coming only once every four years made it seem the perfect rare and special date to offer a wedding special on.

Then we thought: why should February 29th get all the fun?

So, with that in mind, please allow us to present to you the first installment of West Hill House B&B’s Year of Seasonal Vermont Wedding Specials! And keep in mind: these specials are singular, one of a kind – once they’re booked, that’s it: they’re gone!

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Happy New Year from West Hill House B&B!

December 28th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Happy New Year from West Hill House B&B!Here it is, almost New Year’s Eve, 2015 – and what a year it has been! Can you believe the year is almost over? West Hill House B&B, here in Vermont’s Mad River Valley, has had a great year: wonderful, fun, and busy – and we give much of the credit for our great year to you, our guests!

We love what we do and where we do it. Living in the Mad River Valley is treat enough – but being able to share it with so many guests over the year, and then hearing how much they enjoyed their stay with us? Priceless.

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Snowshoeing Mad River Valley

December 14th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Snowshoeing Mad River ValleyVermont’s Mad River Valley is known for its skiing – Mad River Glen, Sugarbush, Olé’s Cross Country, Blueberry Lake, we’ve got the best – but snowshoeing Mad River Valley is also a popular winter pastime.

Snowshoeing popularity is on the rise, with light, modern, aluminum and carbon fiber snowshoes designed to not just walk atop the snow with more ease than the old, wood and cat-gut kind, but to even run across it! Snowshoeing has come a long way …

And so, too, might you! People come from all over to enjoy the kind of skiing and snowshoeing Mad River Valley offers. Most of our ski resorts offer snowshoeing trails along with skiing and snowboarding, often snowshoeing gear rentals as well.

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Attend the 17th Annual Country Christmas Open House!

November 13th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Country Christmas Open HouseThe 17th annual Country Christmas Open House, held in the Mad River Valley’s Waitsfield and Warren, Vermont, December 5th & 6th 2015, is a great opportunity to celebrate the season with several festive activities, get some shopping done, and maybe even be immortalized on canvas!

The Mad River Valley really knows how to put on an event and the 17th Annual Country Christmas Open House is no exception.

This year, businesses in both Warren and Waitsfield are working to make this popular, annual event more festive then ever before! Gaily decorated Christmas trees will dot the downtown sections of both towns, accompanied by the warmth of festive, glowing luminarias along the banks of the Mad River.

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Save On A Mad River Valley Ski Vacation!

October 30th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad River Valley Ski VacationDon’t be sad summer’s over – be glad ski-season is almost here! Now is the time to plan your Mad River Valley ski vacation with West Hill House B&B’s Ski & Stay Passports!

Vermont’s Mad River Valley ski areas are legend – Mad River Glen, Sugarbush, Olé’s Cross-Country Center, Blueberry Lake, our leg of the Catamount Trail – it simply doesn’t get much better than this, and our Ski & Stay Passports go a long way towards making your Mad River Valley ski vacation the best it can possibly be

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