Spring is Springing at
Rebirth is everywhere. The sky is blue, the beach free of ice,
and ducks are paddling, pussy willows budding and crocus and tulips
pushing up all around. It’s all very spontaneous and we love it!!! Come
Visit us at Wickwood!!!
The Coffee Cake Renaissance ---
But, believe it or not ---
the reason for this Special Edition is all about the serendipity of a
rebirth of a different sort. It’s all about a much beloved cake!!!
Yes, at Wickwood we can truly go wild about a cake, especially when it’s
Julee’s Original Sour Cream Coffee Cake from Forty Years Ago.!!!! It had
disappeared over the years, but now it’s back. We just had to send out
this Special Edition to share it with you!!!!! It’s too good to keep
secret any longer.
In the early days of The Silver Palate gourmet take-out store (circa
1977) --- I used to make my Sour Cream Coffee Cake at home in the wee
small hours of the morning --- and taxi it to our brand new shop. This
was pre-dawn before I went to my “real job” or to Med School ---
depending on the day. My Sour Cream Coffee Cake was one of those recipes
friends had repeatedly requested for over a decade --- simply a
winner!!! Major moist, with pecans, cinnamon and a subtle tart
creaminess --- one slice was never enough.
Well, over the years something happened to that original recipe until
one day at the Inn --- the cake just wasn’t working any longer. And so
Judy (my recipe testing colleague) and I went to the files and the
kitchen --- and
there we discovered the original. We just couldn’t believe the
difference. None of us could stop eating this long lost version of The
Sour Cream Coffee Cake. Our guests immediately noticed the difference
--- and believe me, you will too!!! Life is way too short not to let
everyone eat (this) cake!!
JULEE'S ORIGINAL SOUR CREAM COFFEE CAKE
This classic is a Renaissance worth celebrating.
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) sweet butter
2½ cups granulated sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cups sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1½ cups shelled pecans, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter and flour a 10 inch bundt pan.
2. Cream together butter and 2 cups of the sugar (set aside the
remaining ½ cup). Add eggs, blending well, then the sour cream and
3. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
4. Fold the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture, and beat until
just blended. Do not over beat.
5. In a separate bowl, mix remaining ½ cup of sugar with pecans and
6. Pour half of the batter into the bundt pan. Sprinkle with half the
pecans and sugar mixture. Add remaining batter and top with the rest of
the pecan mixture.
7. Set on the middle rack of the oven and bake for about 45 - 50
minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Don’t over bake. Serves 10 if you're lucky.
8. Serve warm at Wickwood --- We
wait 20-30 minutes out of the oven.
Spring Release Books!!
Several of our pals have new books coming out soon --- and they
should be terrific!.
Patricia Schultz's "1000 Places to See Before You Die in the USA".
The sequel --- and Wickwood
will be there!!! YEA!!!
"Big Sky Cooking“ by Meredith Brokaw and Ellen Wright (with Tom
writing the Forward) takes us inside the Brokaw’s Montana Ranch.
Trust us, it’s fabulous!! So will be the recipes.
”Insatiable" tales by New York restaurant critic Gael Greene. Fasten
your seatbelts!! She’s sassy.
Everyday People Cafe
One of our
favorite restaurants is once again hosting their sell-out five
course Wine Dinners!! These extravagant five course meals and
wine pairings are just fabulous.
On March 21st the feature will be “New Cuisine and
Wines from Austria”.
On April 28th the focus will be on American Bistro
Fare with California Wines. Be sure to reserve your table and
room at Wickwood by
calling 800.385.1174. Cheers!!!
now thru April 30 "Butterflies Are Blooming", Meijer Gardens thru April 30th
Thousands of butterflies will amuse and amaze you at this annual event!
March Pre-release month Fenn Valley
March 1 ~ April 30 “Foremost’s Butterflies are Blooming” Meijer
March 4 & 5 “Soft Stone Carving” Marcia Perry
The Ark 10-3 857.4210
March 5 Deborah & Michelle What Not Inn 6-10
March 7 Great Lakes Wege Environmental Lecture Meijer Gardens
7 pm 616.975.3144
March 12 Edye Evans Hyde What Not Inn 6-10
March 14 ~ April 3 NCAA March
March 17 St.
Parade Downtown Saugatuck 2pm
March 18 4th Annual
Pub Party at Coral Gables sponsored by the Historical Society, Irish
food, dancing, silent auction and a chance to win a trip to Ireland.
March 18 & 19 “Soft Stone Carving” Marcia Perry
The Ark 10-3 857.4210
March 19 Michael & Mark
What Not Inn 6-10
March 19 New Moon Drumming
7-9 pm For further info, call (269) 543-4029
March 25 "Swinging with the Standards" Concert 8 pm SCA
An evening with Kirsten Gustafson singing classics from the American
Songbook. Catch her before she tours with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra
March 26 Mary Radamacher What Not Inn 6-10
March 31 Picnic Concert at Laketown Golf & Conference Center
Bring your coolers and picnic baskets --- packed! Featuring "Soulz of
refreshing mix of soul,
funk, jazz as well as some blues and rock & roll, 8 pm, call (269)
857-5730 for more info.
April Dancing Horse Winery to Open
April 1 Deborah
Alexander What Not Inn 6-10
April 2 Mary Radamacher
What Not Inn 6-10
April 8 Katherine Sullivan “Two-Dimensional Image Making”
April 15 Town Crier Race
5K and 10K race thru historic Saugatuck
April 22 Lakeshore jazz Connection
April 22 “Art Dart” Reception
Water Street Gallery 6-8 pm
April 22 Arts & Culture of Japan
A special arts and culture workshop by Kimiko Gunji, Director of Japan
House. Learn about the tea ceremony, kimono, calligraphy and the zen
aesthetic. Saugatuck Center for the Arts
14 Andy Goldsworthy “Arches” Exhibition – The largest work ever in
U.S. Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids
SAVE THE DATES ---
Artist Studio Tour 11 - 5
Ten artists allow a peek
into their working studios
Recent working for sale
JUNE 8 ~ 11
Waterfront Film Festival