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Spring is Springing at Wickwood!!!!

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.

The Story---

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!!


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 vanilla.
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 cinnamon.
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.

Wine Dinners at
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!!!


Town Notices

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 Winery
March 1 ~ April 30 “Foremost’s Butterflies are Blooming”
Meijer Gardens
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 Madness
March 17 St. Patrick’s Day
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 Rhythm" a 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”
Gebben-Gray Gallery
April 15 Town Crier Race
5K and 10K race thru historic Saugatuck
April 22 Lakeshore jazz Connection Concert
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


Until May 14 Andy Goldsworthy “Arches” Exhibition – The largest work ever in U.S. Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids


MAY 20
Artist Studio Tour 11 - 5
Ten artists allow a peek
into their working studios
Recent working for sale

JUNE 8 ~ 11
Waterfront Film Festival

"With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy."
Lope de Vega

Our idea of good company --- is great conversation! Come play in our village soon, the weather is very very fine!        Julee and Bill

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Wickwood Inn   |    510 Butler Street P.O. Box 1019   |   Saugatuck, MI 49453
Tel (800) 385 -1174   |   |    Bill and Julee Rosso Miller, Proprietors