Monthly Archives: June 2009

Keeping it local–Recipes from Inspired Cooking Episode 6

Keeping it local–Recipes from Inspired Cooking Episode 6

So, here it is!  My big 15 minutes of fame.    This is my “speed round” recipe from Ultimate Recipe Showdown on Food Network.  Truth be told, I used cod on the Food Network but the haddock looked better the morning I taped this episode of Inspired Cooking so I went with it.

Inspired Cooking airs Tuesdays at 8:30, Fridays at 4:30 and Sunday at 11:30 am on Channel 12, Cape Ann TV.  I hope you will watch!

Here is the exact recipe submitted for Ultimate Recipe Showdown.  This makes 5 portions but you can easily scale it down or up.    Yes, I might be showing off here a little bit but if you had a recipe on http://www.foodnetwork.com wouldn’t you publish the link to it too?

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/north-atlantic-pan-seared-cod-with-new-england-succotash-and-cranberry-vinaigrette-recipe/index.html

Pan Seared Cod with New England Succotash and Cranberry Vinaigrette

I am still humbled by the number of people who stop me on the street, the grocery store, etc to tell me how much they loved watching me on Food Network and how proud it made them that a local girl was cooking food native to New England.   Thank you all for your support!

And here is the dessert recipe.  This is a generic biscotti recipe but I added the cardamom and nutmeg.  You can change the spices to suit your taste.  I divided the dough into 4 even portions and added the “mix-ins.”  I used dried strawberries and almonds, dried blueberries and white chocolate chips, candied ginger and dried peaches and dried cranberries and walnuts.  Enjoy!

I called them “biscookies” as they are only  baked once.  I know that if you break down the Italian “biscotti” the word “biscookies” makes no sense so please forgive my “artistic licencse” with the word.

"Biscookies" Four Ways

“Biscookies”

3 cups flour

1 ½ tbs baking powder

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp cardamom

¾ tsp nutmeg

½ cup unsalted butter, cold

¾ cup sugar

¾ cup light brown sugar

2 eggs

1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cover two large baking sheets with parchment and set aside.

Whisk together dry ingredients and set asided.

In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and brown sugar until well combined and lighter in color.  Add eggs, one at a time and vanilla extract.  Beat until lighter in color and well mixed.  With mixer running on low, add dry ingredients and beat until incorporated.

Divide dough into 4 portions and knead in “mix ins” as desired.  Form into 4 loaves and bake two loaves to a sheet.  I used a couple of tablespoons of each mix in per batch.

Bake at 350º for approx 30 min. when loaves turn light brown.  Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes.  Slice on the diagonal.  Allow to cool completely and drizzle with chocolate if desired.

For the chocolate drizzle:

½ cup chocolate, finely chopped

½ teaspoon shortening

In a small microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate and shortening.  Cook on high power for 1 minute.  Remove from microwave and stir until smooth.  Spoon in to a small plastic zip top bag, seal bag, snip corner of bag and drizzle over ‘biscookies.”  Allow chocolate to harden before serving.

Please email me with any questions or comments about the show or my recipes.  I hope you are enjoying all of this as much as I am enjoying doing it!

Fiesta Schedule

ST. PETER’S FIESTA 2009

NOVENA JUNE 24 THRU JUNE 28

( ** denotes new staring time for this event)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24

5:30 p.m. NEW FISH FESTIVAL, Gloucester House – Buffet dinner.

**7:00 p.m.-10:00p.m.—– **MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT at St. Peter’s Park
“FOREVER LEGENDS” featuring 5 entertainers

THURSDAY, JUNE 25

6:00 p.m. FIESTA FIVE ROAD RACE – with Cape Ann YMCA – starting at St. Peter’s Square

8:00-12:00 Youth Block Dance / D.J, Sam Santuccio

FRIDAY, JUNE 26

4:45 p.m. GREASY POLE CONTEST and WOMEN’S SEINE BOAT RACES

6:30 p.m. ENTERTAINMENT – Prior to Opening Ceremony

**7:30 p.m. **FORMAL OPENING– St. Peter’s statue will be led to the
Fiesta Altar in a Candlelight Procession.
Program immediately following until 12:00—-
MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT —“SEABREEZE”

SATURDAY, JUNE 27

9:30 a.m. YOUTH AND ADULT SOCCER GAMES – at Newell Stadium

**10:a.m. Military Seine Boat Race- USCG vs. US Navy- Pavilion Beach
Gloucester Fire Dept. vs. Gloucester Police Dept. Race

**2:30 pm——-**CHAMIONSHIP SERIES-YOUTH BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT at Fort
Playground (Rain date—Sunday June 28)

3:00 p.m. CHILDREN’S GAMES – at Beach Court

4:45 p.m. SPORTS EVENTS – at Pavilion Beach SEINE BOAT RACES,
GREASY POLE CONTEST

6:00pm – 12:00AM MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT – St. Peter’s Square-
— ODISSEA ORCHESTRA, with Vocalist NATALIE PINTO,

SUNDAY, June 28

10:00 a.m. CELEBRATION OF MASS OF ST. PETER, at St. Peter’s Park

12:00 noon RELIGIOUS PROCESSION FOLLOWING THE CELEBRATION OF MASS

3:00 p.m. BLESSING OF THE FLEET- at Stacy Boulevard –

**3:00 pm Concert, United States Navy Band Northeast, St.Peter’s Park

4:45 p.m. SPORTS EVENTS – at Pavilion Beach – SEINE BOAT RACES and GREASY POLE CONTEST.

**6:00 PM CONCERT ST. ALFIO’S BAND,(1 HOUR) ST. PETER’S PARK

6:30 p.m. CHILDREN’S PINATA CONTEST – at Pascucci Court

**7:30-PM ——**AWARDS CEREMONY. for winners of Sporting Events.

8:30 pm MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT — NATALIE PINTO St. Peter’s Park

10:00 p.m. FIREWORKS DISPLAY -

ENTERTAINMENT CONTINUED-
11:00 p.m. Raffle drawing and Closing Procession

MANY THANKS FOR YOUR DONATIONS OFFERED AT
ST. PETER’S ALTAR VIVA SAN PIETRO.

What would you do?

Here’s the scenario-

I go to a restaurant to grab a quick lunch before heading home from the dock.
I order a soda water w/lime and a burger and head to the bathroom to wash my hands after being at the dock all morning.  So after trying to open the mens room door I find it locked so I step aside and wait for whoever is in there to finish thier business (always an akward situation).
The fella opens the door and storms past me and I head in only to find a ginormous crap in the bowl. It was so big it curled around the bowl like a freaking python.

Now I wasn’t going in there to pinch a loaf, I was simply going in to wash my hands but now it’s gonna look like it was me that left that huge steamy turd.

I tried to flush the toilet using my foot but it wouldn’t go down.

Would you alert the manager and risk them thinking it was you that left the present behind or would you ignore it as if you never saw it?

Rob Parsons and Sharon Lowe At Cape Ann BeerandBlog First Meet-Up

Rob does a blog called Eliana’s Page with pictures of his beautiful baby girl Eliana.  While at the BNB meet-up I talked to Rob about his blog and found out he had recently gone overseas to Taiwan for work.  He posted some of those pictures on his blog which you can check out by clicking this text.

Beautiful Industry- Miss Merideth Lobster Buoys

Here’s a bunch of Matt Cooney’s lobster buoys.

Matt has a very distinct pattern for his buoys.  No one would mistake his buoy  for their own because it is so unique.  Every so often a couple of lobstermen have very similar color markings on their buoys which can make things confusing  when they are fishing the same areas.

Miss Merideth Lobster Buoys, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Chickity Check It! GMG photos on MattNoyes.net

NECN’s weatherman Matt Noyes has a blog in which he posts sky scene pictures.  Over the past few weeks he has used a bunch of GMG photos from my Gloucester At Dawn series on  NECN.

Check out his site by clicking the picture-

You can see a few others that were on his sky scenes television segment on NECN here, here, here ,here, here and here .

Here is one of the pages where they replay the NECN skyscenes video in which they highlight a pic of the fishermen’s wives statue.