Monthly Archives: June 2009

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Summer Porch Supper Recipes

Welcome to Inspired Cooking with Laurie Lufkin.  These are the recipes that go with this weeks episode shown on Cape Ann TV Tuesday at 8:30, Friday at 4:30 and Sunday morning at 11:30.  Thanks for watching!

Enjoy these rich crackers with a glass of chilled crisp Sauvignon Blanc.

Peppered Parmesan Pecan Crackers

4 oz parmesan cheese, finely grated

½ cup butter, softened

2 oz sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated

½ cup all purpose flour

½ cup yellow cornmeal

1 ½ teaspoon finely ground black pepper

1 teaspoon thyme (or other herb)

1 cup toasted pecans, finely chopped

In the food processor, combine cheeses, butter, flour, cornmeal, pepper and herbs.  Pulse until dough forms a ball.  Turn out onto floured surface and sprinkle with pecans and work in.  Divide dough in half, roll into a 12” log and wrap in wax paper or plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Slice dough into 1/8” rounds and reshape if necessary.

Bake for 10 minutes, turning sheets at 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.  Crackers keep well in an airtight container for up to a week

Enjoy!

Peppery Parmesan Pecan Crackers

Grilled Salmon Salad with Purple Pomegranate Vinaigrette

For the vinaigrette:

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

½ cup unsweetened pomegranate juice

1 teaspoon finely chopped shallot

½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

1-2 tablespoons honey, to taste

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

½ cup canola or light olive oil

¼ tsp kosher salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Whisk all together in large bowl.  Refrigerate until ready to serve

For the Salad:

As you might have guessed,  I used some of my favorite salad ingredients, grilled the salmon (which I seasoned simply with salt and pepper),  tossed the salad ingredients with the vinaigrette, topped it with the salmon and called it an entree.

I used Romaine lettuce, radicchio, sliced grape tomatoes, goat cheese, fresh corn kernels (from leftover corn from dinner the night before) and chopped cooked bacon and English cucumbers that I sliced into sticks.  Because the dressing is tangy and tart, I wanted some sweetness and creaminess in the body of the salad and the goat cheese, tomatoes and corn fit that bill.  The bacon added a little smoky saltiness and the sliced cucumbers sticks added a fresh contrast in both taste and shape.

For your protein, you could grill chicken, pork tenderloin and slice it or pretty much anything you like.   For a special indulgence, some grilled lobster tail or scallops would be amazing!

I hope you enjoy making up your own porch supper pairings.

Salmon Salad with Purple Pomegranate Vinaigrette

For the dessert:

Orange Spiked Caramelized Banana Parfait

¼ cups salted butter

1/3 cup brown sugar

4 cups bananas, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon grated ginger

5-6 slices pound cake

Vanilla ice cream

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt together butter and brown sugar.  Stir until smooth and sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes.  Add in bananas and toss to coat, stirring frequently.  Lower heat and add vanilla extract and grated ginger.  Cook until bananas are slightly translucent and beginning to brown, about 5 more minutes.  Remove pan from heat and set aside.

Cut pound cake into 1” slices and layer with bananas into serving dishes or glasses.  Top with vanilla ice cream.  Makes 4 servings but can easily be increased to serve more people.  Enjoy!

Caramelized Banana & Orange Parfaits

Chickity Check It- Phil Cusumano Art Show

click this picture to view Phil Cusumanos site

click this picture to view Phil Cusumano's site

From Phil Cusumano-

A marine artist and former commercial fisherman, Phil Cusumano paints scenes of local Gloucester/Cape Ann, Massachusetts fishermen, their Gloucester fishing boats and activities from the early nineteen fifties to the present day.  His maritime and naval art includes seascapes and scenes from the N. Atlantic coastline as well as of tall ships and schooners.  Available for sale are these original maritime oils, watercolors and prints by this internationally known artist Fillipo a.k.a. Captain Phil Cusumano.

The Staff of the Kensington Stobart Gallery invites you to attend the opening reception and exhibit honoring Gloucester Artist Phil Cusumano

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Exhibit ongoing from July 9, 2009 through August 6, 2009

Kensington Stobart Gallery

at the Hawthorne Hotel, On the common

Salem, Massachusetts01970

Click the picture to check out more of Phils work

Click the picture to check out more of Phil's work

Phil Cusumano Art

Phil Cusumano Art

Stew McGillivray- Sunday Greasy Pole Champ 09

In a video with 86 Greasy Pole Champ Scotty Clayton earlier this week Scott predicted a win for Stew McGillivray. Scotty said “He’s hungry”
Good call Scotty

Stew McGillivray Sunday 09 Greasy Pole Champ

Stew McGillivray Sunday 09 Greasy Pole Champ

Stew McGillivray Sunday 09 Greasy Pole Champ

Stew McGillivray Sunday 09 Greasy Pole Champ

I think I see Emile Doucette in the water with his video camera.  If that is the case then we can expect some incredible footage as he is right there next to Stew in this pic as he hits the water with the flag.

KAOS is BACK!!

Kaos knocks off two-time champs

By Nick Curcuru
Times Staff Writer

GLOUCESTER — Following yesterday’s championship seine boat race at Pavilion Beach, Kaos coxswain Joe Novello jumped up on the bow of the boat and yelled, “We’re back.”

Novello and Kaos were the cream of the crop in the seine boat world in the early part of the decade winning titles in 2000 and 2002. Recently, however, Kaos has been close, but hasn’t been able to find a third title, falling on Sunday in five of the last six years. But yesterday the two time champions were truly back, as Kaos outmuscled two-time defending champion Seize the Moment, who was attempting to become the fourth crew in history to win three straight titles. Kaos captured a 1.5-boat win to earn the 2009 men’s seine boat championship. Breakaway (Paul Giacalone’s crew) finished in third….

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Chickity Check it!- GMG featured on Universal Hub

Universal Hub is a must visit daily for me.  Adam Gaffin aggregates what he considers to be the best from Boston area based blogs and throws it all in a pot and the result is Universal Hub.

Yesterday Adam featured this pic from GMG

Check it!

Check it!

Very worthy of a bookmark in my book.  As a matter of a fact I think I’ll add it to my blogroll in the right hand column of the page so you all can check it out (right after your multiple daily visits to GMG that is) :)