Monthly Archives: December 2009

More Details From Mary Rhinelander’s Limited Edition Cape Ann Blue Willow China Design

Note the Lobster, Fish, Schooner, Mussels, Hammond Castle, Dogbar Breakwater and Cut Bridge?  That’s all in one little section of the design!

In this section there is a dragger,scallops, starfish, sandollars, and the lighthouse.

click for larger view

Again you can head on down to Alexandra’s Bread Co to buy this limited edition numbered print all framed for only $35.  That’s just ridiculous!  Make sure to tell Alexandra if you had any interest in buying a plate or set of the china if this print is ever produced in that form.

Going to a party tonight? Bring these! Creamy Mushroom Marsala Bites

I made this recipe up because I love chicken Marsala and wanted to get the same flavors in an appetizer-but without the chicken.  I have entered this recipe into a contest on http://www.mixingbowl.com and if you want to go and vote for my recipe, please go right ahead.  You can vote daily until the end of the year.  You do have to be a Mixing Bowl member so if you feel like signing up to a great recipe site, go right ahead!  I highly recommend the site as a great resource for all types of recipes.

*if you don’t have shallots in the house, use onions or leeks, no proscuitto in the house, use bacon or finely chopped ham.  If no cottage cheese, use sour cream.  If no heavy cream, use half and half or whatever you have.  If you don’t have the pastry shells, make crostini with a little olive oil and salt and serve the mushroom mix on top–put them under the broiler for a few minutes and you are all set!

Servings:         6

Prep time:       20 minutes

Cook time:      5 minutes

Total time:       30 minutes

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons salted butter
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
2 oz. proscuitto, finely chopped
4 oz sliced button mushrooms, roughly chopped
4 oz. sliced baby Portobello mushrooms, roughly chopped
30 mini phyllo shells
1/3 cup Marsala wine
¼ cup heavy cream
1/3 cup cottage cheese
2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped, plus more for garnish (optional)
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt butter. Add shallots and saute until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add chopped proscuitto and brown slightly, about 3-5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add chopped mushrooms and toss with butter mixture. Reduce heat to medium and cook until mixture is nearly dry, about 10-12 minutes.

In the meantime, place phyllo shells on a baking sheet and bake 3-5 minutes until crisp. Remove from oven set aside.

Add the Marsala to the mushrooms, stir and cook again until pan is again dry. Add heavy cream and cottage cheese and cook again until sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove mixture from heat and stir in chopped chives. Season with salt and pepper to taste

Fill shells with a scant tablespoon of mushroom mixture. Top with a fresh chive segment if desired and serve immediately. Mixture also keeps tightly covered in the refrigerator for a week. Simply fill phyllo with mushroom mixture and bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes until heated through. Enjoy!

And here is the direct link so you can vote if you want to:

http://www.mixingbowl.com/message/recipe/view.castle?g=1222768&m=7966710

New Year’s Rockport Eve

From Michael O’Leary-
Dear Friends in Celtic Music,
As this year ends, I want to thank everyone for their interest in and support of live Celtic, and other, music.  I and my musician friends wouldn’t have the privilege and joy of playing to live audiences without it.  I hope the New Year brings you much wonderful new music–live or otherwise!
We’ll be singing out the old year and singing in the new on Thursday night.  Details below.
-Michael
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it’s not too late to make New Year’s Eve plans . . .
-New Year’s Rockport Eve – Thursday, Dec. 31st, 5pm-Midnight – Rockport, MA
The ‘January Man’ is coming and to welcome him in I’ll be joined by David de la Barre, Steve Levy & Lin Swicker for two sets of songs and tunes at 8 and 9pm at the wonderful Rockport UU Church.  If you haven’t attended before, NYRE is a great way to bring in the New Year.  It’s family friendly and there’s a wonderful array of activities and entertainment.  For more info see www.newyearsrockporteve.com

The Weekly Catch From The Cape Ann Chamber Of Commerce

HALIBUT POINT STATE PARK presents “Follow the Full Moon” on Wednesday, December 30, 7-8:30pm. Come and view the Blue Moon, which occurs only once every 2.75 years! Start off your New Year celebration by viewing the Blue Moon, the first full moon of 2010. Bring a flashlight, dress appropriately, brave the cold and come and join us at the visitors center! No charge. 617-828-1728

NEW YEAR’S ROCKPORT EVE — December 31, 6pm-midnight. We will entertain you with clowns, cowboys, magicians, musicians – classical, pop, jazz, Dixieland, folk, country, gospel swing and rock and roll – ventriloquists, dance, drama, puppets, and much, much more! And, we have planned a spectacular midnight event that will be a truly memorable welcome to the beginning of a new millennium. $15 adults, $6 children 12 & under, 3 & under, free.

BLACKBURN PERFORMING ARTS, located at 1 Washington Street in downtown Gloucester, will host a New Years Eve party on Thursday, December 31, starting at 8:30pm. Featuring live music and performers, food, and non-alcoholic beverages. $5 suggested donation. All ages welcome. 978-281-0680

New Year’s Eve is a night to celebrate! Ring in the year with style at THE GRAND CAFE AT THE EMERSON INN BY THE SEA. Enjoy a 5-course dinner as well as a champagne toast featuring a menu created to excite everyone. Why stop there? Enjoy a N.Y.E. package with chocolate covered strawberries, sparkling wine, 5-course dinner for two, an overnight and a full breakfast. 978-546-6321

THE FARM BAR AND GRILLE, located at 233 Western Avenue (Rt. 22) in Essex, is offering a New Years Eve Special of 1 appetizer, 2 Entrees, and a bottle of wine for $40. We are also offering live reggae music from 9:30 to 12:30 that evening with the band Mile 21. 978-768-0000

THE DOG BAR PUB, located at 65 Main Street in downtown Gloucester, will host Gloucester’s Rock-n-Roll Living Room New Years Eve 2010. Featuring Gordon Baird and The Tide. Your choice of appetizer, entrée, dessert, and champagne toast for $35/person. Reservations for 7pm and 8:30pm seatings. Doors open for party only at 8:30pm, $5 at the door. 978-281-6565

THE GLOUCESTER HOUSE will be serve from their regular dinner menu on New Year’s Eve as well as offering some wonderful dinner specials. On New Year’s Day we will be having a brunch from 10am to 2pm. The price for the New Year’s Brunch is $19.95 per person. 888-283-1812

ROCKY NECK NEW YEARS DAY PLUNGE will be held on Friday, January 1, 3 pm, at Oak Cove Beach (Stephens Lane). Chowder, chili & cider afterwards at Sailor Stans! $8/person, BYOB. Please bring a dessert or appetizer or something… All leftovers will go to the shelter. For more info call Cathy 978-282-7320.

THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM is pleased to present a tour of the current exhibition Women Artists from the Cape Ann Museum Collection with Museum Curator, Martha Oaks on Saturday, January 2, 9:30am. Reservations are required as space is limited. This program is included with Museum admission. 978-283-0455

Join Michael O’Leary and Friends ’round the fire for their Celtic music sessions on Sundays, 5-8pm, January 3, 17 & 31 at THE LANDING AT 7 CENTRAL in Manchester and January 10 & 24 at ELLIOTT’S AT THE BLACKBURN in Gloucester. An acoustic session of mostly traditional songs and tunes from the Celtic countries and Cape Breton.

THE CITY OF GLOUCESTER HEALTH DEPARTMENT will hold a free H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Vaccine Clinic on Thursday, January 7, 4-7pm at Fuller School, located at 4 Schoolhouse Road in Gloucester. 978-281-9771

Release and renew with sound and song at SoulSong, a relaxing yet energizing class led by singer and song-leader Michael O’Leary. If you can talk you can sing! 6-week session starts Thursdays, January 7 & 14, 7-9pm at the 222 ARTS & WELLNESS CENTER. Private sessions also available. 978-283-0495 Michael@222artsandwellness.com

THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM is pleased to present a book signing and reading with Elyssa East, author of the recently published Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town, on Saturday, January 9 at 2:00 p.m. Please call the Museum at to make a reservation as there is limited seating for this event. 978-283-0455.