Monthly Archives: March 2010

Making Pickles with Myron Lapine–recipes and videos

As my Grandfather used to say, if you spend an entire day in the world and didn’t learn anything, it was a “No Sale” day.  Well, my afternoon spent with Myron certainly was NOT a No Sale day.  Who knew that making pickles and relish could be so much fun, so interesting, so easy yet almost scientific at the same time and that the results would be so delicious?

Here are the recipes, videos and some photos from tonight show on Cape Ann TV at 8:30, Making Pickles With Myron Lapine.   The show will also air Friday at 4:30 and again Sunday at 11:30 and re-air on the same schedule next week.

SPEEDY DILL PICKLES

4 POUNDS PICKLING CUCUMBERS
6 TABLESPOONS KOSHER OR PICKLING SALT
3 CUPS DISTILLED WHITE VINEGAR
3 CUPS WATER
1 TABLESPOON WHOLE MIXED PICKLING SPICES
18 PEPPERCORNS
3 TABLESPOONS DILL SEED
1.  WASH YOUR CUCUMBERS, LEAVE THEM WHOLE IF THEY’RE SMALLER, THAN 4 INCHES IN DIAMETER. FOR LARGER CUCUMBERS CUT THEM INTO SLICES OR LENGTHWISE, IN HALVES OR QUARTERS.
2  PREPARE YOUR CANNING JARS AND TWO-PIECE CAPS ACCORDING TO MANUFACTURER’S INSTRUCTIONS.  KEEP THE JARS AND LIDS HOT
3.  COMBINE THE SALT , WATER, AND VINEGAR IN A TO 3-TO 4 QUART SAUCEPAN.   BRING THE LIQUID TO A BOIL OVER HIGH HEAT, STIRRING OCCASIONALLY TO DISSOLVE THE SUGAR.  KEEP THE LIQUID HOT.
4.  SNUGGLY PACK THE CUCUMBERS INTO YOUR PREPARED JARS.  TO EACH QUART JAR, ADD 1 TEASPOON OF PICKLING SPICES, 6 PEPPERCORNS, AND 1 TABLESPOON OF DILL SEED.  TO EACH PINT JAR, ADD 1/2 TEASPOON OF PICKLING SPICES, 3 PEPPERCORNS AND 1 1/2 TEASPOONS OF DILL SEED.
5.  LADLE THE HOT LIQUID INTO YOUR FILLED JARS, LEAVING HEAD SPACE OF 1/2 INCH IN THE QUART JARS AND HEAD SPACE OF 1/4 IN THE PINT JARS.  COMPLETELY SUBMERGE THE CUCUMBERS IN THE LIQUID.  IF THEY PROTRUDE FROM THE JAR, ADJUST THEM UNTIL YOU HAVE THE PROPER HEAD SPACE
6.  WIPE THE JAR RIMS: SEAL THE JARS WITH THE TWO-PIECE CAPS.   HAND-TIGHTENING THE BANDS.  PROCESS YOUR FILLED JARS IN A WATER-BATH FOR QUART JARS  15 MINUTES FOR PINT JARS, 10 MINUTES: BOTH FROM THE POINT OF BOILING.  REMOVE THE JARS WITH A JAR LIFTER.  PLACE THEM ON A CLEAN KITCHEN OR PAPER TOWEL AWAY FROM DRAFTS.

And here is the link to the how-to video:

BREAD AND BUTTER PICKLES

4 PONDS PICKLING CUCUMBERS
4 SMALL TO MEDIUM ONIONS
ICE WATER, ABOUT 4 TO 6 QUARTS
1/2 CUP KOSHER OR PICKLING SALT
5 CUPS GRANULATED SUGAR
4 CUPS DISTILLED WHITE VINEGAR
2 TABLESPOONS MUSTARD SEEDS
2 1/2 TEASPOONS CELERY SEED
1 1/2 TEASPOONS TURMERIC
1,  SLICE THE CUCUMBERS INTO 1/4 INCH THICK ROUNDS.  PEEL THE ONIONS AND CUT THEM IN HALF LENGTHWISE FROM THE TIP TO THE BOTTOM CORE.  LAY THEM ON A CUTTING BOARD, CUT SIDE DOWN AND SLICE THEM, STARTING AT THE TOP OF THE ONION, TO A THICKNESS OF 1/4  INCH.  PLACE THE CUCUMBER AND ONION SLICES IN A PICKLING CROCK OR TWO 5 TO 6 QUART BOWLS.  SPRINKLE THEM WITH SALT.  ADD ICE WATER TO COCER THE VEGETABLES.  STIR THEM ONCE, THEN COVER VTHE BOWLS AND LET THE VEGGIES STAND AT ROOM TEMPERATURE FOR 3 HOURS.  TRANSFER THE VEGGIES TO A COLANDER AND RINSE THEM THOROUGHLY WITH RUNNING WATER.
DRAIN WELL ROLL THE PIECES IN A CLEAN DRY KITCHEN TOWEL TO PARTIALLY DRY THEM.
2  PREPARE YOUR CANNING JARS AND TWO-PIECE CAPS ACCORDING TO MANUFACTURER’S INSTRUCTIONS KEEP JARS AND LIDS HOT.
3.  COMBINE THE SUGAR, VINEGAR, MUSTARD AND CELERY SEED, AND TURMERIC IN A 8-TO 10 QUART POT.  BRING THE LIQUID TO A BOIL OVER HIGH HEAT, STIRRING OCCASIONALLY TO DISSOLVE THE SUGAR AND MIX THE SPICES.  ADD THE VEGETABLES AND RETURN THE MIXTURE TO A BOIL.  REDUCE THE HEAT TO MEDIUM-HIGH AND SIMMER, UNCOVERED FOR 5 MINUTES.
4.  PACK THE HOT PICKLES INTO THE PREPARED JARS,  LEAVING HEAD SPACE OF 1/4 INCH.  RELEASE ANY AIR BUBBLES WITH A NONREACTIVE TOOL.  ADD MORE PICKLES AND LIQUID TO THE JAR, LEAVING 1/4 INCH OF HEAD SPACE FOR BOTH THE PICKLES AND THE LIQUID.
5.  WIPE THE JAR RIMS:  SEAL THE JARS WITH THE TWO-PIECE CAPS.  HAND TIGHTENING THE BANDS.  PROCESS YOUR FILLED JARS IN  A WATER BATH FOR 15 MINUTES FROM THE POINT OF BOILING.  REMOVE THE JARS WITH A JAR LIFTER  PLACE THEM ON A CLEAN KITCHEN TOWEL OR PAPER TOWEL AWAY FROM DRAFTS  ENJOY

and here is the link to the how-to video:

BELL PEPPER RELISH

12  GREEN BELL PEPPERS
12 RED BELL PEPPERS
12 MEDIUM-SIZE ONIONS
2 CUPS CIDER VINEGAR
2 CUPS SUGAR
2 TABLESPOONS SALT
1. REMOVE CORES AND SEEDS FROM PEPPERS AND CHOP FINELY.  PEEL ONIONS AND CHOP FINELY.  COVER WITH BOILING WATER AND LET STAND 5 MINUTES.
2.  DRAIN AND ADD THE VINEGAR, SUGAR AND SALT.
3.  POUR INTO HOT, STERILIZED JARS AND SEAL PROCESS TIME 5 MINUTES. ENJOY

Myron’s website is MAANDPASPICKLES.COM

Dirty Folk Rocker Jessica Delfino in Gloucester on Wednesday!

Click to learn more about Jessica Delfino.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3 @ 8:00PM (DOORS 7:30PM)

CAPE ANN COMMUNITY CINEMA
21 MAIN STREET
(ABOVE MYSTERY TRAIN RECORDS)
GLOUCESTER, MA 01930
(978) 282-1988

“Jessica Delfino has one of the funniest bits I’ve ever heard…smart, socially aware comedy.” -The Huffington Post

“A stirring show of ribald folk songs. There’s more to this seriously talented comic songwriter than jokes…a tough show to top” — London METRO

“We were immediately stuck to our seats stunned and smiling as Jessica Delfino engaged us in tune after tune…She is funny. And smart.” — Thurston Moore & Byron Coley, Arthur Magazine

Glitters, sprinkles, rainbow fluff: A) the first few words of a kids’ song? Or, B) the opening line of an edgy, electro-pop number which got Jessica publicly denounced by the US Catholic League, sealed her first record deal and sent her on a UK tour where she had sold out shows? That would be “B”.

Introducing Jessica Delfino. Originally hailing from Damariscotta, Maine, Jessica now calls New York City her home, but she spends a good amount of her time on the road these days, sharing her “dirty folk rock” with anyone who will listen. And it turns out there are actually plenty of people who are ready to hear Jessica’s often comedic, sometimes naughty ballads, anthems and musical numbers.

Much of the award-winning songstress’s repertoire addresses the darker side of life, as in her song, “I Hate Everybody”, or deconstructs sex acts posing as anti-war campfire songs, as in her song, “No More War”. In some songs, she keeps it clean, discussing unicorns and the like. Her bevy of unusual instruments include the normal enough guitar, but then she adds to that an “emergency whistle”, a “q-chord”, and a “flying V ukulele”, and you’ve got “fun for the whole family,” Jessica explains, “except for the kids.”

Jessica recently performed at the world famous Reading & Leeds Festival in England where Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain famously rolled himself out onto the stage in a wheel chair some years ago. Jessica’s work has appeared on TV, radio and she was just this week touted as one of “NYC’s 50 most stylish people” in a photo spread in Time Out NY. Oh, and she is something of an internet celebrity. If you don’t believe it, she suggests you just “google her and see what comes up.”

TICKETS $10.00


Cape Ann Museum Re-Opens

Windward Leeward: Peter Vincent Paintings

March 6 through May 30, 2010

Opening Reception

Saturday, March 6 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This program is free and open to the public.

Windward Leeward’ exhibit blows into Cape Ann Museum

By Gloucester Daily Times Staff

On Saturday, March 6, Cape Ann Museum sails back from its winter hiatus with a reception to mark the opening of “Windward Leeward,” a stunning exhibition of ‘Dory Era’ paintings by one of New England’s most highly regarded contemporary maritime artists, Peter Vincent. His still, starkly composed images of Gloucester’s long-gone seafaring world are the artist’s reverent and powerfully moving tribute to his subject matter, and have won him numerous awards, including Mystic Seaport Museum’s first annual Thomas Hoyne Award. His “Men who go down to the sea” do not just inhabit, but haunt his works, as they continue to haunt their native harbor. The painting’s flat, muted tones suggest the calm before the storm; the perilous power of the sea to be at once livelihood and graveyard.

Read more of the Times article here.

13th Green Correction [Motel Roof]

GMG subscriber from Indiana indicated it was not the 13th Green but the 3rd green.

To keep up the high standards of GoodMorningGloucester, please accept my apologies.   Play slideshow            

I am including a slide show with additional photos.  Tracey the owner even had insurance adjusters waiting to help her get things back in shape for the summer season.  All the rooms were checked to ensure no further damage occurred.  The major issue was the rubber roof aloft onto the gold course.  The air-conditioners were in bad shape on the roof.  I am also including some photos from trees that came down further down on Atlantic Rd.  Hopefully everyone is back on-line with electricity, and ready for the next burst of weather coming our way.

  “THIRD GREEN” from Indiana