Monthly Archives: February 2013

Nutella Brownies with Nutella Butter Cream Frosting and Macerated Strawberries From Sista Felicia

Happy Valentine’s Day…. Grandma Felicia always told me…

“The fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”…and she was right!

Who doesn’t love Nutella? It has been a favorite of mine for many years, and has been a staple in my family’s pantries for as far back as I can remember. I can still see it lined up neatly on the second shelf, and left -hand side, of the center aisle of my grandfathers’ Italian variety store, Pats Center Grocery. I still enjoy the snack my Nona Rose prepared for me during my many visits to the store after school. Back then, most children snacked on PB&J after school, but Italian kids…we snacked on Italian toast with Nutella!

Today Nutella is gaining popularity, and justifiable so! It’s rich, creamy, chocolate, nutty flavor is out of this world delicious all on its own…but did you know combined with 2 other simple ingredients you could make one of the most decadent desserts known to mankind…Talk about “the fastest way to a man’s heart” …It’s only 3 ingredients away!

Nutella Brownies with Nutella Butter Cream Frosting and Macerated Strawberries

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Nutella Brownie Ingredients:

1 cup Nutella Hazelnut spread

2 large eggs

10 tablespoons flour

Nutella Butter Cream Frosting Ingredients:

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup Nutella
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 tablespoon Hershey coco powder
4 tablespoons heavy cream

Macerated strawberries ingredients:

1 pint fresh strawberries

½ cup sugar

1/4 cup Crème de Strawberry Fraise liquor

Garnish:

5 whole strawberries

Directions:

Step 1: remove stems from strawberries using a paring knife, discard stems

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Step 2: slice strawberries in half, then into thirds or fourths depending on the size of the strawberry

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Step 3: place prepared strawberries into a mixing bowl and add sugar

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Step 4: combine ¼ cup Crème de Strawberry Fraise liquor with sugar and strawberries, mix well, and let rest on counter 1 hour

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Nutella Butter Cream Frosting Directions:

Step 1: combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, whip 2 minutes or until a creamy light textured frosting is formed

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Step 2: transfer frosting a pastry bag fitted with a star tip, reserve in refrigerator

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Nutella Brownie Directions:

Step 1: combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment

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Step 2: beat 1 minute on a medium speed (batter will be very thick)

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Step 3: generously grease and flour an 8×8 tart pan (I prefer to use Baker’s Joy non-stick spray)

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Step 4: using a rubber spatula, transfer and evenly spread batter

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Step 5: bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes

Step 6: remove from oven and cool 20 minute

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Step 7: remove the outer potion of the tart pan, and carful slide Nutella brownie onto a cake plate

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Step 8: using a pastry bag, fix 5 large dollops of Nutella frosting 1 inch from the outer edge of the brownie an, and top each dollop with 1 whole strawberry

Step 9: pipe frosting around the top edge of the brownie

*Note: practice your pastry bag piping skills on a piece of wax paper

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Step 10: Slice into 5 equal slices, garnish with macerated strawberry

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*Note: alternative serving option… omit Nutella frosting and simply dust the top of the Nutella Brownie with a generous dusting of confectioners’ sugar, and garnish with whipped cream and a generous portion of macerated sliced strawberries

Enjoy!

Au Revoir

Au Revoir©Kim Smith 2013

I had half an hour to spend between client meetings on a recent trip to Boston and used that time to take a quick stroll around the blocks between St James and Bolyston Streets as there are lots of great resources in this area for my interior design clientele. The photos are created in the moment and I am having a lot of fun exploring the double exposure mode with the Fujiflim X-E1.

Kartell Boston copy

Arlington Street Church ©Kim Smith 2013

Arlington Street Church

Gloucester’s Bang A Song Studios session w/Saxman – Henley Douglas Jr to air on Sirius XM

Check out this news release from local radio star Meg Griffin:

To top this week of Mardi Gras 2013, the soulful funked up R & B outfit led by Sax Master, Henley Douglas Jr. will heat things up on the radio.  NorthShore resident Henley Douglas Jr, is the co founder of the Salem Jazz & Soul Festival.  He grew up within earshot of the early Tower of Power in San Francisco’s Bay Area.

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Henley Douglas, Jr (center w/ sax) and his band in the studio with Meg Griffin – photo: Jim Vaiknoras

Henley & his top shelf players have just recorded a session in Gloucester, Massachusetts at “Bang A Song” Studios with Meg Griffin of Sirius XM Radio.

Dig in for an hour on the Nationally heard Sirius XM series:
“Having Words With Meg”
..featuring HD R&B..featuring Henley Douglas Jr.

The Loft ~ channel 30
Premiers Friday February 15th at 5pm ET, with additional airings all month

ed. note: See Henley at Rhumb Line every Tuesday night.  It’s always a great show!

Thursday Night Blues Party @The Rhumb Line to host Steve Sadler~New winter hours 8:00 to 11:00

Dave says,

After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, mahout driver Fred has ordained that the Blues Bash™ shall be forthwith  changing our startup time. We’re going for 8 pm to 11 pm all thru the winter. Forget 9 to 12! that’s for youngsters! We’re going for the formaldehyde crowd! But, seriously, folks, a lot of you have struggled to stay awake long enough to force yourselves to go out at nite. I’m the same way. But, if I can do it…..I’m actually excited about this. Many of our loyal fans have been quick to point out that there’s a lag from the time the wake ends till we start, so, this’ll give you a chance to clear the decks. Besides, it’s Valentine’s Day. Bring you insignificant other and clamp down on her heart! Damn, this martini is good….
So, let’s party! This Thursday brings up the rather large matter of Mr. Steve Sadler, one of my personal favorites. Guit-slinger, vocalist and recreational anesthesiologist, you’re sure to find something fabulous in his smood stylings. Not only that, but the electrifying Mr. Jim Scoppa is going to materialize, too. For many years the slashing guitarist for T.H.and The Wreckage, this cat has sharp claws that will open your pineal gland faster than you can say,”What, me worry?” Unfortunately, our chosen drummer, who shall remain nameless,  has been rushed to the hospital for emergency cosmetic weenis surgery. Prognosis is good, but a suitable replacement is under my grow lite, and should be firm by Thursday.

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Stever Sadler with Jamie Walker  at The Emerson Umbrella, Concord, MA Sept 2010

To re-iterate: NEW HOURS AT RHUMB LINE ON THURSDAYS ARE 8 TO 11. Please come and enjoy. Your feedback is always welcome.

Pet of the Week-Festus

Festus

 

Hi there!  My name is Festus and this is the first time I have seen snow!  There is so much of it everywhere!  I am a three-month-old black-and-tan Shepherd mix.  I am a sweet and gentle boy and if you are up to the challenge that a new pup can bring and the joys, too, I hope you will consider adopting me.I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane, Gloucester.

I have been asked to remind you that The Winter Ball has been RESCHEDULED and will take place on Friday, February 22nd from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester. All original tickets will be honored on that date. If you have any questions, please call 978-283-6055, ext. 23.

There are people outside making what look like snow people!   They are not moving, talking and they are very still.  I hope the nice volunteer comes to take me for a walk and not one of those snow people!

 

Community Photos 2/13/13

Joey:  A few photos of Nemo from Eastern Point.  Best, Pat Morss

 


Hi Joey,

Welcome back from the Sunny Warmth!

With all that fury that Storm Nemo brought over the weekend, Mother Nature smiled a beautiful sunrise this Monday morning at Back Beach in Rockport. The beauty was fleeting as the overcast quickly diminished the spectacle.

Thanks, Skip

North Coast Angler www.northcoastangler.com

Skip Montello Photos www.skipmontellophotos.com

Back Beach Sunrise


  A close up of Nemo the snow sculpture by my neighbors the Christophers.
Vicki Gamage

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Community Stuff 2/13/13

Hi! If there is space and time The Hive would love to have this annoucement in Goodmorning Gloucester. Thanks for a consideration. Ramani

The Hive – Art Haven’s Community Center


for Teens & Adults

Multi-media Art Class

*Starting February 14th* for 6 weeks

Thursday 6-8pm, $20 drop-in, $100 for 6 session

Work with new and found supplies with Ramani Rangan to invite unlimited creativity. Each week will have a different subject and mediums. The first week’s project will be using acrylic paints and other materials to make a collage mobile.

Call: 978.283.3889

11 Pleasant St. Gloucester, MA 01930

Go to www.Arthaven.org for more information on all the classes.


Hi Joey:
Blue Shutters is hosting a weekend of Psychic and Mediumship Readings on March 8 and 9th. I was directed to your blog in hopes that I could get some PR around this event. It is my understanding that if anything is a "happening" in Gloucester it is "happening" with the help of your blog. :)  What do I need to do to enable this information to be disseminated through Good Morning Gloucester? I have pasted below the Facebook event information from my Facebook page and Blue Shutters will be posting it on their page as well. Thanks for your help!
Julie Ann
978-387-5306
Ocean View Private Readings @ Good Harbor Beach
The Blue Shutters Beachside Inn , Gloucester, MA is hosting sessions with Julie Ann and Liliana on Friday March 8, 2013 from 4:00 – 8:00 & Saturday March 9, 2013 from 10:00 – 3:00. This tranquil and most beautiful location is beloved by many all over the country. Have a refreshment and snack, enjoy the gorgeous view and walk the beach before and after your session(s). Gloucester’s wonderful Restaurants are close by as well.
To schedule your appointment with either or both Julie Ann and Liliana call 978-387-5306 or email JulieAnn@RuahCara.com. You may choose to stay over at The Blue Shutter’s Beachside Inn for the weekend as well. To check out off season rates and room availability check out the website http://www.blueshuttersbeachside.com/
Julie Ann:
Julie Ann is a gifted Psychic Medium, Trance Channel and Healer. She is one of the Core Readers at Circles of Wisdom in Andover MA and holds sessions regularly at Stelio’s Family Restaurant in North Billerica. When scheduling your session you can choose to spend your time in one or a blend of the following four areas: Mediumship, Psychic/Intuitive, Trance Channel or Healing. All sessions can be recorded on a CD that you leave with ($4.00). For more information on Julie Ann check out her websitewww.RuahCara.com or visit her page on The Circles of Wisdom website http://www.circlesofwisdom.com/Private_Channeled_Readings_M_P6285C131.cfm.
Prices: 15 minutes- $40, 30 minutes- $75, 45 minutes- $110, 60 minutes $140.
Liliana:
Travel the pathways of your spirit by directing your personal energy through Tarot and Elemental Earth vibrations. Not a "fortune telling" session but one of discovery of self and surrounding. Liliana will be holding sessions with cards and stones to facilitate her inner knowledge. She is a life long intuitive and is known throughout New England for her insight and wisdom. Liliana combines this spiritual energy with a no-nonsense awareness of the world today.
Prices:15 minutes $30, 30 minutes $50, 45 minutes $75 and 1 full hour for $100.


Hi everyone,
Here’s a link to an article about the current exhibition at Flatrocks Gallery featuring my work along with Jon Sarkin and Ken Riaf:
http://www.nsartthrob.com/2013/02/what-drives-them/
Hope you enjoy it,
Paul
– Paul Cary Goldberg

Evie will be opening her show at Alchemy This Evening February 13th

Evie will be opening her show this evening at Alchemy February 13th

Hey All!
Hope this message finds everyone well and having lots of fun in life. I wanted to invite you to come celebrate my art opening at Alchemy with me from 5:30-7:30 on February 13th. I look forward to seeing you there!
xo.
Ev.