Our final Block Party of 2014 was a great success. As usual, the gallery was too busy for me to walk the street to take pictures. This time, I had the energy to enjoy the event, especially the people. A large cheese platter was generously provided by The Cave, our neighbor at 44 Main Street (http://www.thecavegloucester.com/). Key Block Party folks visited me, including Susan Parent (L) of Toodeloos (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toodeloos/388111807754) and Block Party organizer Valerie Marcley (R). That’s me in the middle!
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SATURDAY from 6-11, this year’s final Block Party features a stellar mix of entertainment, including The GHS Docksiders Big Band, a quintet of Boston jazz maestros and a variety of other talent on five outdoor stages PLUS The Brass Fed Horns (featuring Carlos Menezes, Jr., the hardest working musician on Cape Ann) roaming Main Street with Gloucester’s version of Little Italy at the West End (from THE CAVE to Washington).
COME OUT AND PARTY LIKE IT’S STILL SUMMER — ’cause it is!
See the Entertainment SCHEDULE BY STAGE HERE
Entertainment SCHEDULE BY TIME HERE
Come to The Cave on June 13th to say hi and ask us about anything you are curious about.
Carrot Cake Marmalade
This recipe was created several years ago to use up an abundance of carrots from my farm share at Applenton Farms. It has become a recipe I make through out the year. A jar of Carrot Cake Marmalade make a great hostess gift, and easy appetizer to assemble and serve to unexpected company! Visit Laura at The Cave on Main Street today open 9-5 for this yummy Chevre Cheese shown in the photo below.
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Spicy Italian Sausage Pepper & Onion Bow Tie Pasta
I created this recipe one night while in the middle of making a batch of my homemade sausage. With a kitchen full of hungry family waiting to be fed, and 2 giant bowls of fixed sausage meat waiting to be stuffed into soaking casings, I decided to halt sausage production and feed the family. Using what I had on hand, I threw together this delicious pasta dish in less than 30 minutes and resumed production. Although I may have used my own homemade sausage meat to create this recipe, it can easily be duplicated by using any “Sweet Italian” sausage meat. For those living close to Gloucester, I highly recommend buying Trupiano’s Italian Sausage sold at The Cave on Main Street. The Cave regularly carries Sweet Italian “Trupiano’s Italian Sausage”, and Trupiano’s “Tomato Parsley & Cheese” variety can be specially pre-ordered by calling a few days in advance. Click see more for Joey approved recipe!
Mini Almond Thin Dessert Sandwiches with Chocolate Chevre Cheese and Balsamic Strawberries
Are you looking for a decadent Valentine dessert that requires no baking? After sampling a piece of SouthCoast Farms’ Creamy Chocolate Chevre Cheese at The Cave on Main Street here in Gloucester, my mind exploded with recipe ideas! This recipe was specially concocted for Valentines Day! More recipes containing this amazing cheese will be posted in the future. For details about this recipe …Click see more for details Read more
Last week a childhood friend Mary, unexpectedly lost one of her beloved dogs Callie. A beautiful chocolate lab everyone in our close knit circle of friends, had the pleasure to know. All our children adored Mary’s dogs Callie and Muggian both Labs who loved to play fetch at Good Harbor Beach. Last week after hearing about Callie’s passing we all felt Marys heartache and reached out to comfort her, each in our own special way. There is never a right time for death, and there are endless ways to reach out to those who are dealing with it. For some, it is customary to reach out with fresh flowers, sympathy cards, and thoughtful notes. But for me growing up in a Sicilian family, I learned at a very young age, that our custom in the wakes of death, was to nourish broken hearts with homemade food. Sicilians head straight to the kitchen to prepare a meal or dessert to nourish grieving families. My grandmother Felicia always preached, that the fastest way to someone heart was through their stomach. After a quick trip to the Cave Cheese Shop, I made and delivered a special comfort food dinner to my grieving friend Mary and her puppy Mulligan.
In honor of Callie this old family comfort food recipe has been renamed ~ Callie’s Mac & Cheese
Callie’s Mac & Cheese
1 stick salted butter; plus 1 tablespoon (used to butter baking dish)
¼ cup freshly chopped parsley
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons flour
1 ½ cup whole milk
2 heaping cups shredded Rat Cheddar Cheese~ The Cave’s House Cheddar
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
1 lb. large elbows pasta
3 cups Cracker Crumb Topping( see recipe below)
1 cook elbows Pasta al dente; strain water in large colander; reserve pasta
2 in medium sauce pan ; melt 1 stick salted butter over medium/low heat; add parsley, pepper, and flour; stir; increase heat to high;stir 2-3 minutes (do not brown butter)
2 add milk; stir 1 minute; add shredded cheese in small batches (I like to add ½ cup at a time, and allow cheese to completely melt before adding next batch of cheese); stir vigorously to prevent mixture from sticking to bottom of pan; stir until creamy thick cheese sauce is formed; remove from heat
3 add garlic powder and onion powder; mix well; add reserved pasta; mix well; add cheese sauce to reserved pasta; mix well
4 butter one 13×11 baking dish or two 8×8 baking dishes
5 transfer and evenly spread cheese mixture into baking dish; top with Cracker Crumb Topping( see recipe below)
6 cover with foil; in preheated 350 degree oven bake 10 minutes; remove foil; bake 10 additional minutes until crumb topping is golden and cheese sauce is bubbling, serve warm
Cracker Crumb Topping Ingredients & Step-by-Step Directions
4 stacks of original Ritz crackers, finely crushed in a large food processor
1 large onion, pureed in a mini chopper
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
1 pound salted butter, melted
1 heaping large soup spoon of Cains Mayonnaise
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 package Good Seasons dry Italian Dressing mix
¾ cup Sicilian Breadcrumbs “Muddica Cunsata”, recipe in my cookbook (Gifts of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia,Harvest Pg. 201) or click link for Sista Felicia’s Video tutorial
1 Combine and mix all ingredients in large mixing bowl
Note~ will keep in airtight container refrigerated 7 days or 2 months in freezer… excellent topping for baked fish
Spring Mix Salad With Mango/Ginger Stilton Cheese & Crispy Bacon
8 cups spring mix baby red and green leaf lettuce
1 1/4 cup Mango/Ginger Stilton Cheese (sold at The Cave, Main Street Gloucester)
3/4 cup dried cherries
3/4 cup whole pecans
8 slices bacon; crisply cooked; crumbled
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 arrange greens in serving bowl; top with dried cherries and pecans
2 cut wedge of cheese into bite-size pieces; add cheese pieces and toss
3 vigorously whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper 1 minute; pour dressing over top; toss and mix well
4 top with bacon pieces; serve
Those little Russian Tea Cakes are dope. You can also get Glosta Joe’s Coffee there (a great holiday present or stocking stuffer)
“Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia, Harvest” is a tangible archival treasure trove of deep rooted authentic Sicilian recipes. Makes a perfect gift for all the cooks in your life and for all those who wish to bridge generations with the celebration of food. We are shipping daily…have you ordered your copies yet?
Tonight “The Cave” will be, selling signed copies of “Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia, Harvest” and Cape Ann Magazine December 2013 Issue. Stop by to enjoy and celebrate “Shop Local” with samples of Manchester based Fudge Everything, Gloucester Joe Coffee, Essex’s Lark Cookies, Duck Foie Gras, Wine, and Sista Felicia’s Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Dip!
Ladies Night on Main Street begins at 5 pm. The clock is ticking… only twenty days till Christmas. Call your girlfriends, line up a baby sitter, it’s always a fun girls night out and a perfect way to start your holiday shopping. Dozens of local merchants are ready and waiting for you!
To order copies of “Gifts Of Gold” on line click link below
Breaking News…The Cave Cheese Shop Is Now Selling “Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia,Harvest”
Sunday afternoon Laura Cramer owner of The Cave Cheese Shop on Main Street here in Gloucester, reached out to me after a patron shopping in her store informed her that he had just heard on the GMG Sunday Morning Pod Cast with GMG Chief Joey Ciaramitaro, Toby Pett and Amandacakes, that I was interested in participating in this upcoming Thursday’s Ladies Night on Main Street. I’m thrilled to announce that I will be teaming up with the Cave for this weeks event. Laura cordially invited me to her shop Ladies Night this Thursday Evening December 5th beginning at 5 pm for a Cookbook/ Magazine signing.
Laura’s shelves are currently stocked with copies of my newly released cookbook, “Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia, Harvest.” Copies will be on sale at The Cave throughout the holiday season, along with Cape Ann Magazine December 2013 December issue!
Laura has been very busy planning a special night. Last year her shop was a hot spot for shoppers and this year she is gearing up for an even bigger crowd. She will be serving several local products, including: wine spirit refreshments, Duck Foie Gras, Fudge Everything fudge sauce~ produced locally in Manchester By The Sea MA., Lark Cookies from Lark Fine Foods located in Essex Ma. , Gloucester Joe’s Coffee, and samples of Sista Felicia’s Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Dip, a recipe featured in “Gifts Of Gold”. The Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Dip will be specially made for this event using a delicious Laura Chenel’s Chevre ~ a mildly flavored soft creamy goat cheese sold regularly at “The Cave.”
I look forward to meeting many GMG FOB, stop by “The Cave to celebrate “Shop local” and purchase you your copies of “Gifts of Gold”, Cape Ann Magazine, cheese, wine, coffee, cookies, and fudge sauce gifts for your family and friends, and say hello!
If you are like us and remember what you forgot to buy right when they get home, there’s HELP: The Cave will be open Thanksgiving MORNING 7am – 11am for all gourmet delights you forgot to get today.
You really don’t want to miss this — plain & simple. If you’ve been to The Cave, you know what we mean. If you haven’t , you’re truly missing out on a new Main Street gem. Check them out on Thursday 6/13 4-6pm.
New Wines to Try
June 13th from 4-6
Come try some new wines and try some Spanish bleu cheese(Valdeon); wrapped in grape leaves that have been macerated in Spanish wine. Organic raw milk. It will definitely put a kick in your step, especially paired with our new Tempranillo(Val). Val meet Valdeon. Complimentary. Hope to see you there.
44 Main Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
It’s been a while since I stopped by The Cave, but the other day I received an unexpected cash gift, so I decided to treat myself to something special! Laura always has good things in stock, so I headed over to her Main Street store.
There was someone in front of me in line, and as always I was impressed overhearing (sorry!) Laura help them pick out just the right assortment of cheeses based on flavor, texture, etc. I ended up buying a nice bag of delicacies, including cheeses:
Some were things I’ve tried before, like blueberry honey – fantastic! – and the clothbound cheddar, which is a favorite of mine. I also got two new items: First, cheddar with caramelized onions, which made a perfect companion for dinner (pork baked with onions, potatoes, and other veggies). Then, “Sir Francis” Bacon Chocolate Peanut Brittle! No kidding! Bacon, chocolate, and peanut butter all together. How much goodness can you pack into one package? I had a piece in the evening. It is an amazing combination, but not the sort of thing I’d eat a lot of at once, as the flavors are fairly intense. (That’s good, because it’s not cheap!) I recommend it as a gift for your baconoholic friends! In general, The Cave is a great place to find fine cheeses and other specialty foods. Laura will help you to find something just right!
You really don’t want to miss this — plain & simple. If you’ve been to The Cave, you know what we mean. If you haven’t , you’re truly missing out on a new Main Street gem. Check them out ahead of time and mark next Thursday 5/23 4-6pm on your calendar.
Sugar & Spice Tasting
May 23rd from 4-6
Join us at The Cave for beautiful Italian wines, sumptuous cheese and salts from the waters off Marblehead. Complimentary. Hope to see you there.
44 Main Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
Amid the flood of info that washes over us every day, it’s often refreshing to get a reminder of some cool stuff we might have missed. Here goes:
- Espressos has jumped into the live music scene. Check out their lineup.
- Live music starts at 6 tonight and 11:30 am tomorrow (see schedule here). Plenty of good shows you can take your kids to all over Cape Ann.
- Seasonal wine and beer licenses kick in on Monday (April Fools Day — seems fitting somehow). So The Cave, which is usually closed Mondays is having a wine tasting 4-6pm (more about that here).
- You can help support Cressy Beach Restoration at the CPA meeting on Tuesday (4/2) 6pm at City Hall First Floor Council Conference Room (more on that here).
That means The Cave, at 44 Main Street, can sell wine again and they’re opening up at 4pm (usually closed Mondays) to host a wine tasting from 4-6pm.
They’ll have some new Italian wines at very affordable prices. Plus they always have cheeses and other goodies to taste with the wines. (You can taste any cheese before you buy it). This has become one of our favorite new spots in town. When I go in, I always let other people go ahead of me — not because I’m polite, but because I want to see what they’re getting — and when they get a taste, I pipe up, “Can I have a taste too?” I’ve discovered over a dozen new delights this way.
Here’s a video I shot about 3 weeks after The Cave opened last Summer of Vickie tasting some of their wine and cheese.
Since then I’ve learned how to pronounce the name of the wine in the video. It sounds like “Sarah Harris”. I still don’t speak Portuguese, but Laura says that’s close enough for her to recognize which wine I’m talking about.
Usually we post about music, but we’re so excited about having launched our latest Web project that we just can’t resist showing it to you. Just in case you didn’t know, in addition to publishing gimmesound and producing concerts, Vickie and I also design and build websites (see a list of some of them here, but remember, we’re too busy to update our own website, which was built in 1998) and we do Web and social media marketing.
Yesterday, we finished a new website for one of our favorite new local stores, The Cave. This is different from all other websites we’ve built. It’s a “responsive design”, which means it optimizes the viewing experience on what ever device you’re using: desktop computer, tablet or phone. For example, here’s what it looks like on a desktop computer:
Here’s what it looks like on my Samsung Galaxy III held portrait (the way you talk on the phone).
Notice the menu system is completely different and the top heading is centered instead of flush-left. The Facebook plugin is off the screen in this picture, but you can scroll down to it. Everything is stacked nicely so you can easily find it on a phone.
If you tap the phone number at the top-right it will call the The Cave.
The photo is different too, but that’s because it’s a slideshow and a different photo was showing when I took this picture. (This is actually a little more than you’ll see all at once on a phone, but I wanted to give you an idea of how it looks below the photo.)
There are many reasons why you want a website in a responsive design. Most importantly, you want your site to be easy to use no matter what device you’re on. And you don’t want to build a completely different site for each device.
This site uses the EXACT SAME HTML CODE for the phone display you see on the right as we do for the desktop version, above. The difference in how it looks is controlled by one little file called CSS.
This helps your website rise to the top of Google search results and it also makes it easier when you need to change something (like your store hours). You only have to write content once and maintain it in one place.
Here’s what it looks like when I turn my phone sideways.
Check out The Cave’s new website on all of your devices and see how it looks.
Be sure to go down there on Tuesday and try some of their excellent cheeses and other delicacies. You’ll be glad you discovered this gem in the heart of Gloucester’s thriving downtown.
Don’t worry, Valentine’s Day isn’t until Thursday, so you’ve got a full day and a half to keep on procrastinating. That’s what I do. If you remember, in this post I admitted that I spent Men’s Night looking at art, talking with friends and shopping for myself at the Cave while Vickie and John finished their Christmas shopping.
One reason I love the Cave is their idea of a Valentine’s Day Special is to offer it ON VALENTINE’S DAY. What a concept! No Preparation necessary, other than knowing about it, which is precisely why you read GMG, right?
So, on Thursday Glosta Joe’s and Roseanne’s Biscotti (another local business) will be at The Cave with free coffee & biscotti from 2-4pm. Buy a bag of coffee & win a chance at a beautiful gift basket full of coffee, chocolate, biscotti, mugs & more goodies from the table in the picture (plus cheese, of course).
That leaves you plenty of time to get ready for a night of live music at your choice of six venues in Gloucester (see the complete live music schedule here).