Monthly Archives: June 2009

Walking The Plank Onto The Plan B

Obviously this guy has way more balls than me.  He just nonchalantly placed this somewhat narrow plank from the pier to the roof of the boat and proceeded to walk across carrying a box full of heavy parts about 25 feet up in the air.  My knees would be knocking and I’d be crying for momma before I’d walk across, lol.

Chickity Check It- The Gallery Of Judith Robinson-Cox

You must check out the wonderful work of Judith Robinson-Cox.  Her photo galleries of  The Paint Factory, The Water of Cape Ann, Lillipution Landscapes and Boatyards are just fantastic.

To view her work, click this text

Go See- Shoes


Due to this terrible recession and depression, the Mayor of Gloucester had a bright idea to cheer up the citizenry: She asked the Governor of Massachusetts to temporarily release Mr. O’Connor from the Funny Farm in order that Mr. O’Connor be able to perform his One Man Show of  humor and stories about Ireland and Life. Mr. O’Connor is a direct descendant of The Last High King of Ireland, whose legacy left a dark mark in allowing the English into Ireland all because of a piece of *&^%$. Due to not having done a show in a long time [ever], Mr. O’Connor asked the Mayor if he could bring along a few of his mates from the Funny Farm in order that they may help him feel more confident and not so alone on stage. Mr. O’Connor’s friends, Paddy The Rat, Spud Murphy, Dick Reily and Marty Nolan, will be present among the audience (a mug shot of these lads is presently on display at the local police department). We feel it is important to have Mr. O’Connor’s friends here to help maintain a sense of order due to past experiences where civil disorder and rioting has broke out during Mr. O’Connor’s performances.

A word of warning: Mr. O’Connor has been known to have made a pact with the Devil so it’s important to say your confessions with your local priest as Mr. O’Connor has been known to corrupt the purest of minds that even Nick himself has been extremely mortified and will most likely be out of a job by the time this show is over. Past records indicate that the divorce rates have skyrocketed in town due to the women and men dancing naked down the street to the great Irish music. If you have a hard time locating the theatre, it will be easily be seen by Mr. O’Connors’ donkey and cart outside the entrance way of the theatre. Also in company with his donkey will be his donkey’s friend “Mc Ginty” the goat. One must be careful not to feed these creatures as they have been known to snap the fingers off people. Other than that they are charming to look at.

Proceeds of $10. admission to benefit SHOBU AIKIDO

It’s All About Ice Cream!

I hope you will make these recipes for ultra dark chocolatey cookies for the “greenhead” ice cream sandwiches and the fantastic toasted pecan cinnamon blondies with they spiced apple compote to make a wonderful sundae with vanilla ice cream!

Inspired Cooking airs on Cape Ann TV ch 12 Tuesdays at 8:30, Fridays at 4:30 and Sunday morning at 11:30.  I hope you will tune in!

Double Darks

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup natural cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon espresso powder

½ teaspoon kosher salt

16 oz. semisweet chocolate (8 oz chopped)

1 cup salted butter

3 cups granulated sugar

4 large eggs at room temperature

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 4 large baking sheets with parchment and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, espresso powder and salt and set aside.

In a microwave safe dish, melt butter and chopped chocolate in the microwave, about 1 ½ -3 minutes (individual microwave power will vary).  Stir until smooth and allow to cool slightly.

In the bowl of a stand mixer or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, combine sugar, eggs and vanilla until well blended and lighter in color.  Gradually mix in flour mixture and then chocolate mixture and finally chopped chocolate.

Using a #40 ice cream scoop (about 1 ½”) scoop onto prepared baking sheets, 9 to a sheet.  Bake 15-17 minutes in preheated oven until cookies are flat and surfaces are cracked.

To assemble, press a large scoop of mint chocolate chip (or another favorite ice cream) between two cookies


*these cookies keep well in an airtight container for up to a week.  You can also make the ice cream sandwiches well in advance, wrap them individually and freeze them until ready to serve.

Cinnamon Pecan Blondies Sundaes with Warm Apple Sauce

2/3 cup salted butter, melted

1 pound light brown sugar (yes, one pound, about 2 1/2 cups)

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 ¾ cup all purpose flour

2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

¾ cup cinnamon baking chips

½ cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, stir together butter and brown sugar and extract until smooth.  Add eggs and stir until combined.  Gradually stir in dry ingredients until incorporated.  Mix in cinnamon chips and pecans and pour dough into prepared pan.  Wet fingers with water and press batter into pan.

Bake 25-30 minutes until center is just set and edges are lightly browned.  Allow too cool about ½ hour before slicing.  Serve with vanilla ice cream and warm apple sauce.  Enjoy!

Warm Apple Sauce (this sauce is great on french toast too!)

4 tablespoon salted butter

2 tablespoons brown sugar

3 cups cooking apples (empire, gala) peeled, cored & sliced or cubed

Pinch salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

In a large saucepan, melt together butter and brown sugar.  Add remaining ingredients and cook for 15-20 minutes or until apples are soft and cooked through.  Serve with cinnamon pecan blondies and vanilla ice cream.

To assemble, cut blondies into desired size and place in a serving dish.  Top with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream and several spoonfuls of warm apple sauce.  Sprinkle with additional toasted pecans if desired.  Enjoy!

Blondies keep well tightly wrapped or in an airtight container.

Stoga and State Of Art Gillnet Hauler Made By Spencer Carter

Behind Stoga is a high tech gillnet hauler.  It is made by a company in the UK named Spencer Carter.  It is the first of it’s kind that I’ve seen in Gloucester.   Mike Leary, the boat’s owner tells me that there are only 3 moving parts to this gillnet hauler as opposed to 175 on the traditional haulers used by the Gloucester fleet.  There was a guy who worked on the traditional gillnet haulers out of New Bedford but Mike also tells me he closed up shop.

Here is the Spencer Carter Website

Novena starts today-

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Sharon Lowe photo

Monday Novena opening signals St. Peter’s Fiesta

By All Hands (Gloucester Daily Times)

It’s another week and a half to go before Gloucester’s 2009 St. Peter’s Fiesta hits full stride.

But the first elements of Fiesta begin on Monday — and that goes beyond the very visible construction of the altar in St. Peter’s Square, and the well-wishing signs for a “Buono Fiesta” greeting customers at some Rogers Street watering holes and other local businesses.

The nine-day Novena to St. Peter — held each year as a prelude to the Fiesta and the patron saint of the fishermen — opens Monday at 7 p.m. and continues at the same time each night through June 23 in the former Doyon’s building on Rogers Street, next to St. Peter’s Square.

The public is invited to attend any or all of the Novenas. Anyone seeking further information is welcome to call St. Peter’s Fiesta Committee member Joe Novello at (978) 283-4367.

Things To Do- Beer and Blog Meet Up Tuesday

Attention Cape Ann Bloggers/Webmasters/IT folks.

We are holding another Cape Ann Beer and Blog meet-up  Tuesday night June 16th at Cape Ann Brewing 6:00PM.  We will be doing a run through of the Block Party media presentations and exchanging ideas over cold adult beverages.
Check out for the info and sign up to be part of the group.