Monthly Archives: November 2009

Privatizing Our Fisheries

 

I rarely get political in these pages but I don’t think enough people understand just how big an impact the proposed privatizing our fisheries through sectors will have on our community.  Richard Gaines at The Times has been doing an excellent job covering it at the Gloucester Times but my guess is that most people outside of fishermen are skimming over the articles because the rules and regulations are very difficult to understand.

If the privatization of the fisheries occurs it will really change the entire character of the fishing industry in Gloucester.  It’s not even up for debate.  Within a couple of generations  there will no longer exist the independent local fisherman.

I’m not sure the common public understands how far reaching and disastrous to our community the impact of what being proposed is.

Non-fishermen probably don’t get it because the rules and how it all works is a little too complex for them to understand but make no mistake-  If what they propose happens, a huge part of our heritage goes in the history books as a memory.

The whole reason why many people choose to become fishermen- the independence and ability to get out what you’re willing to put in as far as work- vanishes.

Eventually fishing permits will be gobbled up by big corporations and all the kids coming up become hired hands and that’s all they’ll ever be.  Never being able to afford their own permits or boats, they will simply be employees of some large conglomerate fishing operation which in all likelihood won’t even be owned by an entity in our state let alone city.

Dean Salah And Crew At George’s Coffee Shop

I have great food and service every time at George’s.  It’s no wonder the place is always packed- They’re doing everything right!

Chocolate Chip Cookies The Way I Like Them

I wanted to share with you my chocolate chip cookie recipe.  This recipe makes these traditional cookies just the way I like them, soft in the middle, crispy on the edge and not terribly sweet.  You can use this recipe, minus the chips, as a great base cookie recipe and add in your own favorites–nuts, dried fruit, chips or whatever you like –and perhaps the best idea for the day after Halloween–chopped up leftover Halloween Candy!  Make these today-they are simple, delicious and if you take them to work with you tomorrow your coworkers who might NOT eat more candy will probably eat some cookies!

Chocolate Chip Cookies The Way I Like Them

4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoon kosher salt*
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup shortening (butter flavored or traditional)
½ cup salted butter
2 ½ cups light brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
3 cups chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)**

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cover 4 large baking sheets with parchment paper, silicone baking mats or spray with nonstick cooking spray.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, kosher salt* and baking soda and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat together shortening, butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.   This is what “light and fluffy” looks like:

On high speed, add eggs, one at a time and vanilla until well incorporated.  Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture.  When incorporated, add chocolate chips and beat until combined.

Using a small ice cream scoop, dish out cookie dough on to prepared pan, 12 to a sheet.

Place sheets in oven, two at a time, and bake for 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes, turn cookie sheets around, front to back and move top sheet to bottom and vice versa.  Bake for another 5 minutes until brown around the edges and puffed in the center.  Allow to cool on sheet for 5 minutes and remove to a rack to cool.

*I use kosher for baking because I like that hit of salt in my cookies.  Use table salt if desired.
**I used semisweet in this recipe but try out different mix ins.  You could use 1 cup white chocolate chips, one cup dried cranberries and one cup chopped pecans.  This is a great base recipe so use your imagination to make it your own.

This recipe makes 9 dozen cookies.  It can easily be halved.

Trick Or Treaters Poll

We had hardly anyone come to our house.  I’d say there were about 6 or 7 groups of kids.  When walking around the neighborhood with the girls we barely saw anyone and the people we spoke with said there was a huge drop off in participation this year.  Did you notice a drop off in Halloween Trick or Treating?