Monthly Archives: November 2009
This is my ride that at 160,000 miles the piston decided to try to hammer the spark plug out of the engine:
Already have a new license plate on my new ride but I’ll be by to pick up a new bumper sticker. I’m donating it to KarsforKids.org but if you are in need of a part drop me an email. I have friends who have already made claim to the rims, wheels, exhaust system. Anyone need an ash tray, roof rack, trailer hitch, used GMG bumper sticker?
I wanted to share this one with you to offer a bit of an alternative to traditional Thanksgiving pies. Fresh figs are in the grocery stores right now and this combo of apples, figs and dried cranberries is terrific!
There will be a new episode of Inspired Cooking airing on Cape Ann TV tonight at 8:30–thought it was airing last week but it didn’t so I hope you will tune in. The recipes for tonight’s show were posted last week and can be found here. Make sure to check out my adorable prep cook!:
Holiday Fresh Fig & Spiced Apple Pie
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup butter flavored shortening
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
6 to 8 tablespoons ice water
1 tablespoon quick cooking tapioca
16-18 fresh figs, stems removed and sliced horizontally into 1/8″ circles
5 tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon fresh orange zest, finely chopped
3 tablespoons heavy cream, divided
½ cup sweetened dried cranberries
2 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into small pieces
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 egg yolk (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Make crust using your favorite method and place one crust into a glass pie pan. Trim any overhanging crust to re-roll later, if desired, to decorate the top of the pie. Sprinkle tapioca on to bottom of crust and spread some of the sliced figs in a single layer covering the bottom of the crust.
In a large bowl, combine apples, flour, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, salt, vanilla extract, orange zest and 2 tablespoons heavy cream and stir gently until apples are coated.
Over the figs, layer ½ of the apples into the pan. Cover apple layer with the dried cranberries. Layer the remaining apples over the figs and top apples with remaining figs. Scatter butter on top of fig layer and top with remaining pie crust. Trim, seal and flute edge. Cut slits or shapes in several places in top crust. If desired roll out reserved crust and cut decorative shapes to enhance the pies appearance. Use egg yolk as “glue” to adhere decorations to top crust. Brush top crust with remaining heavy cream, sprinkle with granulated sugar and place pie in preheated oven.
Bake 55 to 65 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. After 40 minutes of baking time, cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. Remove from oven and allow to rest for at least ½ hour before slicing. Enjoy with ice cream, whipped cream or just by itself. Enjoy!
“She may be the sister of Beck, but Alyssa Suede sounds more like a mix of Jewel and Alanis Morrisette.” – Rock is Life.com
Singer/Songwriter, Alyssa Suede began her music career two years ago under the guidance of her dad, renowned arranger/composer David Campbell. She spent the past year playing clubs in N.Y., Nashville, Los Angeles and Northern California. Her latest performances include the 2009 Sundance festival and this year’s SXSW.
Presented by local promoters Victory Agents and Dan King, Suede will take the stage for one night only at Elliotts in Gloucester.
Comfortable alone on stage, Alyssa moves with ease from guitar to piano to harmonium and has a voice thats been called “-breaking, twangy [with a] musical likeness to Jewel that is often startling.” – Muzikreviews
Meanwhile, her single “Falling from Mars” has already generated a buzz in the film community winning “Best Music Video” at the Memphis 2008 Film Festival and “Best Original Song” at the 2008 Feel Good Film Festival in Hollywood. Her EP, “Black and White in Color” was released in October of 2008 and is available on iTunes.
“Suede has chops that show promise in the future.” – L.A. Times
Doors at 7pm
Show promptly at 8pm
$10 at the door
This just added!
MARINA EVANS will be doing an opening set of her best material.
Marina has been making waves around the Cape Ann scene lately bringing even more excitement to this very special show!
What a great visit I had from water bloggers From The North and South over the past few days.
Yesterday we went by Charlie’s Place for a great breakfast in which they all took turns mispronouncing linguica. 🙂
Many of you saw the lovely Bowsprite take her harbor swim in the cold Gloucester harbor water yesterday and know I’m a huge fan of her artwork.
Also along for the big waterblogger meet-up was Monkeyfist and Tugster. I’ve been reading their blogs for a long while now and what is absolutely insane to me is that I never knew that Monkeyfist is actually a woman. I had assumed that she was a he.
Tugster and Bowsprite hail from New York’s sixth borough (Tugster’s term for the Waters of New York) and Monkeyfist comes from Maine and does the awesome CascoBayBoaters blog. You can see Tugster’s blog here
They are all fantastic and if you like GMG you should really check out what these birds are doing.
Did you know that you can pay for a monthly parking permit and never have to worry about feeding the meters?
I didn’t til my buddy Janice Lufkin Shea told me about them.
In fact I couldn’t find anything about them on the City Of Gloucester website.