Monthly Archives: February 2010
Mike Lindberg posted a cool Photoshop effect a couple months ago using a “miniaturizing effect”. In posting my shrimp recipe I thought there might be some people who just got off the boat and did not know where the new Intershell Seafood Market was so I combine two tasks. I may need to work on this a bit but if you click and show “all sizes” you may be able to see me standing in front of Intershell.
After chatting with Bobby Ryan and Manuel Simoes at Ryan and Wood Distillery we headed back to Beautiful Downtown Gloucester for an art class. Art Haven is an awesome place to learn and create and the staff is gifted with patience and ease with kids. You can tell that David Brooks, Dawn Gadow and all the people working there truly love being with the children and what they are doing. It obviously isn’t just a job for them but a calling.
All the kids were having a blast and it’s unbelievable how some of these very young children have developed their artistic abilities in the Art Haven program.
We didn’t have an appointment, we just popped in and The Bean started right in making about four different things. A clay mirror frame, a couple rocks with her initials on them and a clay model of our cat Mr JJ Jinglenuts.
You can look up a recipe for Paul’s Barbecue Shrimp which has cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, crushed red pepper, thyme leaves, rosemary leaves, oregano leaves and it is fun to get those all fresh. When you have the time it’s a great recipe. With the Worcestershire Sauce, the beer, and the butter, there nothing better than to soak up the juice with some french bread while eating the shrimp.
But let’s shortcut the lazy way.
1) Go to Intershell and get two pounds of native shrimp with the head on.
2) While there pick up Paul Prudhomme’s Cajun Spice. (Boy that saved a ton of time right there.)
You also need a stick of butter, a tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce, tablespoon of minced garlic and a bottle of beer. But that’s already in the fridge, right?
3) Rinse shrimp and drain well. Do not even take the heads off unless you have squeamish kids. Behead some of them for the tots but leave plenty of heads on so that shrimp fat is in the pan.
4) Large skillet, stick of butter medium high until melted.
5) Add a tablespoon (more if no kids) of the cajun spice, garlic and the Worcestshire sauce.
6) Add the shrimp and switch to high heat.
7) Shake those shrimp (do not stir) for two minutes.
8) While shaking drink bottle of beer. (Note to self. Find another way to make a list besides close parenthesis as an “8” and a “)” turns into a little dude with sunglasses on. He does not look out of place though …)
9) Since you drained the bottle open another one and drink until half cup of beer is left and pour over shrimp.
10) Shake the pan one minute longer.
Remove from heat and serve with french bread. Make sure you bring everything from the pan in a bowl to the table so you can soak up the juice with some french bread or get a loaf of Ciabatta Bread from Shaws. An empty bowl in the middle of the table for the shells and not much of a clean up unless you drank too much beer. Just use a hose.
Although I knew I wouldn’t be able to cover the Ryan and Wood official launch of Folly Cove Rum I wanted to pop in and see how GMG photographer and videographers Thom Falzorano and Manuel Simoes were doing with the coverage.
We managed to squeeze in a short interview with Bobby Ryan while the Bean made fart noises on my neck. Adds to the character of the interview I say!
Thanks to Manuel Simoes for these pics-
From The Dress Code we bounced down to David Cox’ Main Street Art and Antiques for my daily dose of David Cox’ hilarity and crazy stories. We talked about the blog and his assignments while The Bean commented on David’s filing system or lack thereof.
This vintage lobster platter can be had for a mere $28.
After a bit the Bean was ready to move on-
From the Beacon –
Cape Ann Symphony will hold a fundraising dance, “My Swinging Valentine,” on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 7-10 p.m. at Cruiseport, 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester.
The Soft Touch Dance Band will entertain with some all-time Golden Oldies from the Swing Era and beyond perfect for dancing and listening. This 18-piece big band specializes in music from the big band era as well as many modern favorites. Miss Tina from Miss Tina’s School of Dance will be at the event to help attendees brush up on their dance moves.
Light hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served and a cash bar will be available. According to Elizabeth Frere Jones, Chair of the CAS Celebrations Committee, “This is an event to have fun and kick up your heels as well as to support a regional treasure right here on Cape Ann, our very own Cape Ann Symphony!”
Tickets are $35 per person and $20 for under 18 years old. For tickets and more information, email CASCelebrations@yahoo.com, or call 978-283-6750.
After finishing up our coffee and hot chocolate and cleaning up a nasty hot chocolate incident at The Lone Gull we headed up to Barbara Koen’s Dress Code.
I dig popping in there if for nothing else but to catch some of that good karma from Barbara and the girls who work there. Always a fun experience and you never know if you’ll find a hidden gem.
Right now there are a bunch of brand new TUMI bags selling for 1/5 or so of their original prices. If you are a traveller you will recognize TUMI as the top brand in luggage. These bags were smaller messenger style and laptop bags but all brand new and pretty bad-ass. I’ve been having an internal debate about buying one for several months now.
Here’s the Bean and I taking a silly picture in the overhead curvy mirror-
Tuesday was a Gloucester Day with the Bean. After picking her up at shool we headed down to The Lone Gull for a m&m cookie and hot chocolate.
Both of the girls love going to the Lone Gull and while it’s obviously a coffee shop they both call it “The Cookie Store”.
Cape Ann Youth Lacrosse – 2010 Season begins for Girls and Boys:
For any girl interested in playing lacrosse, on February 28th from 10am to Noon in the GHS Field-house, Coach MacLaughlin, Coach Barker and members of the GHS girls lacrosse team will be hosting a clinic for girls of any age that would like to learn about lacrosse.
Girls registration is open for 5th thru 8th grades. First practice will be mid March and the first game is on Sunday, April 11th. The schedule will be announced soon!
Boys registration is open for U9 (K-2), U13 (5th – 6th) & U15 (7th – 8th)
First practice will be mid March and the first game is on Sunday, April 11th against Danvers.
This is Cape Ann Youth Lacrosse’s 7th year; it has been built on the principles of learning and sportsmanship, not competition and trophies. There are no standings kept, no league championships or playoffs. We play all players as equally as possible with the goal of teaching the sport and providing a fun experience for all involved. There are no try outs or cuts.