Category Archives: Eats

MAYOR SEFATIA AND ANTHONY CATURANO, OWNER/CHEF TONNO RESTAURANT, RAISE $$10,000.00 FOR CANCER!!

Mayor Sefatia write’s, “BIG shout out to Anthony Caturano and Tonno staff for the December ‘Sauce Cookoff: Gravy vs. Sugo’ charity event. We proudly raised $10,000.00 for local cancer patients and supporting services. Today, we delivered a check for $7,500.00 to Addison Gilbert Hospital Oncology, which will directly support their patients. The other $2,500.00 was previously given to different families in time for the Holidays.❤️

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Press Restaurant on Lexington Avenue

Magnolia is getting a new restaurant at 2 Lexington Avenue. The owner is Scott Spencer, with his major helpers, Maddi and Emily, gave me the opportunity to have a peek at this great addition to Lexington Avenue.

This place looks great and look forward to having breakfast or lunch there.

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Festive appetizer: Pastaio via Corta pasta is off the charts and have you tried their superb fresh mozzarella?

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Spot the fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, tomato skewer app tray from this Holiday Delights photograph? The mozzarella makes this festive appetizer delicious and great for little hands. (Don’t judge the prep–mine not Pastaio via Corta.)

Pastaio Corta is closing at 1pm today and will be closed December 24th-26th, December 31st-January 1st, and January 7th-24th. Follow them on Instagram for daily pasta updates @pastaioviacorta  in February.

 

First Look Video Interview With Paprika Grill Owner Emrah Arslan

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Paprika Grill Is Located at 185 Washington Street Gloucester MA

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Everything is incredibly fresh! Prices are great. And food tastes delicious. Kate scarfed her lunch down in a matter of minutes.  I’ve literally never seen her eat anything so fast!

HAVE YOU POPPED INTO BACKYARD GROWERS POP UP SHOP?

back-yard-growers-copyright-kim-smithThere you will find an array of thoughtful, fun, and useful gifts; not only that, but your purchases help support this outstanding organization that gives back everyday to our community, in ways great and small.back-yard-growers-6-copyright-kim-smith

Garden gadgets and gloves, gardening how to books, Backyard Growers tees, children’s gardening tools, one of a kind finds, and much, much more. Here are some favorites of the favorites.

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Give a gift of a garden to a member of our community. A donation of $25.00 purchases a card printed on paper that is embedded with seeds. The donation provides a season’s worth of seeds and seedlings to a family, and you can plant the card in the spring–your choice, a carrot- or lettuce-infused seed card. Wonderfully clever! (and Laura made the envelopes from seed catalogues, too).

Victoria Martins is helping at Backyard Growers. She is an Americord service member and her position is community engagement coordinator. I couldn’t decide which photo 🙂

 

MAKING PIGNULATA WITH GRACE AND NINA AT CAFFE SICILIA

This past week I stopped by to say hello to Maria and her family at Caffe Sicila. Nina, Maria’s Mom, invited me to come and see she and her sister Grace making pignulata. Caffe Sicilia has dozens and dozens of orders for this wonderful traditional fried pastry desert and they had already begun the first stages several days ago. Nina explains it is most typically served in Sicilian homes around Christmas time, but also other holidays too. Making this treat is a multi-step process, and labor intensive in the volume undertaken by Caffe Sicilia. The sisters offered lots of tips for making the most delicious pignulata (also spelled pignolata) and I hope I am remembering all that they shared!

caffe-sicilia-pignulata-nina-copyright-kim-smithThe dough is rolled out, cut into marble-sized bits, and placed in cold oil.

It takes about fifteen to twenty minutes for the little marbles to puff up into marshmallow-size and brown evenly.

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The bits of dough are throughly drained and set aside for several days as they release more oil. When ready to mold the pignulata, a glaze made of boiled honey and sugar is poured over the fried dough.

Beautiful❣️(and wonderfully delicious)

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Nina and Grace grew up in Terrasini, Sicily, emigrating from Italy when they were young teens. The sisters talked about how back in their childhood days, most people did not have a kitchen oven. To bake their weekly bread and to bake treats during the holidays, families would take their loaves and cookies and cakes to the local town baker and “rent” their oven for a nominal fee. Cookies and cakes were placed on long, long wooden trays and carefully placed in the baker’s oven. Now everyone has their own oven, but most don’t bake nearly as much as they did in the old days.

Visit Caffe Sicilia and see their beautiful display of cuccidati (and every other kind of traditional Sicilian Christmas cookie), wonderfully sweet and spicy gingerbread cakes, cassata cakes, mini pignulata’s, Maria’s handmade marzipan fruits, and much, much more deliciousness!

Caffe Sicilia is located at 40 Main Street. For more information call 978-283-7345.

Pure Pastry is Pure Perfection

Last week a co-worker arrived in the office with an amazing assortment of gorgeous treats from Pure Pastry in Beverly to share with the faculty and staff.

While delicious almost doesn’t do them justice, let’s back up a bit for a second to the presentation. I’m all about packaging….all about nice little touches…all about made with care. Kim Gregory goes over the top, in a very sustainable, green, and organic way, to make receiving her pastries feel like opening a gift.  And, a gift they are!  While almost impossible to choose….the two selections that I made were to die for. Truly, perfectly, delicious.

I look forward to finding a reason to order…or maybe even ordering for no real reason at all.

Here’s a bit about what Pure Pastry Stands for…

WHO ARE WE?

We are a unique wholesale and retail kitchen that is naturally organic, locally sourced and home grown. From our warm kitchen, we offer exquisite pastry that can cater to many special dietary needs. We are a small business purely dedicated to the integrity of our clients, to the pastry we make, and the foot print we leave on this earth. Through our beautiful handcrafted confections, let us help you enjoy the simple act of eating sweets together.

Pure Pastry celebrates our pure love for the bounty in the current seasonal treasures.Our Current Confections Menu brings together the mouthwatering flavors of season fruits and vegetables into a wonderful marriage in our naturally organic pastries.

There is much to be learned about Pure Pastry.  Please visit their website to read their story and learn about their ingredients, their current confections, their team, their “Forever Menu”, their “Tiny Sweet Market” that is open on Fridays and Saturdays, and much, much more.

LEARN MORE AT THEIR WEBSITE HERE:  Kim Gregory and Pure Pastry

 

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UNIQUELY FUN AND WONDERFULLY USEFUL GIFTS FROM ALEXANDRA’S BREAD

We all love stopping into Alexandra’s Bread (not just because Alexandra and Jon are always so welcoming) for their yummy cranberry scone’s, breads, cobbles, and cookies. The smells of fresh baked breads emanating from the bake shop are inviting and inviting too are Alexandra’s wonderful selection of fun and practical home and kitchen gifts. Amidst the shelves brimming with aprons, tea towels, vintage dishes, prints, and handmade ornaments, you’ll find one-of-kind gifts as well.

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alexandras-bread-copyright-kim-smithA favorite of the favorites, I love the neat way to contain clothes pins with this clothes pin bag that you hang on your laundry line.

Alexandra’s Bread, located at 265 Main Street, Gloucester, is open Tuesday through Saturday. For more information phone 281-3064.dscf1700

LAST CAPE ANN FARMER’S MARKET OF THE SEASON THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17TH

15369200_1269057569808802_2144397114596680471_oCome join us for the last market of 2016 on 12/17 from 10-1

Pick up the last of the season’s produce, food items to get you you through the busy days ahead, and handmade gifts for all!

This year we are sponsoring a Holiday Food Drive for The Open Door-our goal is to collect 100 items at the market by noon-help us reach our goal-bring in 10 items or more and receive a free CAFM Tote!

We will have our amazing holiday raffle baskets featuring gift certificates and items from area restaurants and shops-also our CAFM membership drive-a memberships makes a great gift!!!!
For more info and to purchase a CAFM membership check our website at http://capeannfarmersmarket.org/
To purchase raffle tickets before 12/17 please email capeannfarmersmarket@gmail.com

 

Sista Felicia’s Exclusive Limited Edition Cookies for Santa & Rudolph cookie gift set now available while supplies last!

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Sista Felicia’s Exclusive Limited Edition Cookies for Santa & Rudolph cookie gift set now available while supplies last!

Remove cooking for Santa from your holiday chore list. Now the kids can WRITE their own
letter to Santa on a beautiful edible notepad and the cookies are decorated and
ready for him to enjoy! Sista’s adorable (8) piece cookies set includes an
assortment of Sista

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Felicia’s vanilla based Sugar, Gingerbread, and Chocolate Chip Royal Iced
Cookies. All three varieties are prepared using the very finest ingredients
including; fresh eggs, butter, vanilla beans, spices, and chocolate. Each cookie
is individually hand rolled for a thick 1/4″ cookie, hand cut, and baked to
perfection and intricately decorated with vanilla flavored royal icing… in a
licensed/certified Home Based Kitchen.

Each set includes 3 sugar, 2 gingerbread, 3 chocolate chip, and one edible food
coloring marker $30.00 per cookie set. Shipping available for additional fee.

Sista’s Cookies For Santa & Rudolph cookie gift sets are wrapped in beautiful white
Food Safe Packaging gift box , secured with Satin Christmas Red Ribbon, and
Metallic Sleigh Bell ready to gift!
Orders may Only be placed by email at SistaFeliciasKitchen@gmail.com or Facebook Private
message while supplies last!

The cookies will stay fresh for 2-3 weeks at room temperature if in container. The
best way to preserve them is to freeze cookies in the plastic bag you receive
them in or place boxed cookie in airtight container, until you are ready to
paint them. Remove from freezer 3 hours before removing cookies from their
packaging.

***Please note that everything is produced in a facility possibly containing known food
allergens, including, but not limited to: eggs, wheat, soy, milk, peanuts and
tree nuts, seafood

.******Choking Hazard Warning ~  Gold Metallic Sleigh Bell gift wrapping is NOT A TOY, and Should Not be
given to Children under age 12***

Also available to order while supplies last

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Sista Felicia’s Exclusive Limited Edition “Naughty Or Nice Elf” cookie gift set now available while supplies last!

This adorable set of two, makes the Perfect Gift for all the mischievous Elf On the Shelf visiting from the North Pole!
Sista Felicia’s vanilla based Sugar Cookies are prepared using the very finest ingredients including; fresh eggs, butter and vanilla beans. Each cookie is individually hand rolled for a thick 1/4″ cookie, hand cut, and baked to perfection… in a licensed/certified Home Based Kitchen. Each set includes one 4” Elf and one 3”x4” Metallic Gold Sleigh Bell adorned with red ribbon. $15.00 per set. Shipping available for additional fee.

Sista’s “Naughty Or Nice Elf” cookie gift sets are wrapped in beautiful white Food Safe Packaging gift box , secured with Satin Christmas Red Ribbon, and 25mm Gold Metallic Sleigh Bell ready to gift!
Orders may Only be placed by email at SistaFeliciasKitchen@gmail.com or Facebook Private message while supplies last!
The cookies will stay fresh for 2-3 weeks at room temperature if in container. The best way to preserve them is to freeze cookies in the plastic bag you receive them in or place boxed cookie in airtight container, until you are ready to paint them. Remove from freezer 3 hours before removing cookies from their packaging.

***Please note that everything is produced in a facility possibly containing known food allergens, including, but not limited to: eggs, wheat, soy, milk, peanuts and tree nuts, seafood.***
***Choking Hazard Warning ~ 25mm Gold Metallic Sleigh Bell gift wrapping is NOT A TOY, and Should Not be given to Children under age 12***

 

PIGEON COVE FERMENTS GRILLED CHEESE

During Sunday’s podcast we met Kristen and Dylan of Pigeon Cover Ferments. Their sauerkrauts are out of this world delish. Don’t be turned off when we write sauerkraut; theirs is certainly not your run of the mill grocery store sauerkraut. Pigeon Cove Ferments sauerkrauts are simply fermented cabbage made with a variety of seasonings, hand made and in small batches  As theirs is not prepared with preservatives, Pigeon Cove Ferments sauerkraut is wonderfully flavorful and is also vitamin C and probiotic-rich.

It is so exciting to see the growing food industry emerging in Gloucester. When purchasing Pigeon Cove Ferments products you are also supporting other local businesses because Dylan and Kristen source all their vegetables from local farms, including Aprilla Farm, Seaview Farm, and Cedar Rock Gardens–hundreds and hundreds of pounds of cabbage for example. Their salt comes from Atlantic Saltworks, which is based out of Gloucester and produces salt from the Atlantic Ocean.

I have to take a second round of doxycycline for tick bite related illnesses; adding probiotics to my diet couldn’t have come at a more timely moment. Immediately after sampling at the podcast, I purchased several jars at Common Crow. The sales person could not have been more complimentary of Pigeon Cove Ferments products. Today I made a grilled cheese with the caraway and pepper flavored sauerkraut. The crunchy kraut contrasted beautifully with the creamy warm cheese. I think I feel better already!

To learn more about Kristen and Dylan listen to our podcast and visit their website here Pigeon Cover Ferments.

New breakfat lunch place

Hopefully a new place on Lexington Avenue

Donna Ardizzoni / Circle Consulting Group 978-526-9222

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