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Fabulous and delicious cake made by Maria for my in-laws 65th wedding anniversary. Needless to say it was huge hit, with layers of raspberry and lemon cream sandwiched between creamy sweet frosting. Stop in to Caffe Sicilia for your Saint Peter’s Day cakes and confections. See Maria featured on the front page of today’s Gloucester Daily Times!

Photo Courtesy Esther Mathieu

Happy 65th Wedding Anniversary!

Can you imagine–sixty five years–truly an inspiration!

June 24th was my mother and father-in-laws 65th wedding anniversary. We’ve been celebrating all week and last night we had a beautiful dinner at Duckworth’s, our family’s go-to place for special occasions (and every other excuse to head to dinner there). Dinner was beautiful in every way, from the exquisite entrees, appetizers, and desserts to the outstanding service provided by Dan and Colleen. Thank you Duckworth Family for making our family’s celebration wonderfully memorable.

Cornelius Hauck Steve Marvin ©Kim Smith 2015Here we are in Cincinnati on May 5th this past spring celebrating my father-in-laws NINETIETH birthday. He and his best friend Steve Marvin, also 90, have been friends since they were babies.

Cornelius Hauck ©Kim Smith 2015Note the cake decorated with a train scene. My father-in-law has been passionate about trains since he was a toddler, to the extent that he and his friend Bob Richardson founded the Colorado Railroad Museum, which is located in Golden Colorado.

@STOKGrills Vegetable Tray Grill Insert Review #GetSTOKed

I don’t just like using my STOK Drum Charcoal Grill, I LOVE IT! It’s hard to explain but something about getting home, unwinding and creating magic on that bad boy that gives me so much pleasure.
Cooking with charcoal is so satisfying and the flavors just can’t be duplicated on a gas grill.
So I’ve got a bunch of teh inserts for TheSTOK Grill Insert System and I’ll be seeing how each one works.
First up is the vegetable grilling tray that sits right into the middle.
STOK™ Vegetable Tray Insert Model SIS2050 Purchase Here On Sale It cost $18.99 and is worth every penny especially when you consider how well it’s constructed.

Here’s the video review followed by some photos from last night’s grill session before we taped podcast

Passports Community Dinner Night to Support North Shore Health Project!


Join us Tuesday night for our community dinner night in support of North Shore Health Project.

  • 4 – 9 pm
  • 3 Course Dinner
  • $15.00
  • 10% of Proceeds Go To Your Organization
  • Reservations Requested

Celebrating 20 years in business we are giving back to the community every Tuesday night. Full menu also available.

If you would like to inquire about support for your organization, please email us at We look forward to working with you!

Passports Restaurant

110 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930

Please call for Reservations: 978.281.3680

For questions please call:

Eric Lorden

978 304-7723

Sorry, Not sorry, I’m obsessed!

I am absolutely OBSESSED with Pilot House sushi!

Almost all my friends are sushi lovers like I am and we are starting to make this more than a weekly thing.

Check out the awesome boat we got last time!


In honor of St. Peter, a boat load of sushi!



My mouth is watering…. This was so amazing!




Pilot House Restaurant // //

I Went Yard

To the Yard House, that is.

I’m pretty certain that I wrote about a yummy meal at the Yard House over a year ago, but it stands repeating.

After a day that involved the boys setting out lobster traps, me beginning to pack for our week’s vacation to Nantucket, some bike riding, playing of catch, an early Father’s Day lunch at Captain Carlo’s on the deck for my dad (because we’ll be away), hockey practice, and the dropping of boys off at my mom’s, Freddy and I did some birthday shopping for Finn and then landed at the Yard House at Market Street for a late dinner.

Totally yummy.

Check out their full menu here if you’d like.

Surf and Turf Burger

Surf and Turf Burger

BBQ Bacon and Cheddar Burger

BBQ Bacon and Cheddar Burger

Surf and Turf Burger

Surf and Turf Burger


Close up of Tower of Rings

Close up of Tower of Rings

Tower of Rings

Tower of Rings

Poke Stack of Ahi Tuna

Poke Stack of Ahi Tuna

The Grub For Episode 3 Of

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I added 4 tablespoons of salted butter to the zest and juice of one medium lemon for the lemon butter which I’d add to the grilled asparagus-

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Tossed the asparagus in canola oil some Atlantic Saltworks salt and crushed black pepper before grilling

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Lemon Butter

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Prepped The Atomic Buffalo Turds As Usual- Slice jalepenos in half scoop out the seeds fill with cream cheese and wrap with bacon.  Finish with a liberal sprinkling of cayenne pepper.

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Decadent Results

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Craig outdid himself with these gorgeous grilled Italian sausages with the peppers and onions.  He kept adding beer to the cast iron pan to achieve the perfect coloring.

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Although we had access to the Huge Smokin’ Jim’s Smoker, we opted for Eric’s 20 year old Weber  with melted off handles.  Used Royal Oak Lump Charcoal.  (I didn’t hear anyone complaining)

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Couple of Ribeyes and corn in the husks

2015-06-11 19.05.16-1   We also had (not pictured) Tobey’s pork cutlets and Eric’s Guacamole.

Cooking Ocean Perch (Redfish To the locals) On The Weber Smokey Joe Charcoal Grill

What’s on the grill at the dock today you ask? Smile

Set Up Smokey Joe For Grilling With Direct Heat using the Weber RapidFire Chimney To Get The Cowboy Lump Charcoal Heated Up. Fill Chimney 2/3 of the way with lump. Wait til coals on top turn white and dump them out evenly along the bottom of the grill.


Redfish is very similar to red snapper only smaller and less oily, more like a mild flaky white fillet. Gut the Redfish and trim as much of the fins and tails as you would like. I don’t go crazy because we’re basically gonna devour it with our hands here at the dock. Then perform three slices along the body to get seasoning in there just deep enough that you’re almost at the center bone.


Rub the fish down with some olive oil all over. Slice some onions and lemons and stuff the body cavity and then apply your favorite fish rub.


Arrange the fish on the grill and keep the top and bottom vents wide open.


Be very careful on the turns. I used a spatula to make sure the entire fish is separated from the grill before trying to perform the turn. The first turn should be performed about 15-18 minutes after the fish hits the grates. You can tell once the flesh turns white that it’s ready to flip.

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After the first turn the other side should take another 15 minutes or so. again when removing from the grill gently make sure the entire fish is separated from the grill so it won’t fall apart when plating.




Time to make soup!

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Not much better than shrimp on the barbie…

Heat up a half a stick of salted butter in the microwave to liquefy it.  Add a half a tablespoon of minced garlic and then toss in your shrimp.  Heat up the grill to high heat.  Toss the shrimp in the butter/garlic to coat and keep your bowl with the remaining liquid off to the side to baste the shrimp after the first turn on the grill.  I don’t mind a little flare up as I like a little char.  Turn them often and look for a golden glistening sear mark.  After a couple turns and about 5 minutes on the grill they’re done.


Aha, shrimp on the barbie bitchezzz!

A photo posted by Joey C (@captjoe06) on

Salad by @kfoley41 Shimp by your boy. We make a pretty good team. #teamwork

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Attention Sushi Lovers…………

I am a HUGE sushi fan and also a fan of reasonably priced sushi.

Sushi can literally be served on a paper place and I would eat it. BUT can you stand how beautiful this art work is?


Pilot House now serving sushi!


YES that is hand drawn decoration and YES that is a light!








Seriously how cute is that shrimp?


Pilot House now serving sushi!!!


3 Porter St
Gloucester, Massachusetts
(978) 283-0131


Grilling Chicken Wings On the Smokey Joe Weber Grill

Grilling Tools-

Weber Smokey Joe Grill –$29.99

Weber RapidFire Chimney Charcoal Starter $14.99

Cowboy Lump Charcoal Hometown Ace Hardware $15.99 20Lb bag

Other Joey C Recommended Grill Accessories Here



To prep for the grill: 

Fill 2/3 of your Weber Rapid Fire Chimney  with charcoal and put two sheets of newspaper crumpled up in the bottom of the chimney. Light the paper on fire and sit back for about 15 minutes to let the charcoal to get partly white.

Once your charcoal is ready dump the coals and arrange them on one half of the bottom of the grill to set up for indirect heat.


To prep the chicken wings:

Cut the little tiny wing tip of and then separate the drumette from the large part of the wing using either a large kitchen knife or a good set of kitchen shears.  Lightly coat with your favorite chicken rub.  I put my chicken parts into a tupperware like container, drizzled the rub over the chicken and gave it a light shake to coat them.

At this point they are ready for the grill.  Arrange the drummettes with the thickest part on the half of the grill without coals under them but closest to the half of the grill that has the hot coals so they will get the most heat.then continue to arrange the chicken with the thinnest pieces placed further away from the side of the grill with the hot coals.

Place the grill cover on and choke down the top vent so that it is a little less than half way open to be sure to cook the chicken at a slow pace.  After 20 minutes flip your chicken over, add a little seasoning if you’d like and cover it for another 20 minutes

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Place the grill cover on and choke down the top vent so that it is a little less than half way open to be sure to cook the chicken at a slow pace.  After 20 minutes flip your chicken over, add a little seasoning if you’d like and cover it for another 20 minutes.

This is after 20 minutes and just before the first flip-

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After the second flip take the cover off and cook the wings on direct heat over the coals watching for flare-ups and crisping up the outside.  This should be about 2 minutes on each side, directly over the coals.

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The wings with  nice little char marks and ready to come off the grill.

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Plated and ready to eat

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Check out my recommended grills and accessories here

Making Atomic Buffalo Turds On The New Grill

I could eat these all day long. Caution: prepare yourself with lots of beer beforehand.

Chop off the top where the stem is and then cut your habanero peppers in half length wise. Then scoop out the stem and the seeds.

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Then fill the habanero shells with cream cheese

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Then cut store bought bacon in half and wrap the habaneros. If you have wooden toothpicks soak them in water for a half hour and stick them through to hold them together.  I didn’t bother and was just careful when flipping them.

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Hit ‘em with a dash of cajun spices

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Place the coals on your grills on one side and cook the ABTs on indirect heat to avoid flare-ups.  if cooking on a gas grill light one burner and place the ATBs on the opposite side of the grill.


Careful when turning to keep your bacon intact




Do the Hula

If you ask my boys, Summer = Lobsters + Shaved Ice

“Shaved Ice?” you may ask.  Fair enough.  If you haven’t had one recently you are missing out.  I don’t care how old you are!  My boys are addicted to Hula Moon’s shaved ice…and, I can’t lie, while I usually stand outside on the street corner with the dog while they run in with little fists full of one dollar bills, sometimes I get one too.  Hard to resist!

And, while I honestly can’t tell you yet first hand, I’ve heard that many items on their actual menu are pretty delicious too….and they have a fantastic view out their back window.

Hula Moon can be found at 27 Mt. Pleasant Street in Rockport.  Stop on by, for sure!

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One word.  Helmut’s.

While I called this post Strudelicious, I’ve actually never had the strudel here, but that by no means means that I can’t sing their praises!  First of all, I can do so because I have heard by MANY people that their strudel is delicious. Secondly, I can do so because my boys can’t get enough of their raspberry and strawberry cream croissants.  And….thirdly (and most importantly if I do say so myself) I have literally never had a better muffin in all of my life than their cranberry walnut muffins!  So there.  Get yourself down to the end of Bearskin Neck and grab a bite to eat SOON.

Not only is everything scrumptious, but the view off the back deck is pretty sweet too!


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