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Cranberry Orange Tort

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Cranberry Orange Torte


¾ cup salted butter softened

1½ cups granulated sugar, plus ¼ cup

1  12oz. bag fresh cranberries

1 cup flour

2 large eggs

1 cup roughly chopped walnuts

1 teaspoon of fresh orange rind

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon orange extract

Step by Step

1  Combine butter and sugar in bowl of stand mixer, beat on medium high speed 3 minutes until fluffy


2   Add flour, eggs, nuts, orange rind, and extracts; mix 1 minute on low speed

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3  Place cranberries in colander; rinse under cold water; strain; sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar over cranberries; toss to coat all cranberries evenly with sugar

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4  Using rubber spatula fold sugared cranberries evenly into batter


5  Prepare two 9 inch glass pie plates with bakers joy cooking spray


6  Divide batter into two equal halves

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7  Spread each batter half  into one prepared pie plate



8  In preheated 350 degree oven bake 1 hour; cool 15 minutes

9 Serve with Vanilla Bean ice cream or sweetened whipped cream

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Makes 2 Torts

Single Tree Music Presents Holidays & Wintertide featuring Chelsea Berry, Brian Alex of ENTRAIN, Renee Dupuis, Joe Cardoza and Dennis Monagle.

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On Saturday, December 12th at 7pm, join us for our 4th annual celebration of Christmas on Cape Ann: HOLIDAYS & WINTERTIDE.

Each year, this magical celebration of the holidays has highlighted holiday classics and lesser-known, future favorites performed by some of the area’s most acclaimed talents.

This year’s performance has moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts’ Tavern on the Harbor. The new location will afford our guests a more comfortable viewing and listening experience, a full bar and convenient access to parking.

Tickets are just $25 ahead of time or $30 at the door.

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30 Western Ave, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

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Thanksgiving Eve @ The Rhumb Line ~ Dave Sag’s Blues Part with this crazy good lineup. Orville Giddings, Mark Earley, Tom Palance, Kent Allyn & Steve Chaggaris. This Blues Bash is right for you!

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Due to impending Turkey-eating holiday this week, We are commandeering Wednesday night at the Rhumb Line for a night of pre-digestive exercise. This means the heavy dancing guns.
So, C’mon down and boogie your scruples away to Mr. Orville Giddings and crew, featuring The Tower of Kielbasa Horns. That’s world-famous Mr. Marque Earley on honkophone and Tootin’ Tom Palance, on strumpet. Furthermore, a new guy: Mr. Kent Allyn will be poking’ those ivories in the nose. Wait till you hear this guy! Li’l Steevee Chaggaris will be thumpin’ and I’ll be basic. We’re gonna start a li’l later, too: 9 to midnight. Comport or contort yourself! Ask your yoga instructor if The Blues Bash is right for you!

Wednesday November 25 9pm-12am


40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

The Primate Fiasco ~ A Fiasco of A GOOD TIME!!!! New Orleans FUNK STREET BAND!!! @ MinglewoodAtLat43 Friday 9pm 11.20.2015

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Seriously one of the best bands to come to town…go see them…you will be glad you did!

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25 Rogers Street

Gloucester, MA


Tonight . Chris Stovall Brown . Dave Sag’s Blues Party . The Rhumb Line . 8:30pm . November 19, 2015

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Dave says,

We’re cookin’ with aghast this time around with the crash landing of Mr. Chris “Stovall”
Brown on our shores. His clinically-approved method of guitarnomics and vocalizations will have you writhing in ecstasy on the dirty floor. Only Asgard®, the stain remover of the Gods, can help clean up this human stain. Pork crackling rants provided by Mr. Steevee Chaggarriss, finger popping somnambulist, and eardrum specialist. I’ll be there, too, whining about the tip jar once again. Hours 8:30 to 11:30.

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Now,kids, next week sees Thanksgiving on Thursday, so to prepare your pyloric valve for the festivities, I’ll be moving to Wednesday night, dragging in the bone-breaking Mr. Orville Giddings and a cast of several including Mr. Marque Earley on honkophone, Mr. Kent Allyn, on keys, and Mr. Steevvee Chaaggaarriss (once again) on drummps. A special night! hours 9 to 12.
December is heart attack month. Read it and weep! My best shows!??!!
Dec. 3 Ms. Lisa Marie. Who knows who she’ll drag in?
Dec.10 Ricky “King” Russell and Johnny Bluehorn. Wait till you hear this guy! Otherworldly!
Dec.17 “Sax” Gordon Beadle with Eddie Scheer and mike DiBari. What can I say?
Dec. 24 and 31 off to the Gerald Ford Clinic for rehab. See you next year!






40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732



Wednesdays with Fly Amero…This week’s Special Guest: Brian King 7-10pm 11.18.2015


This week…
Fresh Baked Haddock – $13.95

Wednesday, November 18th – 7pm
Special Guest: BRIAN KING!

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photo by Nadia de Lemeny

This week features the great Brian King as musical guest.
He’s a world-class singer, folks… with a touch of theater
and a boat-load of innovation! It all starts early… 7pm! ~ Fly

ps: Next Wednesday is Thanksgiving Eve. I’ll be home
making pumpkin pies while the incredible Dave Sag hosts
the night, featuring Mark Early & Orville Giddings! Be there!
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
11/25 – Rockin’ Thanksgiving Eve w/Dave Sag & Friends

12/2 – Mary Lou Lord

12/9 – Chick Marston

12/16 – Marina Evans

12/23 – Amero Family Christmas

Looking forward……to seeing you there :-)

Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line to host Evan Goodrow Tonight! 8:30pm 11.12.2015


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Dave Sag
“It’s time again for that clinically proven master of mayhem, Mr. Evan Goodrow. He’s flyin’ in on gossamer wings to drive all you kittens wild with his neatly shaven head and croon salivation. Makes me feel really old! Anyways, it’s always a pleasure to have him around to remind me of…what? Also, a new guy: Mr. Dave Moore, on pistons, will be handling the rhythm duties, so, cheer him on! showtime: 8:30 till 11:30.”

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40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

Wednesdays with Fly Amero Tonight Special Guest: Allen Estes 7-10pm @ The Rhumb Line 11.11.2015

Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line
This week…
Lobster Roll w/French Fries for two – $22. (while they last)

Wednesday, November 11th – 7pm
Special Guest: ALLEN ESTES!

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Allen Estes has quietly-but-firmly held his tenure as Cape
Ann’s strongest original music artist for over three-and-a-half
decades under our very noses. His profound and loving lyrical
tributes to the local fishing community alone will surely stand
the test of time for generations to come. Allen has already
placed a personal stamp on our culture that will last forever.
To my definition, this is the true measure of success for us all. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Chick Marston

Mary Lou Lord

Jon Butcher

Looking forward……to seeing you there :-)

Allen Estes Tonight @ The Gloucester House 8-10pm Every week except holidays…11.5.2015

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hey folks, starting tonight, thurs. nov. 5th, and every thurs. (except holidays) i’ll be pickin and singin at the Gloucester House from 8-10 pm…every week, i’ll have a special guest joining me, so please stop by, have some food and drink, and enjoy some good local music !! xo, Allen


63 Rogers Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

HOOTenanny JAM & Cake Auction 1 Lexington Ave, Magnolia – Gloucester, Ma. 7pm 11.6.2015

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HOOTenanny Jam & Cake Auction. Time for another Hootenanny! The last one was so much fun, we decided to do another. Featuring the band Bare Bones from Newburyport. A benefit for the North Shore Folklore Theatre Company.

Mark Erelli, live this Thursday evening November 5, 2015 at 7pm @ 7 Central in Manchester by the Sea. 11.5.215

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The Washington Post says “Erelli addresses tough issues with the
grit of John Hiatt and the melancholy beauty of Ron Sexsmith” and there are still seats available for this very intimate Cape Ann show. Tickets are just $15.

You can get tickets here before they are gone

7 central7 Central St
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
(978) 526-7494

Don’t Forget to Make The Dough for Your Bones of the Dead Cookies Today!

Don’t Forget to Make your Bones of the Dead Cookie Dough for All Saints’ Day & All Souls’ Day today… recipe and our family story on page 112 of my cookbook ” Gifts of Gold”

Decorative Halloween Wreath Craft Project!

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Halloween Wreath

Are looking for something to do with the kids/grandkids this weekend? Try this Last Minute Halloween Craft. It’s fun for all ages!


1  14 inch metal wreath form with 4 dividing sections

8 large black trash bags

1/4 Yellow plastic table cloth

1/4 Orange plastic table cloth

1 Festive bow

1 -3 sequence embellishments

1 twelve inch length thin craft wire


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1  Cut trash bag in half length wise; place one half ontop of other; fold in half again; cut; fold in half again and cut, fold and cut one last time making eight 15×17 pieces; repeat with remaining 7 bags (64 pieces)

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2 Cut each plastic table cloth section into five 15×17 inch pieces( 5 of each color)

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3  Tie 8 black pieces in a single knot, one at a time, to the inside ring; repeat this step, until all 4 inside sections are completed

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4  Tie 8 black pieces to each outside ring section

3  Tie orange and yellow pieces evenly spaced around wreath; fluff and open all pieces

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4   Using craft wire secure festive bow, and sequence embellishments



Last night we celebrated Joey’s Birthday and look who stopped by…

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Happy Halloween Lets Go Red Sox!

Dave B and the Hot Shots Making their debut tonight @ The Dog Bar 10.24.2015

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This is a tight 4 or 5 piece jump and R&B band – they’ve been together for over 20 years, and this is their first appearance in Gloucester!
Show em some love!

Dave B and the Hot Shots

This 5 piece group performing authentic interpretations of vintage R&B Jump Blues/New Orleans music from the late ‘40s through the mid ‘60s, was formed in the early ‘90s and retains three of it’s original members, Dave Birkin – sax/vocals, Mark Shelford – guitar/vocal, and Ken Steiner – acoustic bass/vocal. The current line up also includes Richard Malcolm – drums, and Jim Heffernan – keys.

In the early to mid ‘90s the group worked steadily in Fanuil Hall Market place at Cricket’s and The Marketplace Café. The group became active again in the mid 2000’s. For the past 2 ½ years the band has enjoyed a residency at a Worcester club “The Sahara” and semi-annual stints for Swing City in Somerville and Cambridge.


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