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Fireball Hot Toddy



Fireball  Hot Toddy

Today’s bitter cold temperatures are chilling to the bone…warm up the body from the inside out with a FireBall Hot Toddy!


Fireball Hot Toddy


1 cup Hot black tea

1 tablespoon local honey (Sold locally at Common Crow)

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1 shot Fireball Cinnamon Whisky


1 combine all ingredients

2 mix well

3 consume imediately

* Note~This is an adult beverage recommended for 21+ years of age

The Gift That Keeps On Giving


Yesterday a package was waiting by my doorstep when I arrived home from Boston. I knew exactly what inside! Columbian candy and a case of Cinnamon Ceylon Sticks from our friends in Columbia. Several years ago we hosted a young girl from Armenia Colombia, who had come to America to train for tennis at the Manchester Athletic Club, with our daughter Amanda. During her stay with us, she made several trips to Boston’s North End with our family to buy specialty Italian cooking and baking supplies. Over the months she realized how much cinnamon I used, and was surprised at how difficult it was to purchase in America. In her town back in Columbia, cinnamon was sold on nearly every street corner and store. Without me knowing she called home to her family and requested to have some sent as a surprise before she departed. Some cinnamon turned into a case of cinnamon, that now arrives each year just before the holiday season begins. Mucho Gratias Zamira and Melvia Vasquez. I think of them every time I smell the aromas of that yummy cinnamon.

Last year, with my cookbook in the works and knowing what recipes were going to be included, I went to see Kate at Common Crow here in Gloucester. I asked if she could find this particular variety of cinnamon, and be willing to carry it in the store, and shared  that people would have difficulty finding it this ingredient locally once my Cookbook was released. After sharing the nearest place to purchase it currently was Boston Kate agreed to look into it for me. I stopped by to see Kate this morning and I’m thrilled to report that she came through!

The Common Crow  Natural Market is located at 6 Elm Street Gloucester, Massachusetts.





Get to Common Crow and stock up for the holidays…Once you taste the difference in flavor from this verity verse the already store bought ground cinnamon found pre packaged on the shelves of the grocery store you will only want to use this verity when cooking and baking. It’s delicious!

cinnimon 1

Freshly Ground Ceylon Cinnamon


1 Break cinnamon sticks in small pieces; place into a clean coffee bean grinder


2  grind into fine powder


cinnimon 3

3 Store in airtight container; will last several months


A Special Note From Sista Felicia~I always store my ground cinnamon in my baking cabinet in a Smucker’s Sweet Orange Marmalade Jar, just as my Grandmother Felicia did!

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Common Crow

The fourth year of the GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Video Series where we walk up and down Main Street and try to capture as many retailers as we can and highlight their best gift ideas one a day every day leading up to Christmas.


2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Harbor Goods Life Is Good Store
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Jewels Of Gloucester
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- G33K
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Dogtown Books
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Larsens
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Main Street Art and Antiques
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- The Dress Code
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- The Weathervane
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Menage Gallery
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- House of The Raven
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Village Silversmith
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Toodeloos
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Bananas
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Nelsons
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Alexandras Bread Co
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Lone Gull
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Kids Unlimited
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Harbor Loop Gifts
2012 Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Pleasant Street Tea and Coffee Co

Common Crow Moving From 2400sq ft Space To 8000sq ft Space

Common Crow is Moving from their current 2400sq ft spaceacross the street to the former location of Camerons with over 8000 sq ft of healthy organic funky freshness.

If you’ve been in the Common Crow you know they’ve got this niche cornered locally and are bursting at the seams in their current location.  Common Crow is about to turn the local market game on it’s ear. 

Healthy Pre-Made Lunch Options Await At Common Crow


Some Type of Healthy Desert At Common Crow

With my horrible memory I forgot what the lady said but you could throw all the greenie terms at it and it probably was what she told me-vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, I’m not really sure if it was all or some of those things.  Bottom line is it looked delicious and had I not stuffed my gut at Gloria’s minutes before I would have stuffed this down too.


What is Monsanto & Why Should I Care?

Why should you care about Monsanto, a massive multi-national corporation in the seed business? Because, whether you know it or not, Monsanto plays a big role in your life. To find out what this means check out the free and fascinating double feature at the Rockport Library this Sunday, March 27th. The movie about Monsanto will be followed by Fresh — an inspired and upbeat depiction of people from the inner city to the farm fields taking on the task of growing and raising their own food — just like we’ve always done, with the exception of the last few decades when we started to allow Supermarkets and food manufacturers to supply all of our nutritional needs, like helpless baby birds (with one nasty mama bird dumping twinkies and high fructose corn syrup down our throats. Yum!).

The World According to Monsanto begins at 1:30 p.m. and  Fresh begins at 3:30 p.m. Both films are free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by Cape Ann’s Growing Green Group and The Common Crow. For more information contact Nina at 978-546-7785.

Food & Writing & Walking

Gloucester’s own Denise Frame Harlan has been included in a book of collected essays called “The Spirit of Food”.  Denise is many things: mother, teacher, fabric artist and of course, writer – which makes her fit in perfectly on Cape Ann, with its community of creative people skilled in crafting both things and words.

Denise will be at Common Crow tomorrow, December 11th, from 11:30 to 1:30 pm to sign copies of “The Spirit of Food” or just chat with you about the life of a mother/teacher/fabric artist/writer.  This is a perfect complement to the Middle Street Walk going on just around the corner from Common Crow, so stop in and say hello, no purchase necessary (according to the writer herself).  You can take in a holiday walk on Middle Street, pick up your organic groceries and chat up a Gloucester writer all in one fell swoop.  Where else but on Cape Ann could you squeeze in so much good food and culture in the course of an ordinary Saturday?

Celebrate At Common Crow’s 10th Anniversary Party


Common Crow’s Tenth Anniversary Crow Ball
Sunday October 10 2010 5 to 9 pm
at Legion Hall, corner of Middle and Washington Street
admission Free!
dress: Creative Black (optional, though there will be prizes!)
event participants:
live music & open mike with Gordon Baird & ‘The Tide"
Cape Ann Art Haven (co-sponsor of the veggie art contest)
Cape Ann Brewing Co. custom Crow Brew microbatch with warm and sweet spices
Chococo Bakery Whoopie Pies
Kim Gregory Organic Bakery
Crow To Go (party foods), Common Crow’s Organic Fruit & Cheese Board
plus… a Community Potluck Table – bring a favorite veggie dish to share!
tastings from Little Lad’s Popcorn, Gloucester’s own 2010 SOFI Award winner Lark Fine Foods, Grandy Oats of Maine and many more!
Join us as we celebrate 10 years of Common Crow Natural Market’s ‘Uncommon Wisdom’ in our hometown, with great organic & local food, art, music and good clean fun! Families welcome – it’s not a school night! We’ll be giving out the awards for the veggie art contest (entries on exhibit), and raffling off over $500 worth of prizes! It’s our Thank You to everyone on Cape Ann for your support.  Because of you, we get to do what we love every day!
Come sing a song, share a dish,dance & play in the lovely Legion Hall and have fun with your friends, neighbors and US!

Common Crow Making Grass Fed Beef Tacos at the Farmer’s Market

The grass fed beef taco’s from the Common Crow at the Farmer’s Market were a big hit.  See how they were made here-

Common Crow To Go on Main Street serves up tasty dishes to go.  Stop by and get your healthy food groove on!

Here is the Common Crow website to learn more

GMG Q&A With Pat Towler From The Common Crow

If your have a website you would like promoted add it in and I’ll feature it.

www.commoncrow.com is our business’ website

Local Website everyone should know about (excluding GMG)

How long have you lived in Gloucester?

Since 1992

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?
Late spring, when you can hear the earthworms munching away at night in the ground.

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

Yes and if I tell you then it won’t be secret.  Wilderness here is limited, shrinking and precious.

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

LaRosa’s – the sausage there is better than others, and they’re open later than others.
What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

Leonardo’s – Eggplant Parmesan

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

Don’t know don’t drink

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Two Sisters hands down

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

Schooner Festival
In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

Beach at 6 am, no hoardes
Who is your favorite local artist?

a tie between Coco Berkman and Ellyn Kroeger, but they’re all great customers so I love them all!
Which is your favorite local beach?

Good Harbor

Who has the best chowder in town?

Halibut Point
Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

I dont know anyone else
Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?


What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year?

Great community building and loads of good will: the benefit to business will come with repetition and effective promotion
What is your favorite local band?

Mile 21

Thanks, Joey

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