Cape Ann Fresh Catch Makes 13 on the 2010 Saveur 100 List

From Saveur Magazinr
We asked for your ideas, your inspirations, your favorite food finds. And you answered, from every corner of the world, on every imaginable culinary subject, from family recipes to treasured cookbooks to time-honored tips. The result is a saveur 100 unlike any other. Thanks to you, this year’s roundup is richer, tastier—and bigger—than ever.
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The 2010 SAVEUR 100 ListPhoto: Michael Kraus

1 Pan con Tomate
2 Eggs from Your Own Chickens
3 PacifiKool Hawaiian
Ginger Syrup
4 Sweetness and Power
5 Sichuan Dipping Salt
6 Fish Sandwich at the Ravenous
Pig, Winter Park, Florida
7 Clarified Butter
8 The Olive and the Caper
9 Fernandez & Wells Wine Bar,
London, England
10 Chocolate Cream Pie
12 Burmese Tea Leaf Salad
13 Cape Ann Fresh Catch
14 Tea at the Landmark London
15 Zhong Zi
16 Crabs and Spaghetti

Congrats Cape Ann Fresh Catch

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Cape Ann Fresh CatchPhoto: Landon Nordeman

Community-supported agriculture is popular for good reason, but how about community-supported fishing? Last year more than 1,000 people living in and around Boston, Massachusetts, including me, paid up front for 12 weeks’ worth of delicious, fresh-caught fish from Cape Ann Fresh Catch, the first community-supported fishing program in the state. The program was started in 2009 by the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, an organization that supports the area’s fishing families. CAFC lets the rest of us help out as well. The more of us who buy fish from CAFC, the better it is for the fishermen: they get to sell whatever they haul in (as opposed to having to chase a single type of fish in distant waters), and they get more for their catches than they would typically get selling it on the market. And for a home cook like me, having a ready supply of seafood that’s been caught practically outside my front door has been a huge inspiration in the kitchen. One day it’ll be meaty cod, which I like to roast with garlic, parsley, and butter; another day it might be flaky pollack. The fish from CAFC comes whole, so I’ve had to learn how to filet and debone. I’ve also become a fan of cooking the fish on the bone, which keeps the flesh so moist and flavorful. —Michele DiPalo, Waltham, Massachusetts


The handpainted works of art that adorned the lobster trap tree this year are soon to become collectibles. Any community member who wants a chance at owning one of these buoys is welcome to join Art Haven and the kids who painted them at Cruiseport Gloucester on Fri., Jan. 29 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm for the Second Annual Art Haven Art Show and Buoy Auction.

“We really enjoyed offering buoy painting free to the community again this year,” says Art Haven Director Dawn Gadow. “I’m really happy that so many people came out to help decorate the tree and we hope everyone can come to the auction and see the beautiful ornaments up close.”

The auction was a big hit last year, with around 300 people coming to bid on the 30 buoys auctioned off. This year, the programming has expanded a bit to include buoys painted by local artists from The Hive. Similar to last year, however, everyone is welcome to enjoy appetizers donated by local restaurants and check out the artwork created by Art Haven students throughout the year. Admission to the event is $10 for adults, $5 with a student ID, and free for children 12 and under.

In addition to the nearly 200 buoys painted this year, artwork will be on display from all of the classes offered at Art Haven, including darkroom photography, pottery, clayworks, painting and drawing, and even some handpainted longboards.

“We’ve got some incredible artwork to show everyone this year,” says David Brooks, founder of Art Haven. “You aren’t gonna want to miss this one.”


Cape Ann Art Haven seeks to address the need for artistic development in children of the Cape Ann community. We aspire to create a studio where kids will be encouraged to discover their creative ability through a variety of art mediums, in hopes to build character and self-confidence. The studio will serve as a headquarters for the arts, by promoting local artists, as well as studios, and galleries all over Cape Ann. The studio will be a gathering place for artists of all ages and mediums as well as the community at large.

If you are not busy tonight……come to Essex and support a great cause!

*Thank you Jonathan Phelps from the Gloucester Times for this article last week!

Periwinkles hosts Sarah Lufkin Scholarship benefit tonight

My beautiful sister’s Sarah’s high school photo

The Sarah Lufkin Memorial Scholarship Fund will hold its 11th annual benefit fund-raiser on Jan. 12 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Periwinkles Restaurant on Main Street in Essex.

Tickets are $25 each and will be available at the door.

The recipient of this year’s award will also be announced during an event that will include food, live music, several raffles and a silent auction.

The scholarship was set up shortly after Sarah’s death in 1997 to award money to students who have graduated from Essex Elementary School and who will be studying in a field that has a direct effect on children. The scholarship now includes Manchester’s Memorial Elementary School students, since the two schools became a part of one district.

Sarah was attending Salem State College, studying early childhood education, when she was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia shortly after finishing her freshman year, according to Sarah’s sister, Kim Lufkin.

“We wanted students who would be working with children to benefit from the scholarship, in essence, continuing what she was unable to do,” she said. “Sarah returned to Salem State part time after finishing two years of chemotherapy and made the dean’s list that semester.”

She came out of remission in December 1996 and passed in April 1997.

All food for the evening will be donated by local restaurants and caterers, and the staff at Periwinkles donates their time and energy. Live music will be performed by Joe Militello and there will be a raffle, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle.

Kim Lufkin said organizers of the event are always seeking donations for the raffle and silent auction.

If anyone is interested in donating items for raffles or for more information on the event itself, contact Sue Lufkin at 978-768-7122 or 978-768-6833.

Cooking a little healthier for the New Year? Here are two new recipes from Inpsired Cooking

To start off the New Year in style, I decided to dedicate my first show of 2010 to healthy foods.  Now, don’t panic–you know I love my butter etc but these two recipes are so delicious that you won’t miss the bad stuff just this once!  Regular programming will resume next time!  Inspired Cooking airs on Cape Ann TV on Tuesday nights at 8:30, Friday afternoons at 4:30 and Sunday mornings at 11:30.  Hope you will tune in!

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Hearty Fire Roasted Tomato & Chicken Soup

3 large chicken breasts, diced (about 2-2 ½ pounds)
4 teaspoon ground cumin, divided
4 teaspoon chili powder
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 medium onions, diced
2 medium peppers, diced
8 cups fat free chicken broth
3-14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
2-14.5 oz cans Fire Roasted diced tomatoes
1-10 oz can tomatoes with diced chilies
1-14.5 oz box high fiber white or whole wheat pasta
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
Salt & pepper to taste
Reduced fat sour cream (optional)
Fresh cilantro sprigs for garnish (optional)

On the stove top in a large Dutch oven, combine chicken, 2 teaspoons cumin and 2 teaspoons chili powder over chicken breasts and season with salt and pepper.  Brown chicken and then saute until cooked through.  Remove from pan and set aside.

In the same pan, combine garlic, onions and 2 tablespoon olive oil.  Cook slowly over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent and beginning to caramelize, about 10 minutes.  Add green peppers and 2 teaspoons cumin and cook until peppers are softened, about 10 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add diced tomatoes.  With an immersion or conventional blender, puree vegetable mixture until no large chunks are present (you can omit this step if you like a chunky soup).  Return puree to the pan and add chicken broth, fire roasted tomatoes and tomatoes with green chilies and stir to combine.  Simmer over low heat for 45 minutes.

While soup is simmering, cook pasta according to package directions.  When finished, drain and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil, season with freshly ground pepper and set aside.

After soup is simmered, add diced chicken, pasta and fresh cilantro.  Simmer until hot again.  Dish into bowls and top with sour cream and fresh cilantro springs, if desired.

How about some banana bread to go with that soup?

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Healthy Banana Bread (really!)

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking soda

5 very ripe bananas, peeled

1 large egg

2 tablespoons canola oil

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons decorating sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, whole wheat flour, cinnamon and baking soda and set aside.

In large bowl with a potato masher or hand mixer combine bananas, egg, applesauce and vanilla extract until mostly smooth (leave a little chunky if you want to).  Gently fold in dry ingredients until just combined and you don’t see any flour streaks.

*at this point, feel free to add nuts, dried cranberries, raisins or whatever you like, if desired, about a cup

Pour mixture in to prepared pan, smooth top and sprinkle with decorators sugar.

Bake 50-60 minutes until tester inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean.    Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes then remove from pan and cool completely in a wire rack.

View of Boston from Eastern Point

After coming back from too big a lunch at the Museum of Fine Arts (met my sisters for the Egypt exhibit in the west wing, pretty good and great birthday presents) I have missed my 2PM posting time. So to cheat I’ll post a little photoshopping of Sharon’s Eastern Point view of Boston with some Google Earth added.

I was looking at the mirage of the buildings and wondered if there was a way to name them. I go into Google Earth and view Boston (with 3D buildings turned on) from Eastern Point. I can see them. But since real is a tad different from artificial to try to mimic the buildings I continue on the 25 mile southwest line to target and view from off Marblehead. That is the middle shot:

Then to name the buildings I had to move to Logan to get the last shot. The left hand building is definitely the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on Atlantic Ave. The “Washerboard” since that is what it looks like. Sketchy naming any of the others. The tallest one on the right is likely the IM Pei Hancock and the loaner one last on the right I bet is the Pru even though it doesn’t show from Logan. The mirage effect and that there is more heat back at Copley might pop it out. From the Marblehead view they are more noticeable.

From that view I am a wee spec to the right of the Prudential. I might just go up on the roof some night and see if I can pick out the Eastern Point Lighthouse.

Time has come for Mr. Fox

From the Boston Herald

By Barry Thompson
Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A music scene as diverse and fertile as Boston’s inevitably produces some eccentric entities.

Even with this town’s abundance of weird rock bands, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?, headlining T.T. the Bear’s Place on Wednesday, is a conspicuous creature. Between the group’s theatricality and its affinity for classic r & b and soul, you might not even notice the strangest thing of all – no electric guitars.

The band got rolling back in 2004, when Mr. Fox’s multi-instrumentalist ringleader Brian King and musical compatriot, violinist Nathan Cohen, had a residency at a restaurant in Gloucester. Of all people, Whoopi Goldberg was bartending at the time.Their fluid membership has made it possible to appear as a stage-engrossing dark circus or a low-key coffeehouse act. Despite the gothic presentation, their sonic aura is smooth, melancholy alt-pop that owes much to Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin, and absolutely nothing to Marilyn Manson…..To read more, ckick here .

What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?, with Molly Zenobia & the Machine and Jaggery, at T.T. the Bear’s Place, Cambridge, Wednesday. Tickets: $7; 617-492-2327.