Beyond Haiti Event

This is great – thanks Joey

BEYOND HAITI BENEFIT will hold a special fundraiser for four Haitian medical students at Jalepenos, Wed. June 2, 6 to 10 pm. Left in dire straits by the earthquake the four students who are half way through the Windsor School of Medicine in St. Kitts, need financial aid to complete their education and to manage living expenses. Their families have suffered great losses and are no longer able to help them. Their dream is to return to Haiti as doctors.
Beyond Haiti is sponsoring a raffle of exciting gifts from local businesses, various artwork from local artists, Haitian project weaving and knit items. Wrapping the night up with an auction of a one week stay at a wonderful Villa in St. Kitts.
Jalepenos donates 10% of proceeds for the evening. Please join us. See for their pictures , their story and raffle items. For more information please contact Cyndy Dempster, 978-290-0939 or Kris Bengston, 978-335-5328.

From Cynthia Dempster

The Jeff Weaver GMG Interview Part II

The Jeff Weaver GMG Interview Part II

One of the best values in Gloucester- in Jeff’s Gallery he has over sized postcards of his work which can be framed and put on your walls.  They are only $3.  I’m planning on going in and buying 4 or five of them as long as the sizes are such that I can buy standard sized frames for them.

Heather Atwood Now Blogging On Her Food for Thought Blog


Heather is blogging on what looks like a Gloucester Daily Times blog platform.  Heather is full of passion for food and writing and especially proud of telling the stories behind the food.

I’m looking forward to seeing more from her.


From her blog-

Everyone has a story about food, whether it’s a grandmother’s recipe or an unforgettable meal from a Japanese stand on the way to the Tokyo airport. Ultimately, the recipe for Nisu bread or the bowl of soba are the vehicles for the larger tale, usually a story of warmth, joy, love, adventure, even loss.

Food is a language with which we talk about life. It marks what we were doing when we loved someone, when we were loved by someone, when we were happy, when we were trying to change the world, when we were on an adventure. The fact that one of the symptoms of extreme grief is to stop eating, makes certain there will be no taste around to remind us of that time. When life turns a bad corner, taste refuses to go with it, stubbornly remaining a signal only of life’s better times.

For years I wrote fiction, but also spent much of my time cooking or talking about cooking with friends and family. I finally saw that the stories were always at my table. Or they were at my friends’ tables, or the table of the stranger I would meet that day.

The “Food for Thought” blog will be a corner to collect those stories and the recipes that go with them. With a free-wheeling mix of literature, images, and just about anything revelatory about the powers of food – growing it, remembering it, preserving it, crafting it – “Food for Thought” welcomes all. In the words of Virginia Woolf, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

Here is an interview with Heather we did

Heather is also on twitter-

You can always find her blog in the GMG Blogroll to the right.

Things To Do- The 5th Annual Gloucester Little League Family Picnic & Skills Day June 5


Cindy Rich writes in-

This year is shaping up to be the best ever!  There will be GHS Coaches and Players on the field at 10, holding individual Clinics for kids and it’s FREE!!!

The day continues from there with HIT the Target, Around the Horn – and the HOME RUN  DERBY!!!  We will have a Dunk Tank, Giant Slide and Speed Pitch, along with Great Food and Fun!!!

We’re holding our first Silent Auction and a “Chinese” Auction for a chance to win incredible Baseball/Sports Cards, Memorabilia & Gifts.

Special “2010 Pack Attax” Presentation by W.P. Craft of ‘The Last Stop’ in Rockport– for ALL KIDS!!! – FREE!!! Goodie Bags for All, Prizes to be awarded!!! – FREE!!!!

Come and enjoy the day!

Lily’s Secret Strawberry Pie

Happy Memorial Monday all. Hope you have had a glorious day filled with remembering those who have served and are serving our Country.

I was hoping to have a recipe for you from a new episode of Inspired Cooking today but due to technical difficulties, the new show will air next week. In the meantime, Lily and I thought you might enjoy this recipe, Lily’s Secret Strawberry Pie–the perfect recipe to use the native strawberries that are so terrific right now!

We made the video a few weeks ago for Kiwi Magazine’s Next Young Chef contest (which explains the brand names next to the ingredients) and fingers crossed that she does well and wins one of the big prizes! Here is the recipe and video.

Be sure to leave a comment on the youtube page or here and let Lily know what you think!

And here is the recipe:

Lily’s Secret Strawberry Pie

For the crust:

25 chocolate wafers cookies
1/4 Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Sugar
5 tablespoons melted butter
3 oz Endangered Species All Natural Milk chocolate, finely chopped

Combine cookies, Organic sugar and melted butter in the food processor. Process until fine crumbs form. Press into 9” pie plate. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, sprinkle on chopped milk chocolate and bake for 2 more minutes until chocolate is softened. Remove crust from oven. Using a pastry brush, paint melted chocolate over the bottom of crust. Place crust in refrigerator until cooled and chocolate is hardened.

For the filling:

1 cup heavy cream
2 cups light cream
¼ cup cornstarch
1/2 cup Wholesome Sweeteners Organic granulated sugar
2 large organic eggs plus one egg yolk, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon Nielson-Massey vanilla extract
Pinch salt

In a large microwave safe bowl, whisk together heavy cream, light cream and cornstarch until smooth. Stir in sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and salt.

In the microwave on 100% power, cook custard mixture for 11-13 minutes, depending on the strength of your microwave, pausing to stir the custard at 5 minutes and every one minute thereafter until thickened. Refrigerate until cooled.

To assemble pie:
6-8 large strawberries, thinly sliced, plus one strawberry for the top of the pie
1 oz shaved Endangered Species Milk chocolate, shaved

When ready to assemble pie, spread sliced strawberries over chocolate coating on pie crust. Spoon custard over strawberries and spread until level. Sprinkle shaved chocolate over the custard and top with remaining strawberry. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

2010 Downtown Gloucester Block Party Info This Saturday Kicks Off The Season!


Check Out The Downtown Gloucester Block Party Schedule and Info Here-


I had to step down from the Block Party Committee due to time constraints but am whole heartily looking forward to enjoying them.  Wishing my buddies on the committee the absolute best and looking forward to the fun times they put on for us all to enjoy!

Update From Erika Hansen-

A Highland Tradition comes to Main Street!

From the beautiful and vivavious Jennifer Goulart Amero comes this fabulous addition to the block party entertainment lineup:

Emerald Rae & her mate Sean Connors will perform a highland tradition called “busking” from 6p-7p.  They will start at one end of Main Street and play along the way.

They will cap this off with a performance (and feel free to join the dancing!) in front of Sovereign Bank at 7p.
And remember Emerald Rae’s performance comes on the heels (pun intended!) of Kristen McCarthy, the tribal fusion bellydancer.
How cool is that?
Another Update from Erika hansen 6/18/10
One of the organizations that approached us to have a presence at Block party is the Nora Ruchman Scholarship Fund.  Friends of Nora, a beautiful young woman whom we lost tragically this Spring, will have a table at block party near the former Empire building with information from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  They will be selling bracelets with Nora’s name for the Nora Ruchman Scholarship Fund and raising money for an upcoming walk in Boston: The Out of the Darkness Overnight, an 18-mile journey through the night, from dusk until dawn. Organizers say it’s a unique opportunity to bring the issues of depression and suicide into the light as people walk together to turn heartbreak into hope for tomorrow.While block party is all about fun, it’s also all about community and this community has lost too many of our own to suicide.   Nora’s friends want to make sure we don’t lose anyone else this way.  So we hope you’ll stop by the table and learn more.

Music Around Town May 31 to June 6, 2010

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The Gloucester House – 


Proceeds Benefit The Gloucester World War II Memorial

Back by Request – One Night Only

SHARE THE MUSIC presents I’ll Be Seeing You – Songs of World War II – Music Director Wendy Betts.
Tickets: $20 Adults all ages – $10 Children under 12.  

Tickets available through the Gloucester House Restaurant & Toad Hall Bookstore, Rockport 

Proceeds benefit The Gloucester World War II Memorial 

Memorial Day 2010

This is what the Holiday’s all about.

Here are Photos of todays Memorial service at the

WWII Memorial on Stacy Boulevard.


The reading of the names of all the Veterans who Passed away this Year
The Keynote speech
The Bagpiper did a Beautiful Rendition of Amazing Grace
My Father Paul Sr. and His Friend Grace in front of the WWII Memorial

My Father Paul F. Frontiero Sr. never misses this Ceremony. He is 85 years old and Legally Blind, but you can still seem him walking around Main st. and at the Senior Center everyday. Paul was a Coxswain of an LCVP invasion boat  in the WWII Pacific Theater. He Drove the LCVP in many Invasions such as; Saipan, Tinian, leyte and more I can’t remember at the moment.  He has some great stories of his time in the Pacific. Say hi if you ever seem him Downtown.

My Fathers Painting he did of himself and his Landing craft. LCVP


We who are left how shall we look again
Happily on the sun or feel the rain
Without remembering how they who went
Ungrudgingly and spent
Their lives for us loved, too, the sun and rain?
                                   – Wilfred Wilson Gibson

schooner flag
Stage Fort at the Ready

Cut Out Stern on The Dog and I vs Setting Table On The Stanley Thomas

Johnny Doc Herrick has lobster traps all ready to launch off the stern as lobster season is getting under way.  If you notice the stern of the Dog and I is cut out level with the deck of the boat.  Some guys like open sterns and others have closed sterns on which they build setting tables.  The ones with setting tables like the Stanley Thomas slide the traps down the rail of the boat and set them off teh setting table.  the ones with the cut out sterns set the traps off of teh deck of the boat.

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