Seafood Throwdown Finale! Passports & Dog Bar Cook Off Thursday At The Farmer’s Market

Seafood Throwdown Finale to Benefit Gulf of Mexico Fishing Communities

Passports & Dog Bar Cook Off in Support of Horizon Relief

My sister Felicia will be cooking with Chef Jeremy from Passports

Here’s The Press release-

Gloucester, MA – Two Main Street restaurants will come together at the Seafood Throwdown on Thursday, September 9, 2010 to benefit deckhands, dockworkers, laborers, plant workers and others in the Gulf of Mexico fishing communities whose lives remain uncertain in the wake of the BP oil disaster. Chef Jeremy Guyotte of Passports Restaurant and Chef Saskia Case of Dog Bar Restaurant – both on Gloucester’s Main Street – will be showing off their cooking skills for a cause using a locally available seafood. Unlike other Seafood Throwdowns, tastings of the chefs creations will not be free. Instead, the public is encouraged to give a donation to try what these two award winning restaurants will have to offer. All proceeds will be donated to Horizon Relief (


A minimum donation of $3 per plate is requested, but there are no limits to what local food – especially local seafood – lovers can offer to taste the handiwork of these talented chefs. Anyone with proof that they gave to Horizon Relief prior to the event will jump to the head of the line.

“Just because we are not watching oil gush out into the Gulf of Mexico any longer doesn’t mean the problem has been solved. The Gulf’s ecosystem and fisheries as well as the lives of fishing communities in the Gulf – from fishermen to deckhands to plant and dock workers has bee affected indefinitely,” said Niaz Dorry, director of NAMA. “We haven’t solved the problem till we solve our addiction to fossil fuels.”

NAMA and others are advocating for a halt to oil and gas exploration and drilling, and a shift to cleaner energy that doesn’t shift our burden onto other communities, including the marine ecosystem.

This is the last Seafood Throwdown of 2010 in Gloucester. Seafood Throwdowns will be held at New Bedford’s Working Waterfront Festival on Sunday, September 26, Hampshire’s Fishtival on Saturday, September 25th and the Boston Local Food Festival on Saturday, October 2nd. For more details, please visit

Seafood Throwdown was the brainchild of the partnership between the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market and the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) as a way of promoting locally caught seafood and gauging the community’s interest in Community Supported Fisheries (CSF). Tailored after the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, a CSF brings freshly caught local seafood to our kitchens while providing fishermen with a better price on less catch. CSF members give the fishermen financial support in advance, and in turn the fishermen provide a weekly share of locally caught seafood to their shareholders.

Kenia – Good Morning Gloucester Pet of the Week

Kenia – Pet of the Week
Good Morning Gloucester!  My name is Kenia (Left) and I have been the "Pet of the Week" before,
but I haven’t been adopted yet!   I am putting in another photo so you may see
my best side.  I am a great dog, I am an affectionate
two-year-old girl pup who is a small Chihuahua mix.   I have short-hair;
brown-and-black.  I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, a non-profit shelter located at
260 Main Street in Gloucester.
DOG DAY will be held on Sunday, Sept. 12 at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester
(rain date Sept. 19), from 11 a.m. – 3  p.m.  I am hoping that
I will be there next year with my new family and show off to all my pals.
Please consider if I might fit into your home and heart and please hurry, maybe
we can make this year’s DOG DAY!


Thanks Tina Ketchopolos for sending in the GMG Cape Ann Animal Aid Pet Of The week

Hearty and Healthy Back to School Soup Recipe and a few Celebrate Gloucester photos with Lily

Happy Back to school everyone!  What a terrific summer it has been–and hurricane Earl?  What hurricane?  Anyway…….

I have a contest entry in the Le Creuset True Memories contest and need your support–the link to the entry is below.  I noticed how cool it is the evening and started thinking that a nice pot of soup might just the thing to have in the fridge for quick suppers this week so here’s the recipe for the soup I referred to in the entry–If you would be so kind as to go and vote for my entry that would be most helpful to me:

Hearty Southwestern Fire Roasted Tomato Soup
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 medium onions, diced
1 large green pepper, diced
1 large red bell pepper, diced
4 teaspoon ground cumin, divided
2 teaspoon chili powder, divided
8 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons jarred or homemade roasted garlic
3-14.5 oz cans Diced Tomatoes
2-14.5 oz cans Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
1-14.5 oz can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies

1-14.5 oz box whole wheat or high fiber white pasta

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
Salt & pepper to taste plus additional salt for pasta water
Reduced fat sour cream (optional)
Fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)

*if pasta is not on hand, add one or two cans of rinsed black beans and some canned corn–delicious!  Grilled diced shrimp or chicken breast would also make a nice addition to the recipe

On the stove top in a large Le Creuset Dutch oven (or other heavy bottomed pot), combine onions and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook slowly over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent and beginning to caramelize, about 15 minutes. Add roasted garlic, red and green peppers and 2 teaspoons cumin and cook until peppers are softened, about 10 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

With an immersion or conventional blender, puree cooked vegetable mixture until smooth. Return puree to the pan and add chicken broth, Diced Tomatoes, Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes and Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies and stir to combine. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.

While soup is simmering, sprinkle remaining cumin and chili powder over chicken breasts and season with salt and pepper. Saute chicken with one tablespoon olive oil until cooked through, about 10 minutes, depending on thickness of breasts. Remove from pan and set aside. Allow chicken to rest for 5 minutes and cut into cubes.

Meanwhile, in another large pot filled with salted boiling water, cook entire box of pasta according to package instructions. Drain and toss with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and set aside.

After soup is simmered, add diced chicken, pasta and fresh cilantro. Reheat if necessary and season with salt and pepper to taste. Top individual servings with one tablespoon sour cream and fresh cilantro springs, if desired.

And now, some great photos of Lily with the celebs from Sunday’s Celebrate Gloucester Concert:

Lily and Ed Collard

Lily and Alan Estes

Lil with Henri Smith and his amazing trumpet player (sorry, I don’t have his name)

And Lily with Charles Neville

What a great event and Lil and I were so happy to help out and volunteer–count us in for next year!

Jenny Dee show at Captain Carlos this Saturday!

WHAT: Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents

WHERE: Captain Carlos (, 27-29 Harbor Loop, Gloucester

WHEN: 9pm – 12am (3 sets) this Saturday, September 11th, 2010


After two shows (at Johnny D’s in Somerville on Thursday, and The Bell House in Brooklyn on Friday), Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents will be back in Gloucester for a full evening of girl-group-rock-and-soul at Captain Carlos on September 11th from 9pm-midnight.

The latest outrage (via northshorewaterman)

Here’s the latest from Doug Maxfield. The man that boils it all down and make sense of the nonsense. (or at least shines a bright light on it)

The latest outrage In Staying consistent with their efforts to drive fishermen out of business, NMFS has just this week cut the remainder of the common pool fisheries efforts in half for the 2010 fishing season.  The common pool, or  'days at sea' system will now be charged for two 24 hour days the second they leave the shore.  This action comes just three months into the season in which many fishermen were given only 21 days to fish.  Truth be told, everyone invol … Read More

via northshorewaterman

Bravo To Today’s Editorial In The Gloucester Daily Times

Editorial: City, lawmakers must press for more I-4, C-2 flexibility

September 7, 2010

Gloucester Daily Times-

The long-term future of Gloucester’s most famous vacant lot may not be as the site of a marine aquarium and research center — or as a regular concert venue, despite Sunday night’s glowing Celebrate Gloucester success.

But it is good to see an entrepreneurial spirit growing for the 2-acre I-4,C-2 parcel off Rogers Street.

Click the picture for the  rest of the editorial


Up On The Roof- Temple Ahavat Achim Construction And Gloucester Pics From Wayyyy Up High 9/7/10

A little snug around the nuts, but you know what they say- “Safety First!”


Being deathly afraid of heights you might imagine how badly my knees were knocking as I went to the highest peak of the building.  I get freaked out standing on top of a desk to change a lightbulb, but knowing that there was a rare opportunity to bring you guys a perspective that you most likely will never have the opportunity to see, I went for it.  The arrow points to the spot where I took a ton of pictures at the very top of the Temple Ahavat Achim.  This construction is replacing the Temple which was destroyed in a horrible fire a couple of years ago.


Many pictures and video coming soon

click the pic for larger version


George’s Coffee Shop Steak Bomb Omelet

I had half for breakfast and the other half for lunch!


Lots Of Apple Breakfasts.

Dean tells me you just gotta try the Apple Cakes.

But here’s how my thought process went when deciding on breakfast-

Picture the following words in a thought bubble-

hmmm, Meat-Apple-Meat-Apple

“I’ll have a Steak Bomb omelet please.” 🙂



Tired Of Fancy Schmancy DIY Foodie Innovations? Try The Beer Brick Cooler Baby!

You know after a while you read all the foodie blogs and they come up with stuff with ingredients you never have in your fridge or they require a ridiculous amount of preparation with kitchen tools most normal folks inevitably never own.
So after seeing this post on Lifehacker about something so universally simple and effective I just had to pass it on to you my loyal viewership-

Check the link Below for the detailed instructions-
The Quest for a Solid Ice Beer Tray