Native Shrimp

If you don’t already know, the native shrimp are in!

For New Year’s Eve, I tried something new and made Ceviche with native shrimp and scallops. It was delicious! While  I was cleaning the shrimp for the ceviche, I noticed how beautiful the eggs were.  I had to take a pic to share with GMG readers.

They are ice blue, like the color of glaciers!

And here is the final Ceviche:

A pot of corn chowder for Lily

As it often happens, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season ends with my girl sniffling and blowing her nose, wrapped on the couch in quilts and this year was no exception.  When I asked her what she would like for dinner she said corn chowder so I figured the least I could do to make her feel better is whip up a batch.  So here is the end result:

Corn Chowder for Lily

8 cups chicken broth
3 pounds potatoes, washed and diced
8 oz bacon, diced
1 large sweet onion, diced
1/2 cup diced celery
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1/2 cup all purpose flour
4-15 oz cans corn, drained
2-15.25 oz cans creamed corn
1/2 gallon 2% or whole milk
1 pint heavy cream
1/4 to 1/2 cup Wondra flour (optional)
White pepper to taste
Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste

In a large Dutch oven or stock pot, bring diced potatoes to boil in chicken stock.  Allow to cook until fork tender but not soft.  Be sure to check doneness after about 7 minutes.

Set yourself up a colander with a bowl or pan underneath to catch the chicken broth when you drain the potatoes.  Drain potatoes and set them and the cooking broth aside.

In the Dutch oven render the bacon over medium low heat until the meat is crispy.  Remove the meaty bits with a slotted spoon and set them aside.

Increase heat to medium and add the onion, celery and thyme and season with a bit of salt and pepper.  Sprinkle in the flour and allow vegetables to cook down until softened, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add drained corn to pan and stir to combine.  Cook for a few more minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the reserved chicken broth and the creamed corn to the pot and bring to a simmer.  Add the milk (you don’t have to add all of it) and the heavy cream.

At this point you can slowly whisk in the Wondra flour by sprinkling it slowly in to the liquid, whisking constantly.  The Wondra flour will give the chowder a lovely “velvety” consistency–I learned this little trick from Gail “ The Chowder Lady” Matthews.

Bring the chowder to serving temperature, add some white pepper if you want to and re-season with salt and pepper and use the crispy bacon as garnish in individual bowls or just put it back into the pot and stir.

And look at that–Lily is feeling better–I think the soup helped!

Did you know?

Photos by E.J. Lefavour

Did you know that there are two landings at the head of lobster cove placed by the City of Gloucester in 1931 for the perpetual use of the people?  In constant use through the 19th century, coastal schooners loaded and unloaded granite in Lobster Cove.  A shipbuilding barn stood where this private studio (the red building in the first photo) now stands.  Parking for the landings is available on Lane and Leonard Streets.

E.J. Lefavour

Did you Know?

That Father Ezra Leonard did not return from the grave to preach his last sermon.

I received an email this morning from Susan, a very observant GMG reader in Granville, NY.  She said: “I live in Granville, NY and read GMG each day online.  I was very interested in your entry regarding the Annisquam Village Church.  One thing I noted was that on Aug. 5, 1880 Ezra Leonard preached the last sermon in the original meetinghouse, but he died on April 22, 1832!  Now, that is not possible!” 

I looked closely at the photograph of the sign I had included in the post, and saw that indeed the date of Father’s Leonard’s last sermon did appear to be August 5, 1880.  I blew up the photo of the sign and found that in fact it says August 5, 1830 (see blown up version here).  This sign appears to have been done by hand, and the first 3 loops up at the bottom, giving it the definite illusion when printed smaller, of being an 8.  The 3 further down doesn’t loop up, so is more clearly a 3.  I was very impressed that a reader looked at the post so closely to pick that up.  In case anyone else had done the same, I just wanted to provide clarification.

199 Days to the 25th Blackburn Challenge

Saturday, July 23, 2011 is just 199 days away until the 25th running of the Blackburn Challenge. From Gloucester High School up the Annisquam River then all the way around Cape Ann until the turn at the Dogbar Breakwater signals just two more miles until the Greasy Pole finish line. Twenty miles and change total. If you finish under six hours you get nice cold IPA and a pork sandwich.

Last year I was in a 70 pound sea kayak. I made it for the beer. It was an amazing experience seeing the entire shoreline of Cape Ann in one shot. This year I have upgraded to a 28 pound kayak and now all I have to do is use the next 199 days to lose a little winter lard so I can fit in the thing and better my time.

Anyone else want to do it? All you have to do is find a craft one can paddle or row and a bit of stamina. You don’t need as much as Howard Blackburn had, just a morning’s paddle. You swam in Gloucester Harbor on the first day of the year. Here is your next challenge.

My Blackburn Challenge Timer.

Blackburn Challenge website.




The YMCA is hosting an overnight Ski/Snowboard Trips for grades 6 and up; younger children may participate if accompanied by a parent. Trip fee is $155, add $30 for Rental Equipment. We hit the slopes on Friday night from 9pm -3am. We’ll camp overnight in the lodge and enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet to fuel up for a full day Saturday (9am – 5pm) back out on the slopes. Transportation is provided with drop-off and pick-up at the Rockport Teen Center and the YMCA. Space is limited – Pre-registration required. For more info, please call Rick Doucette at 978-283-0470 x1702 or visit

Art Haven Winter Classes Start!



Winter Class Sessions start January 3rd! 


In This Issue
Winter Classes
Art Show and Buoy Auction
Quick Links


Join Our Mailing List
First of all, thank you for your support throughout 2010! We’ve had such a wonderful time being part of the Cape Ann community and we couldn’t do it without each and every one of you!! We hope to see you soon, whether it’s for our regular classes throughout January or our huge art show and buoy auction at the end of January!

Winter Classes Start!
Pottery Wheel
The newest thing you’ll find on our schedule is a special needs class for all ages on Monday afternoons, but we’ve got lots of exciting things going on in all of our classes! 

We’ve got classes in printmaking, paint and draw basics, clayworks, darkroom photography, portfolio development and open studio time for all ages. Visit our site for more information or email There are still spots for this session so call or email now to sign up!

3rd Annual Art Show & Buoy Auction
Friday, January 28
boy with buoy
Join us on January 28th once again at Cruiseport Gloucester for our annual Art Show and Buoy Auction! 

You’ll get the chance to see the beautiful artwork produced by our students throughout the year and have your chance to buy your favorite buoy from the 2010 Lobster Trap Tree! If you haven’t seen it yet, check out

Farewell Breakfast for a friend at George’s – Pvt Chris Muise – Video

Private Chris Muise and his friends enjoy breakfast at George’s and also wish Gloucester a Happy New Year.  Chris is our own Sharon Lowe’s grandson. Be sure to check yesterday’s blog for Chris’ address.

Some patrons at George’s from Beverly gave their Thanks to Chris during his farewell breakfast.  We all thank you for your service to this country.

Sunrise New Years Day from Eastern Point Pic From David Hill

Happy New Year Joey, hope your water wings worked today. I
was a Niles this morning, and the water was tempting! Thought my
husband David deserved some credit for this stellar shot taken from
the lighthouse, this morning. Have a healthy and happy New Year….
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