Recession-Style Dining Tips

Breaking News: An opossum (more commonly known by the affectionate nickname: “possum”) was spotted by the eagle-eyed John McElhenny of Matter Communications walking down the street in downtown Gloucester last night. It occurred to me that, if John knew what I know about these little critters, he might have snatched that possum right off the street and brought it home to mama for the kind of protein you just can’t buy at Stop ‘n Shop.

My own grandpa was a world-class consumer of possum. Oh, the stories he told. Of course, he was the product of another era: the Great Depression and general resourcefulness compelled people to discover all sorts of culinary delights that would otherwise have gone untasted. So, in honor of our own time of recession, where we are being forced to cancel our vacations to Disney World because we can no longer pay for the trip by refinancing our homes or getting yet another credit card, I want us to consider the possum for the first time since my grandpa’s generation. Your kids will love it, I promise. It might even replace pizza on Friday nights.

Stuffed Possum


bullet 1 possum (whole)
bullet 1 qt. cold water
bullet 1/8 cup salt
bullet 5 beef bouillon cubes
bullet 2 bay leaves
bullet 3 celery stalks (chopped)
bullet 2 onions (sliced)
bullet 1 bag packaged stuffing

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Soak possum in cold salt water for 10 hours. Rinse meat in cold water and refrigerate 2-4 hours. Prepare stuffing according to package directions. Stuff possum cavity with prepared packaged stuffing. Close cavity tightly. Place stuffed possum in roasting pan, add water, bouillon cubes, bay leaves, celery and onion. After 2 hours turn meat. Reduce heat to 300 degrees. Cook for 1 more hour. Test roast, if not done reduce heat and cook until done.

p.s. Make sure your possum is dead before handling. But not too dead. And for more possum recipes, click HERE. And git to eatin’!

Have You Listened To The GloucesterCast Podcast- Poll

Have you listened to The GloucesterCast Podcast.  If you haven’t could you leave a comment explaining why or comment on how we could make it better?

Here are links to all five that we’ve done so far.  I’d like to think we’ve improved each time out.

The GloucesterCast Podcast Links

Kim Smith To Talk About Creating The Pollinator Garden for the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts Monday February 28th

The Pollinator Garden and Redpolls Return!

Kim Smith Writes-

The redpolls return, with friends in tow! Two weeks ago we were visited by a half dozen or so Common Redpolls; yesterday and today we have a troupe of thirty. Goldfinch-sized, with crisp white and brown patterned tail feathers and velvety crimson caps, they have the winsome habit of cocking their heads and looking straight at you, as if to say (in the most conversational manner), “I am very photogenic; won’t you concur?”

Come join me Monday morning, February 28th, from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Espousal Center in Waltham,where I will be giving a talk and photo presentation about creating The Pollinator Garden for the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. Although this is a state Garden Club Federation event, everyone is welcome. Cost is free for members and $5. for non-members. My extensive pollinator planting list is provided with lecture.


Check Out Kim’s Blog Here for more of her fantastic photos and birds and butterfly stuff

Wenham Museum’s Train Time 16 model train exhibit closes this Sunday

Train Time 16 Model Train Exhibition at Wenham Museum
Discover a magical world where model locomotives traverse bridges, disappear into tunnels while traveling through tiny cities and villages. Train-fans of all ages experience a rail-adventure featuring model train layouts ranging in —in G, O, HO, N, and Z gauges—that all operate with the push of a button. This year, railroad artifacts, memorabilia, large-scale models and antique toy trains are also on display. The Museum also has a permanent model train gallery featuring 10 model train layouts that you can visit throughout the year!  Train Time 16 closes this Sunday, February 27th. Wenham Museum is located at 132 Main Street (aka Route 1A), Wenham, MA. Hours: 10 am – 4 pm. Admission: $7.50 adults, $5.50 children ages 1-16., 978-468-2377 .

Wenham Museum Trainiac! [HQ]

Warning model trains cause exttemely happy children!

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Warning: Wenham Museum’s model trains can cause extremely happy children

Gloucester Writers Center


The Gloucester Writers Center was founded to celebrate, preserve and promote the future of Gloucester’s rich literary legacy. Housed in the former home of poet Vincent Ferrini (1913-2007), the GWC is dedicated to fostering the tradition of local poetic investigation practiced by Ferrini and his friend and renowned Gloucester poet, Charles Olson (1910-1970). CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Thanks to Jo-ann Castano for the heads up! She’s a great promoter of local Artists!!!

check out Jo-ann’s Facebook page here:!/joann.castano?sk=info

Oh My Lord What A Night! Surprises Galore Mark The DTF Burger Challenge

I don’t even now where to start so I’ll just jot down random things as they come to me in my completely foggy hung-over state of mind.

The night was completely out of control.  Big Lar made a surprise appearance out of no where. Ed Collard had a physical malfunction which knocked him out of the competition in the second round.

We had a solid field of 9 competitors including T-Roy, The Cow, Ed Collard, Homeless Ruth, Big Lar, Doug Maxfield, No Mercy Hersey, Frankie “The Silver Bullet” Gwynne, and the Ice Man.

The guys at the Farm Bar and Grille- Noah, Ryan and Brad have created a community dining establishment which IMO is unparalleled as far as a friendly, unpretentious atmosphere where everyone feels welcome.  They completely get-it and I’m happy to consider them friends as well as co-hosts for the many excellent events we’ve managed to pull off over the past few years.

Let Me Get This Out Of The Way Up Front.

The Former Three Time Undefeated Champ Went Down In The Final Round To the New Champ Of GMG/ Farm Bar and Grille Man vs Food Challenge-



More Details-Pictures and Video to Come

How To Publish Series Part V With Kat Valentine

Part 5 – Marketing and Promotion

Probably the most challenging part of being an indie author/publisher is the marketing. Unlike trad-pub authors, indie authors are responsible for all their own marketing. At one time this meant slogging boxes of books around to book stores, trade shows, flea markets – wherever you thought you might be able to push a few books. Thanks to the internet, however, all that is unnecessary. Welcome to the world of Social Media and internet marketing.


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Thanks a bunch!!!