Making Atomic Buffalo Turds On The New Grill

I could eat these all day long. Caution: prepare yourself with lots of beer beforehand.

Chop off the top where the stem is and then cut your habanero peppers in half length wise. Then scoop out the stem and the seeds.

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Then fill the habanero shells with cream cheese

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Then cut store bought bacon in half and wrap the habaneros. If you have wooden toothpicks soak them in water for a half hour and stick them through to hold them together.  I didn’t bother and was just careful when flipping them.

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Hit ‘em with a dash of cajun spices

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Place the coals on your grills on one side and cook the ABTs on indirect heat to avoid flare-ups.  if cooking on a gas grill light one burner and place the ATBs on the opposite side of the grill.


Careful when turning to keep your bacon intact




Thank You Lynn Bird, Catherine Ryan, Charles, and George

For giving up another Sunday morning to help at the HarborWalk. I am so thankful for your continued help, especially this spring with our daughter’s upcoming wedding. You are doing a tremendous job. I just can’t express how greatly appreciated is your time, energy, hard work, and thoughtfulness. Thank you also to Lise Breen, Amy Kerr, Leslie Heffron, and Beth Chiancola for your help many Sunday mornings this spring.

Through working on the HarborWalk I have met some of the nicest and most kind hearted people one could ever hope to meet. If you would like to lend a hand and come work with the amazing Friends of the HarborWalk, email me at and George King ©Kim Smith 2015

Today we planted patches of butterfly, bee, and songbird attracting annuals. I am so proud of the job George and Charles accomplished–64 plants all on their own!


“Capturing the Living Landscape,” an outdoor oil painting workshop with Mark Shasha

NORTH SHORE ARTS ASSOCIATION OFFERS, “Capturing the Living Landscape,” an outdoor oil painting workshop with Mark Shasha, Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14, 10 – 4 pm at NSAA.  Sign up online through the NSAA website, by phone or by mail.

In this two day workshop, award winning painter Mark Shasha will help you learn to manage the challenges that clouds, wind and sea offer when attempting to paint with oils out of doors.  Sharing insights from his thirty years of painting experience, he will discuss composition, traditional techniques, and special methods of reaping aesthetic rewards when capturing on canvas the natural color, light and mood of living landscapes.

The North Shore Arts Association’s galleries are open, free to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.

More information on all North Shore Arts Association events is available by visiting  their website at, and by email at, or by telephone 978 283-1857.

Magnolias - MARK SHASHA

Community Stuff 6/7/15


Manchester Historical Museum Family Program

10 am SATURDAY, JUNE 13 at Seaside #1

“Manchester Fire Fighting: Yesterday & Today”

Come see how our fire department fought fires in the past and then visit our current station to see how they do it today. 

$5 per child (accompanied by an adult)

RSVP requested to reserve your spot.

10 Union Street, Manchester, MA 01944               Phone: 978-526-7230   



STOK Stainless Steel Grilling Basket Insert Review

If you want to purchase this grill you can see it and my other grilling favs here

Last night I got to try out the new STOK Stainless Grilling Basket.
I can’t understand why 99% of veggie grilling trays or baskets have most of the area unexposed to the undersides, most have round holes but don’t allow the veggies to have the maximum amount of exposure to the smoke and or/heat.
I found a thin wire mesh basket for the gas grill and it works well but this stainless one is really well built. It just feels extremely solid.

After getting done seasoning and letting the steak tips get to room temp and preparing the Atomic Buffalo Turds it was time to try out our new grill accessory.

STOK Stainless Steel Grilling Basket

STOK Stainless Steel Grilling Basket ReviewDSC01254 DSC01255 DSC01256Then used the STOK Insert Removal Tool to take out the cast iron center insert and replace it with the Stainless Grilling Basket.

DSC01258 DSC01260 DSC01261 Took it out a couple of times and gave it a good wrist flip to rotate the veggies from the bottom of the unit to the top and it worked out flawlessly.  It stayed securely together and the veggies came out just the way I like them, onions translucent and the peppers with a slight char to them.  Opening it up by sliding the clasp back and used the tongs to flip the top section back.If I wanted less char I would have pushed my coals to the edges of the bottom of the grill and cooked using indirect heat but for the way I like my veggies this was perfect.

a few pics from the Gloucester Tourism Commission’s Lodging Tour organized by Carol Thistle, Kathie Gilson, Laura Baker of the Castle Manor Inn and Laura Dow of the Vista Motel

Hi Joey,

Terry Weber submits-

Attached are a few pics from the Gloucester Tourism Commission’s Lodging Tour organized by Carol Thistle, Kathie Gilson, Laura Baker of the Castle Manor Inn and Laura Dow of the Vista Motel. During the two day tour, nineteen properties were viewed! I am sorry I couldn’t include them all here, but I hope to include other tour highlights in future posts or other publications. The tour was primarily set up for the volunteers of the Stage Fort Park Welcoming Center who often assist tourists by making referrals to local inns and motels.
1 Fireside room at blue shutters
Fireside Room at Blue Shutters Inn. Romantic, comfortable, with a refrigerator, microwave and private bathroom. Perfect views of Good Harbor Beach.
2 comfy at blue shutters
Living & dining room area of the Blue Shutters Inn where you feel right at home. No corporate-cloned feeling here, just comfortable couches, a fireplace and piano, and a tremendous view of Good Harbor. Blue Shutters serves a complimentary continental breakfast, but because most rooms have a refrigerator, and some have kitchens, you can also make your own meals as big or as small as you like. (This photo was not from the tour).
3 view from rocky neck acc
View from the penthouse (Room #12) at Rocky Neck Accommodations. A beautiful open space with cathedral ceiling, kitchen, and deck. Sleeps 4. Lots of light.
4 castle manor inn
Simple elegance at the Castle Manor Inn. Ten rooms or suites in the Main House and 16 detached motor lodge units. Rumor has it, it’s a great place for a vacation, a wedding or special event. (Courtesy photo from the Castle Manor Inn.)
5 vista view
View from the Vista Motel. The Vista also has a breakfast room, pool, and lounging area overlooking Good Harbor Beach. Each room has a refrigerator and microwave and some have full kitchens.
6 lunch
Photo 6: Lunch at the Vista Motel with the tour group. Big thank you to Laura Dow and Cindy for their hospitality and arranging lunch!

More hospitality workshops and tours are planned for both Stage Fort Park and Chamber of Commerce volunteers. Anyone in the tourism industry can join in for free. The next one is Thursday, June 11 at the Stage Fort Park Welcome Center from 6pm to 7pm. Steve Winslow, from the Community Development Department, City of Gloucester, will be giving a short talk about the best walking, hiking and biking trails in Gloucester.

For more questions about hospitality workshops, contact Carol Thistle at

Here is a video link to the penthouse at Rocky Neck Accommodations.

Terry Weber
Writer and Researcher

Doppelgänger? WHAT DO YOU THINK?

A GMG Reader sent me this email.

I think this is aPretty good match.

Doppelgänger? WHAT DO YOU THINK?

From Brianne Caso;

“Your puppy is adorable. What about Van Gogh for a name?
There’s a resemblance…”




For other uses, see Doppelgänger (disambiguation).
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, How They Met Themselves, watercolor, 1864

In fiction and folklore, a doppelgänger or doppelga(e)nger (/ˈdɒplˌɡɛŋə/ or /ˌɡæŋə/; German: [ˈdɔpəlˌɡɛŋɐ], literally “double-goer”) is a look-alike or double of a living person, sometimes portrayed as a paranormal phenomenon, and in some traditions as a harbinger of bad luck. In other traditions and stories, they recognize your ‘double-goer’ as an evil twin.

The word doppelgänger is often used in a more general sense to describe any person who physically or behaviorally resembles another person.