Authentic fishcake recipe for consumers abandoned by Gorton’s

Authentic fishcake recipe for consumers abandoned by Gorton’s

There was a time when Gorton’s offered wonderful time-saving fishcake products.  Canned ‘ready-to-fry’, Gorton’s brand frozen fishcakes and fishballs, and best of all, Red L brand frozen fish cakes made with exactly the right proportion of salt cod.  But no more. 

So here’s a question for readers …. Are fishcakes obsolete?

For posterity, here is a recipe from our artist friend, the late Mary (Desmond) Lizotte.  It came from her mother.  Mary’s father was from Nova Scotia and captain of a square rigger.

Al and Phyllis Bezanson

New England Codfish Cakes ___ from Desmond

Editor’s note from Joey: Best fish cakes ever were made by old timer and good friend of ours at the dock who has passed a long time ago now- Leo “The Flounder” Ciaramitaro but Leo’s fish cakes would have a whole lot of garlic in them.  God, Frank and I used to pound down a tray of them at the dock.

Peter McWilliams Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“Acceptance is such an important commodity, some have called it “the first law of personal growth.”

Peter McWilliams (1949 -2000)

He went on to say: “Acceptance is not a state of passivity or inaction. I am not saying you can’t change the world, right wrongs, or replace evil with good. Acceptance is, in fact, the first step to successful action. If you don’t fully accept a situation precisely the way it is, you will have difficulty changing it. Moreover, if you don’t fully accept the situation, you will never really know if the situation should be changed.”

Williams was a native of Detroit who attended Eastern Michigan University and Maharishi International University. His 1975 book on transcendental meditation, The TM Book, was a best seller. He went on to write nearly 40 more books in the self-help genre and worked extensively with Werner Erhard in the awareness training movement. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1996 and was a proponent of the legalization of marijuana. His last books on the “absurdity of consensual crimes” became popular with the Libertarian community.

Greg Bover


Brace Cove winter sunrise www.kimsmithdesigns 2016Brace Cove at dawn, a great place for bird watching

Please join me Thursday night at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center where I will be presenting a brand new illustrated talk “Beautiful Birds of Cape Ann.” The program covers the gorgeous migrating and resident birds that we see in our neighborhoods, as seen through the seasons, and includes such beauties as the Snowy Owl, Brant Geese, Snow Goose, Redheads, a rarely-seen-in-our region White Pelican, egrets, herons, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, songbirds, and some life history of Cape Ann’s resident swan family. The program begins at 7pm and is part of the RNCC and Mass Audubon ongoing exhibit “For the Birds.” I hope to see you there!

Redhead Duck www. kim smith designsPair of Male Redheads, the Dynamic Duo

Common Eider Gloucester harbor www. kim smith designs

Common Eider Gloucester Harbor

Niles Pond winter sunrise www.kimsmithdesigns 2016

Niles Pond and Gloucester Harbor are both excellent for viewing water birds

Mallard Ducks Gloucester www.kimsmithdesigns 2016JPG


Also too, if any of our readers live in the Rye, New Hampshire area, I am giving my illustrated talk on the Monarch Butterfly tomorrow morning, Tuesday the 16th, at 10am. Please email me if you would like more information.


Kim Smith Talk

Final Cold Photos

Photos by Deborah Schradieck 



Photos by Sid Falthzik


Submitted by Dave Moore, from Buddhist calendar

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Photos by Nicole Lariviere

Thanks to everyone who submitted photos . Keep on shootin’.







Folly Cove Designers and Feminist Social Change: An illustrated lecture by Jennifer Scanlon

Folly Cove Designers and Feminist Social Change
An illustrated lecture by Jennifer Scanlon

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities in Gender and Women’s Studies and Associate Dean for Faculty at Bowdoin College, Jennifer Scanlon to give an illustrated lecture on Saturday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. on everyone’s favorite topic: the Folly Cove Designers. However, Scanlon will be looking at this group of artists from a different angle. Scanlon’s article, “’The Space Between,’: Rediscovering the Folly Cove Designers,” published in the Massachusetts Review in June of 2015 will be the catalyst for this lecture on the role of the Folly Cove Designers (active 1938-1969) as a forerunner of the women’s groups and professional organizations that fueled feminist social change in the following decades.

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Photo: Folly Cove Designer Ida Bruno. Gerda Peterich photo, Syracuse University Libraries.

Led and trained by illustrator Virginia Lee Burton, the Folly Cove Designers were a group of Massachusetts designer-craftsmen whose shared interests in craftsmanship, pattern, and New England material culture united them across class and ethnic backgrounds. Their artistic and commercial success printing their designs onto textiles energized and legitimized the group, both as a collective of primarily women and as an artist’s cooperative.

Christine Lundberg, producer of the award-winning film Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place, will introduce Scanlon.

This program is $10 for CAM members / $15 for non-members (includes admission). Space is limited; reservations are required. For additional information/tickets, please call: (978) 283-0455 x10 or email Tickets can also be purchased online at Eventbrite.

So Many Choices…

Back at the Yard House up at MarketStreet in Lynnfield and with hundreds of beer choices, I decided on a Moscow Mule with Tito’s Vodka.  Sometimes too many choices is a difficult thing.   I did, however, order the same Surf and Turf Burger that I usually get.  It didn’t disappoint.

The Yard House, Lynnfield