Additional snapshots from Gloucester’s snowy day winter wonderland event.beacon-marine-basin-snow-smith-cove-sunset-copyright-kim-smithBeacon Marine Basin Dusk

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Live Smoke- Flank Steak Stuffed With Feta, Roasted Red Peppers, Pepperoncini and Prosciutto di Parma On The @WeberGrills One Touch Premium

First To Butterfly The Flank Steak with the grain.


Try to get it squared off when split open and laid out.


Season with whatever you’d like, I used Montreal Steak seasoning.


Next add Feta (you can use other cheeses like goat cheese if you prefer).  leave a little margin around the edges without stuffing ingredients.


Add sliced roasted red peppers and pepperoncini.


Next Prosciutto di Parma


Roll tightly and secure with butchers string.


Season the outside.  here I used Italian herb seasoning.


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Once grill was 350 degrees at grate temp I seared the stuffed flank steak, rolling every couple of minutes until each side had color.



Next place foil down on the charcoal grate under where we will place the stuffed flank steak, moving the roll offset the coals.  We will close the lid, place a couple of chunks of apple wood over the coals for smoke and wait til she hits 130 internal to pull it off.

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The Money Shot!


Artist Carol Kriekis hand painted Gloucester designs

Thanks to the Holiday Delights Youth Acting Program at Gloucester Stage, I had the lucky chance to spend some time with artist Carol Kriekis. I thought her home and studio were a perfect reflection of her warmth and style, elegant and layered like an Aesthetic Movement interior. Kriekis works in different media, mostly grounded in representation. I saw series inspired by nature and renderings of flowers.

Recently she’s transformed her classic ‘Glosta’ and other Gloucester designs into oval stickers, each with some hand flourish.   The potential for art everywhere around us — stickers, hand painted–  that had me thinking about aestheticism, too. img_20161211_192842-2

Commission design for clients:

Photograph below shows some new branding design by Carol. There’s something coming this spring for Caffe Sicilia…No reveals, yet.



I went to 525 the other night for dinner and drinks with a couple great friends.  Two Magnolia Mules, some shared calamari, beet and ricotta salad, and fish tacos….followed by a delicious espresso and some obscene (in a good way) dessert.  Everything was delicious!  If you haven’t been in a while it is probably time to head on over!


Reiki for Seniors – Tomorrow at the Rose Baker Senior Center

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Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and SpiritYour Bridge to Health; Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Reiki for Seniors at the Rose Baker Senior Center. February 17th and every ‘3rd Friday’ of the month. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm. 15 minute chair reiki sessions for a nominal donation. Sign up in advance by calling – Rose Baker Senior Center Ph: ( 978) 281-9765.

Rose Baker Senior Center – 6 Manuel F. Lewis Street Gloucester, MA

Note: For people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Dementia, family health agents may sign a simple consent form for their loved ones to receive Reiki. This Reiki Program for Seniors is coordinated by a registered nurse and Reiki will be offered by experienced, advanced Reiki Providers that are licensed or certified, and insured. Attention is paid to safety, hygiene and confidentiality. People receiving Reiki may feel free to stop a session at any time. Most people report…

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February Break Fun with Backyard Growers!

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Looking for fun activities for your kids over February break? Sign them up for hands-on gardening activities at Backyard Growers!

Tuesday February 21: Sun & Water; 10am-12pm; In this two hour workshop, elementary school students will learn all about how sun and water help their garden grow. They will build a solar heated cold frame, make rain sticks, do water cycle experiments, and more! Tickets here!

Wednesday February 22: Preschool Hour; 10am-11am; In this one hour workshop, preschool students will learn all about how soil helps their garden grow! They will meet some worms, make a vegetable craft, and plant a windowsill garden to take home!  Tickets here!

Thursday February 23: Space & Seeds; 10am-12pm; In this two hour workshop, elementary school students will learn all about how space and seeds help their garden grow. They will explore seeds and learn how they move, play a square foot gardening game, plant windowsill…

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