Airfryer Baked Haddock

Kate says it’s the best she’s ever had. She just asked if I could remember when the last time we turned the oven on. I don’t remember…

I wasn’t planning on baked haddock but they had some really nice small fillets at Stop and Shop East Gloucester.

I started out mixing about a cup and a half of panko and a half cup of cracker meal.

Added two cloves of garlic minced fine, half teaspoon onion powder, teaspoon black pepper, a couple of shakes of basil leaves and salt to taste.

Next created a jalapeno tartar sauce.  A couple of dollops of mayo, a good squeeze of lime, and about 8 slices of jalapeno chopped up and about a tablespoon of the juice from the jalapeno slice jar whisked up.

Then three tablespoons of salted butter and a couple of turns of EVOO over medium heat to melt.  As soon as the butter is melted turn off the heat and add the Panko mixture to the pan to have those crumbs sop up all that buttery goodness.

I don’t show this in the video but I cup up about a quarter of a vidalia onion into strips and placed them sideways on the bottom of the disposable aluminum tray You could double up some foil if you don’t have the tray.  Also drizzled some EVOO, with a pinch of salt and pepper to the onions.

On top of the onions layer the haddock and top with the jalapeno tartar sauce and finally the crumb mixture.

Put the tray in the Airfryer for 13 minutes at 400 degrees.  If the fillets were thicker you should add a couple minutes to that.  these small fillets were perfect at that time and temp.






Grateful for the tameness of today’s storm, the fourth nor’easter of March. Our coastline has had its fill of damage done. Sunny skies forecasted for tomorrow!

Snowy day seagulls feeding in the surf

Beautiful Fish: Sea Lamprey -By Al Bezanson



Lampreys were esteemed a great delicacy in Europe during the middle ages (historians tell us Henry I of England died of a surfeit of them)

Little is known of the habits of the lampreys while they live in the sea further than that their mode of life centers around a fiercely predaceous nature. Judging from their land-locked relatives and from the occasions on which they have been found fastened to sea fish, they must be extremely destructive to the latter, which they attack by “sucking on” with their wonderfully effective mouths. The lamprey usually fastens to the side of its victim, where it rasps away until it tears through the skin or scales and is able to suck the blood. Its prey sucked dry, it abandons it for another. Probably lampreys are parasites and bloodsuckers pure and simple, for we cannot learn that anything but blood has been found in their stomachs, except fish eggs, of which lampreys are occasionally full.

From Fishes of the Gulf of Maine by  Bigelow and Schroeder (1953) online courtesy of MBL/WHOI


Justice Lowy to Berkshire Museum Attorney Lee at Massachusetts Supreme Court: “So in other words, I have to tell you, I’m watching two different movies.”

In 2017, the Berkshire Museum was sued multiple times because of the possible sales of 40 works of art at public auctions. The art has long left the building. The winning consignor, Sotheby’s auction house, received all property prior to the 2017 public announcement from museum leadership blowing its “New Vision” horn. The art remains on hold at Sotheby’s.

At high noon on March 20, 2018, in Courtroom 2 of the John Adams Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts, Justice David Lowy presided over the ongoing Berkshire Museum deaccession litigation. Four attorneys, two for each side, were summoned before the Massachusetts Supreme Court to argue positions. Justice Lowy began the hearing by addressing the elephant in the room. He announced that because the Attorney General Office and the Berkshire Museum, former adversaries, petitioned the court together for necessary relief, he thought it was important to hear opposing views. Therefore, he invited amici to present their arguments, too.

(A third amicus brief by a former director of Museum Services at Bonhams auction house, Martin Gammon,  has since been filed and is under review.)

Naturally, this hearing was welcome news for opponents of the museum’s plans to liquidate a priceless core collection in favor of a makeover, still reeling from their perception that the Attorney General abdicated mightily February 9, 2018. Trustees, who believe the museum is broke and will shutter any day if not for this new strategy, were disheartened but determined.

Justice Lowy made the stunning announcement upfront that restrictions do apply, and are a given. The Office of the Attorney General (AGO) and the Supreme Court agree about standing. The museum maintains it has the right to liquidate. The only way that any art can be sold is if the legal contracts pertaining to the Berkshire Museum’s charter and mission and provenance for the art are abandoned because the museum successfully conveys its pending demise. Then it gets a do-over. The legal term is cy pres (pronounced say, pray. I prefer pray stay!)

IF sold, Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop, which has crystal clear provenance, was estimated  to fetch  the highest price at auction. Inexplicably, the petition before the court boasted of a breezy compromise between the AGO and Berkshire Museum: an anonymous museum will purchase the painting for 1)an undisclosed price (I guarantee that it’s less than public auction), 2) promises a temporary display in Massachusetts, at the Norman Rockwell Museum, and 3)eventually feature it as part of the mystery museum’s permanent collection. Where is the museum? What is the sale price and terms? If its destiny is beyond a Massachusetts border, why isn’t the Commonwealth protecting its resources?*

*Which museum committed funds for Shuffleton Barbershop  and can afford to pounce and avoid driving up the price at auction? Perhaps Crystal Bridges Museum backed by Wal-Mart heiress, Alice Walton, could strike again. Norman Rockwell is already represented in its collection. Is it worth it to add another? The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art could be a contender. George Lucas boasts an impressive Rockwell collection, including ideal examples with cinematic connections or narratives, like the stunning study for charwomen (in movie theater). Is that enough representation to let it go were Berkshire Museum Rockwells cleared to sell?

The other works of art could be sold, or not. One doesn’t get the impression that the AGO was stepping in for the underdog. Leave it to Norman Rockwell to capture the attention of a busy world to illustrate a simple maxim: do the right thing. If legal manuevering is necessary, like crazy zoning variances for unfair construction, most collections will be at a disadvantage. It’s up to the Massachusetts Supreme Court to remedy this balderdash & betrayal else risk breaking the bank of non profits across the country.

Justice Lowy asked that the attorneys focus their arguments on selling with restrictions: “Is it necessary and impossible or impracticable for the Museum’s charitable mission to continue?” All parties stuck to this request, and to their filed briefs more or less. I tried to capture word for word the moments when Justice Lowy interrupted rote statements. Justice Lowy has made no decisions, yet. Eventually, he will decide whether to allow the parties’ petition, deny it, or reserve and report which means bringing the case back to the full court.

Proponents side or Opponents side?

Upon arrival, where to sit at the courtroom felt like where to sit at a wedding. The Berkshire Museum Trustees, Director Van Shields, and those in favor of the Berkshire Museum deaccession sale sat together on the left side of the courtroom. Opponents, numbering 2:1, sat in the center, off to the right, and spilled into the hall. With every available chair claimed some were left standing in the back.

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Berkshire Museum Trustees March 20, 2018 at Massachusetts Supreme Court (front row far left Director Van Shields seated next to Trustees Chair Elizabeth McGraw)

Up first – Attorney Nicholas M. O’Donnell

of Sullivan & Worcester LLP law firm and Erika Todd on behalf of ‘Berkshire Museum Member Plaintiffs’: James Hatt,  Kristin Hatt,  and Elizabeth Weinberg 

ATTORNEY O'DONNELL AMICUS GOES FIRST Boston MA John Adams Courthouse -Berkshire Museum deaccession case oral arguments before SJO Justice Judge Lowy_Mar 20 2018 _102144 © catherine ryan

O’Donnell excerpt- “Massachusetts stands alone, this decision puts Massachusetts alone …That this court, this petition, this hearing, may be the ONLY obstacle left to account for this action should be unimaginable. IF a conclusory report of operational deficits can support the liquidation for the sale…Make no mistake, I say the art market is watching–”

Justice Lowy cut in- “Maybe they are. I’ve certainly read your key points, Maybe not. Systemic issues that flow from this are not my focus…”

Continue reading “Justice Lowy to Berkshire Museum Attorney Lee at Massachusetts Supreme Court: “So in other words, I have to tell you, I’m watching two different movies.””

Special Film Showing this Sunday at Cape Ann Community Cinema

Join Writer, Director – Howard L. Weiner and Actress Pamela Dubin in a special showing of

“Abe & Phil’s Last Poker Game”

Sunday March 25th for a movie and talk 6:30 PM
at Cape Ann Community Cinema

Proceeds to benefit Alzheimer’s Research

Watch Trailer here

Photo Courtesy of Gravitas

Created by first time screenwriter and director, Dr. Howard L. Weiner, a world-renowned Professor of Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, specializing in research and breakthroughs in MS, Alzeheimer’s Disease, and ALS, Abe & Phil’s Last Poker Game follows Dr. Weiner’s previous creative efforts including the 2005 book Curing MS:  How Science is Solving the Mysteries of Multiple Sclerosis and the documentary What is Life? The Movie in 2011.  Actress Pamela Dubin who along with writer Dr. Howard Weiner will be in Gloucester to host a Q&A after the film!

Pamela Dubin, originally from Connecticut, is a bi-coastal professional actor (Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA).

Pamela graduated from Bates College with a BA in theatre and from the New Actors Workshop. She has had extensive training with the Moscow Arts Theatre, the Berliner Ensemble, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre of the Deaf, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and Interlochen to name but a few. Pamela has worked and trained under the direction of the likes of Mike Nichols, Gene Hackman, Paul Sills (of Second City/ Story Theatre fame) and Larry Moss.

Pamela credits her sense of humor for lifting her through the hardest and best moments of her life, a characteristic engrained in her from her mom and dad, the latter of which not only wrote the chorus of such songs as “Side by Side,” but was also a renowned dentist, and if you ask, she’ll play her teeth for you. You can find her on Facebook @thepameladubin and on Instagram @pameladubinphotography .

Are you summer ready? We can help!

Cape Ann Wellness


Not sure if CFCA is right for you? We offer a 14 day trial membership for $65 so you can test the waters before fully committing to improving your health/fitness and life!  Trial memberships start with a private intro session with one of our coaches. The intro will give you an opportunity to check out our facility, learn more about our program, watch an actual class in progress and learn some of the basic movements that we use on a regular basis. More importantly, it’s a chance for us to get to know you… (your goals, athletic background, previous injuries) and address any questions or concerns that you may have. This session generally lasts 40-60 mins. Once you have completed your intro… come to class as much as you want for the next 14 days! Get a feel for our workouts, our coaches and our supportive community. When the 14 days are…

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The Way Home

Tuesday’s sunset caught be by surprise.. after the clouds rolled in , I didn’t think we would have any color. After dinner I looked out the back window and saw the colors so I grabbed my gear and off I went not knowing where I’d set up to shoot. As I was driving the light was disappearing quick so I turned down the closest street and set up for this shot. Was happy to Atleast find something close enough to set up and capture.

Nichole’s Picks 3/24 + 3/25

Pick #1: Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt @ Faneuil Hall

Make a little day of it in the city.




Pick #2: Too Cute to Toss

Saturday, 10:00-4:00 and Sunday, 9:00-2:00 (most items 50%off on Sunday)

The DoubleTree by Hilton
50 Ferncroft Rd Danvers, MA 01923




We are two North Shore moms who were looking for an easier way to consign our gently used children’s items and make a little extra spending money . We also love a good deal on pre-loved items for our kids.We want to help other families save money, earn money, recycle and donate to the community. So out of our playdate conversations, Too Cute to Toss was born.  We make it easy, we make it fun and we make it profitable. Our events are fun, and easy on the wallet. You can get great deals on baby gear, clothes and toys while also checking out some great local vendors. So you not only get great hassle-free consigning, but great events with gently used items at outstanding prices for your little ones!

Pick #3: K1 Speed in Wilmington


If you’re looking for the best karting in New England, look no further! At K1 Speed Boston, our indoor go-kart racing is wheel-to-wheel and head-to-head! Whether racing against the clock, competing with friends and family, or battling complete strangers, you’re in for adventure! Our high-performance go-karts will quickly recalibrate your expectations of what a go-kart can and should be, and our indoor karting center – which is open year-round – will surely impress you from the moment you walk in the door.

To experience indoor go-kart racing for yourself, visit K1 Speed Boston Today! Located in nearby Wilmington, MA, our track is a short drive for anyone living in the greater Boston metropolitan area.


As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid


The search for Theresa Coen, who was last seen on Saturday, is now a recovery operation. “Information obtained throughout the course of investigation has lead Rockport police to determine that it’s unlikely the individual will be found alive,” Rockport police spokesman John Guilfoil said Wednesday night.

Please contact the Rockport Police Department at 978-546-1212 if you have any information about Theresa.

Read more here in the Gloucester Times.

Read more here in The Boston Globe.


Sista Felicia’s Kitchen Easter Cookies On Sale Now!

Taking orders now – March 26th or while supplies last!

“Carrot Patch” Cookie Arrangements, “3D Edible Easter Bunny Basket” Cookie Arrangements, 3D Bunny & 3D Chick Cookie Sets, “Paint Your Own” Easter Egg”,Traditional Sicilian “Cannateddi” Easter Egg Cookies, and “Sugar Cookie Platter Decorating Kits”

To order please Private Message Only through Facebook, and Instagram or Email

Sista Felicia’s vanilla based Sugar Cookies are prepared using the very finest ingredients including; fresh eggs, butter and vanilla beans. Each cookie is individually hand rolled for a thick 1/4″ cookie, hand cut, and baked to perfection… in a licensed/certified Home Based Kitchen.

** ***Please note that everything is produced in a facility possibly containing known food allergens, including, but not limited to: eggs, wheat, soy, milk, peanuts and tree nuts, shellfish…

Corn Fish

This ad from the Gloucester Daily Times 100 years ago (March 21 1918) caught my eye recently.  Pardon the poor quality.

Mostly I thought it was an interesting comparison of prices but then I noticed “Corned Fish” and started a little research.  There is at least one site that claims no one that knew what they were doing would call it “corned fish” — instead it should be called “corn fish”.  I’ll leave that debate to greater minds.

Put simply, corning fish is a preservation method similar to salting meats such as pork and doesn’t require refrigeration.  According to Jamie Oliver, “The product is covered with large kernels of rock-salt, which is preferred to as “corns of salt”, hence corned fish.”   BAM! Learned something new today….maybe you did too.

Another item about this ad that caught my attention was the note at the bottom that seems to say “we have other, more expensive, items for you, but this is what’s on sale today”.  Available only from 7-9 AM one particular morning.  Now, there’s a deal for you.


This may look like an awesome lobster roll but it misses on just a couple key points.

A) If the bun was the simple pull apart New England style bun it would have all that white bread exposed on the sides of the bun to butter and when you grilled it it would be golden brown instead of the whole exterior of the bun being the brown that doesn’t absorb the butter.


B) They left the stringy spongy tip of the claw meat in which should have been taken off.


Other than that, the technique was spot on. With just a couple of modifications it could have been perfect.

I guess if you wanted to get technical, leaving the whole tail intact instead of chopping it up is going to make it tougher to eat without pulling out the whole section of tail meat. It would be difficult to bite all the way through.

Backyard Growers 2018 Annual Free Seed Swap!

Cape Ann Community

It’s officially spring and that means time to start a garden! There might be snow on the ground, but it’s the perfect time to make a garden plan and start seeds indoors.

Stop by the Backyard Growers office anytime between 12-3pm this Saturday to swap seeds, connect with gardeners, learn about home composting and indoor seed starting, and more!

Updated Seed Swap Flyer (2)

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The Andy Statman Trio Concert

Cape Ann Community

Wednesday night, May 2nd at 7:30 pm at Temple Ahavat Achim

Performing traditional Jewish music, bluegrass, and Americana on both mandolin and clarinet, Andy Statman is a master of respecting and innovating musical traditions. In 2012, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Andy with a National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. He has performed and recorded with an incredible range of artists including Itzhak Perlman, David Grisman, Ricky Scaggs, and David Bromberg. Andy will be performing with his trio, Jim Whitney, bass, and Larry Eagle, drums.

Tickets: $18 – General Admission, $36 – Preferred Seating

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