Look who I ran into at Whole Foods in Lynnfield on my way home from work today. That Nutty Redhead, also known as Lisa Griffiths, isn’t so nutty after all–her business is doing fantastically and you can find her at Whole Foods, gourmet shops, online on Amazon, and on her website at  

Today she was serving acorn squash with almond praline topping, drizzled with maple syrup. The recipe is on the back of the New England Praline with Seas Salt package. Congratulations to Lisa on the wonderful success of That Nutty Redhead.
Looking forward to seeing more deliciousness from That Nutty Redhead! 

There’s A New Rotary in My Life

Not sure if it is temporary or permanent but there’s officially another rotary in my life.  This one near the school where I teach in Beverly.

Happily (I think) it is there due to the clearing and construction of the new Whole Foods due to open later this year.

In case you were not aware that Beverly is indeed getting a Whole Foods you can read more about it by following the link below.


Whole Foods Market will open a location at 140 Brimbal Avenue in Beverly, Mass.

The store, which will be part of the North Shore Commons Shopping Center, will be approximately 35,000 square feet and will employ approximately 150 team members.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to open another Whole Foods Market location in the metro North area,” said Laura Derba, president of Whole Foods Market’s North Atlantic Region. “Beverly is a great community, and we are eager to open and to become partners with our new neighbors.”

The store is projected to open in 2016.

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GloucesterCast 108 With Kim Smith and Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 12/14/14 #GloucesterMA


GloucesterCast 108 With Kim Smith and Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 12/14/14

Topics Include: Guests Kim Smith and Toby Pett, Host Joey Ciaramitaro, Toby’s Attractive Nurses At Salem Hospital, GMG HOLIDAY Party (bring booze not food) is December 19th , Melissa Cox On The Stripper Pole, Those People That Come To The Party Just To Eat the Food and Not Socialize, Congratulations To Brian O’Connor and Family On Birth Of His First Masculine Child, Thanks To Leslie Heffron For The Nice Cards, Thanks To Jess and Dennis Alves For The Dinner Dealer Deck Which Ellen Landrigan Won,Middle Street Walk and the Awesomeness That Is The Art Haven, Art Haven Buoy Auction January 23 At Cruiseport, Art Haven, Cape Ann YMCA and Maritime Gloucester, Men’s Night Thursday Dec 18th, Pinoli Opening December 18th, Mark McDonough and His PR Person Samantha Porter Get Social Media, Breaking The Pinoli News, Breaking  The La Trattoria News, Passports Restaurant 20% Off On Gift Certificate Purchases, Joey’s Top Local Gift Ideas, Bex’ Micro Lobster Trap Tree, Group Text Messaging Hell, Kim Asks A Facebook Question Shout Out To Sefathia and Lillian LoGrasso, Whole Foods Lynnfield Review,(J Pace, Sclafanis and Virgilios) >Whole Foods, Describe The Ultimate Meatball Based On Size, Ingredients and Cooking Method, When Having Pasta With The Zugu Do You Mix The Zugu In Before Serving Or Ladle the Zugu on Top, Crack Cocaine Romano Cheese, GMG Christmas Holiday Party December 19th At Bodin Historic Photo.


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Nichole and Toby, Madeline drawing Podcast 107 ©Kim Smith 2014

Fish on Fridays

The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.

This week we look at Winter Flounder as it is landed by a Whole Foods F/V at Jodrey State Fish Pier (Gloucester Harbor). Dan Sutter (pictured trying to locate the vessel coming into harbor) and Alfred York work the dock unloading Yellowtail and Blackback Flounder. The flatfish were caught thirty miles off Cape Ann on Jeffrey’s Ledge earlier in the day.


YellowFinandBlackBackFlounderPhotos and video © Kathy Chapman 2014

Change On The Waterfront- Gloucester Fishcutters From Lawrence, Lynn and Salem

These guys originally from The Dominican Republic, Thailand and Vietnam now live in Salem, Lynn and Lawrence and commute to Gloucester to cut fish. At one time if you were from Gloucester you knew dozens of local fishcutters. Now I know of only a handful and I’m IN the industry.

Times change.

Some people that have no idea how the fishing industry has changed will say that we need more fish plant jobs for local people but they don’t even realize that those jobs aren’t going to local people, they are going to hard working workers from other towns and countries.

Thats if you could even afford to process fish with local water and sewer rates among the highest in the nation for an industry that intensively uses water.

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Fishcutters From Salem, Lynn and Lawrence at Whole Foods

Some will say that we need wastewater pre-treatment so that there can be more fish processing in Gloucester. We already have some of the highest water and sewer rates in the nation, and we don’t have local people working in the few fish processing jobs that are left around town but these people are calling for another wastewater pre-treatment facility. -Bananaheads!

Park your car at Saint Peter’s Parking lot at 6:00AM and watch the bus loads of hard working Cambodians, Thai, and Vietnamese that file out of the white buses to work at the few places around town that still process fish.

Here’s a hint- they aren’t from here. Not that there is anything at all wrong with hiring these hard working folks. They are honest, hard working and show up.

We used to hire great Honduran help when we still had employees. They were the best workers we ever had.
The point is that when people try to say that we have to have the whole harbor saved for fish processing as if it’s ever going to be one tenth of what it was in the boom times, those few jobs wouldn’t be filled with Gloucester folks, it will just be more buses from Lynn, Salem and Lawrence. God Bless Em.