Monthly Archives: November 2012

Come on out tomorrow night, Thursday the 29th, to celebrate my opening at Alchemy!

If you’ve been to an art opening at Alchemy, you know they do it up with style.  Add to that a Bully Boy Distilleries release party for their new aged whiskey (their vodka, rum and white whiskey will also be there), and you have all the makings for a fun evening at a great spot.  Hope to see a bunch of GMG peeps and FOBs there – it will be like a Mug Up with alcohol, and not on a Sunday morning for those who could never come because they were at church or didn’t get up that early on Sunday morning.  Feel free to bring a friend.  Thursday, November 29th 5:30-7:30 at Alchemy Cafe and Bistro, 3 Duncan Street, Gloucester. 

E.J. Lefavour

East Gloucester Says Don’t Forget About Me Yo!


In East Gloucester

Saturday Dec. 1st and Sunday Dec. 2nd


STUDIO V.O. 121R East Main Street

(The little Red Studio at the East Gloucester Marina)

Original Art, Antiques, Furniture, Jewelry, Collectibles, Unique Gifts & Funky Finds

( Open at 10:30, Refreshments served )

VINTAGE 211: 211 East Main Street

Fine Vintage Clothing and Footwear

Furnishings & Everything Eclectic and Fabulous


Amazing handmade hats, wonderful gifts & more


For all your knitting needs


The New Cultural Center at Rocky Neck (Wonson Str)

6-8 Sat. Dec. 1st 

Chickity Check It! “As I was Saying by Sheree DeLorenzo”

My buddy Sheree has her own blog-

As I was Saying by Sheree DeLorenzo

"The title of this blog comes from my mother. She always used to say, “Sheree is such a good conversationalist.” This was her kind and gentle way of saying, “Sheree talks nonstop.” She would also say, “When Sheree dies and goes to Heaven, she won’t miss a beat. She’ll just look straight at God and say, ‘As I was saying….’ and continue on with her chatter.” So the title is a nod to my mother and her wit.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Lazy Man’s Lobster Pie

Lazy Man’s Lobster Pie

Lobster pie is one of the most elegant meals you can have.  On its own or as part of a surf and turf with a petit filet it is the ultimate special occasion romantic dinner.  But it’s so easy to make!  We call it “Lazy Man’s Lobster Pie” because the guests don’t have to be bothered with the shell.

For the entire recipe click here

Haddock and Dill from FOB Anne Kennedy

Many from the GMG community may be familiar with FOB Anne Kennedy through the lovely photos she submits and by her always kind and thoughtful comments she contributes. Recently I subscribed to her blog Haddock and Dill, a simply fascinating personal memoir gleaned from diary accounts and a cache of letters and notes between Anne’s mother, Bonnie Belshe, and Bonnie’s parents (Anne’s grandparents).

Rice Drying

Currently Anne is posting about her family’s life in post-war Japan; I believe the time period is roughly 1953-1954. Upon their return from Japan, Bonnie wrote a book about their journey to Japan titled Dragon-fly Land: Japan.

“…Each one has its own special feature which attracts both Japanese and foreign visitors.  Some of these old buildings contain famous paintings or wood carvings enriched with gold. Others are noted for their cherry trees or gardens which are unusual in that they have no flowers in them.  The gardens are made of sand, rocks and moss.”  ~ Excerpt from Dragon-fly Land: Japan, by Bonie Belshe, 1955.

Harvested Root Vegetable– Ed note: looks like daikon?

I am thoroughly enjoying the wealth of beautiful snapshots of Japanese landscapes and post war culture, and especially the collection of photographs of everyday life; with photos of  rice fields and vegetables, wildflowers and children gathering fruits beneath a gingko trees, woodblock prints, fascinating recipes, and lovely brush and ink illustrations painted by Bonnie.

“We have been taking walks up into the mountains.  We all love the walks and you can see for miles in all directions.  There are several old air raid shelters left in the mountains–dark, damp tunnels.  They make me shudder to look at them.  From the top of the mountains we can see Kobe in one direction, Osaka the other direction & the ocean all in front of us with big ships anchored in the docks.  The goldenrod is beautiful here–taller than B–and each time we walk we find some different flower.” Bonnie Belshe

Ed note: I am struck by how similar this species of Japanese goldenrod looks to our native Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens), with thick waxy leaves, large flowers, and in its height.

Gathering Gingko Fruits

“I wish you could have one of these maple trees for your yard.  Some of them are turning red now and they are simply scarlet.  Japan has so much beauty.  No matter how shabby a house or how small the garden there is always a clump of blooming flowers.  Cosmos and dahlias are everywhere.  Even the vegetable gardens are beautiful–rows so straight and never a weed.” Bonnie Belshe

Adorable Photo of Anne and her Brother Bobby

“Bathing is a special event to the Japanese whether it is done at home or at a resort.  The body is washed clean before one gets into the bathtub.  Then the bather gets into the water and soaks for a long time.  It is a way of relaxing the body as well as a way of getting warm since Japanese homes have very little heat even in the winter.”
~ Excerpt from Dragon-fly Land: Japan, by Bonie Belshe, 1955.

Follow this link to read more from Haddock and Dill.

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