Enjoying the moment!

Hi Folks-

I hope everyone enjoyed the spring like weather Friday, I know we did. We had folks over for dinner and spent a pleasant evening at least partially on the back porch, amazing really. I think the secret to surviving VT’s winters is to seize any glorious little moment that happens to pop by…50 degrees, entertain outdoors. Brilliantly sunny but frigid? Turn up the heat, strip down to your shorts, set a chair or two in front of the window, grab a friend, a couple of glasses of rose and have yourself a picnic. Cold, blustery and damp? Light all the candles in the house, braise something and be grateful for the walls and the general cosiness. That’s my plan anyway, so far so good!

We are getting mussels tomorrow. My favorite thing to do is to put a TBL of butter and a TBL of olive oil in a large pan (we usually do a couple pounds for the two us), heat and add 6 to 10 cloves peeled roughly chopped garlic, saute briefly and add bottle of inexpensive white wine and bring to a boil. Add the mussels and cover. Let cook for 3 to 5 minutes (when they are open they are done), Sprinkle with a handful of chopped parsley. Drain, reserving a cup or so of the wine. Serve with a cup of mussel wine liquor and a small amount of melted butter. Delicious.

To make a heartier version add a 14oz can of chopped tomatoes and if you wish, some green curry paste. If you opt for this, serve the mussels in individual bowls with the broth and serve a nice crusty bit of bread for mopping up the sauce. Mussels are pretty fantastic and excellent for mucking about with. Substitute coconut milk for the wine and go with the curry paste and tomatoes, a little lemon grass is good too.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Yellow tail sole, dayboat

  • PEI Mussels

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

Day of the Week

Lunch Special

Soup Special

Dinner Special

Monday

Hot spice rubbed Salmon sandwich on a soft roll.

Clam Chowder

Italian meatloaf

Tuesday

meatball sub

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Shrimp Scampi

Wednesday

Grilled Ahi tuna steak sandwich

Lobster Bisque

Salmon Cakes with Caper mayo

Thursday

Bahn Mi, Vietnamese chicken sandwich

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Shrimp Quesadilla

Friday

Pulled pork sandwich, come early, it sells out!

Fish Chowder

Chef’s choice!

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The Store Worth Walking To

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

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A cheery hot pot recipe and the fish

Hi Folks-

Well after a stream of Holiday Mondays here we are back to our regularly scheduled programming. Not only have we all survived the holidays but an intense deep freeze as well. I somehow don’t trust that it isn’t going to sneak back down to 15 below and am still wearing multiple layers… many, many layers.

Wrenching our diet back from the delightful excesses of holiday eating we had tofu garlic hot pot tonight. I’ve been making this recipe, or one like it, for years. It calls for baby bok choy and shiitake mushrooms which we don’t usually have at the store but, because I made it tonight, we do. So if you want to make it tomorrow after stopping at the store, you can, here’s the recipe, Hotpot . I up the mushrooms, use a Tbl of chili paste, am slightly more generous with the ginger and garlic and use 6 instead instead of 4 cups of broth. I also used rice noodles because that is what I had on hand. Peter and Sophia and I sat down to eat it and I was wondering who all else we were going to invite because we had so much. Turns out it was a good thing I didn’t invite anybody because we polished off the entire thing!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Yellow tail sole, dayboat

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

Day of the Week

Lunch Special

Soup Special

Dinner Special

Monday

Hot spice rubbed Salmon sandwich on a soft roll.

Clam Chowder

Italian meatloaf

Tuesday

meatball sub

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Shrimp Scampi

Wednesday

Grilled Ahi tuna steak sandwich

Lobster Bisque

Salmon Cakes with Caper mayo

Thursday

Bahn Mi, Vietnamese chicken sandwich

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Shrimp Quesadilla

Friday

Pulled pork sandwich, come early, it sells out!

Fish Chowder

Chef’s choice!

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The Store Worth Walking To

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

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From Pippi to the Dalai Lama

Hi Folks-

It’s been on my mind lately that I’ve gotten out of the habit of telling Sophia stories at bedtime. I used to tell her stories about Sophia and Pippi Longstocking and their exploits together. Some of the stories were tales of Sophia and Pippi when they were children, feeling free to borrow aspects of classic children’s stories such as Peter Pan or A Wrinkle in Time. I told her stories where she and Pippi were private detectives working their way through college and we even had a series of stories where Sophia was a very good friend of the Dalai Lama and they accompanied each other on several great adventures. I miss these stories and wonder if I could still entertain Sophia now that she’s thirteen.

Jeff’s Original Cheesecake is our latest exciting new product and it’s available in individual slices and in whole cakes. Sample tastings will be available at the store tomorrow. Another not quite as new product to our store is Maria’s bagels. We’ve had them for a month or so and you can get them individually in the Deli or in packages on the bread shelf. These are awesome bagels. My favorite is the asiago one.

I’ve been very reticent about my New England Patriots because I realize not all of you are football enthusiasts. Sharon, for instance, is not an enthusiast – more like she likes me and she tolerates football. But you should know that they are the number one seed in the AFC playoffs and the Las Vegas odds on favorite to win the Super Bowl. Watching them is like an antidepressant for me this time of year.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Cheers!

Hi Folks-

We had a great Christmas here at the Allen – Foote home. We ate like royalty and after hours we celebrated by sharing gifts of really good bourbon and a selection of fine cigars. I somehow had it in my mind that good cigars would be a fun addition to the party, though I hadn’t smoked a cigar in years. I’d mentioned the idea to Sharon who subsequently sent Chelsea on the errand of buying the cigars at Garcia Cigar Shop in Burlington. Chels found a clerk who advised her on what the shop’s best cigars were, on the lighter side, and she came away with a collection of seven cigars. I ended up buying five more cigars from Cigars, Direct in Tampa.

The bourbon acquisitions were more complicated and suffice it to say that we ended up with three bourbons that Sharon gifted Chelsea and Chelsea gifted me. Basil Hayden’s bourbon, Bookers, which is 120 proof, and 4 roses made up the bourbon menu for the evening and Alec and Chelsea and Sharon and I spent the latter part of the evening puffing and sipping away – no one having to drive anywhere, making it more fun entirely.

Come to think of it, the same routine would be great to pull on New Years. The store has Standing Rib Roasts on sale for $11.99 lb for the week beginning Friday the 29th. And we have a full complement of seafood available, including oysters, scallops, swordfish and shrimp.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • PEI Mussels
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Pemaquid Oysters

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

The Joys of feasting!

Hi Folks-

T’was the night before Christmas, or, actually, the night before the Christmas fish delivery and we are a little tired but very happy. Over the last ten years we have really worked out a pretty good system (embarrassingly it’s only really gotten good in the last couple of years).

One of the more wondrous and weird things about our job is that Peter and I sit quietly on Christmas knowing what 460 people, give or take, are eating for their holiday meals. It makes us happy and seems to make you all happy too!

We are open on Sunday from 9 to 12, closed Monday and opening late on Tuesday at 8:00 am.

We have ordered a bunch of fish for the case, we still have some standing rib roast and the store is, of course, filled with treats like smoked gouda dip, smoked trout, beautiful breads etc.

No pulled pork tomorrow because we need the counter space! If you have an order to pick up tomorrow, waiting until at least 11 would be super helpful.

Somebody called to see if we were making green sauce and we are not but you can go to our website and search for green sauce and find the recipe!

Hey, Merry Christmas!

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • 2+ Tuna
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Mussels
  • Pemaquid Oysters
  • Shucked oysters
  • Frozen Lobster tails in the freezer
  • 2# bags of 16/20 peeled and de-veined shrimp in the freezer

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Last chances and great meals

Hi Folks-

Well the last time we chatted I was freaking out because I hadn’t done much shopping. I am pretty much the positive spin girl so I’m happy to say that when my car wouldn’t start this morning and I had to wait forever for TripleA, I put that time to good use and just about finished off my shopping 🙂 Yay. Go me!

You still have time to order beef, pork and fish from the market if you haven’t done so yet. The list is still on the web site, check it out.

We are open our regular hours on Friday and Saturday the 22nd and 23rd, Sunday we will be open from 9 to 12 only. We lock that door pretty sharply at noon so we can go home and start Christmasing too!

Closed on Monday, December 25 and regular hours through the next week including Sunday the 31st, Closed Monday January 1.

We won’t be doing pulled pork on Friday, mostly because we need the counter space to pack all the fish orders (we are talking hundreds of oyster and pounds and pounds of fish)

If you want fish for the holiday weekend it would be good to order it. We have gotten much better at stocking the case but it does tend to sell out. Happy Holidays All!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • Red Snapper

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Yellow tail sole, dayboat

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

  • PEI Mussels

Day of the Week

Lunch Special

Soup Special

Dinner Special

Monday

Hot spice rubbed Salmon sandwich on a soft roll.

Clam Chowder

Italian meatloaf

Tuesday

meatball sub

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Shrimp Scampi

Wednesday

Grilled Ahi tuna steak sandwich

Lobster Bisque

Salmon Cakes with Caper mayo

Thursday

Bahn Mi, Vietnamese chicken sandwich

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Shrimp Quesadilla

Friday

Try a Reuben or maybe an Italian!

Fish Chowder

Chef’s choice!

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The Store Worth Walking To

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

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duck fat fried potatoes

Hi Folks-

Sharon and I were planning our own menu for Christmas day and we’ve come up with a plan. We’ll be having one of the store’s standing rib roasts for dinner, enough for leftovers for hot roast beef sandwiches, of course. For a pre-present brunch we’ll be having mimosas and lobster rolls and perhaps a brie en crote for an appetizer before the roast. We’ll also be having duck fat fried potatoes with our roast and if you’ve never had them you can’t imagine what you’re missing. We’ll be having lots more, of course, but those are the broad strokes, and all of this is – the standing rib roast, the lobster meat, the brie en crote, the duck fat for the potatoes – all of it is available at the Uncommon Market if you call us ahead of time.

The guide listing all that we have to offer can be reviewed by going to our website at uncommonmarket.net It’s listed in the lower right hand corner of our home page, under “2017 Holiday Idea and Pricing Guide” so take a look and finalize your own Christmas menu with our meats, seafood, and prepared foods.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • Grouper
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • PEI Mussels
  • Pemaquid oysters, ME

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Prepared foods too!

Hi Folks-

Finally feeling like winter and I hope we get a little snow for the holidays!

I’m personally freaking a little about presents, not having gotten any yet. I was so ahead of the game last year! Oh well, it always works out okay.

So as well as all of our specialty meats and fish we also have some prepared foods we make to order around the holidays: Cheese or antipasto platters, smoked gouda dip, hot artichoke dip, brie encroute to name a few. So if you are thinking of entertaining, keep us in mind, we do need a couple days notice so plan now!

Holiday Ordering Guide , click here to peruse the offerings

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Yellow tail sole, dayboat

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

Day of the Week

Lunch Special

Soup Special

Dinner Special

Monday

Hot spice rubbed Salmon sandwich on a soft roll.

Clam Chowder

Italian meatloaf

Tuesday

meatball sub

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Shrimp Scampi

Wednesday

Grilled Ahi tuna steak sandwich

Lobster Bisque

Salmon Cakes with Caper mayo

Thursday

Bahn Mi, Vietnamese chicken sandwich

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Shrimp Quesadilla

Friday

Pulled pork sandwich, come early, it sells out!

Fish Chowder

Chef’s choice!

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The Store Worth Walking To

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

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Winning at Christmas

Hi Folks-

I feel like I’m way behind the Christmas eight ball, in terms of shopping. I always used to wait until the last minute and do most of my shopping downtown, but last year Sharon convinced me to shop early and I was finished shopping a week before Christmas. I loved going into that last week with no pressure on me whatsoever. I thought I had enjoyed the tension of last minute shopping all those years but getting things done early was so much better. Well, I better get started because I’ve yet to purchase present one.

Then there was the year that Sharon and I made gourmet food baskets for everyone. We made appetizers and froze them so that each person had enough to feed a small cocktail party of people. I can’t remember all that we included but I remember one of the favorites was shrimp toast. We were very popular that year.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Duxbury oysters

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Holiday Meals!

Hi Folks-

Okay, so here it is! The idea and pricing guide for the holidays! All the regular stuff (fish and weekly menu) will be first and then I’m just going to copy and paste the whole special guide right into the email so keep scrolling. Also you can find it here Holiday Idea and Pricing guide if you don’t feel like keeping this email around.

Two things, Boar’s head does some lovely small hams, about 4 pounds, some about 6 pounds at the great price of $6.99 a pound and I would need to order that by December 11th. We can also get some snazzy proscuitto cotta hams from Vermont Salumi, check them out here Proscuitto Cotta, order date is a little wider for them. Kind of a Vermont/Italy hybrid :-).

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • 2+ Tuna

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Lemon sole

  • Trout

  • PEI Mussels

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

Day of the Week

Lunch Special

Soup Special

Dinner Special

Monday

Hot spice rubbed Salmon sandwich on a soft roll.

Clam Chowder

Italian meatloaf

Tuesday

meatball sub

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Shrimp Scampi

Wednesday

Grilled Ahi tuna steak sandwich

Lobster Bisque

Salmon Cakes with Caper mayo

Thursday

Bahn Mi, Vietnamese chicken sandwich

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Shrimp Quesadilla

Friday

Pulled pork sandwich, come early, it sells out!

Fish Chowder

Chef’s choice!

Uncommon Market

223-7051

Special Order items for the Holidays
Pricing is subject to change

Order early to guarantee the holiday meal of your choice.

BEEF

Standing Rib Roast, the favorite roast last year at the store, USDA choice grade rib-eye, left on the ribs which makes it more flavorful and is self basting. $13.99 a pound Pre-order by Tuesday, December 19th, earlier if possible.


Boneless Rib eye roast, the same USDA choice beef, easier to carve. $15.99 a pound. Pre-order by Tuesday, December 19th, earlier if possible.

Tenderloin tied roast, USDA choice tenderloin, carefully trimmed and then tied to create an even roasting, melt-in-your mouth beef roast. $21.99 a pound. Pre-order by Tuesday, December 19th, earlier if possible.

PORK

Uncommon Market Stuffed Pork Roast, uncooked but ready to roast. We prepare a pork loin stuffed with a choice of two stuffings:

  • blue cheese, spinach and dried cranberries or

  • apricots, pine nuts and gruyere.

Note – roasts can be ordered from 3 to 10 lbs. Pre-order by Tuesday, December 19th, earlier if possible. $11.99 a pound

HAMS

Pre-order by Tuesday, December 19, earlier if possible.

Whole Mackenzie ham, boneless, #12 average, $5.99 a pound

North Country Bistro, boneless, #10 pound average, $12.39 a pound

North Country ½ Spiral Ham, (will arrive fully cooked, can be served either hot or cold and is always bone in), 10 pound average, $10.39 a pound.

LAMB

Pre- Order by December 20th, earlier if possible

Vermont Leg of Lamb Boneless, trimmed tied and ready for the oven, frozen 5lb average, $20.49 a pound

Domestic Leg of lamb Boneless, Trimmed tied and ready for the oven, frozen 9 pound average, $13.69 a pound

POULTRY

We will have frozen Stonewood Turkeys for sure and we are checking on the availability of fresh.

Capon, Free Range, (neutered rooster, who, having lost most of his aggression, fattens up quite nicely and has a higher fat content than your average roasting hen) . 7 to 9 pounds avg. Frozen $9.59 per pound. Order by 12/21

Pekin or Long Island Duck – 4 lb average, milder in flavor, $10.69 a pound.Order by 12/15

Moulard Duck – 8 lbs average, richer flavor, less fat, $5.99 a pound. Order by 12/15

Pheasant – 2 pound average, Fresh, $16.59 a pound. Order by 12/19

Quail, ½ to ¾ of a pound a piece, also from Cavendish Game Birds in VT. Frozen, Packaged with 6/5 ounce quails and priced at $6.89 per quail. Order by 12/19

SEAFOOD

Last Order Date for Seafood Thursday 12/21

Please order early if you can!

While not listed here we have a wide array of fish available and ordering ahead makes sure it will be there when you want it (sword, tuna, sole, cod, haddock, char, trout and plenty more)

Sides of Shetland Salmon, really nice presentation when you cook the whole side. Avg weight, 3 to 5 pounds. $17.89 a pound

Whole fish available: (this is what was available on Dec 1st, may vary)

  • 1 -2# Red Snapper, $8 to $10 per pound
  • 1 – 1.5# Black bass, $6.50 to $8.50 per pound
  • 5 – 10# Grouper $11.50 to $13.00 a pound

Whole sides of Sprucepoint Smoked salmon, 2.5# $47.89, great party item! (ask us about our pumpernickel baguettes)

Alaskan King Crab Legs, a Christmas delicacy.

14 – 17 legs per 10# – $36.59 per pound

16- 20 legs per 10#, $32.59 per pound

Fresh Maine Crab meat, 8oz container, all leg $19.00

U10 Dry Scallops, These are truly special occasion scallops. Uniformly 10 per pound. Current Market price $33.00 a pound, 1 pound minimum order. Price subject to change

10/20 Dry Scallops – Lovely large scallops, current market price $23.00 a pound

Lobster, Live, all sizes, market price (our best guess-timate per pound for each size range: $12.39 for 1.24 pound, $13.39 for 1.5 pound and 16.00 for 2 pounders)

Lobster Tails, A perfectly delicious treat, 4- 5 oz lobster tails, frozen, current market price $36.99 a box (4 tails). Latest order date is 12/21, please order earlier if possible.

Fresh lobster meat.

1 pound bag, claw and knuckle meat $55.49 per bag.

Frozen Lobster meat

11.3 oz bag, claw and knuckle meat, We are checking on availability

Nancy, Peter’s Mom, had a lovely, easy Christmas dinner. Sauteed lobster meat, served in grilled hot dog buns, as many as you like, it’s pretty hard to beat.

Peeled and de-veined shrimp

16/20 (16 to 20 a pound), good for scampi or cooking or shrimp cocktail. $28.50 per bag and come in a 2 pound bag.

8/12 Shrimp, 8 to 12 per pound, for the grand daddy of shrimp cocktail or for stuffing. $46.59 per bag and come in a 2 pound bag.

Oysters

Below is a list of oysters we expect to have available through the Holidays. Some varieties have a minimum order of 25. Pricing will be available at the market. Order early for the widest selection.

  • Pemaquid – ME

  • Easthams – MA

  • Wellfleet – MA

  • Malpeque – Prince Edward Island

  • Blue Point – Long Island Sound

  • Old Cove – MA

Shucked Oysters, Pint $23.00 (half pints available)

First courses and snacks:

Cooked Wild Caught Jumbo Shrimp

Smoked Gouda Dip

Hot artichoke Dip

Smoked Mussels

Smoked Trout,

Smoked Salmon

Uncommon Market Lox, if you want a bunch of this please do order ahead

From venison to caviar if you can think of it we can order it (we can get both these items)!

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The Store Worth Walking To

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net