Turkey, treats and Prosecco

Hi Folks-

So we have the holiday feel going on outside!! Yay! I’m definitely getting in the mood, which is helpful, because I have a store to run and shopping to do!!

I also have, amazingly enough, 1 Turkey up for grabs. Vermont Stonewood Farm turkey, 22.4 pounds, fresh and available for $4.99 a pound. Call the store or shoot me an email if you are interested. Calling is a slightly better idea but I will do my best to check email but definitely first come first served.

We of course have all kinds of great treats (salumi dried sausage, smoked gouda dip, artisan cheeses, fun wine and beer) to make a well loved meal spectacular.

We brought in a great new Prosecco, La Luca to start the holidays with a little bubbly. At $13.59 a bottle it drinks at more like $17 to $20. Very good, Chelsea and I tried some tonight and she ordered a case. Beautiful on its own but also perfect for those champagne cocktails or mimosas.

You might wonder why I have extra turkey (you might not wonder). Our son Alec informed me that he had our turkey about a week ago, his friend had raised it and he was helping butcher. So of course I’m all like “I’m in, sounds great, but I’m going to hang on to my ordered turkey in the 19 to 24 pound range because what if you have tiny little turkeys…”

Hah, I’m still in but he just upped my cooking game quite a bit, 37.5 pounds of homegrown turkey will be gracing our table this Thanksgiving. I’m thinking about brining it in the bathtub :-). We will serve moist, tender, delicious, well cooked turkey this year as always but I believe our techniques may need to be altered just a touch.

Chelsea, one year, on her first hosting of Thanksgiving

Dinner got the short straw or in this case, the large turkey. We had ordered as well as we could but turkeys are animals after all and they don’t follow precise sizing and so after we made everybody at the store as happy as we could we had a 38 pound bird for Chelsea. I believe there were six of us for dinner. Chelsea’s pro tip: Absolutely skip anything that tells you to flip it half way through cooking. Right on Chels! Not flipping it!

If turkey isn’t your thing, check out the Halibut we brought in!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Halibut

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Yellow tail sole, dayboat

  • 2+ Tuna

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

  • Pemaquid Oysters

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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Beef marrow

Hi Folks-

So the wine tasting was a big success – lots of wine sold and those who placed orders can pick them up at the store anytime after ten on Friday. I got flowers for Sharon’s birthday on Monday, but we didn’t have the chance to go out for dinner as we usually do, until tonight that is. And we’re going out to eat at Kismet, one of our favorite dinner options. The only thing I know we’re having is the beef marrow bread pudding, decadent and perfect. The rest will be a surprise.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • 2+ Yellowfin Tuna
  • Bluefish
  • Alaskan King Salmon
  • 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

The fish

Hi Folks-

Hey guess what? I totally forgot about you… how does that even happen? Oh wait, its my birthday…that’s why. Here’s the fish. Oh and we have a broken oven , thanks for your patience!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • Fresh water Catfish

  • 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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cashmere sweaters

Hi Folks-

It must be a wine tasting coming up because Sharon spent all day writing wine descriptions and now she has our dishwasher filled with wine glasses she’s getting ready for the party. The number of attendees we have signed up is lower than usual, so we hope any of you who enjoy wine will consider joining us this Saturday. Tickets are $25 and include tasting of over 30 wines served and described by experts, as well as the formidable range of food Sharon prepares for the event.

It must be getting close to winter because I’ve been buying cashmere sweaters off Ebay. I like them thin, not bulky, and dark colored, (I prefer navy blue and charcoal grey), and they have to be 100% cashmere to satisfy my comfort requirements. The sweaters I buy are pre-owned and cost between $25 and $35 dollars, all in excellent condition. The same sweaters new would easily be $200 and are so comfortable I wear them every day. I try to get these sweaters for Sharon but she doesn’t share my preppy taste in clothes. I guess it is getting close to winter, as Sharon just informed me it was going to be 10 degrees tomorrow morning. Yikes.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Dayboat Lemon sole
  • 2+ Yellowfin Tuna
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Pemiquid Oysters

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

So much fun, turkeys, parties, wine tastings

Hi Folks-

Wow, retail is crazy. Just when you think you have the jump on things… I realized today, yes turkey orders are due by tomorrow (You can still call, 4.99 a pound for beautiful VT turkeys) and the wine tasting is this coming Saturday but what I really need to do is get my Christmas act together! Soon, really soon.

I’m a complete failure at stocking the store with gifty things that aren’t food related. I am, however pretty good at having nice food presents for those people on your list like me. But you know what? You are most likely not in retail, so give the whole gift thing a miss for another month.

I’ve been terribly tempted to close the day after Thanksgiving because it is literally the slowest day of the year for us. I’ll see, maybe we’ll just make something really cool that day to sell all during the holidays.

So count down to the wine tasting, we have some room left and this is such a fun event. You won’t get better food and wine for $25.00 anywhere and you can hand select wines for the holidays (drinking and giving) and get a deep 12% off on your wine all at the same time. The people who attend are extraordinarily nice, so grab a friend or come solo, it’s fun.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Yellow tail sole, dayboat

  • Trout

  • 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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Order turkeys NOW and a cool West African recipe!

Hi Folks-

And yes we will be having winter, apparently, here it comes. I’m ready mentally but obviously a little challenged practically, wore shoes without socks today and froze. On it, I have socks all set aside for the morning! And we have meatball subs tomorrow, so you know that will warm you up!

We are selling turkeys this year, Stonewood Farm from VT, $4.99 a pound and they come in the following pound increments: 14 to 18, 18 to 24, 24 to 30 and 30+. The bummer is that the DEADLINE FOR ORDERING A TURKEY IS THURSDAY NOVEMBER 2nd ! I am super sorry about this, due to some missed communication we have a very short window for ordering this year, please let me know asap if you want a turkey!!

Two weeks from our wine tasting, still room. Really fun event, $25.00 per person, tons of wines to try, fabulous food. 12% off 12 or more bottles ordered that night, all the wine comes in the week before Thanksgiving. Who can’t use a case of wine over the holidays? Great for drinking, great for presents! Saturday, November 11 from 3 to 7 pm. Tickets available at the store.

In my never ending search for delicious, new and healthy food I came across a recipe for West African Peanut stew with Chicken by Mark Bittman. He’s a favorite of mine and I generally like his recipes. The weird thing is I was talking with Steph at work this morning, checking in on the weekend and part of what I always chat about is what I cooked. When I told her she looked at me and said “Really?! So did Dave! (her husband)” So that’s just weird but apparently we are on the same wave length and her family loved it too!

Delicious! A pretty quick preparation too.(I changed it up a little) I used 4 cups of stock, a 28 can of diced tomatoes and 28 oz can of whole plum tomatoes. Cut thighs just in half, and fished out just before pureeing a four cup measure full of the soup and adding back in. Shredded the chicken a little and garnished with cilantro and peanuts. (oh and used a quarter cup natural peanut butter and quarter cup jiff for the full half cup measure)A Big hit!

I’ve been thinking about doing an actual food blog and so I’ve been trying to photograph my food, because I love to see what I am making and I figure other folks do too. I made the peanut chicken stew Saturday night, thought of picture taking around four on Sunday and when I opened up the container, no veggies left, no chicken left just broth, not really photo worthy:-). Peter really liked it too!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • Swordfish
  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea
  • Shetland Salmon
  • Yellow tail sole, dayboat
  • Trout
  • 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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better than watching tom brady

Hi Folks-

Wednesday I watched my grand daughter, Sophia, and her junior high soccer team play against the U-32 team and I had more fun than if I were watching Tom Brady and the Patriots. Of course, Sophia is my pride and joy and I can happily watch her do anything at all, but watching she and her friends compete at this level is a joy. The girls are serious in how they play and really try to do the best they can against their opponents. Sophia is the goalie and she takes no small measure of responsibility for her team’s success or failure. She let in several goals by U32 and was downcast after the game, as teammates and parents alike gave her support and comfort. It takes courage to be the goalie for a junior high team.

Sharon is busy planning the Holiday Wine Tasting scheduled for November 11th, and we hope you all feel welcome to attend. It’s a great way to buy wines for holiday events and as gifts for your friends. It adds a little fun to your party when you bring out a wine that you’ve discovered on your own and think highly of. Tickets are on sale at the store: they are $25 and include tastings of over thirty wines and a large variety of Sharon’s great food.

Tomorrow for fish we have wild striped bass available, something that’s been out of our price range thus far this year. We’re taking $5 off what the price would normally be and selling it for $19.99/lb.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Wild Striped Bass
  • Lemon 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

How we eat

Hi Folks-

Well you will all be pleased to know I took Peter back to “The Spot,” a restaurant I had digged up for us but we didn’t have time for. My grilled chicken sandwich was delicious although poorly assembled (I had to take the chicken out, slice it in half so that the whole sandwich had chicken and stack up the bacon that was coming out like radial arms, but it was really good tasting). Peter’s fish tacos, very bland. I think fish tacos are harder for other people than I thought. If you haven’t tried it the seasoning packet at the market for fish tacos is awesome, You will totally win with it.

In the ongoing food consciousness that Peter and I are trying to maintain we are doing okay. I realized as we started down the road to another cleanse that I just couldn’t do it right now. Specialized diets are labor intensive and the added disadvantage of needing to eat your main meal as close to noon as possible was stressing me out (that’s when I’m feeding you all :-). Honestly though, we had been on (and continue to be on) a pretty good trajectory of losing a couple of pounds a week. Peter tends to swing a little more widely because he is essentially a wild man with a calm wife. I wouldn’t have it any other way. But his idea of dieting tends to be eating nothing for a week and then everything and anything all day on the sixth day.

So mostly I cook which makes for a bit healthier living I think. He does some too. Tonight, Chicken Piccata (not Italian but apparently Italian American), sauteed mushrooms, zucchini and red pepper with garlic and seasonings, and a salad of mixed greens, avocado, dried cranberries and a whisker of blue cheese in a creamy home made dressing. The dressing was fun, I’ve been trying to find something luscious but not killer calorie wise. I have one of those small food processors which makes experimenting with dressing easy. This one was lovely, ½ an avocado, 1/2 a medium heirloom tomato, one clove of garlic, a handful each of rough chopped cilantro and parsley, 2 tablespoons of balsamic, salt, pepper a few red chili flakes and ¼ cup walnut oil and a tablespoon low fat mayo, freaking delicious

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

Healthy creamy dressing

bad news/good news

Hi Folks-

So today I’m starting early on the post and we’ll see if I can finish by the time Sharon gets home at 6. Traveled to Burlington today with Sharon and the colors are mostly gone, with the notable exception of the row of maple trees across the lawn in front of the capital. These trees are still magnificent.

So we went to an appointment I had with the Retina Center of Vermont where I’d been referred by local eye doctor Jay Kimberly. The doctor today confirmed that I have a condition called macular pucker. It’s when there’s scar tissue on the macular and it can cause problems with your sight. He said mine was “light to moderate” in its severity and since I can still see fine he recommended that I didn’t need any treatment or intervention. I asked him, and this is the point of me telling you all this, I asked him if the condition got progressively worse and he said no, not generally. To have a physical ailment that is not expected to eventually get worse was such a relief.

The bummer of the day was that the appointment took so long that we couldn’t have lunch before bringing Sharon back to work. While she was waiting for me to get done she had used a Google app to find the restaurants nearby to where we were and she found this really cool sounding place called The Spot. It’s a converted gas station on Shelburne Rd. and it sounded like an awesome place for breakfast or lunch. Anyway, Sharon had to get back so we’ll hopefully check out The Spot some time in the future.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • East Coast Halibut
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • 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

Things to do and not to do at the store

Hi Folks-

And it’s fall, finally, maybe, I kinda hope so. 73 degrees on the porch last night, which is not at all fall like.

So we have finalized the date for the Uncommon Market Holiday Wine tasting. Saturday, November 11 from 3 to to 7 in Montpelier. $25.00 per person and if you’ve been you can stop reading now. If you haven’t been this is a really fun event, 30 wines to taste, knowledgeable wine people, and gorgeous food. The Uncommon Market brings a beautiful spread of food that we do for catering, food that I do at home and food that you actually could do at home too. Wines are in the store the week before Thanksgiving. 12 or more bottles of wine that are ordered that evening (and frankly who can’t use a case between holiday parties and special meals) get a 12% discount. It’s actually hard not to win in this scenario. Tickets available on Friday October 20th.

Five weirdest product questions I’ve been asked lately:

  • Do you carry rifles?…Nope, not that Uncommon

  • Do you sell Cod sperm?… Ah NO, super NO (who’s job is that??)

  • Do you sell worms?…I kinda get this, I like to fish ….but no, under the soup you won’t find that handy little container of crawlers, blech!

  • Do you have the “Exotic Love rub”…actually we did but the whispery voice made it unnerving. It was a brand called “Rub with Love” and they had an exotic mushroom rub…

  • Do your fish have brains with them?…Whew tricky…they all did … the whole fish do (trout and special order can)…watcha looking for?

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • 10 oz. Whole rainbow trout

  • 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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