Sharon home from the war

Hi Folks-

So Sharon just got back today, Chelsea’s car having broken down last night, and she is glad to be home. She has plenty of stories but I’ll let her tell them. She was happy to see me, which is all I care about. She and I sort of just want to hang out, so this post is necessarily brief.

We have wild Alaskan King Salmon coming in tomorrow, as well as east coast halibut. The days of being able to grill outside are declining so enjoy while you can.

We’re counting on the weather being good on Sunday, as we have our staff party scheduled. Lobsters and beef tenderloin for everyone, also the tomato pie I’ve been raving about. We always have a lot of fun at these. The store will close at Noon Sunday for the party.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • 2+ Yellowfin tuna
  • East Coast Halibut
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • Alaskan King Salmon
  • 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

beef barley soup

Hi Folks-

Sharon and I aren’t used to being apart for five days. We spend almost all our time together. Who’s going to encourage me all the time? Who’s going to tell me I look really sexy in my new glasses? I’m at a loss, and don’t know just what to do. I think I’ll find some friends to play golf. Even though I hate golf, the friends part is good. I’ll also call on Katy and Alec to see if they want to spend time with the old man. I don’t seem to have any trouble that I’m itching to get into, so scratch getting into a situation at Charlie O’s. Maybe I’ll cook beef barley soup. So good. Anyway, I have to get my cell phone fixed so I can confer with Sharon while she’s in the middle of her war.

Good price on halibut tomorrow – high prices on King salmon were prohibitive. Don’t know why. Native corn at a good price. Still Pennsylvania peaches. And blueberries from Elmore Roots.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • 2+ Yellowfin tuna
  • 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

Summer days, true love and home grown tomatoes

Hi Folks-

Late post tonight. As part of our celebration of being open for ten years (expect a party in October) I decided that Peter and I needed to take some time off during the summer. Don’t get me wrong, we usually eek out a week or so but this summer we will have had two partial weeks and three or four long weekends!! Today was one of those and it was great. I really love my husband and it’s so fun just to hang out with him and not worry about business. But back to business :-)!

Steph ordered fish for tomorrow and the list is below. 1000 Stone Farm is keeping up with the Cherry tomatoes, greens and oyster mushrooms. Elmore Roots is keeping us in blue berries and I have hopes that we will have berries from Butterfield Beef and Berry soon as well.

Peter will be doing the post on Thursday, probably, so if I don’t see you in the store by Friday, Bye! I’ll see you after attending a major medieval encampment in PA with my sister and daughter. I’m going to bring food, my chemise and a “learn all about” attitude! I betcha I have fun!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Trout

  • Wild Coho salmon

  • 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

  • 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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the maurauding viking

Hi Folks-

So Sharon is going to a Medieval event, a reenactment of a Medieval society by the SCA, the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group Sharon’s sister Maggie has been involved in for years. Basically, 12,000 people are gathering in Pensic, Pennsylvania, recreating the dress and the activities and the culture of people in Medieval times.

She has her garb ready, more or less, and is planning on the food she’s going to bring. She’s going with Chelsea and she’s excited about the range of activities that will be open to her. There will be many craftsmen who demonstrate how they work, and many battles to watch, both individual and group. There’s going to be a dance pavilion open at all times where you can learn the dances of the period. And Sharon is looking forward to the food offerings, vendors who will be set up to sell their wares. She’s hoping to be able to buy a meat pie whenever she feels like it.

I’m just hoping that she doesn’t meet and fall for some marauding Viking who is a good dancer. And who tips well when he buys her a meat pie.

We have two new beers at the store, one made by Frost Beerworks in Hinesburg. It’s a bomber, 220z. bottle and it’s called Lush Double IPA. The name gives its own description of what the beer is. The other addition is made by Hermit Thrush Brewery, in Brattleboro. It’s a Belgian inspired ale. It’s called Party Guy, a “sour session ale” that comes in a 4-pack of hot pink cans.

We have Alaskan King Salmon tomorrow, such a treat. And we have littleneck clams and Pemaquid oysters.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Alaskan King Salmon
  • 2+ Yellowfin tuna
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • littleneck clams
  • PEI Mussels
  • 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

Anchovies as defense

Hi Folks-

So here we are on a rather grim Monday, thank goodness the weekend was beautiful! As usual we ate pretty well, including a fall off the wagon into the Mad Taco, pretty healthy though and I just couldn’t bring myself to cook yesterday. It hits me like that sometimes, after being on a deep cooking run for weeks, it’s just over, I don’t want to cook.

I’m grumbling my way back into it today. One thing about crappy weather is that cooking is a comfort, so there’s that. There was also Halibut at the market, another good thing. I’m either going to cook broccoli with a zippy little anchovy pepper sauce or a broccoli rice with the same ingredients, maybe with some 1000 stone farm cherry tomatoes for color and taste. I think I need the anchovies to zap me back into the game. I’ll let you know how it works out.

Just a head’s up The Uncommon Market will be closed from noon on August 13th for our STAFF PARTY!!! I love our staff and I love hosting them at our house and making terrific food and telling them all how much I appreciate them!

So we have local mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, greens and blueberries. All organic!

And we have anchovies.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • Coho Salmon
  • 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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Tomato Pie

Hi Folks-

It’s rare that Sharon and I eat the same thing for dinner three nights in a row. By choice, surprisingly. It’s called Provencal Tomato and Squash Gratin and Sharon first made it on Tuesday. It basically is this pie, crustless, filled with finely chopped fresh tomatoes primarily, as well as onions and garlic and finely chopped zucchini. It also has eggs and just a few ounces of gruyere cheese, a cup of rice, and several tablespoons of fresh thyme.

Well Tuesday we ate our newly found dish and we liked it so much we laughed as we ate each bite. “Aren’t we lucky,” each bite spoke to us. The taste of the fresh tomatoes was compellingly awesome. It somehow seemed creamy, with just the small amount of cheese. And it was so good for us. We finished our dinner and there was one large portion of the gratin left. We sat on our porch, each of us regularly making up a reason to go inside to the kitchen and sneaking one more bite until I finally conceded the last bite to Sharon, and we were still laughing at how good it was.

Wednesday night was my night to cook and I made a double batch of the same dish. Just as good I think as the first time. Sharon of course helped me some but I did most of it. Anyway, we won’t eat this again for weeks probably, but we’re having it again tonight, for the third night in a row. Don’t be surprised if you see this in the prepared foods section – it will probably be called “Tomato Pie” which is the name we’ve adopted the last few days.

Big news on the breakfast front at the store. This week we started using artisan soft rolls made by European Taste Bakery as the bread for our breakfast sandwiches, replacing the commercial english muffins we’ve always used. Our sandwiches were already the best in the land, I think, and the home made rolls make them more special.

For fish tomorrow I made a mistake and forgot to order King Salmon. Just remembered it. I called Stowe Seafood just now and though it was too late to make an order I left a message for Ed to please send me some if he had any to spare. So maybe we’ll have King Salmon, my apologies if we don’t. We do have plenty of east coast halibut, which we all know rocks, and plenty of 2+ Yellowfin tuna.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Alaskan King Salmon ??
  • 2+ Yellowfin tuna
  • East Coast Halibut
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • PEI Mussels
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Wellfleet oysters

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

A new summer salad and a sauce unmade

Hi Folks-

Now that I am no longer terrified of being struck by lightning while on the computer it’s time to write the post, wow what a storm!

One little irony of this new and improved eating we are doing is that it makes me feel great, which makes me want to cook, and thus to eat. I, of course, have been searching out new healthy delicious recipes (one included below) but there are quite a few things stacking up in my “to be cooked as a treat” file. And you can’t actually indulge that often or you lose the treat aspect (and gain the weight back).

So on today’s treat list is the sauce Gribiche. Gabriella Hamilton wrote about it in the NYT this week and I want it. Part condiment, part sauce, part mayonnaise it sounds all good to me. Maybe if I pair it with salmon, a kale salad and lots of company so I can’t pig out I can make this soon.

What I did make recently was a great barley salad from Food 52. Basically you cook ½ a cup pearled barley (throw three ears of shucked corn in for 5 minutes to give the barley some flavor, you’ll grill them in a minute) until just done and cool it, add a pint of grape tomatoes halved, a couple of tablespoons of sliced basil, and a can of well rinsed cannellini beans. Grill the corn.

The delicious fun part was the dressing. Cut the corn off the cob over bowl, saving the corn milk, once you’ve got the corn cut off really scrape to get more milk. (a note on the corn milk, you should probably wait until local corn is in season but I couldn’t so I ended up taking a ¼ cup of the kernels and putting them in my food processor with the rest of the dressing ingredients) Next grate one large juicy tomato into the same bowl, discard the skin. Then smash a clove of garlic up with a tsp of salt or so until it is a paste and add that to the corn milk. Add salt and pepper, red pepper flakes if you like, more minced herbs (chives are good or more basil) and 1.5 tsp of white vinegar and ¼ cup olive oil. Buzz in your food processor or shake in a jar. That is your dressing and it is tasty!! Toss it with all the other ingredients and you have a great dish that has kept really well. I think that will get you there but if you want the recipe it is here!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Wild King Salmon

  • 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

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

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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I’m always feeling it

Hi Folks-

Sharon here for Peter, he just wasn’t feeling it. I almost always am feeling it so it works good that way.

I know we don’t say enough about our employees. We have by and large, really, really great employees. They are creative, interesting and hardworking; pleasant with customers and honest, it doesn’t get much better than that. Steph popped into my mind today because I wondered if you all knew what a good cook she is. I brought her 6 pints of perfectly usable but not as pretty mushrooms and asked her to find a use. She, who frankly doesn’t even like mushrooms, made a 100% vegetarian, gorgeous mushroom, spinach cream sauce and had it out in the case over fettuccine before a lesser person could have said “What recipe should I use?” Amazing!

Fun freaky tip, that I have not yet tried myself but the source is good. When grilling salmon, lay the raw piece, skin side down on a brown paper bag. Trim to the exact size of the salmon. Get grill to the desired temp and place paper bag/skin side down on the grill, cook until done. When the salmon is done it lifts off the skin and the skin and paper bag come easily off the grill!

Peter has Wild King Salmon and Halibut coming in tomorrow. Don’t let mother nature mess with you, grill in the rain, way better than the snow!

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Wild Alaskan King Salmon
  • Halibut
  • Yellow fin tuna
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • 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

New stuff, king salmon and a couple of good ideas

Hi Folks-

I feel bad for the farmers but it seems like maybe the sun is making a halfhearted attempt to start pulling its weight this summer! Let’s hope so.

A dear customer came in today and couldn’t wait to tell me what he had done and he was right, rock star material. He bought the Chicken and Sausage gumbo from the cold case, bought half a dozen shrimp, cooked them up and mixed it together and on one of the hottest nights we’ve had, made a shrimp gumbo that had him cruising to New Orleans in his mind. I’m pretty sure there were some delta blues or honky-tonk playing too.

We have some fun new products in the store. Lark shortbreads, a charming little box of three flavors of mini cookies – their bestselling Salted Rosemary, the fennel-spiced Burnt Sugar and the energy-revving, 100% whole wheat Espresso Chip. So check those out.

I brought in a seasoned bread crumb for fish or chicken (or a pork chop I suppose if you are going old school), crispy and spicy or extra crispy. They are wonderful and happen to be gluten free!

My favorite, which I haven’t had yet but am super excited about is the Urban Accents Korean BBQ simmer sauce. Urban Accents does flavor really well, so if this is up to their usual standards you have a game changer available. Simmer sliced meat, whole cuts, veggies in the sauce and you automatically win at making dinner taste good. Of course you could also use a little in your stir fry, or maybe cream it with a little butter and brush it on your grilling corn or splash it on at the very end of grilling your chicken. You bet I’ll be doing all those things :-).

For those that care we are still eating in a reasonable fashion (formerly known as a diet). I am most frustrated with desserts, not because I particularly care about dessert but this is the time of year to make blueberry buckles and strawberry short cake and fruit pies and you know…. So I probably need to head to a party, bring a couple of fab desserts and sneak a taste or two. Trying to be practical here.

Fresh Alaskan King Salmon tomorrow!!

Fish tomorrow:

  • King Salmon

  • 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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Braised Beef sandwich and apple and onion slaw

Hi Folks-

Okay we just had a fantastic diet meal of salmon with Sharon’s patented green sauce, (she’ll give you the recipe, I think), tomatoes and fresh mozzarella drizzled with olive oil, steamed asparagus and a mango, cucumber and avacado salad. It seems like the diet is a way of life sort of thing, and we are still losing weight, albeit gradually.

Tomorrow for our lunch special we are serving braised beef sandwiches with onion and apple slaw. The beef is a combination of tenderloin, ribeye and NY strip and the sauce our own BBQ sauce, perfected over time and many customers’ opinions.

For fish tomorrow we have Red Snapper, wild dayboat Hake, 2+ yellowfin tuna, Pemaquid oysters, along with all the usual arrivals.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • 2+ Yellowfin tuna
  • Red Snapper
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • PEI Mussels
  • 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