Happy Fourth!

Hi Folks-

Hello from the vacationers!! This is my last act of work until July 5th.

For those of you who bought wine at the tasting, wines are packed and ready to be picked up. Please do pick up asap because we have such a tiny little store :-)!

We will be getting our regular fish delivery tomorrow and then next week, we will be closed on Tuesday July Fourth and will get our fish delivery on Wednesday the fifth.

I am very excited about our Vermont cheese selection these days and have moved it back to the top of the produce cooler to feature it. Sweet Rowan Farmstead is making a bunch of great cheeses. We have Lazy Lady goat cheeses, Maplebrook Farm Mozzerella, Grafton Cheddar, Thistle Hill Farm Farmstead Tarentaise, Vermont Creamery goat cheese and a new line of goat cheeses from Barn First Creamery. These are very interesting cheeses, she has made a creamy brie style blue cheese, a firm tomme style and several others. Check them out.

The meat case is filled with steaks, chops and chicken for you bbq needs and Peter ordered Halibut for some fun fish to grill.

Have a great Fourth of July!!

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Halibut
  • 2+ Yellowfin tuna
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • PEI mussels
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Oysters from NH

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Rubbed Kale salad

Hi Folks-

Wonderful wine tasting! Thanks so much to our hosts Bonnie and Keith, what a beautiful venue! And so much fun with all the nice folks there. Look for lots of new cheeses in the store! Also 1000 stone farm is bringing in the greens!

Quick post, I’m in the middle of cooking, shakshuka tonight, remember that? 1- 28 can diced tomato, 1 red pepper and 1 onions all sliced thin. Cook the onion and pepper together first til soft about twenty minutes, stir in your 5 thinly sliced cloves of garlic, wait a minute and add 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp paprika, and ¼ tsp cayenne; add the tomatoes and simmer for ten minutes, stir in either a little feta or some cubed mozz, crack a couple of eggs on top and put in a 375 oven for ten to fifteen minutes. Pull and sprinkle with cilantro!!

Also made rubbed Kale salad tonight and you should too. 1 bunch of kale, washed and torn into smaller pieces and no stems, placed in a bowl. Add juice of one lemon, 1 tbl olive oil and a ½ tsp salt and massage that baby until it reaches your level of preferred softness. I then added thinly sliced red onion, a handful of raw cabbage strips, julienne carrots, some fresh black cherries and toasted walnuts. Done!

Peter is going to come add the fish, we are going to have a glass of wine on the porch and then we are going to EAT! Can you tell I’m hungry 🙂 ?

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • whole Bronzinos

  • 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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Wine tasting and vegetables

Hi Folks-

So Happy we are having Beautiful Weather for the Wine tasting!! We still have a few tickets if you can fit in some amazing wine and food Saturday from 3 to 7, call the store.

So the name of our new “diet” which I just came up with is “eat your damn vegetable.” Basically three meals a day, start with a smoothy, and for lunch and dinner load your plate up with ¾ vegetables and a modest piece of protein.

If you are having a hard day and don’t feel like doing much, have a couple heads of broccoli. If you are like me and you want to be happy, make an Asian cole slaw (dressing below) roasted cauliflower and asparagus with lemon and Parmesan shavings, oh yeah and that bit of fish too. It’s working and we like it! This dressing is great for slaw and if you are making a hot dish like soba noodles, add the almond butter to the warm noodles to help blend the almond butter.

Asian Dressing: 2 TBL lime juice, 2TBL Tamari, 1 TBL honey or syrup, 1TBL grated ginger, 2 TBL sesame oil, ½ TBL chili garlic sauce. Excellent for any salad of raw thinly chopped vegetables. If tossing over chopped vegetables and warm soba noodles add 1 TB almond butter.

For fish tomorrow we have Halibut for a good price and we have catfish, perfect for the grill or frying pan.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • East Coast Halibut
  • Yellowfin tuna
  • Catfish, farm raised
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • wild sardines
  • 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

To Valhalla

Hi Folks-

A surprisingly sunny weekend. Peter and I traveled more than usual.

My brother-in-law Mark Feldman passed away last fall. He is missed in so many ways but this weekend Peter and I had the honor of attending his viking send off. Mark and my sister Maggie were/are very involved in Norseland, a viking re-enactment group except it’s more like they live it than re-enact it. The tents are authentic, the households are set up, every one is in period garb (me, Peter and Chelsea too). You bring your period feast gear with you to the feast and you bring your (raucous, loud and earnest) love to the ceremony. His fellow vikings built him a boat, carved him a dragon’s head, painted a sail, serenaded him with a flute and their voices and toasted him with Irish Whiskey. I think he would have liked it 🙂

We then sauntered off to Lake Dunmore to hang with Peter’s brother Tony, his girl Cheryl and cousin Ted. Fun too. At the beginning of the weekend I threw some swordfish steaks in with fresh thyme and olive oil and packed them in ice. They traveled well and when folks seemed a bit stumped about the rest of the meal that turned out alright too. Sandwich and snack material morphed into a salad. Make the best salad you can think of and leave out the greens, toss in a good dressing and there you have it.

So we are tanner and more relaxed, very happy on our “diet”, (give me three more weeks and I don’t think we will refer to it that way anymore).

Ready to jump in and very ready for the wine tasting, still room, details here Wine tasting.

Great fish tomorrow!

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

  • PEI Mussels

  • 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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Chelsea takes her dad to Beantown

Hi Folks-

Chelsea and I went to a Red Sox game last Friday, Chelsea’s spectacular early Father’s Day gift. We got to town around three, Chels drove, and checked in to the Courtyard Marriot, Chelsea’s place to stay when she goes to Boston on business. We took an uber from the hotel to the Island Creek Oyster Bar, where we had early reservations for dinner before the game.

The meal was fabulous; we started by informing our server that we were in no hurry, and then ordered a fried oyster slider for starters, a lobster dish with noodles made from lobster roe, and a large order of fried full belly clams. Before we even finished the slider we realized we wanted another, ordered that and then proceeded to eat our lobster and the clams. The food was great and the restaurant was a ten minute walk from Fenway, which we made in plenty of time to see the first pitch.

We had seats in the bleachers behind home plate, lovely seats, and we had the best time together, rooting for the Sox, drinking beer and eating hot dogs. It got a little raucous in the bleachers, which was what we were after – who wants to be polite at a baseball game? The Sox won in a come from behind victory, and Chels texted uber to get a ride back to the hotel and its neighborhood bar called the Tam. We closed the Tam, doing beers, shots of tequila and Fireballs. A bartender Chels knows kiddingly said to her that he was going to give her the business about being out on the town with her father before he thought, “maybe the guy is her father.” Good call. The drive back to Vermont was not quite as boisterous as the trip down. Oh well.

George’s new invention at the store is cheese balls, available in our prepared food cooler. These are a throwback to the ubiquitous cheese balls of the 1950s cocktail party, with a few new twists. They feature smoked gouda cheese, crushed walnuts, and are not red and orange colored. Try one, you’ll love it.

Our featured fish tomorrow is Red Snapper, a wild warm water fish that is terrific off the grill.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Red Snapper
  • 2+ Yellowfin tuna
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • Bluefish
  • PEI Mussels
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Nautilus Island oysters, Maine

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Wine tasting! And I can’t wait!!

Hi Folks-

Happy Summer, wow! And hallelujah the end of the clean diet is nigh! We are done with this sucker on Wednesday! I do feel better, I did lose a nice little chunk of weight and I am inspired to clean up our eating habits (simply so I never have to do this again, if for no other reason). We ate great food but only having one meal in the middle of the day is really tricky. And I am very excited about having some wine! On that note…

Are you coming to the Wine Tasting? You really should! Saturday June 24th from 3 to 7 at a private home in Montpelier. For 25 dollars you get an amazing time. Knowledgeable wine folks, thirty wines to sample, our fabulous food (gravlox, artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, jams, breads, olives to give you just a hint) and the opportunity to order a mixed case of wine you have picked out for a 12% discount. Pick out wine for the Fourth of July, your anniversary, your weekly bar-b-que from wines you know you will like because You Tried Them!! Tickets available at the register at the store.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Yellowfin Tuna

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Yellow tail sole, dayboat

  • Rainbow trout, 10oz each

  • 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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Soft Shells and Socca

Hi Folks-

So by the end of the week we are supposed to see some sun. This will be good for me. The only benefit to this rather daunting cold spring is the fact that we are still getting soft shell crabs because it is just now, just barely warm enough.

Picked up a cool new recipe this weekend. Socca, originally from Liguria or thereabouts, is an easy chickpea flat bread, more like a crepe really. I made it in a large cast iron skillet in the oven.

  • 2 cups of chick pea flour

  • 2.5 cups warm water

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp chipolte powder

  • ½ coriander

  • 2 tsp cumin

You can totally change up the seasonings depending on what you are going to do with. Rosemary or thyme might be nice, curry powder or tumeric would also be awesome. Mix all ingredients together and let sit for at least a half hour or for up to twelve hours. Preheat the oven to 425. Place a large oven proof skillet (cast iron or non stick, pizza pan would work too) and let it heat up to temp. Melt a table spoon or two of coconut oil or use olive oil in the pan once hot and pour a thin layer of batter in ( I used a little under ½ a cup for a ten inch skillet). Swirl in Pan to cover the bottom and cook for 10 to 15 minutes depending on pan size.

What you are looking for is crispy brown edges and the top appearing slightly crackled and dry. When it is done it will come out easily. It took me a couple to perfect it, I pulled the first one or two a bit too soon.

You can eat it straight up, you can use it as a wrap. We had one as an appetizer with chopped country style olives in it and made fish tacos with the rest. Some one suggested sauteing a few onions and pouring the batter over that and cooking. Sounded great and I will be doing that as well as adding some minced olives right on top of the raw batter in the pan so that it cooks with both the onions and the olives. Wrap that around a little fresh tomato and feta and wow. I could see doing this outside over a fire (maybe it would work in a covered grill?) with a chilled glass of rose in hand, come on summer!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Prime Soft Shell Crabs

  • 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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great price on scallops

Hi Folks-

Well we’re on day 11 of the Clean Diet and I don’t think I look much slimmer on the outside yet but I feel downright skinny on the inside. My internal organs are thanking me.

Sharon sat down yesterday and did the work schedule for the rest of the spring and the summer. She even managed to schedule some time off for she and I, including a few days for us to take everyone to the Saratoga Race Track for the races in August. We went last year though Sharon had to stay behind to host a couple catering jobs. Sophia was the big winner financially last year and looks to repeat, as they say at the track.

Sea Scallops, (not allowed on the diet), have been hovering at the $25/lb price for over two years. This week is the first time they’ve come down a bit and we’ll be selling them for $19.50/lb. We also have soft shell crabs one more time after we were told by our suppliers that the season was over last week. So we should treat it as our last chance for these delicious treats for the year.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Soft Shelled Crabs
  • 2+ Yellowfin tuna
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Bluefish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • PEI Mussels

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Soft shells, clean update and quick new recipe

Hi Folks-

Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend, looks like we aren’t going to see that much sun again for a bit. I know we ate outdoors on Sunday and it was fabulous.

For the first outdoor meal almost everything was grilled. I tried a new recipe which was very good, grilled cauliflower. Slice the cauliflower head into ¾ inch slices vertically trying to keep it with bits of the stalk to hold it together (I was medium successful at this, but as long as the pieces are large enough not to fall through the grill I think you are okay). Brush slices/pieces with olive oil and sprinkle with spices:

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.

Grill over high heat to lightly char and then set aside on the grill, not over direct heat, while you grill the rest of dinner. My grill has a higher shelf in the back and that worked, turning off a burner would work, or just making sure it isn’t over the coal/fire. Took about ten minutes indirect time to soften to the perfect eating consistency. Try it, very tasty.

We are a full week plus a little into our 21 day Clean diet and it’s going pretty good. Basically no allergens (wheat, dairy, soy, alcohol, red meat, a bunch of other stuff) two smoothies a day and your one meal in the middle of the day (or as close as we can get it). Some supplements but a big emphasis on a twelve hour window at night of no food, which I have to believe is healthy.

It’s going pretty well, as always I am trying a bunch of new recipes. I’ve made a delicious shepherd’s pie with tons of veggies, lamb and cauliflower “mashed potatoes” (just steam cauliflower and then put in a food processor with a little milk (or almond milk), salt, pepper, a little coconut oil and some chopped chives, great skinny alternative to mashed potatoes that tastes good. So yes on the Shepherd’s pie, hard no on the avocado chocolate mousse (it was NOT just like mousse, it was just like chocolate flavored avocado) and a pretty distinct no on the “lasagna.” That was to be expected of a dairy free, tomato free, gluten free diet but I thought I’d try. The rice noodles weren’t bad, the sauteed mushrooms, spinach and onions were all great…the cashew cheese … not so much so. Anyway, I ‘m having fun with the food and we are both a bit perkier (well I am anyway 🙂 and a wee bit sleeker!

Soft Shell crabs are probably making their last appearance tomorrow, so if you’ve got the craving I suggest acting on it.

The wine tasting plans are moving along nicely, Saturday June 25th in Montpelier from 3-7. Tons of great food and wine to try, $25.00 a person. Check at the store.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Soft Shell Crabs
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • Swordfish
  • Trout
  • 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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lucky guy

Hi Folks-

I’m so lucky to have Sophia for a grand daughter. She danced in the annual recital by the kids in the Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio last weekend and I had the most fun watching her. She took two classes this year, Jazz and Hip Hop, and each class performed a song. Sophia was so into each moment she was out there on the stage and she knocked em dead. She had a big smile throughout and she was so good and so clearly a performer, as well as a dancer.

It was cool for her Papa to get to see it.

We’re four days into the actual diet and feeling pretty good. I feel skinnier on the inside any way.

The store is good, Sharon really has a lot of things that are pretty new so even I haven’t had a chance to try everything. She made some Indian food from some products at the store which I hadn’t tried and it was fantastic. The fish is good as always.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Soft Shelled Crabs
  • 2+ Yellowfin 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

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net