A quick warm dinner

Hi Folks-

Brrr, isn’t it amazing what a week of seventy degrees can do to a brain? 51 feel like I need socks and a sweater :-).

We are having a super simple dinner tonight, it’s cold, it’s Monday and I need to start working in earnest on getting three day weekends for the whole world. Now this isn’t hauté cuisine but its very tasty and the total prep time is five minutes. Next time you’re in a hurry, give it a whirl.

Salsa Chicken Casserole
Serves 6

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients
1 cup uncooked basmati rice, rinsed
1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
1-15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1-16-ounce jar salsa
1 cup chicken broth
1-½ teaspoons ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 large chicken breasts (about 1-1/2 pounds), thawed
1 cup shredded cheese blend
2 green onions, sliced

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

In an 8-inch-by-8-inch baking dish, add the rice, black beans, corn, salsa, chicken broth, chili powder and oregano. Stir to combine.

Cut the chicken breasts into 3 pieces and submerge into the liquid in the baking dish as far as possible.

Cover the casserole dish tightly with foil and bake for 1 hour, until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with cheese. Return to the oven and bake just until the cheese has melted.

Top with green onions and serve.

No sign yet of the fresh salmon but Peter has brought in some lovely trout!

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

  • Trout

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

Broccoli Cheddar Ale

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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Paella and soft shells

Hi Folks-

Well it isn’t Monday but the fish is coming in tomorrow so here we are. For those of you that ordered soft shells, they will be coming in tomorrow. For those of you that didn’t there will be six available in the morning until claimed :-)!

I did make paella this weekend and I have to say it was beautiful and tasty and will definitely be on the “having people to dinner” rotation! I used the grilling version from the New York times and will modify slightly next time, I thought it could use a bit acidity and so will substitute some white wine for some of the stock. Other than that, it takes a bit of prep; browning chicken and sausage, sauteing onions and garlic, heating the stock. Once you’ve done that though you truly feel like a magician. I can’t recommend a paella dish enough but a large cast iron skillet or even dutch oven would probably work.

Sweet Rowan, one of the dairies we work with has been bringing us new cheeses, different flavored cheddars. They are delicious and are down in the corner cooler door, try them out.

Fresh wild Salmon is not yet available here but should be soon.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Yellow tail sole, dayboat

  • Soft shell crabs

  • 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

Broccoli Cheddar Ale

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 Shelled Crabs

Hi Folks-


We’re closing Memorial Day, Monday, so make sure you get the provisions you need for the holiday by Sunday. Sharon is making paella this weekend on our new Weber charcoal grill, given to Sharon by Alec for Mother’s Day this year. We’ve been using a standard gas grill for the past few years and been without a Weber so now we have both options. The gas for its convenience and the Weber for its ability to grill fish and meat and vegetables with charcoal to get that unique smoky flavor.

Several people have been asking for wild salmon and it’s close to being available. I expect to be able to buy Alaskan King Salmon next week, but keep in mind that it’s very expensive the first few weeks of its availability. We do, however, have soft shelled crabs arriving tomorrow so come or call early to get yours.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

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

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

New Pork and seasonal fish

Hi Folks-

And summer is here! Yay! Tomorrow we will have a new line of local pork in from Sugar Mountain Farm in West Topsham. Check them out here Sugar Mountain Farm Everything we’ve tried has been excellent. We are initially bringing in meaty ribs, bone in pork chops, smoked bacon and sage breakfast sausage. We’ll be getting pork from them either once a week or every two weeks and I’ll make a list of what’s available to order. So say you are craving, by chance, some pork belly, with a little notice I’ll be able to get you some!!

Soft shell crabs and fresh wild salmon look to be on the list for next week but were not available today, we will get them as soon as we can!

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

Broccoli Cheddar Ale

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 Art and dining on the porch

Hi Folks-

Come have lunch on the porch, it is fabulous! This is the best time of year for lunch riverside, the sun hits it right at lunch time and it isn’t too hot or too cold.

I should have written about the artist, Mary Thulman, that has work hanging at the store last week, when art walk was happening. The good news is that her art is still up and available. She works in oil on stretched linen or canvas and some are framed with solid maple, others are unframed. The fun part for me is that most of what we have hanging of her art are food paintings :-). She does also have some very nice Vermont and Cape scenes hanging too but I love the food paintings, so much that I bought several. The other great thing about her art is that it is eminently affordable. Come check it out!

We have so little shad roe coming in tomorrow I’m not even adding it to the list. We will have two pairs for some lucky customer!

So come see us for lunch, dine on the porch and pick up something for the grill tomorrow night, we are a one stop market! Oh, maybe get some art too!

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

Broccoli Cheddar Ale

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 Weather

Hi Folks-

So I’ve worked the cash register each of the last two days so I’ve talked to almost everyone who has come into the store. When you work the register you talk to everyone who gives you even the slightest opening, or at least you do when you’re feeling half way decent and alive. It’s one thing when the person who comes up to the register is a friend, or someone you have a history of such encounters with so that you know something of the person’s interests. Then you have a context for a brief conversation based on something that interests you.

Then there are the encounters with new people, or people who haven’t yet opened up at all, and in these encounters you are left to talk about general reality, like how you’re feeling or of course, how’s the weather. Well, last week when we had those two gorgeous classically “spring” days, temp in the sixties, bright sun, just a little breeze – on those days everyone was happy, holding hands, making jokes, talking about the weather, and there were no complaints. Not one. Every comment about the weather was positive. While yesterday we had the same beautiful weather as those days last week, though it was perhaps ten degrees warmer, the complains about the weather came back. For some, not many but some few people, it was just too damn hot and though they seemed to be somewhat embarrassed saying it out loud after the endless winter we all endured, they couldn’t help but complain about the weather.

Headline news in the fish department is that we have shad roe coming in tomorrow. Six pairs were all I could get so come in early to get yours. We also will have fresh halibut filets.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea

  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • East Coast Halibut
  • Shad Roe
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • 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

Getting out the grill

Hi Folks-

I know, it snowed this morning, what’s a body to do with that bit of news? My answer, time to get out the grill. We don’t keep our grill out all winter and I think that Mother Nature needs to know I’m serious. So today we get out the grill and tomorrow when it’s 68 we can all grill fresh fish from the market. What a plan!

We have a gas grill and there are many things I love about it. Peter and I have decided that since we are, after all, of the cooking persuasion, we really need a charcoal grill as well. I miss our old weber. Maybe that will be the compromise this year, hang with old gas grill one more year and get a nice big weber charcoal grill. Replace the gas one next year…

The lemon buerre blanc with squid ink pasta worked out well, but we didn’t have scallops or salmon left (getting a bit more in this week). But hey we rolled with swordfish and that was pretty tasty!

If you haven’t checked out craft beer selection lately you should! Of course we’ve got heady, focal banger and sip of sunshine, but also fun new stuff from Frost, The Burlington Beer Company, Thrush brewery and a bunch of others. One customer commented “This is how you do craft beer, I wish I could send other retailers in to look at your choices.” By all means do or, you know, just keep shopping here:-)

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

Broccoli Cheddar Ale

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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buerre blanc sauce

Hi Folks-

Okay, you should make this tomorrow, I think I’m going to. Seared sea scallops with lemon beurre blanc on squid ink pasta. I love the delicate salinity of squid ink pasta and I get a real kick out of working with black pasta, beurre blanc is a treat because of the calories and the seared scallops ties it all together. And yes,u you can get it all at the store. And yes Rosé would pair well with this

Here’s a quick standard recipe for lemon beurre blanc:

BuerrE BLANC

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • ¼ cup finely chopped shallots

  • 3 tablespoons white-wine vinegar (I usually use rice wine vinegar)

  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine

  • cup heavy cream

  • Salt to taste, if desired

  • 8 tablespoons butter, cut into 12 pieces

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a saucepan and add the shallots. Cook briefly, stirring, and add the vinegar and wine. Cook until the liquid is almost totally reduced.

  2. Add the heavy cream and salt and bring to the boil. Add the pieces of butter, a few at a time, stirring rapidly with a wire whisk. Whisk in lemon zest in thirds as you whisk butter in.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

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

Spring and rose!

Hi Folks-

We are alive!! It was touch and go there for a moment. Peter had pneumonia and I came down with the honest to god flu for first time in my life. We were a couple of miserable pups. I cannot thank all of our staff enough for making it all work. Everybody chipped in (we had a couple of other staffers out sick too, jeez) but special thanks to Stephanie, George, Maddy, Jami and Meghan for doing the extra to keep the store running!!

Peter tells me that Shad roe is coming soon and that he is keeping his eye out for it, probably in a couple of weeks. I am still eagerly awaiting our new items from the show and I hope they get here soon!

We have a nice little feature on rosé going on in the middle aisle. Inexpensive, light and spring like, finally the weather seems to justify that, rosés are definitely a harbinger of spring! I believe everyone has finally gotten over their “I don’t drink rosé because it is too sweet” issues and can join in the fun of tasting some lovely grown up options! None of them are sweet! They also go marvelously with fish!

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 Broccoli Cheddar Ale 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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Herb and Onion Bread

Hi Folks-

Busy day and the post is thus a little late.

Here is a great recipe from The Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas. I’ve been making it for years. It is a relatively quick yeast bread (rises for an hour, bakes for an hour) and so makes a lovely dinner bread with soup and a salad or as a warm bread to accompany any savory meal. The timing is actually pretty good if you are having guests.

Herb and Onion Bread

½ cup milk

1.5 TBS sugar

1 tsp salt

1 TBS butter

1 package yeast

½ cup warm water

2.25 cups white or wheat flour

½ small onion minced

½ tsp dill

1 tsp crushed rosemary

Scald the milk and dissolve in it the sugar, salt and butter, cool to lukewarm. In a large bowl dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add the cooled milk, minced onion, herbs and flour and stir well with a large wooden spoon.

When the batter is smooth, cover with a towel and let the dough rise in a warm spot until triple in bulk, approximately 45 minutes. Stir down and beat vigorously for a few minutes then turn into a well greased bread pan. Preheat oven to 350 and let bread sit for ten minutes. Put bread in oven and bake for about 1 hour.

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
  • pemaquid oysters

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net