Backyard Aromas

Hi Folks-

While we live on Main Street with the street quite close to the front door we have the most amazing back yard. In the summer with foliage it’s quite private, we have a fire pit, several grills and a cook stove, a large maple tree with a swing, a picnic table, room for lawn games and most of all our beloved porch.

We live on our back porch during the summer, it has seating for up to 8, dining table for four, a variety of lighting, a fan, really everything you need. Somehow where we are located makes us down wind of several good cooks. Often I’ll be out there reading, playing around with dinner ideas and suddenly the aroma of grilling chicken becomes incredibly compelling or maybe salmon or corn. I can literally smell what my neighbors are having for dinner and it always smells great and usually gets me moving on dinner.

Last weekend I made a hearty ham and bean soup with corn bread and made altogether too much. I saved a quart for us and gave two to the neighbors. Two nights later I was feeling terribly uninspired about dinner, sitting on the porch muttering about my distaste of leftovers, when this delicious smell wafted toward me. “Ooo what is that?!” I thought, “I could eat that…” Then I busted out laughing because I could indeed eat that, it was my ham and bean soup, proving the fact that everything always tastes better if somebody else does the work (or even just seems to:-)tyg

We have King Alaskan Salmon tomorrow so call early. We will be closing our doors at two o’clock this Sunday for our staff party held in our amazing back yard, and will be closed Monday the following day for a deep clean of the store.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • 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

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Fish tomorrow

Hi Folks-

Late and quick post tonight. It’s my Dad’s birthday and he came over for dinner and pie so that’s what I’ve been doing. I love my Dad, he’s an amazing guy, knows something about everything, treats everybody decently, is one of the best conversationalist I know and he absolutely kicks butt in the cooler at work. I’m a lucky girl 🙂

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • flounder

  • 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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Three days at home

Hi Folks-

Sharon and I are enjoying three days vacation from the store, not traveling, just staying home where it’s okay to be lazy and maybe a little boring if we want. Well, in truth, who chooses to be boring? It’s just that sometimes we are.

We did do something for the store today and that was to visit a local farm who grows and sells their own beef, pork and chicken, frozen. It would be a way to sell different cuts of meat and poultry at a high quality. Sharon and I concluded that we would need a new retail freezer to really do justice to the plan, so we’ll see what comes of it.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
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

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market
“The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

coho salmon and sandwich trivia

Hi Folks-

There’s this wacky guy called Chef James who runs a site called the food reference that really has every thing food related you can think of. And because I can’t think right now here’s a little sandwich trivia for you 🙂

  • John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792) is supposed to have invented the sandwich as a quick meal so as not to interrupt his gambling sessions.

  • The simple ham sandwich is still the most popular sandwich in the US, and in second place is the BLT.

  • It is estimated that Americans eat 300 million sandwiches each day – that’s more than one for every man, woman and child in the nation!

  • According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the record for eating sandwiches is held by Peter Dowdeswell. He ate 40 jam and butter sandwiches (each 6 inches X 3 inches) in 17 minutes, 53.9 seconds on October 17, 1977.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Wild Coho Salmon

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • flounder

  • 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

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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Blue Cheese dressing!!

Hi Folks-

Sharon filling in for Peter here. He’s off to the races tomorrow with Alec and is catching up on some much needed sleep.

We had a decent dinner last night, grilled sword fish, grabbed a spinach salad from the market and had some reheated veggies. I was looking for something to make it spark a bit and thought “Oh, how about some homemade blue cheese dressing.” And yep that did it, so freaking good, a spin on Craig Claiborne’s blue cheese dressing…With basil!! Made enough for our salads and a little left over (but only because I put the lid on it and put it away, we were definitely going to finish it with spoons).

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 1.5 Tbl spoons minced onion

  • 1 tsp minced garlic

  • ¼ cup minced basil

  • ¼ cup sour cream

  • 1 TBL lemon juice

  • 2 tsp rice wine vinegar

  • 3 to 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese

  • salt and pepper to taste

Shake it up baby and let chill before serving, if you serve this with chicken wings you will be famous forever. Also lovely with the classic wedge of ice burg lettuce and cherry tomatoes or you know, spinach salad:-)

Have a great weekend!

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • gray sole
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Halibut
  • 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

Quick veggie side dishes

Hi Folks-

So best advice to day is to buy the fresh baby squash coming into the market tomorrow, lightly coat with salt, pepper and olive oil, grill for 6 minutes, flipping once and drizzle with the roasted garlic infused olive oil from the market. Chop roughly and serve. Sliced cukes, cherry tomatoes, Thai basil, a little red wine vinegar and a healthy handful of umiboshi seasoning and you’ve got a nice cold veg dish too.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Dover Sole

  • 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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Pennsylvania Peaches

Hi Folks-

Tomorrow we’re going to have Pennsylvania peaches arrive and I can’t wait. These rival the best peaches in the world and we’ll be getting them by the bushel until the supply runs out. Also, Tuesday this week our favorite item from the Associated Buyers food show arrived. Sharon and I agreed that the most notable thing at the show was the smoked soy sauce, very interesting and good flavor, and now after a long wait we have it on our shelves. We’re having it tonight. Sharon is making a glaze out of the smoked soy sauce and honey and slathering it on salmon before she grills it.

We’re also having grilled baby zucchini and baby summer squash, organically grown by 1000 Stone Farm. Sharon’s cooking tonight and I think I’d better commit to cooking tomorrow so that I contribute my fair share to the cooking effort. Sharon loves to cook so much that it’s all too easy to rely on her to cook almost every night but as she pointed out to me last week when she brought home the package of chicken thighs and suggested strongly that I do something with them, I need to do my part.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • East Coast Halibut
  • 2+ Yellowfin Tuna
  • 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

Fish tacos, so easy, so summer

Hi Folks-

So a weekly meal rotation has never really interested me even when I was working and cooking for a much larger family. Once a week is just too often. Peter complains that some things he loves go zooming by and he never see them again (which is occasionally true). I like to work more with a monthly theme or if I’m trying to perfect something we might see it once a week until I’ve got it down (we had pastrami for three straight weeks:-).

Anyway you should make fish tacos, once a week if you are that kind of person. So simple, so easy. Fish taco seasoning in the deli, a pound of cod, tortillas, a ripe avocado, lime juice, cilantro and sprinkling of chopped romaine and you are there. They literally take fifteen minutes from start to finish and they are delicious! Chop the fish into chunks and throw it in a plastic bag with half the seasoning packet, a tablespoon of oil and a splash of water. Marinate five minutes, while that’s going on, thinly chop your romaine, slice your avocados, cut your limes, chop the cilantro. In a non stick pan saute the fish (takes about four minutes) and heat up, ideally, a cast iron pan and start warming up your tortillas. Flip the tortilla once, pull from the pan when puffy, skim with a bit of mayo, add the fish, avocado, lime juice squirt, cilantro and lettuce. Done and Done!

Peter has fresh shrimp coming in tomorrow, still wild caught, go Peter! Also trout and a bunch of other fresh fish as always.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock
  • Trout
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • Swordfish
  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea
  • Shetland Salmon
  • Flounder
  • 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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“Here’s the chicken, Bubba.”

Hi Folks-

As much as we talk in these posts about the great things we serve at our house for dinner, with me usually telling you how great Sharon cooked for this or that occasion or just for a casual weekday meal, sometimes it’s the case that it doesn’t have to be great but just has to be cooked. Sometimes it’s the case that Sharon has cooked ten nights in a row and that it doesn’t matter what Peter cooks as long as he cooks something. As long as he gets it done. Last night was one of those nights. Sharon arrived home with a package of chicken thighs and a loaf of bread and the clear message to me, her partner, to put something decent on the table. So I did. It wasn’t memorable but it was some form of chicken and rice and it fulfilled Sharon’s one requirement that she didn’t have to cook it.

Tomorrow for fish arriving we again have Alaskan King salmon, which has finally come down somewhat in cost. We also have dayboat haddock and dayboat grey sole provided by the New England Fish Mongers, hook and line caught fish that was caught just yesterday. As fresh as you can get in Vermont. We also have great prices on swordfish and dry scallops, and have oysters coming in from Maine.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Alaskan wild King Salmon
  • Dayboat grey sole
  • Alaskan King Salmon
  • 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  

King Salmon and a couple of quick recipes!

Hi Folks-

Hope everyone is enjoying this summer that seems to be speeding by! I know Peter and I are going to try to sneak one more little vacation in or maybe a couple of long weekends.

I riffed on a couple of New York Times recipes this weekend to good effect. Made hamburgers with chopped Hatch green chilies and garlic, then spread a layer of green chilies on top and then a slice of Monterey Jack cheese, finished with a handful of chopped cilantro, absolutely delicious!

I also made their hunan beef recipe but went so far off the reservation with that I don’t think they’d recognize it :-).

Marinade of 2TBL soy, 1TBL sherry and ½ a TBL each of flour and corn starch. For the two of us I used 1 house cut ribeye cut across the grain, into thin strips. Make that marinade, slice your beef and then prep, 2 TBL garlic, 1TBL ginger, 1 TBL cumin and 2 to 4 tsp red pepper flakes (we used two and was just spicy enough for us). I used my wok which I think is best for this. Heat about a cup of peanut oil in the bottom of the wok, while its heating stir your beef into the marinade. When its hot, put half the beef in and cook, stirring a bit for 2 minutes or so, remove to paper towel to drain grease, do the next batch. Drain all the oil out of the pan except about a TBL and then add a TBL spoon of sesame oil. Take the little dish of seasonings you set aside and put it in the wok, stirring until it becomes fragrant, 1 – 2 minutes. Toss the beef back in, stirring to coat completely and serve with a handful of chopped scallions or cilantro. Turn off the heat and eat!

Local berries from Elmore Roots and Leah’s Berry farm keep popping up at the market, they go fast though. Kyle at 1000 Stone farm is bring in great greens, cherry tomatoes, pea shoots, sprouts, cucumbers and this week we will have broccolini from there as well! Getting dinner at the market is always great but this time a year, whew, got to love it.

King Salmon!!!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • flounder

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • King Salmon

  • 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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