Happy Thanksgiving

Hi Folks-

Happy Thanksgiving! I’ve picked out some great wines for the Holiday and they are in the middle wooden rack near the large wine shelf, both red and white. There’s plenty of smoked gouda dip available and lots of great treats in the store, so come on in.

Peter has ordered up a bunch of fish for tomorrow so you can dine lightly leading up to the big day :-). We will be closed on Thursday but open on Friday. If you have fish special orders for Friday or the weekend you should get them to us by noon on Wednesday as we will be ordering fish that day.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Scottish Salmon

  • lemon sole

  • 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

Broccoli Cheddar Ale

Shrimp Scampi

Wednesday

Grilled Ahi tuna steak sandwich

Lobster Bisque

Salmon Cakes with Caper mayo

Thursday

Happy

Thanksgiving!

Friday

Braised Beef 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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bouillabaisse and the barber todd

Hi Folks-

We have one turkey left for sale so call us tomorrow and talk to Sharon if you need one. It’s all natural and fresh from Stonewood Farms in Vermont. Remember to order seafood next week for pre and post Thanksgiving dinners with your families. One gentleman I know has ordered sushi grade tuna as his family is having a party the night before Thanksgiving and they’ll be making sushi rolls as a group. Another woman is buying seafood to make bouillabaisse, (boy, I didn’t know how to spell that until I went to google), for her family dinner the night before. I’m sure we can get almost anything you might want.

In the interest of giving myself a new look, as well as my interest in supporting new business in Montpelier, earlier this week I had my hair cut by Todd Wheeler at his shop at 17 Court St. He has a classy shop, very comfortable, and he’s a master barber specializing in short haircuts for men and women. My haircut is very short, given that I get one haircut a year, approximately, and it looks good. Sharon says it makes me look younger and who am I to argue. Younger is good. Visit him at his website thebarbertodd.com

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • east coast halibut
  • Scottish Salmon
  • Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Flounder
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp, fresh
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Sweetneck oysters

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Turkeys and red sauce

Hi Folks-

Two things… First thing, we have turkeys, you need to order by Thursday (5:00pm), Vermont Stonewood Turkeys, $4.99 a pound in three pound increments, starting at 12 pounds, call us, we are ready to take your order!

Thing two, simple tomato sauce. I love this, it can be made quickly, it belongs in the time of year when tomatoes are not fresh and you can use it for lasagna, straight up, chicken parm, meatballs, with portabellas and polenta, whatever. Have you ever had a thick tomato sauce sandwich? With a little cheese, one of my faves :-).

Saute

¼ cup olive oil

4-5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

½ to ¾ cup white onion, medium dice

Add

pinch or red pepper flakes or cayenne

1 tsp oregano

Then add

2 – 28 cans diced tomatoes (I used one with garlic and basil)

1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp black pepper, 1 TBL balsamic vinegar

Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, which is really thick, go for less time if you want it looser. It is done and ready to do anything with! Take it off the heat and add a little cream and pasta, make lasagna, simmer the great meatballs we sell at the market (freezer), simmer a pork chop in it while it cooks, serve that; maybe just cook spaghetti for all your favorite people.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • lemon sole

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

  • Pemaquid oysters.ME

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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We don’t always get our man

Hi Folks-

Well it was Monday with a vengeance at the store. It was actually pretty busy for lunch which was nice. What wasn’t nice is that while I was wandering around doing my Monday orders I caught a person shoplifting. It happens but damn, it pisses me off. It also gets my heart rate going at about a hundred.

I am glad I was out there doing my orders. It was a twentyish guy, pretty affable, chatting about the cool stuff. Little tough looking with his bomber jacket and his hoodie and a bruise on his cheek but you know, it takes all types. Honestly I started to doubt his sincerity when he started waxing about the squid ink pasta, didn’t really look like his thing. I kept myself between him and the beer cooler because by the time he was close enough to chat I was engulfed in a fog of alcohol fumes and I started thinking he might need to be moved along. So I stood there doing my orders and watching him…looked down, looked up and saw him stuff something under his jacket and briskly walking for the front. I did the usual loud “Hey…hey you stop.” Unsurprisingly, he didn’t and treated me to a sincere “F*** You” at the door.

What can you do? I’m investing in a couple of cameras but God it was so frustrating to just see him walk with our stuff. I had a moment, fortunately very short, of wanting to grab him. But grabbing the twenty year old drunk criminal type is not bright and my higher brain took over. We called the cops and they were great, responding quickly and I saw them cruising around looking for him. So inexpensive cameras here we come. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. Week has got to pick up from here.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Farroe Island Salmon

  • Lemon sole

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Fresh 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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Sharon’s a fan

Hi Folks-

So I’ve been totally preoccupied with the pursuits of the Red Sox these past few weeks, as they wind their way through the playoffs, and now the World Series. They are ahead two to nothing in the series with two impressive wins over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Working the cash register, I’ve taken to asking each customer, “so are you a Red Sox fan at all, or not so much?” Everyone so far has taken it well and lots of people have totally surprised me, both men and women, answering that indeed they are fans.

And the nicest thing is that Sharon has become a fan. She stays up with me to watch the games, even the ones that go past midnight, and can now recite the names of most of the players on the team. This has never happened before and it’s the character of the team that draws her in, more than my small charm or any loyalty she may feel she owes me. Sharon actually likes the Red Sox. Who would have guessed?

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • lemon sole
  • Sustainable Scottish Salmon
  • Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp, fresh
  • 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

Fall dislocation

Hi Folks-

Well I think I have a little of that seasonal dislocation going on. I don’t have my summer stuff put away, which I should (although Halloween is the official slacker cut off date), I haven’t really wrapped my mind around the clothes changeover (still wearing crocs, just wrong) and I haven’t had that thought “Oh right, its fall, remember when I made that thing last year and we said we were going to eat it all the time’” you know that “It is fall recipe.”

Oh well I’ll get my ducks in a row or my geese in a vee. 🙂 Until then, here’s the fish!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Scottish Salmon

  • Lemon sole

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

  • Fresh Squid, tubes and tentacles

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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simple delicious squash soup recipe

Hi Folks-

So Snow… I guess we are here! I made a lovely off the cuff soup the other night that I encourage you to try. I love squash, and butternut squash soup is a favorite, except I hate how much everyone tries to make it taste like pumpkin pie. If that’s your jam, there are plenty of recipes out there for you, here’s one that’s a bit different.

1 medium size butternut squash, peeled, cubed and roasted for 30 to 40 minute, you want it browned, not burned and reasonably soft. Coat with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast at 350, flipping once.

2 TBL olive oil

1 large onion diced

4 cloves garlic minced

3 – 4 stalks celery diced

2 small cans diced mild hatch chilies

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp red pepper flakes

3 to 4 cups chicken stock

Roast the Squash, set aside. In a soup pot, heat oil, add onion and garlic and celery, cook until softened, add spices and salt and pepper, add squash, chilies and chicken stock just to cover all, simmer for 15 minutes or until everything is very soft. Puree in batches in a food processor or blender. Taste and correct for seasoning, if too thick add more chicken stock. Serve with a swirl of sour cream and a spray of cilantro if you feel like it.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • east coast halibut
  • flounder
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp, fresh
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Mussels

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Peter’s KY crush

Hi Folks-

The best meal Sharon and I had in Louisville, or the most fun maybe I should say, was an early lunch at a small Mexican restaurant called “Con Huevos”. It had been listed in a “Best of Louisville 2018” magazines that rated the most popular restaurants as well as the best mechanics and the best place to have your nails done. The article featured the 25 year old, James Beard semi-finalist, head chef Paco Garcia and included a full page picture of him, proudly emblazoned with tattoos, and sporting a wide open and confident smile. He said that the con huevos for the name spoke of the power of food. Anyway, I fell for him, and we took an uber into a far neighborhood with mostly housing and found him in an under construction place about the size of the old “That’s Life soup” down the street from our store.

The most compelling thing on the menu, and in the magazine critic’s opinion, was the Huevos Rancheros. Simple food, done perfectly with the best green sauce I’ve ever tasted. And the chef was there, beaming at his tiny but expanding restaurant. I love a good food critic.

Next time I’ll tell you about the $100 steak that Sharon talked me into getting while I was watching the Red Sox. A hundred dollars for a steak!!!!????

Fish tomorrow:

  • Dayboat Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • lemon sole

  • 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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lawn chairs and tableclothes

Hi Folks-

My favorite time of year. Some mornings I can legit wear my flannel shirt, often changing into shorts when I get home from work. The carpet of maple leaves in our backyard (almost all bright yellow) keeps the sun in mind and the gray edgy sky sets off the red and orange. We’ve got one die hard maple in the front that is completely green and hasn’t lost a leaf, we’ll see how that goes.

I’m a little obsessed with fried chicken and Louisville was the place to get that going on. We picked the best (according to half a dozen sites) fried chicken chicken place I could find. Joella’s Hot Chicken. Now, I was picking the places and but we definitely coordinated on what we wanted to eat. When our uber pulled up to what looked like a remade gas station, with florescent lights, metal lawn chairs and ginormous pepsi dispenser I could hear Peter gulp for air. Not that he was worried about it but I could just hear him thinking “Oh dear god, this is so not Sharon’s kind of place.” And you know, he’s generally kind of right but when you are looking for a thing, you find the thing where it is and that’s part of the charm. So I was charmed, and the chicken was good and I got a freaking amazing white table cloth meal the next night, which we both loved and he now felt I deserved ;-).

Great fish tomorrow

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • east coast halibut
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Sole
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp, fresh
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Wellfleet oysters, MA

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Well Hi There

Hi Folks –

It’s been a while! Since we’ve last chatted Peter and I have driven a little over 2000 miles, been through 10 plus states, gotten to know Louisville KY a tiny bit, eaten in a bunch of damn good restaurants and done an informal survey of fast food (this secretly thrills Peter who believes he likes it better than he actually does, I believe he is now cured for a couple of years), and spent some time next to the ocean.

Thank all of you for giving our clueless heads, a heads up on the Charleston Hurricane, that would have been a bummer. I’m all for relief work but we were seriously needing some relief from work so we opted for Louisville. I have relatives in Lexington and god knows we never pop into KY so that would be fun, Chelsea had spent some time there and said she liked it so we headed out.

We had a blast, so nice to have a road trip together. Peter drove (the whole way!!) and I navigated; finding us places to stay and to eat and things to do. Honestly we also slept a lot which was awesome, we were tired. Undoubtedly you’ll hear a few stories from the road in future posts

We are happy to be home, see family, see our store and give thanks to our amazing staff that made it look effortless (you could see how this might work against their best interests ;-).

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 Fresh 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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