Writer’s Block

Hi Folks-

So I’m sitting here with severe writer’s. I’m supposed to attend a showing of a film about Ray Brown, the local artist, and have to be there in twenty minutes. The film was made by Nat Winthrop, another friend. I promised him I would make it so I’d better get going. Watch out for the heat wave tomorrow.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • east coast halibut
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Lemon Sole
  • 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

a trick for the grill and a couple of recipes

Hi Folks-

I love summer! I ordered mussels for everyone tomorrow and I highly recommend getting some. Roughly chop a couple of cloves of garlic, saute it in a TBL or so of butter and add three quarters of a bottle of white wine. All this done in a pot you can cover, large enough to hold your mussels. Steam until open, 3 to 5 minutes. This along with warm bread and a little salad of local greens and cherry tomatoes with just a bit of dressing make for a perfect summer meal. An excellent time to have chilled bottle of rosè!

Here is a nice trick for the grill that I meant to pass along at the beginning of summer (it also works for the broiler in the winter). With fish fillets that have skin on one side, lay the fillet skin side down on a brown paper bag, cut around the fish precisely. Season the fish as you will and place the paper bag side down on the grill or the broiler . Cook until done. When you pick up the fish the skin sticks to the paper and the paper sticks to absolutely nothing, which means cleaning the grill or the broiler just a got a ton easier.

Last but not least here’s a little fun baking, Peter’s moms Peanut butter cookies. So good. These are not chewy stretchy cookies, the are delicate and crumbly and fabulous!

This is the recipe for Nancy’s peanut butter cookies.

Cream together:

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

“then vanilla” (I used 1 tsp)

1 1/2 cups of flour or GF Flour (if using GF flour add one egg to above mixture)

1 Tsp of soda and “a little salt” (½ a tsp) all sifted together. Mix wet and dry together

Form and bake.To form mold the dough into balls about the size of a golf ball. Cross-press a fork lightly over the top. Very little flattening.

Bake at 350 for 8 to 12 minutes depending on your oven.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • Swordfish
  • Halibut
  • Lemon Sole
  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea
  • Shetland Salmon
  • 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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PA Peaches and Harry’s Hardware

Hi Folks-

Peter and I had the best four days off ever! I want to do it again every week ;-)! I’d like to do it every week but I’ll be pretty pleased if we get it to do it a couple more times this summer!

We cooked, we relaxed, we watched the fireworks from our porch, we had an impromptu dance party on our porch and then took a little VT field trip on Sunday as a wind up.

If you have never been to Harry’s Hardware and The Den in Cabot you have a treat coming. It’s about a half hour from Montpelier and Sundays are awesome. It’s a fully functional hardware store (I bought some appliance light bulbs I needed), that also has a bar serving local craft beer and wine and a small local menu. On Sundays there is a pop up food truck/tent outside from 12 to 4, with a spot reserved indoors for pick up old time musicians to jam, the music was wonderful. The food was great and we also bought some local strawberries and greens. They have music on some weekend nights too so check out their calendar! I’m telling you though you can’t beat it for a beautiful Sunday drive destination, truly.

Oh and PA Peaches tomorrow!!!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Halibut

  • Monkfish

  • 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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Happy almost Fourth!

Hi Folks-

Happy Fourth of July almost! The store will be stocked with steaks and fish and all kinds of good things for the grill. I think cherry tomatoes are coming tomorrow.

For pre party snacks try the new smoked fish with the lemon caper cream cheese or one of Per’s smoked fish spreads, all truly delicious.

We will be closed on July 4th open regular hours both on the 3rd and the 5th.

If you want to try something a little different on the grill I made this the other night and it was really tasty. Using buttered aluminum foil (one packet per person) I put down a layer of finally diced onion, topped with a thick bundle of cod, then salt, pepper and a little garlic powder sprinkled on. On top of the fish I layered ¼ inch or less slices of tomato and then drizzled a mixture of a little melted butter, a tsp or two dijon mustard and the juice of one lemon (blended ahead of time). Grilled over non direct heat for about 12 minutes, grill at about 400. So delicious!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Halibut

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Lemon sole

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

  • Beausoleil Oysters

  • Wellfleet 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

closed

Happy Fourth of July!

closed

Friday

Braised beef BBQ

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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Summer’s Here!

Hi Folks-

Summer is really swinging! Actual warmth and flowers, perfect and like any true summer every time we turn around there are more social occasions being planned. Viva la Summer!

The other nice thing about summer is the local produce and the increased availability of choices of fish. I hope to have cherry tomatoes in again this week and strawberries are showing up pretty regularly too.

Peter has a pretty impressive list coming in tomorrow, so without further ado..

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Monk Fish

  • 2+ Tuna

  • Arctic Char

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland 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

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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Quick Post

Hi Folks-

Just home from a weekend away, very nice, very tired here’s the fish and the menus for the week!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Halibut

  • Blue fish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Lemon 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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The Upside

Hi Folks-

What a beautiful weekend! Peter and I played on Saturday and rested on Sunday which is just how a weekend should be (perhaps chores should have been in there but what the hell it’s been a long cold winter and spring, the chores will wait).

So very often as an owner you focus on what needs to be improved, the very rare complaint you get or on your endless to do list. Today I’m going to share some of the compliments that keep us going.

  • You have the nicest staff, where do you find them everyone is so nice!”

  • Your clam chowder is better than anything we have found in Boston.”

  • A customer after a recent tour of the south “We didn’t find any pulled pork that was as good as the Market’s”

  • Your Porch is beautiful it reminds me of Venice” 🙂

  • Did you come up with that sandwich menu? Every single thing I have had on it is great, how did you do that?”

  • Your market reminds me of the tiny stores I found in Europe.”

  • Thanks for keeping us fed, I don’t know what we’d do without you”

  • My Brother-in-law lives in Manhattan and can’t believe the choice of fish I have available to me through you”

So thanks! We’ll keep trying hard because you are all so worth it!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Monkfish

  • Trout

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Lemon 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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sunny days finally

Hi Folks-

I just came in from sitting on my porch in this glorious weather, in a pair of shorts no less, and my lovely wife is still at the store hosting our little piece of Art Walk and doing a small wine tasting as well. After the store closes Sharon is working with someone who will install a system of cameras whose purpose is to curtail shop lifting at the store. We’ve resisted this move until now but have decided that we’d like to nab the occasional wise guy who slips a bottle or two of beer or soda in his or her coat pocket while smiling and probably thanking us for having such a great store. I hate that.

It was a first today, for this Spring, that not one of our customers expressed any dissatisfaction with the day’s weather. And it’s about time. It’s forecast for the next three days to be similarly wonderful and I’m counting on it. I’m going to grill fish tomorrow night and probably grill some New England-raised ribeye steaks either Saturday or Sunday. And maybe I’ll go antiquing with Sharon. Have a great weekend, all of you.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

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

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

ArtsFest with Laura Gans photos and a quick recipe

Hi Folks-

Montpelier is going to be hopping this week with the ArtsFest. Montpelier Alive has put it together and there is some very fun stuff happening, here’s the link for ArtsFest. We are part of the Artwalk happening Thursday the 6th. We have a lovely collection of photographs by Laura Gans. There will be a beer and wine tasting from 5 to 7 at the Market along with some nibbles. We hope to see you!

I thought at this point I would be over the soup thing for a bit but Sunday rolled around this week and all I could think of was homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese. I tried a new recipe from the TasteofHome web site and it was great. I’ve tried a few things from there and so far so good. Here’s the tomato soup recipe (I liked it initially because I had some version of all of the ingredients on hand :-).

Tomato Soup

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced(cheated ¾ tsp garlic powder 🙂

  • 2 teaspoons dried basil

  • 3 cans (28 ounces each) whole peeled tomatoes (I used two cans and then an equivalent amount of fresh tomatoes, peeled, that needed to be used up)

  • 1 container (32 ounces) chicken stock

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 3 teaspoons sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, optional (used ½ a cup of half and half, perfect)

  • Fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced, optional(skipped)

Directions

  • 1. In a 6-quart stockpot or Dutch oven, heat oil, butter and pepper flakes over medium heat until butter is melted. Add carrots and onion; cook, uncovered, over medium heat, stirring frequently, until vegetables are softened, 8-10 minutes. Add garlic and dried basil; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Stir in tomatoes, chicken stock, tomato paste, sugar, salt and pepper; stir well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, to let flavors blend, 20-25 minutes. (I actually simmered it for almost an hour)

  • 2. Remove pan from heat. Using a blender (food processor at my house), puree soup in batches until smooth. If desired, slowly stir in heavy cream, stirring continuously to incorporate; return to stove to heat through. If desired, top with fresh basil.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Halibut

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Lemon 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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Wet Feet Warm soup

Hi Folks-

Okay enough rain, seriously, or maybe if it’s going to rain, how about 70 degrees?

We will have all the fish coming in tomorrow so please stop by and get some.

I can’t think of anything fun because my feet are still cold. I inadvertently wore my crocks today and surprise, surprise my feet were pretty wet when I got home.

Even if it is raining tomorrow come get some warm soup and a grilled tuna steak, that will make you feel better!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland 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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