The dinner that wasn’t

Hi Folks-

Okay, so usually I regale you with descriptions of the complicated and exotic dinners Sharon prepares for us on a regular basis. Nobody eats better than I do, I maintain with a smug, satisfied smile. And though it’s a lot of work for her, it’s fun work most of the time. And challenging. She likes to do things a little different, unique; she likes to leave her brand on everything new she creates.

And then there was this week. It started with a misguided pasta dish that was a pure salvage job and she was missing a few crucial ingredients. Needless to say, she did not enjoy it. Next it was the dinner all in white where she cooked pork loin chops, rice, and braised cabbage. The pork was dry and the presentation, something as important as flavor to Sharon, was tired and bland. Then last night it was Sharon’s turn to bring home something for dinner and she brought home a package of english muffins and a bottle of wine. First we had an english muffin with butter. Then for the next course we had an english muffin with butter and peanut butter, and finally we had an english muffin with a poached egg. That was our dinner, to our astonishment and amusement. Sometimes no matter how good a cook you are there’s just nothing for it. Oh well.

Tomorrow we have great fish coming in and a loaded prepared food case that will make you happy. Shad Roe we are trying to get but no luck so far. Maybe next week. The heavyweight on the list for fish is halibut, which goes fast so you should call ahead. We also have both Pemaquid and an oyster from the Cape, Duxburys, that’s excellent.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

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

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Local Spinach and a quick pork chop recipe

Hi Folks-

Local Spinach in tomorrow, yay!! Always a good sign of spring. We also currently have local Napa cabbage, cubed winter squash and sprouts.

I’m trying a new recipe tonight for pork chops. Oven at 400, Thick (1.25”) chops, salt and pepper, then rub with a grainy Dijon mustard and then rub cumin into that. In an oven proof skillet, brown each side for two minutes and then placing some sliced apple under each pork chop put in the oven for 12 minutes. I think I’ll probably pull the chops when they’re done and deglaze the pan with a little white wine, boil down until it’s syrupy whisk in a TBL of butter and call that a sauce. I am also going to braise a little Napa cabbage as a side. Wash chopped up pieces of cabbage, heat 2tbl veg oil and two tbl butter and the cabbage to that stir to coat, cover and cook for 4 to 8 minutes or until it reaches your desired level of doneness, salt and pepper, done.

Peter and I ate at the Black Krim the other night and thoroughly enjoyed it. A little out of our usual path but Randolph isn’t far and the food was very good, give it a whirl. On a weekend I would definitely make a reservation.

You may notice that our white wine refrigerated stock looks quite depleted. We still have it all but have decided to free up some space for more prepared foods, so the white wine has mostly migrated back to the wine shelf. Bear with me please as we do a little re-shuffling, should look great in a day or two and with some additional tasty options on the prepared food section!

Shad Roe coming soon!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Trout

  • 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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Sirloin Chili!

Hi Folks-

Quick post tonight. Peter and I went to dinner at Leunig’s in Burlington with his brother Dick who we hadn’t seen in months, very fun. I love the atmosphere there and usually love what I end up ordering although I did skip the escargot tonight, bummer.

The Market has Sirloin Chili available. A delicious Texas style chili made with ribeye steaks, filet mignon, NY strips, pork loin and bacon. Freezes beautifully as well, so grab a quart and stash it in the freezer for one those “I don’t want to cook nights!”

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • 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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Winter Blues

Hi Folks-

Well, it looks like winter has not quite run its course and its been a long one already. I envy all of you who have gone south for a period of time this year, and I have to admit to some degree of satisfaction that Sharon and I have hung in there and toughed it out all winter, particularly because the winter started in early November. Satisfaction aside, we’re definitely going south next winter for a while.

The fish coming in tomorrow is excellent as always. We’ll have halibut again this week, and lemon sole, swordfish and Pemaquid oysters. Sharon and I are having scallops tonight, just searing them in a sautee pan. Yummy.

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
  • Pemaquid oysters

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

We’re back! and so is the Halibut!

Hi Folks-

We’re Back! And we did miss you! Our staff did a great job running things and the customer feedback thus far has awesome, as usual! Thanks so much to all of our employees, they rock!

We had a very nice staycation, honestly they are almost my favorite. Interestingly we didn’t cook very much and what we did wasn’t really out of the ordinary. I did get a few projects done around the house and managed to take a day to do all that pesky stuff you really need to do on a work day.

We did go to a grocery store once, which will remain nameless. I wanted a pound of cod for a dish. It was terrible looking, dried out and yellow around the edges, then I noticed it was fresh from Russia and thought maybe that’s why. I then asked if they had any frozen cod. You used to able to get a solid one pound box of cod at the grocery store. She was very pleasant and directed me to a fancy ziplock package that had individually frozen fillets from China. We had chicken.

We’ll catch up with you later in the week with some new food ideas and recipes. Do check the prepared case, lots of fun stuff there.

Halibut in tomorrow!!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod

  • Scottish Salmon

  • Halibut

  • 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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Flex Time

Hi Folks-

So Peter is just back from Sophia’s Basketball Tournament game, they didn’t win but they did a heck of a job, moving up one slot from last year.

Big news tomorrow is West Coast Halibut! Also Peter and I are taking the week off next week (you have to be nimble and quick to get a week when you own a business…wait…I have enough staff, we need a week off …can I wiggle all the shifts, without overworking anybody…answers to all the questions yes). The fact of the matter is that we have incredibly competent staff, they can help you. Peter and I will be playing yahtzee, see you in a week!

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod
  • West coast halibut
  • Scottish Salmon
  • Haddock
  • Lemon Sole
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp, fresh
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

one pot turmeric coconut rice

Hi Folks-

So this time of year I really starting craving something different for food. Fish is perfect because its light but I want something new, with new flavors. Fortunately many other people think this way as well so here’s a fabulous recipe from Ali Slagle from the NYT. I modified it slightly by adding fish which cooked perfectly making it lovely one pot meal. Turmeric coconut rice with white fish and greens. Simple enough for a week night and definitely part of a my meal rotation! If your not a fish person you could add tofu or cooked chicken or you know, just eat it and skip the protein!

One pot turmeric coconut rice with greens and white fish

  • 2 cups long-grain rice, such as jasmine or basmati (make sure to use white rice, cooking times are way off for brown rice)

  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes

  • 1 tablespoon white or black sesame seeds

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, plus more as needed

  • 1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk

  • Pinch of saffron (optional, skipped because I didn’t have any)

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 medium bunch kale, spinach or Swiss chard (I used spinach)

  • ¾ pound cod or white fish, sliced thin (I used cod)

  • 1 lime

  • Handful of chopped cilantro

PREPARATION

  1. Rinse rice until water runs clear. Drain and set aside.

  2. In a medium pot or Dutch oven, toast the coconut and sesame seeds over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. (Adjust heat as needed to prevent burning.) Transfer to a small bowl. Wipe out the pot.

  3. In the same pot, melt the coconut oil over medium-low. Add the scallion whites, turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and cook, stirring, until aromatic and lightly toasted, 3 to 5 minutes.

  4. Add the rice, coconut milk, saffron (if using), and 1 teaspoon salt. Fill the empty can of coconut milk with water and add it to the pot. Give the mixture a good stir to separate any lumps and bring to a boil over medium-high.

  5. Once boiling, cover, turn the heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes.

  6. As rice cooks, remove and discard the tough stems of the leafy greens, if needed, and cut or tear the leaves into bite-size pieces. When the rice has cooked for 10 minutes, arrange the cod on top of the steaming rice and the greens on top of the rice in an even layer, cover, and cook until the rice is tender, 8 more minutes. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, 5 minutes.

  7. As rice rests, zest the lime and cut it into 4 wedges. Add 1/2 teaspoon zest to the coconut-sesame mixture, along with the scallion greens. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. I must admit I forgot to zest the lime and it came out fine with just the juice.

  8. Gently stir the greens and fish into the rice using a spatula or fork, then divide among bowls. Sprinkle the coconut mixture on top and serve with a lime wedge for squeezing over and sprinkle with cilantro.


Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod.

  • 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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Romance

Hi Folks-

So I have a quick confession to make; I read romance novels. A few months ago I was in a kind of a funk, where nothing seemed like fun, and I was complaining that my reading, I read a lot, wasn’t even satisfying anymore. I have been into crime novels for thirty years, books with a strong hero/protagonist, usually a detective who was dedicated to solving crime mysteries and bringing bad guys to justice. Anyway, feeling kind of ragged anyway, these books weren’t doing it for me. Reading about Harry Bosch investigating the murder of his mother twenty five years before was now depressing. Sharon said to me one day, “read my books. They’re light and romantic and fun, give them a try.”

And so I did. I just finished a twenty book series by Robyn Carr called the Virgin River series. It’s about this small town in northern California, and each book has as its main plot, two attractive modern people falling in love. Simple, but deep on the love and humanity level, perfectly reasonable. I can’t believe it but I now read romance novels. And once again, I have Sharon to thank.

Sharon has a great wine special going, La Posta malbec, usually priced at $17.79 we’re selling at a huge savings at $12.49 per bottle. This is Sharon’s favorite malbec and you should try it. We’ve ordered great fish for tomorrow, including Welfleet oysters, whole trout and dry scallops.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Whole 10oz. Trout
  • Lemon Sole
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Welfleet oysters

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hi Folks-

The next time we chat it will be Valentines Day so this is your reminder to call and order scallops and oysters for Valentines. We will have some coming in tomorrow but can still special order for Thursday or Friday!

I love Montpelier on Valentines Day, the Valentine’s Day Phantom is forever a super hero of mine. It just makes me smile to see all the hearts every where.

Next time you are feeling a little unsure about dinner check our dark freeze:-). I have never been able to get the lights to work but there is some excellent stuff in there, lobster tails, pestos, shrimp, turkey breast, I think there’s a brisket, tons of sausage. One quick dinner I make a lot is one of the good quality frozen pizza perked up with pesto, more cheese, fresh tomatoes, olives, that kind of thing. Check it out.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Scottish Salmon

  • Trout

  • 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 dinner ideas and pre ordering for Valentine’s Day

Hi Folks-

So for our house, Super bowl was a success. I’m not much of a football fan (although who doesn’t love a good dip)but even to the die hards I watched it with I don’t think it went down as one of the more exciting super bowls, oh well.

Next holiday, Valentines Day! Do think about what you would like to pre-order for Valentines day or the Friday after, fish is a very popular option, it tends to go very fast!

Our prepared food cooler is overflowing with good stuff to eat. Jeanne did some cute little snack pack with cheeses, salami and olives that are great, I had one today for lunch, perfect really. There is mac and cheese, pulled pork, a vegetarian pasta bake, some lasagna, some excellent soups and more so pick a night and skip the cooking, makes a week night sooo much easier.

I was having week night-itis last week and brought home La Strada’s focaccia, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes. I cut the circle in half and warmed it in the oven, took it out and sliced that crosswise, opening up to layer thinly sliced fresh mozz on open faced and stuck in back in the oven for about 4 minutes. While the bread and cheese were warming I sliced the tomatoes fairly thin and really coated them with salt and pepper. When the cheese had melted slightly I took it out of the oven and layered on the cold salty/peppery tomatoes. It was absolutely delicious. Give it a try!

Here’s hoping you got a chance to get out and enjoy the brief moment of spring today!

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

  • 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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