Sharon is having her way with me

Hi Folks-

Sharon has advised me tonight as to what I should write about in this post. Her Christmas instincts are all fired up and the first thing I’m supposed to tell you is that we’ve discovered that we can buy fresh whole clams the perfect size to use in a chowder or in a white clam sauce over linguine, pasta clams! Mama Mia, she’s excited. One of our go-to dinners is clam sauce and linguine using canned clams, and Friday night we’ll see just how much better it can be using fresh whole clams. There will be plenty of these clams available – Sharon’s not going to eat them all. So settle on a recipe and try them.

Let’s see, just as a passing thought, Sharon has decided what she wants me to contribute to Christmas dinner. She wants something in a pot that people can help themselves to over the course of the day. (We’re not having a sit down dinner.) Something savory and substantial like a soup or a stew. I thought a fish stew would be good, with clear broth and shell fish as well as pieces of fish and appropriate vegetables. Sort of a bouillabaisse, though I’ve never made it before, maybe with a shot of cognac in it just for fun. Sharon was intrigued by the idea but she’s determined that I’m to make beef barley soup, and I do make that pretty outstandingly so I guess that’s one thing we’ll have.

The last item Sharon wanted me to write about was an extraordinary gesture made by a regular customer of ours. A lot of you know him as a real live wire in the community and he works very hard running his own business. Anyway, though this gentleman regularly tips our staff when he has lunch, the other day he gave Sharon $100 to put in the tip jar. We were moved by his gesture. So many people just don’t think about tipping at all, and I think it’s fair to say that our employees work very hard to satisfy the needs of our customers. They not only make fabulous food but it seems like they make the effort to make personal contact in a way that doesn’t happen just anywhere. Anyway, please let them know that you care and appreciate the work they do.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Small fresh clams
  • wild lemon 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!

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