Rockport and a New Recipe

Motif Number 1, located on Bradley Wharf in the harbor town of Rockport, Massachusetts, is a fishing shack well-known to students of art and art history as "the most often-painted building in America".

We love Rockport. We always try to stay here on our annual trip. It is close to Salem and convenient to all the other places we enjoy visiting. There is the cutest section called Bear Skin Neck. This is the sign you see when you enter the area.

It is just the quaintest place.

For any of you that are fans of the movie "The Proposal", this is the area some of it was shot in. This is the exact place where you saw Betty White walking with Sandra Bullock before the wedding dress scene.

Rockport has a good Halloween sense of humor!

And the cutest little shops.

As you can see by the water dish, it is a very pet friendly place.

The main street leads to the ocean and a dead end.

Teddy likes to stop by the Strudel Shop for a drink. They give her biscuits too.

The buoys show where the lobster traps are set.

Click to enlarge. This place was for sale last year. This year the sign was down so it must have sold. The location is very cool but the crowds would drive me crazy.

The tide was out and you could see the seaweed on the rocks.

We ate dinner in this adorable little restaurant. The tables look right out over the ocean.

Teddy loves walking in Rockport.

There is a scrimshaw shop.

This is a typical Rockport house.

Sage advice from the penny candy store.

People in Rockport love Teddy though she does not necessarily love them back.

Looking back towards the town.

You can see that they have built a sea wall to protect the lobster boats when there is a storm.

The center of town.

Our favorite lobster shack. They pull the lobsters right out of the water behind the the shack.

Did somebody say lobstah???

Ocean side humor.

On the way home from the trip we stopped in Skaneateles and had dinner at the wonderful Sherwood Inn. I had a salad that almost made me cry. It was that good. I tweaked the recipe a bit because as good as it was, I thought it could be a wee bit better. This is an organic greens salad with maple balsamic dressing. So for those of you who have missed me posting recipes, here is one you should really try.

The Salad:

Organic mixed greens

Several slices of cooked bacon crumbled

Sliced red onion

Crumbled blue cheese

Sliced celery

Pomegranate seeds

Toasted pecans and hazelnuts

Cubes of fresh pear

The Dressing:

6 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

6 tablespoons of maple syrup

10 tablespoons of vegetable oil

2 tsp. dijon mustard

S & P

In a blender or food processor, blend everything except the oil. Once it is all blended, slowly pour in the oil and blend for another minute. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. If you like it sweeter, add more maple syrup.

Place all of the ingredients in a salad dish and drizzle with the dressing. Use just a little dressing at first because it is very flavorful and goes a long way.

*Toast the nuts by placing them in a dry frying pan and saute' them stirring constantly until they brown. Be careful not to burn them.

This is a wonderful Fall salad!

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oh man..what a DARLING town. i loved ALL of charming..and the lobster shack...and the look on teddy's face...where is the lobstah???? too cute...

and that Fall salad looks like a keeper. i will be making that here too.....

loved my tour always.
Joane said…
How could I have missed Rockport on my Massachussetts trips? We are moving next year, the plan is tentatively to move to Nevada but now I don't know.....

Thanks again for you lovely post. Can't wait to try the salad!
I definitly am going to try that salad it sounds wonderful! I have never been there but your pictures sure have me adding it to my list of places to go.
Hugs and sparkles - WG
Good Heavens girl I thought you would never get home and back to cooking. I have really enjoyed "our" vacation but get back in the kitchen. This salad looks fabulous. Glad your home. Hugs to Teddy.
Anonymous said…
Beautiful photographs, the ones I can see :-) I have apparently used to many mega bytes when being out on the internet this month, so they have slowed down the speed on my account until November first! So it take forever to download all photos and it took one hour to make my own blog today :-) :-) But now I´ve at least gotten back five mail addresses again :-) :-) :-)

Have a great day now!
Melodie said…
I was sitting here thinking that this was so pretty it looked like it was out of a movie...and sure enough it was!
greekwitch said…
You ate the salad and you figured out the dressing?
That is so cool!
tournesol said…
Great trip photos! And that is an amazing looking salad, yum. I made the devil poppers you posted recently and of course you were right, everyone loved them and they went very fast! I wound up making them twice in one week : ) Tuesday was my birthday and I decided to make my own cake (with three boys I would have gotten a store bought cake!)and made your pumpkin cake. What a wonderful cake, really really good. Your recipes never disappoint!
Love that town, I would love to visit there sometime. Did someone say Lobster...wait I mean lobstah?? Gotta love a lobstha eatin dog!
Oh, how I love Rockport... I'm thinking of taking a trip up there this Spring!
Ann said…
I would say that Rockport is a place that I could really enjoy visiting.
The salad looks delicious
Dirgesinger said…
Ahhhhaaa, that town exactly looks like as I imagine those Lovecraftian New England towns, hehe :P
Pricilla said…
I have been there and I agree. A perfect little seaside place to be.
Wendy said…
O.k. Jaz, I haven't even eaten breakfast yet and I want to make that salad recipe now and eat it! Hmmm, maybe a jaunt to the market later for me. Of course her royal highness Teddy is discriminating, she doesn't like to throw her pearls before swine ;)